Writing an article is not only about writing but also about reading – how many people will read your masterpiece. The existing dev.to community probably the best place at the moment, and definitely really “live” community of developers. Hopefully, we will be able to make the community even better and more and more people will join us soon.
Inspired by this article I wanted to find out, what’s the number of users joining dev.to every month and what’s the size of the community, we could expect by the end of the next year. Fortunately, it was possible to do with dev.to API. Special thank you to Alexander, who grabbed all that data for me.
I took the data since the beginning of 2017 and until November 2018. We could mention on the chart that there are no significant explosions and despite of a few peaks we have stable users monthly growth. In 2017 we had 3k-3.5k average monthly growth of users, so at the end of 2018, we will have around 6-6.5k per month.
Based on trend line we could calculate that at the end of next year dev.to the community will have at least 220k users and every month 10 thousands new users will join us.
But I have a personal feeling that 2019 will be a great year for dev.to and we will end up with 500k users. What do you think?