Sunday, December 31, 2023

2023 Year-in-Review

It's hard to believe that the year is coming to an end. If time flies when you are having fun, then I must have really been enjoying this year.

And I did!

This year was filled with wonderful experiences, time spent with family and friends, lots of travel, and many, many trainings, videos, and posts.

As a way to wrap up the year, I decided to pull together some of the stats and highlights from 2023 including:

✍️ Top Blog Posts
▶️ YouTube Stats
🎓 PD Sessions
📰 Newsletter Stats
📧 Email Discussion Group Stats
💬 Facebook Group Stats
🎬 Bonus: Favorite Movies and Shows

These are not just numbers however. They are representations of people who have gone on this learning journey with me, folks who have connected in person or virtually, and ultimately educators and students who have been impacted and have impacted me.

Thanks so much for learning with me, and I am looking forward to learning more with you in 2024!

✍️ Top Blog Posts

This year I shared more posts here on my "Control Alt Achieve" blog than I ever have before in a single year!
  • Number of new posts in 2023 = 124 posts
  • Number of visits to the site in 2023 = 1.7 million
Top 10 new posts from 2023:
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▶️ YouTube Stats

I shared lots of videos on my YouTube channel this year:
  • Current subscribers = 48,332
  • Number of new videos in 2023 = 48
  • Number of views in 2023 = 525K
  • Most popular new video of 2023 - Google Slides Photowords - YouTube link
If you haven't already:

🎓 PD Sessions

I had the privilege of providing hundreds of hours of professional development this year, with sessions in person and virtual. Altogether I provided 280 professional development sessions in 2023!

In addition to the trainings I did in my own state of Ohio, I traveled to 12 other states in 2023 to give keynotes and professional development sessions for schools and conferences. The states I travelled to included:
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
If you would like to work with me at your school or conference in 2024, check out my PD catalog with over 70 sessions to choose from here

📰 Newsletter Stats

I send out an email newsletter several times a month to share new posts and videos, as well as helpful resources I have come across. Over 2023 the newsletter grew in subscribers and frequency of issues.
  • Current subscribers = 9,000
  • Newsletters sent out in 2022 = 31 newsletters
You can subscribe to my newsletter at

📧 Email Discussion Group Stats

The "Control Alt Achieve" Google Group for email discussions continued to grow over 2023. This is a great way to connect with other educators, share ideas, and ask questions.

We currently have over 900 members. If you would like to join, you can get all the details at

💬 Facebook Group Stats

Something new I started in 2023 was a "Control Alt Achieve" Facebook Group for discussions. This is also a great way to connect with other educators, share ideas, and ask questions.

We already have over 1,200 members. If you would like to join, you can get all the details at

🎬 Bonus: Favorite Shows

And just so this isn't only about educational technology, I wanted to share my favorite movies and shows from 2023. I didn't get a chance to see every movie and show that I wanted to, so this list may change if I am able to catch up on some I missed. Nevertheless, at the moment my favorite movies and shows of 2023 were:

Movies (in alphabetical order)
  • Asteroid City
  • Barbie
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  • Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • The Holdovers
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Shows (in alphabetical order)
  • Barry
  • Colin from Accounts
  • Deadloch
  • Fargo
  • Gen V
  • Invincible
  • Lawmen: Bass Reeves
  • Succession
  • The Bear
  • The Last of Us

🏁 Conclusion

Thanks again to everyone who connected with me in any way this year. I appreciate the encouraging words, the great ideas, the questions, the comments, and the opportunity to learn alongside of you!

Post by Eric Curts
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