2019 Review for doyler.net – Moving on Up

Last year is already over, so here is my 2019 review!

doyler.net 2019 Review – Introduction

If you haven’t seen my other yearly review posts, this will be similar in style and formatting to those.

I ended up behind a few posts this year due to my break, but I still plan on finishing those up!


I missed my goal of 85,000 views (as well as last year’s 79,393) by a bit this year, but that’s alright.

2019 Review - Views

This is the third year that my most popular post was the pfSense DNSBL one. This post is mostly organic traffic, which is great. The rest of my top five were still related to wireless cards or attacks, so this is search engine traffic as well.

Popular posts

My US traffic was a bit lower this year, but this is always a fun graphic to look at.

Country traffic

I’m still bad at traffic generation, so I need to improve that in 2020.

2019 Review - Referrers

I generated a report for my search traffic for all of 2019, which was cool to see. The searches are very similar to last year’s, which is interesting to note.

Search traffic

GitHub is still far and away my biggest outgoing click, but it’s also what I link to the most.

Outgoing clicks

While Wednesday is still my most popular day, the time is now 9am (instead of 12pm).

2019 Review - Popular day/time


I finally have a new record for views in one day! On January 20th this year I had 874 views (up from 689 views in a day back in 2017).

Record views

There was a lot of traffic on my post from January 19th about a Vulnserver exploit.

Record post and referrers

CTF/Challenge Write-Ups

I had even more write-ups for CTFs and various challenges this year, so hopefully they were helpful.

There are also still some from older conferences that I’ve either been holding onto or procrastinating on.


I only attended a few conferences this year, and only spoke at one of them.

I’m hoping to speak at some more next year, but I still don’t have a topic in mind yet.

2019 Review – Disclosures/Vulnerability Write-ups

I reported a few vulnerabilities this year and got to release the public disclosures along with the CVE information.

There was also a fun finding that I had on a production system, shortly after someone else’s disclosure.


XSS wasn’t a priority of mine this year, but I still wrote posts for three different filter bypasses.


While it seemed like a slower year, I finished and/or blogged about two new certifications in 2019

2019 Review – Vulnserver

I worked on a few vulnserver exploits as well, as preparation for my OSCE as well as fun afterwards. I still want to finish every command, so stay on the lookout for those posts.


I also had a few other posts this year that I wanted to re-share.

Goals for 2020

Based on this year’s stats, plus what happened, I’m going to set my goal back down to 80,000 views for next year.

2019 Review - Monthly views

I also want to finish my goal of 1337+ Twitter followers, which I’m pretty close to already.

2019 Review - Twitter followers

2019 Review – Conclusion

This was another great year, and I’m glad that I’ve stuck with this for so long.

I increased my average words per post AGAIN, from 1132 to 1151.

Words per post

I’m always open for monetization ideas, branching out, or guest posts, so let me know!

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Ray Doyle
Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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