Gear We Like
And then they turned one…
A year ago, a little website slipped into existence without much fanfare or fuss. On the sixteenth of January last year, a single tweet announced that Too Many Adapters was now live.
In the twelve months since then, around 60,000 of you have stopped by to see what we have to say. For that we’re truly grateful – there’s no way we could do this without you, after all.
We’ve published over 170 posts on the site in that time, covering pretty much anything we can think of to help travellers make the most of their technology. Three times a week, Dustin, our wonderful little team of volunteer writers and myself have done our best to add a bit of advice, spice and humour to the world of travel tech.
So which posts stood out?
One thing we’ve definitely learned is that not every article is created equal. Some of the pieces that we thought would generate a reaction have disappeared without a trace, while others that we figured would barely raise an eyebrow have instead led to hundreds of new people stopping by the site -and often plenty of debate to go with it.
The one with the most comments
Ok, so that’s easy. Close to 300 of you left a comment to enter our biggest giveaway so far, the Dell XPS 13 travel laptop. That’s probably not a huge surprise – it’s a great piece of kit (in fact, I know that Dustin was quite keen to accidentally forget to give it away and just keep it for himself…)
The one you agreed with the most
After seeing way too many people using excessively large Apple products to take photos with during a road trip in the US last year, I was moved to write a piece giving five reasons why your iPad is not your camera. I may not have been particularly subtle about why it’s a horrible idea – and nearly everyone that commented thought the same. One guy even listed it as a reason for his impending divorce…
The one where we ranted the most
This category had quite a bit of competition … we do tend to rant a bit around here. After considering and ultimately discarding such worthy contenders as a diatribe about the new Lightening port and why most mobile apps suck, in the end I’ve gone with my loud complaints about the ridiculous costs of international data roaming. Unsurprisingly, many of you agreed.
The one that has the strangest search terms
Let’s just say that when you publish a post about spy cameras in hotel rooms, you can expect to get some fairly … interesting … search queries from the people that find it. That’s all I’ll say about that.
The one that required the most research
In the end though, it had to be a category rather than a single post – Dustin’s ongoing feature on the state of technology in Burma / Myanmar. He has selflessly sent himself back to the country time and again, just to bring you the latest information from this rapidly-changing nation. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s totally in love with the place, of course…
And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without presents.
We’ve got a couple of Scottevest vests to give away, in small and medium male sizes. These vests are ideal for travelling geeks, with more pockets, nooks and crannies to stuff your electronics in than … well … something with not quite so many pockets, nooks and crannies.
To enter, just leave a comment below. If you win and are based in North America, we’ll cover the postage – we’re good like that. If you’re outside the US and Canada, we’ll have a chat about it first.
Oh, and as the late Steve Jobs would say, one last thing.
If you’ve got a spare minute (yes, just one minute) and wanted to really help us out, we’d really appreciate it if you could fill in our little survey to let us know how we’re going. We don’t ask directly for feedback like this very often, but your answers are invaluable in helping us make the site even better in the future.
Thanks so much for being a part of our first year here at Too Many Adapters. We hope you’ll stick around for many more!