Some Interesting Pluralsight Course Statistics

I’ve written before about how much I love Pluralsight. I really can’t recommend the company highly enough and that’s just as a customer – you should see what the employees think about the place!

As the sun was shining, I decided to look over some of the courses today and decided to chop up some of the stats about what was available, by whom and for how long. All basic things, really, but it helped satisfy some curiosity I had about some of the numbers.

On that note, here are some of the things I found out, but before you continue, there are some caveats:

  1. The numbers might be wrong. I don’t have internal access to anything and of course, mistakes do happen. Moreover, my Excel chops are quite good but I was also listening to the Best of Bob Dylan and have drunk more than one can of Pepsi-Max today. Please don’t base any major life choices on what you read here!
  2. There will be reasons I am not aware of, for some of the things I aggregated. For example, the section about courses added per year or month might have a whole host of external factors that influenced those figures. Who knows? Don’t read too much into it.
  3. This is valid as of the 20th of March, 2015. Content is added all the time so these numbers will shift quite quickly.
  4. I might have fluffed the numbers. I did say that, right? 🙂

Top 5 Authors

Chart of top authors

Top 5 Most Published Authors

The numbers above are literally staggering. Imagine how much effort goes into producing just one of these videos and then multiply that by the numbers above. For example, Troy Hunt said (that for him) there are 12 minutes of work for each minute of Pluralsight video. Mind you, these are top rated authors, so their standards are high.

I’d be interested to learn how little time is spent on some courses. I guess it would also be a factor of natural ability and expertise, though.

Longest Courses

Category Course Author Level Time (h:m:s)
C# Mastering C# 4.0 Jon Skeet Beginner 11:49:32
BizTalk Advanced BizTalk Server 2009 Matt Milner Intermediate 12:19:17
BizTalk Advanced BizTalk Server 2010 Matt Milner Advanced 12:24:54
Architecture Building End-to-End Multi-Client Service Oriented Applications – Angular Edition Miguel Castro Intermediate 12:32:54
Software Practices Design Patterns Library Steve Smith , et al. Intermediate 15:01:10

These are substantial numbers, but actually there were a few more that were longer, though retired (such as: CompTIA Security+ (2008 Objectives) by Paul Gadbois).

This goes to show some of the value you can gain out of Pluralsight; running a marathon would be quicker than many of these times!

Authors Who Produce Content in the Most Categories

chart of authors and categories

Authors Who Provide Courses in the Most Categories

From the above, you can see that John is far and away the leader of the pack,  but that isn’t surprising because I think Pluralsight is one of his many forms of passive income. Whatever the reason, it is impressive to be able to produce useful content in this many categories, successfully, for anyone.

The other thing I notice is that the list is a little like a who’s-who of technology.

Total Number of Hours Produced by Authors

total hours of content chart

Total Hours of Content Produced Per Author

The numbers here speak for themselves. I think the reality is that should you watch any of these, it would take you far longer. I find that I often need to pause and think about what is said, or to take notes.

Content Added Per Year

Year Total
2013 529
2014 449
2012 288
2011 192
2015 129
2010 129
2008 55
2009 45
2007 24
2005 14
2003 13
2004 11
2006 6
Grand Total 1884

We’re only part way through 2015, but they seem to be on target for matching the 2014/2013 years. I wonder how the acquisitions factor in — are they added to the year they were really produced or purchased?

Content Added Per Month

Month Number Total
11 1815
12 1788
10 1530
9 1422
8 1240
7 1211
6 954
5 650
4 476
3 420
2 342
1 212
Grand Total 12060

It seems like the dark winter months are  good times to produce a video! It reminds me of some facts about when babies are born 🙂

The Least Populated Categories

chart of least popular categories

Least popular categories on Pluralsight

These numbers might be of interest to people that are thinking about writing their own course. Or perhaps there’s a good reason there are so few here?

The Most Populated Categories

chart showing popular categories

The most popular categories on Pluralsight

To go along with the previous statistic, here we have the most popular stuff. I think it would be interesting to match the categories against views – is size/number as important when scaled by actual views?

Well, that’s it I guess! I don’t know how useful this might be to anyone but it’s here just in case.

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Written by Stephen Moon
email: stephen at logicalmoon.com
www: https://www.logicalmoon.com


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