My Most Popular Posts of 2008

Since the first of the year, I have seen several bloggers post links to their most popular posts for 2008. I decided to post mine in case you missed these when I originally wrote them.

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Since TypePad, my blogging service, doesn’t provide this kind of statistical information, I had to look elsewhere. In the process, I stumbled across PostRank, a service that “measures engagement by analyzing the types and frequency of an audience’s interaction with online content.”PostRank scores each post based on the “ 5 Cs” of engagement: creating, critiquing, chatting, collecting, and clicking. It collects metrics in these categories and then assigns each post a score.

According to PostRank, here were my top posts in 2008 and their respective scores.

  1. Creating a Life Plan (10.0)
  2. So You Want to Run a Half Marathon (10.0)
  3. Resources for Beginning Runners and Walkers (10.0)
  4. The History of Thomas Nelson (9.9)
  5. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter (9.9)
  6. 12 Reasons to Start Twittering (9.8)
  7. Four Leadership Lessons from the Super Bowl (9.3)
  8. Seven Reasons to Run the Half Marathon (8.5)
  9. What the Internet is Doing to our Brains (7.9)
  10. The Recession Hits Home (7.8)

I don’t think these posts were necessarily my best posts. Here are another ten I would have included:

  1. A Self-Imposed Media Fast (7.7)
  2. Whatever Happened to Modesty (7.3)
  3. Yes, You Can Stay on Top of Email (7.3)
  4. Too Many Books, Too Few Shelves (7.0)
  5. Creating WOW Product Experiences (6.9)
  6. The How of WOW (6.8)
  7. 10 Benefits of a Recession (6.7)
  8. What I Have Learned in Four Years of Blogging (6.4)
  9. Seven Ways to Build our Author Brand Online (6.1)
  10. The Wealth Wall Street Can’t Touch (5.5)
Question: Do you have a favorite, particularly one that isn’t listed here?
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  • http://cjdarlington.blogspot.com C.J. Darlington

    I got a lot out of “How to Shave 10 Hours off Your Work Week” and the posts about getting your inbox down to zero. I bought the 4 Hour Work Week and Getting Things Done after reading your posts. Great information!

  • http://cjdarlington.blogspot.com/ C.J. Darlington

    I got a lot out of "How to Shave 10 Hours off Your Work Week" and the posts about getting your inbox down to zero. I bought the 4 Hour Work Week and Getting Things Done after reading your posts. Great information!

  • Douglas Schultz

    My favorite post was The Perfect Moment. I bought and read the book Chasing Daylight based on that post.

  • Douglas Schultz

    My favorite post was The Perfect Moment. I bought and read the book Chasing Daylight based on that post.

  • http://www.colleencoble.com Colleen Coble

    My faves were the WOW experience ones. They really made me stop and think.

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    My personal favorite was Does God Send Negative People into Our Lives. Your closing comments were as sound as anything you’ve said:

    It’s easy to resent negative people. But what if God has a deep and important purpose for sending them—something that He intends for our good because He truly loves us.

    Your blog is the most eclectic one in my reader. The January posts are welcome sights after the holiday quiet here.

  • http://www.teamcrossworld.com/running crossn81

    Your blog was instrumental in me taking the plunge into Twitter. I think I first found you because of the half-marathon posts though. I also have striven to keep my inbox at 0.

    I guess I like a lot of your posts!

  • Gail

    Hi Mike,

    Your blog has been a tremendous help to me as a writer. I have a folder of tutorials on finding Christian literary agents, creating WOW, and inside info on the publishing industry.

    They have been encouraging and affirming. I am eagerly awaiting the next part of Marketing 101. But the most helpful post of all was Advice to Firts-Time Authors, which I refer to frequently.

    I appreciate all the information and especially your open dialogue. Thank you for being approachable.

    Gail

  • Gail

    PS
    The post on author’s blogs was a real eye opener and changed my priorities.

    Thanks

  • http://www.colleencoble.com/ Colleen Coble

    My faves were the WOW experience ones. They really made me stop and think.

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    My personal favorite was Does God Send Negative People into Our Lives. Your closing comments were as sound as anything you've said:

    It’s easy to resent negative people. But what if God has a deep and important purpose for sending them—something that He intends for our good because He truly loves us.

    Your blog is the most eclectic one in my reader. The January posts are welcome sights after the holiday quiet here.

  • http://www.teamcrossworld.com/running crossn81

    Your blog was instrumental in me taking the plunge into Twitter. I think I first found you because of the half-marathon posts though. I also have striven to keep my inbox at 0.

    I guess I like a lot of your posts!

  • Gail

    Hi Mike,

    Your blog has been a tremendous help to me as a writer. I have a folder of tutorials on finding Christian literary agents, creating WOW, and inside info on the publishing industry.

    They have been encouraging and affirming. I am eagerly awaiting the next part of Marketing 101. But the most helpful post of all was Advice to Firts-Time Authors, which I refer to frequently.

    I appreciate all the information and especially your open dialogue. Thank you for being approachable.

    Gail

  • Gail

    PS
    The post on author's blogs was a real eye opener and changed my priorities.

    Thanks

  • http://www.johuddleston.com Jo Huddleston

    Hey Mike,
    My favorite of your blogs is Whatever Happened to Modesty. So much a favorite that I’ve included it in my January newsletter (I asked and received your permission).

    I look forward to your continued blogs; especially I anticipate the second part on Marketing 101.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  • http://www.johuddleston.com/ Jo Huddleston

    Hey Mike,
    My favorite of your blogs is Whatever Happened to Modesty. So much a favorite that I've included it in my January newsletter (I asked and received your permission).

    I look forward to your continued blogs; especially I anticipate the second part on Marketing 101.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchengoldsmith Gretchen Goldsmith, President/CEO, Rose Publishing

    I always read and enjoy your posts and tweets (@michaelhyatt). You have comments worth reading. Whether you intended to or not, you are well on the way to becoming the “tribal leader” of the Christian publishing world. We wish you, your (expanding!) family, and Thomas Nelson the best in 2009.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchengoldsmith Gretchen Goldsmith,

    I always read and enjoy your posts and tweets (@michaelhyatt). You have comments worth reading. Whether you intended to or not, you are well on the way to becoming the "tribal leader" of the Christian publishing world. We wish you, your (expanding!) family, and Thomas Nelson the best in 2009.

  • http://robinrane.wordpress.com Robin Rane’

    I just found you so everything is new and amazing to me. Thank you!

  • http://robinrane.wordpress.com/ Robin Rane'

    I just found you so everything is new and amazing to me. Thank you!

  • Matt

    As others have said, I found you because of your running blogs, but I have been a keen follower of your other blogs.

  • Matt

    As others have said, I found you because of your running blogs, but I have been a keen follower of your other blogs.

  • Rhonda Langefeld

    Definitely the Silver Bullet thinking blog from October. That one really challenged me. It’s so easy to think of finding the magic writing plan, the magic eating plan, the magic anything. Your blog challenged me instead to work on the thousands of “incremental improvements” instead. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I sent that blog to two of my businessmen brothers and one of them put you on his regular internet checklist right away. Thanks for the wisdom.

  • Rhonda Langefeld

    Definitely the Silver Bullet thinking blog from October. That one really challenged me. It's so easy to think of finding the magic writing plan, the magic eating plan, the magic anything. Your blog challenged me instead to work on the thousands of "incremental improvements" instead. So that's what I've been doing. I sent that blog to two of my businessmen brothers and one of them put you on his regular internet checklist right away. Thanks for the wisdom.

  • http://www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com Wayne Thomas Batson

    Hi, Michael
    I’ve enjoyed reading most all of your posts because you have a deeper perspective on many areas upon which I am just scratching the surface.

    Christopher Hopper and I are writing a new YA Fantasy series for Thomas Nelson called The Prophecies of Berinfell. And we’ve been brainstorming about “tribe-building” so reading your post about Seth’s book and about how to brand were extremely helpful.

  • http://www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com/ Wayne Thomas Batson

    Hi, Michael
    I've enjoyed reading most all of your posts because you have a deeper perspective on many areas upon which I am just scratching the surface.

    Christopher Hopper and I are writing a new YA Fantasy series for Thomas Nelson called The Prophecies of Berinfell. And we've been brainstorming about "tribe-building" so reading your post about Seth's book and about how to brand were extremely helpful.

  • Peter

    Hi Michael!

    I like your blog very much. You write very good articles i hope you’ll never stop it. Since the new design of your blog i cannot open the links of this post. I hope it wont be hard to correct it.

    Péter

  • Peter

    Hi Michael!

    I like your blog very much. You write very good articles i hope you'll never stop it. Since the new design of your blog i cannot open the links of this post. I hope it wont be hard to correct it.

    Péter

  • Naomi

    @MichaelHyatt
    My favorite and one that I have re-read a few times is….."The Importance of a Leaders Heart". It ministered to me.
    But, "The Noticer Project" is the one that introduced me to you. I think I googled something and it popped up. I have since joined twitter, started a blog, did my own Noticer Project and DM you from time to time….
    Naomi

  • Naomi

    @MichaelHyatt
    My favorite and one that I have re-read a few times is….."The Importance of a Leaders Heart". It ministered to me.
    But, "The Noticer Project" is the one that introduced me to you. I think I googled something and it popped up. I have since joined twitter, started a blog, did my own Noticer Project and DM you from time to time….
    Naomi

  • @NaomiDelRio

    wow, just realize that most comments were submitted over 30 weeks ago……..geeze Im late huh?

  • @NaomiDelRio

    wow, just realize that most comments were submitted over 30 weeks ago……..geeze Im late huh?