October’s Top Ten Posts

This morning, I was reviewing my traffic statistics for the month of October. Based on the data from my Google Analytics account, here were my top, most-read posts. It is interesting that only half of these were new posts written during the month. The remainder came from my archives.

Top Ten Numbers

These are arranged in descending order, based on number of page views:

  1. Should You Consider Self-Publishing? This is the controversial announcement about WestBow Press, Thomas Nelson’s new self-publishing or subsidy publishing initiative.
  2. Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors This is the Web’s only complete list of literary agents who represent Christians authors. I update it regularly.
  3. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on the MacBook Pro This is a fairly technical article I wrote about how to fix a problem that some Mac’s have. Evidently, people continue to experience this.
  4. Creating a Life Plan This is a how-to post that takes you step-by-step through the important process of creating a life plan.
  5. eBook: Writing a Winning Book Proposal This post simply describes my very popular eBook for new writers. If you are thinking about getting published, this is the place you should start.
  6. What It Takes to Become a Master Writer This is a guest post from Mary DeMuth. She tells it like it is. This post drew a surprising amount of traffic and comments.
  7. Five Characteristics of Weak Leaders This is a post I wrote last week about Civil War General George B. McClennan. He was described in the book, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
  8. My Take on the Vibram Five Finger Running Shoes This is the post I wrote about those crazy looking, barefoot running shoes that are now all the rage.
  9. Religion—In the Worst Sense of the Word This is the video about Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, NC. It would indeed be amazing if you could find any grace here.
  10. Advice to First-Time Authors This is a post that I wrote in response to the scores of emails I received from people wanting to break into publishing. This post represents my best advice for getting started

By the way, as a blogger, this list is a good reminder that you probably have a lot of great content sitting in your archives. However, unless you have a strategy for bringing that to the forefront of your readers’ attention, it will basically disappear. I use Twitter to post daily a link to something I have written previously that I think is noteworthy.

Question: Were there any posts you particularly enjoyed that didn’t make it into the top ten list?
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  • http://mypassionforpurity.blogspot.com Connie Firmin

    Thanks for all of your blog posts. I've learned a GREAT deal reading them and have made it a daily read. I also follow you on twitter which has opened my eyes to publishers and given me a completely new perspective of Thomas Nelson. I was thinking of self publishing my first manuscript, but with all of this information at my fingertips, I would be crazy not to try submitting it first. Thanks again!

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    I'm tickled my post made it to your top ten!

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  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    I appreciate your comment about Amazing Grace Baptist Church. Sadly, I agree.

  • http://www.paulwallis.net Paul Anthony Wallis

    Thanks Mike. This is good to see. I sent a comment a couple of months back, suggesting that some people might like to read something from you about how to write better. So I’m gratified to see Mary deMuth’s guest blog come in at #6. This top ten must tell you something about the make-up of your readers. Will that alter the emphasis of what you post in the future?

  • Carol York

    I love the "what I learned from bad/good bosses" posts. I'm dealing with a difficult boss right now, and they give me a lot of insight on how to deal with the situation. AND how not to repeat her behavior myself!

  • http://www.screensleuth.com Screen Sleuth

    A 'life plan' book? Hasn't there been like, 10 of these already?

  • http://parentvigor.com Nick Macaluso

    I don’t know about top post, but I love those videos from the Leadercast!