Top Posts and Commenters for February 2011

In case you missed them, I have listed my top ten posts for February 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews.

Wordle graphic for February 2011

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Here are my top ten posts. I wrote five of these posts more than a year ago. If you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic for old posts, provided you are intentional about it. (I outline my strategy in a blog post called, “Recycling Your Blog Content.”)It didn’t hurt that Lifehacker linked to my top post. That alone quadrupled my daily traffic the day after I posted it.

Also, my About page continues to be in the top ten. If you are a blogger, this is why it is important to carefully engineer this page. You might want to read “10 Ways to Create a Better About Page for Your Blog.”

  1. A Better Filing System for Public Speakers (and Writers)
  2. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on MacBook Pro
  3. Creating a Life Plan
  4. Four Reasons Why the Sales Growth of e-Books Will Be Slower Than Industry Executives Think
  5. An Interview with Todd Burpo, Author of Heaven Is for Real
  6. Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors
  7. Is Romans 8:28 Still in the Bible?
  8. How to Update Your Facebook Status with Twitter
  9. About
  10. Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post

My top ten commenters were:

For March, I’m going to give a free copy of Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, to each of my top 10 commenters.

Ready. Set. Go!

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  • Pvedpathak

    Good one :)

    Visit Yahoo for more information.

  • http://www.skingsly.blogspot.com Kingsly

    The Post “Is Romans 8:28 Still in the Bible?” really helped me a lot. All your post are awesome but this one really came at the apt time for me. Thanks for writing…

    • Karl Mealor

      I agree. This article came at a great time for me. The timing was as appropriate as the material in the article itself.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      That was a good one!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    This is third time in a row!!! I am enjoying your blog and its contents. Hence, I have landed as one of the top ten commenters for February 2011.

    Thanks Mike for motivating many people through this blog.

    On a personal note, I was more consistent in blogging in February than the previous months. I would pick the post on ‘Travails of Traveling’ as my top post for February. As I travel a lot in connection with my work, I really enjoyed while writing and sharing these thoughts in my blog.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Uma. You are on a winning streak!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Mike! You are really a role model and inspiration to many aspiring people. Keep going.

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          I second that thought. I have learned a lot from this blog over the last few months and it has really set a great example for me as I recently launched my own blog! Thanks Mike!

          • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

            Steve, similar to you, I have started blogging after I began following this blog.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Uma. You are on a winning streak!

    • http://www.skingsly.blogspot.com Kingsly

      Great Mahesh..Congrats..and am also happy since you are from India….Am also from India :)

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Kingsly! Nice to hear from a fellow countryman!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Karl Mealor

      Uma, you’re my hero. Are you already on your 51st comment for March? Just kidding, of course.

      I will admit that I love winning the books, but it’s the material that keeps me coming back. I learn something new every time.

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Karl! As I have already specified, primarily it’s the content and the stuff which brings us everyday here.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      It’s my third month in a row as well!

      What I like best here is the feeling of community!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I like that, too!

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        The community is awesome – I learn a lot by seeing what everyone has to add to the conversation.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          My thought exactly!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Jeff! and, my congrats to you as well! As a community, we are learning many things from each other.

    • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

      Wow, congratulations Uma!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks PJ! Your blog is interesting.

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    My top post was “Leadership or Manipulation?” (http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/leadership-or-manipulation/).

    I think it rocketed to the top because Dan Rockwell (Leadershipfreak) did a followup post to mine the next day. He started his post with a reference and link to mine. I received strong residual hits for days.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      As you have specified in your post, our God is a God of hearts. Our motive matters the most. Character has much do with what is inside of us, while charisma has much to do with what is outside of us. Many times, we manipulate people for our personal gain. We see many leaders using public office for private profit. Thanks Geoff for sharing the post. An insightful read.

      • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

        Glad you liked it, Uma!

    • Carla

      I like Dan Rockwell’s blog too and found it thanks to posting a comment on Michael’s blog! fun huh? maybe I should write a blog??? LOL

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    My top post was “Leadership or Manipulation?” (http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/leadership-or-manipulation/).

    I think it rocketed to the top because Dan Rockwell (Leadershipfreak) did a followup post to mine the next day. He started his post with a reference and link to mine. I received strong residual hits for days.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Of the two posts I published in February, the one with the Sarah Palin picture drew six comments, and the one with Barack Obama scored twelve comments. The president wins by a landslide.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Non-trivial percentage of Americans (roughly one in five) believe President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim!!! Funny article on Mullah no.. no.. Barack Obama.

  • http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com Leah Adams

    Very interesting and helpful info in this post. Thank you.

    My top post from February was entitled “A Legacy MeMe”. The Bible study that I wrote is about leaving a godly legacy for the generations that come behind us, so I try to gear many of my posts to the topic of legacy. In the Legacy Meme post, I outlined my legacy (the good, the bad and the ugly) by decade. It was an eye opening way of setting up ‘stones of remembrance’ concerning the choices I have made and consequences of those choices.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks Leah for sharing your story. Honest and straight forward. Really touched by your bio.

      • http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com Leah Adams

        Thank you. I believe that those of us in ministry MUST be transparent with our victories and our struggles. Stop by The Point any time. Blessings to you.

        • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

          Agreed Leah.

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          It seems like people pay a little more attention when they see struggles. It may be the dramatic story (seeing that their leaders are not perfect) that gets their attention; but, then they often stick around long enough that they end up getting something that helps them in their own lives.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I agree. There is something about overcoming adversity that attracts people. When people see struggles, they tend to watch and see.

  • http://twitter.com/promobrain Mike Freestone

    OK. March 1, comment 1. You really are an inspiration with your posts on your blog. I especially like yesterdays post regarding your trip to the islands of Greece. It dovetailed perfectly with the messages the day before in Church. Keep it up…

  • http://twitter.com/slumbersixcon Joe Lalonde

    Thanks for this great recap. I can’t wait to check some of these out as I just started reading your blog and it’s brought some great insight! Looking forward to much more!

  • Karl Mealor

    Awesome! I greatly appreciate your generosity.

  • http://www.thinveil.net/ Brandon Vogt

    Thanks for this recap. My favorite post was the Evernote post. I had used the tool before, but I’ve now copied your notebook categories and it has already helped tremendously. Thanks!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I had never even though about Evernote until I saw it here, also. And then I saw it on Josh Hood’s website again, that same week. I decided to give it a try. So far, I love it!

      • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

        I’ve been trying to use it but even though I have it on my PC AND my iPhone, I keep forgetting it’s there.

        It takes some discipline… but I’m trying to learn!

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I understand. I’ve decided to just leave it open on my Mac. That way I remember it more… ;)

  • http://www.SammyA.com Sammy A

    Hey Michael…
    How soon is too soon to recycle posts? I’ve only been blogging since October so it feels strange to already start recycling posts although I feel like I have some great content that about 80% of my current readers have never seen.

    My top post was:
    Dating: Questions and answers [http://bit.ly/i4c8hb]. Tripled my traffic. I’m a college pastor so it fit most of my demographic but its the first time people have engaged each other in great discussions through the comments without my participating [81 comments]. Pretty fun to see.

    Close second post was:
    Why I hope my white wife births an Indian baby. I think that was all the title. ha ha.

    http://bit.ly/eYJ38Z

    Michael, this is the first and only blog I consistently anticipate every morning. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would wait until you have about 90 in the can and then start recycling the first ones.

      • Anonymous

        How does one recycle posts? I’ve got over 1000 posts in my archives, many of which I know haven’t been seen by many of my readers. Is there an SEO friendly way to repost them?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Look at the link I cite in the post. You don’t actually re-post them. You simply call attention to them via your network of Twitter followers or Facebook friends/fans.

          • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

            The reposting thing is a common misconception.

            It can actually hurt your blog to physically repost. As Michael says, you just use social media to call attention to them.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Yes, Google penalizes your blog for duplicate content.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Michael! I have started tweeting/FBing some of my older posts. I
            should set up a “recycling” schedule for them! :)

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      The title of your second post sure got my attention. I remember seeing it pop up in Google Reader – after seeing the title, I made sure that I didn’t miss reading the full post :-)

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        I had to go read it just now! Attention grasping!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJRLITL5IEFHDDFURAESLXOOZ4 Jim Whitaker

    I think that the interesting part of this is that there is not on theme for focus for your topics. It is a vareity of topics related to a lot of different areas. There is faith. There is productivity. There is leadership. There is social media. There is topics on the publishing industry. In other words, you post are touching lives in so many different areas and providing food for thought that impacts a wide range of concepts. Keep up the good posts. I appreciate all you do.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Wow Michael, it’s getting harder to be a top commenter around here. Your comment stream has exploded since the beginning of the year. I did a little research and found the following data…

    Nov 2010: Top commenter had 23 comments, top 10 commenters had 164 comments
    Dec 2010: Top commenter had 69 comments, top 10 commenters had 233 comments
    Jan 2011: Top commenter had 75 comments, top 10 commenters had 485 comments
    Feb 2011: Top commenter had 88 comments, top 10 commenters had 526 comments

    Your total top 10 comments more than tripled since November. It’s obvious that posting more frequently and from the heart has really increased your traffic. I don’t know how you keep up. Those virtual buttons on your iPhone must be getting worn out.

    My top post for the month was Do One Thing, (http://bit.ly/eeMg1z ) a video post about singletasking. Your blog sent at least 80 visitors for that one post alone.

    Thanks for being the best Leadership Outpost on the web. Keep up the great work!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks John for your fantastic statistical analysis.

      Personally, I do not love multitasking and your post on single tasking helped me get convinced about the same. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. You are one that post both quantity AND quality. I appreciate your contribution to this community.

      I think my comments have also exploded because:

      I switched to Disqus. It makes it easier for me to engage in the conversation via email. It is ten times faster than any other system I have found.

      I made my blog comments, Twitter re-tweets, and Facebook shares more visible.

      I offered the monthly contest for the top commenters.

      Thanks for your analysis. Maybe I should do a post on this?

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        Anytime you can triple traffic or comments, a lot of people will want to know how you did it. I’m sure a post about this would be very popular. I’m in the process of doing a blog redesign and I’ve been thinking of using Disqus instead of Intense Debate. If your results are an indicator, Disqus will certainly be the way to go.

      • Anonymous

        I think the contest has definitely helped to encourage commenting. I know I’m more likely to comment (even though I’ll probably never win due to my inconsistency of commenting beyond my initial comments) on most posts that I would be otherwise.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I thought the same thing initially, apichea. But as read through the comments (which are often as good as the post itsel), I can’t help but be drawn into the conversation!

          • Anonymous

            Jeff,

            I can definitely see how this is true. Normally, I go through my reader in a
            hurry, but Michael’s posts are the ones that I like to take more time on (if
            I have extra time) to read through and interact with the comments. There is
            a great community of readers here, and I can learn so much from ALL of you!
            :)

          • TNeal

            For me the book was the bait but the community has been the hook. I’m not encouraging Michael to stop offering books, but I’m committed to the blog and loyal to the community. The book offer helps me maintain focus but I enjoy reading other people’s comments and participating in the conversation anyway. Michael’s strategy has proven pure genius.

          • Anonymous

            “Michael’s strategy has proven pure genius.” I think so too… In fact, I’m
            thinking of offering a similar means of “encouragement” for the community on
            my blog!

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            TNeal, it was the exact opposite for me. The community was the bait and the book was the added bonus. I love it that I’ve received a book or two, but I’d be here anyway.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I’m the same way. I skim through my RSS pretty quick, but I take the time to read this site, and a few others carefully. The interaction is what I look forward to most.

          • Anonymous

            I know. I have a few select sites that I make a point to open the actual
            post when I’m skimming my reader, and this is definitely one of them. Just
            the interactions on this post alone have been well worth the time I’ve been
            able to put into it! :)

        • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

          The contest has definitely made me comment more. My goal in February was to win a copy of the book so I made a conscious effort to join in on the conversation.

          The problem I find is the people who comment here are way smarter than me :-)

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t found a book I really want to read in the prizes yet, but I can
            definitely see how that would motivate me to comment more! :)

          • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

            What book would you like to win? Maybe we can start lobbying Michael to give it away next month… :-)

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I am wide open to suggestions. Perhaps I should just let the winners pick whatever book they want. It really doesn’t make any difference to me.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I am wide open to suggestions. Perhaps I should just let the winners pick whatever book they want. It really doesn’t make any difference to me.

          • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

            Maybe… but it would probably be best to offer a choice of two or three books.

            Putting a name to the prize on offer focuses it a little more and makes it more desirable than just “Whatever book you want”!

          • Anonymous

            I just took a look at the current Thomas Nelson books, and “A Heart Ablaze”
            by John Bevere looks like a great read!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Man, I feel the same way.

      • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

        True… I really want to get Disqus on my blog (which I can), but it is not as easy as WordPress. I would have to switch the whole entire site over to HTML. Do you think I should do it? Any thoughts on it?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I don’t have any experience with Disqus outside of WordPress. Sorry.

        • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

          I’d switch the entire site over to WordPress and then install the Disqus plugin :-)

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I would, too. ;-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. You are one that post both quantity AND quality. I appreciate your contribution to this community.

      I think my comments have also exploded because:

      I switched to Disqus. It makes it easier for me to engage in the conversation via email. It is ten times faster than any other system I have found.

      I made my blog comments, Twitter re-tweets, and Facebook shares more visible.

      I offered the monthly contest for the top commenters.

      Thanks for your analysis. Maybe I should do a post on this?

    • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

      I noticed this as well. Interesting stuff.

  • http://hooverhousehold.blogspot.com Christine Hoover

    Thank you for writing your blog. You always give such helpful information that I’m able to walk away and implement at least one new thing with my blog.

  • http://hooverhousehold.blogspot.com Christine Hoover

    Thank you for writing your blog. You always give such helpful information that I’m able to walk away and implement at least one new thing with my blog.

  • http://stepmorgan.com/ Step Morgan

    My top post in February was “How a Customer Service Consultant Flunked His Own Course” http://stepmorgan.com/2011/02/how-a-customer-service-consultant-flunked-his-own-course/
    (It was a shoo-in given it was my only post for the month.) It was also my second most popular post in the past six months. I think it resonates because we all struggle to some degree to put to practice the things we say we value. What do you think?

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks Step for the ABC analysis. It’s a learning for me.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      Hey Step, your post is a great reminder that our family is important. It is so easy to let our family take second place (or lower) to the other things in our lives – even to the point of feeling like they are a burden. It really is our attitude that makes the difference.

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Agreed Steve! Many times, family is neglected by us.

  • http://www.kathink.blogspot.com Kathleen T. Jaeger

    My top blog post for February was one called Enough? It was my top blog post because I have become more consistent in blogging. My goal at this point is two times a week. But the other reason it was my top blog post is because I have joined an online blog hop each Friday — a group of like-minded bloggers. And that has begun to generate more traffic to my blog. Not a lot. But enough to encourage me to keep on blogging. Thanks for asking about our top posts. I also did a top 5 February posts for my blog modeled after yours.

    Here is the link to the post:

    http://kathink.blogspot.com/2011/02/enough.html

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Meaningful questions to introspect myself? — “Have you had a clarifying moment lately? …. What are some of the guiding principles you apply in your family to decide what activities to participate in or not?” – Thanks for the post Kathleen.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      My blogging goal was two times a week as well. But watching how Michael stepped up his game encouraged me to do so as well. I now post on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and schedule a post to appear on Sunday morning before our church starts.

      My only struggle is how to decide when to post what. Right now I lean towards Leadership on Mondays, Ministry/Pesonal Growth on Wednesdays, and Resources and Inspiration on Fridays.

      Any thoughts on this from anyone would be appreciated.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      Sounds like a great goal! I try to post 2-3x a week as well!

  • Matt Blazer

    I have been blogging about the mentors in my life, and I’m up to around 22. My largest hit total was when I wrote about having the exquisite pleasure of getting a drink with Christopher Hitchens. Michael – your blog is very helpful, thank you for doing it.

  • Cherie Porras

    I wanted to say “Thank You” for the book you are sending. Working with those who are in troubled situations through counseling I am sure it will be useful and I look forward to reading it.
    Thank you again

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome. I hope you enjoy it!

  • http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com/ Gina Burgess

    My top post was Turtle On A Post- http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com/2006/09/turtle-on-post.html which has been the top post for almost a year now. I think it is because the concept has such an impact from a leadership standpoint. However, there is a godly angle to the turtle on the post:

    God understands this. He puts us on posts all the time in His work. He never leaves us there. He is always conscious of us, feeding us, giving us exercise and plenty to drink if we only lift our mouths to him. Trust Me, Try Me, Prove Me sayeth the Lord of Hosts and the blessings will pour out on you.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks for the reminder that He is always there to help us in the midst of storms. And, for the promise verse too — Isaiah 58:11

  • TNeal

    First of all, I’m thankful to see my name on the list even if I squeaked in.

    Secondly, I’m glad you included your top posts from February because I missed at least two, both of which I’ve since read with great interest–Life Plan and Literary Agents. The former gives me specific guidance for living a purposeful life and the latter listed several agents I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting at ACFW conferences, including my own agent Les Stobbe.

    I appreciate the value your blog adds to my life and the community of insightful people you’ve drawn me into.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I loved the Life Plan post. It’s a discipline I’ve begun to implement in my own life too, since reading it here.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I’m about to release a Life Plan e-book. It should happen in the next week or so. Stay tuned.

        • http://bentune.blogspot.com/ Ben Tune

          This makes me want to go out and buy a Kindle.

        • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

          Thanks Mike! I am eagerly looking forward to the same. And, staying tuned too.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Definitely looking forward to that!!!

  • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

    Top Post of February: “Feed Your Soul” – Why is it that no matter how busy we are, we always manage to make time to eat? When was the last time you accidentally went 3 days without eating? But while we are diligent in feeding ourselves physically, we often fail to do so spiritually. http://joshuamhood.com/feed-your-soul/

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Josh! During last month, I enjoyed your post on “Why You Need Mirrors” a lot.

      • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

        Thank you, Uma. I’m glad you enjoyed it! (
        http://joshuamhood.com/why-you-need-mirrors/)

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        And I like this one too!

      • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

        Yeah, that was a great one!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      LOVED this post, Josh!

      • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

        Thank you!

  • Karl Mealor

    My top post (math education related site) for February was posted in April, 2010. It’s a calculator program that only Calculus students would find interesting. However, it’s a program that most Calculus students find EXTREMELY helpful (I didn’t write the original code; a student did.). Hence, a high number of hits. It also doesn’t hurt that the post shows up on the first page of a lot of Google searches related to the topic.

    I’m trying to learn from this because I’m interested in starting some other blogs. I’m wondering if my experience is teaching me: 1) identify a niche audience, and 2) provide material that is useful for that audience. Or, should I try to make my material more applicable to a more general population? Any thoughts from other bloggers?

    Another old item that still gets a lot of hits is an article entitled “Just Leave Every Question on the SAT Blank!”. (http://mrmealor.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/just-leave-every-question-on-the-sat-blank/) It gets a lot of hits, especially around SAT testing dates, when students are searching for how many items they can leave blank on the SAT and still achieve their test score goal. This once again is specialized information for a specialized audience. (Ok, I also took someone’s advice about choosing an attention-grabbing title, and I was rather passionate when I wrote the article.)

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Congrats Karl for making the top 10!

  • Kevin Mackie

    Hi Michael,

    Having just discovered your blog, by virtue of the Lifehacker posting, I’ve spent far too much time reading not just February’s posts, but most of 2010′s, as well!

    I particularly enjoyed watching your “How I Use a Single Carry-On Bag to Travel Lighter” post, which prompted me to also watch your “Road Warrior Series: My Current Laptop Bag” video. I liked the Knomo Stirling Messenger bag and ended up purchasing something similar from the San Francisco-based Waterfield Designs (www.sfbags.com). Hearing your thought process in your video was great in helping me think through what I wanted from a bag (both the laptop and carry-on).

    Thanks for the thought-provoking posts…I look forward to reading more from you in March!

    Cheers,
    Kevin

  • Kevin Mackie

    Hi Michael,

    Having just discovered your blog, by virtue of the Lifehacker posting, I’ve spent far too much time reading not just February’s posts, but most of 2010′s, as well!

    I particularly enjoyed watching your “How I Use a Single Carry-On Bag to Travel Lighter” post, which prompted me to also watch your “Road Warrior Series: My Current Laptop Bag” video. I liked the Knomo Stirling Messenger bag and ended up purchasing something similar from the San Francisco-based Waterfield Designs (www.sfbags.com). Hearing your thought process in your video was great in helping me think through what I wanted from a bag (both the laptop and carry-on).

    Thanks for the thought-provoking posts…I look forward to reading more from you in March!

    Cheers,
    Kevin

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kevin. I am still using the Knomo bag to cart stuff back and forth to the office. I also use it on longer trips when I need a bigger suitcase. Thanks for dropping by.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Very cool! It seems like every month you get more and more comments! That’s great!

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    I am honored to be in list of top commentors. Thanks Mike for such great material and prompts for conversations. This is a great community to be a part of.

    My Top Post was “10 Ways to Get the Attention of Kids” (http://wp.me/p1fxUA-4P). This post got a lot of attention because we promoted it to the teachers in our church.

    The second was “Do I Really Have To Wait” (http://wp.me/p1fxUA-5p). I think this one drew interest because it connects to a topic that most of us don’t like as leaders – waiting.

    • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

      Congratulations Steven! I’m looking forward to reading your two top post, both titles are enticing to me.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        Thanks PJ! If you like the one on getting children’s attention, then you may like one I am working on that will probably be posted this coming Monday. It is titled, “Eight Steps for Effectively Communicating With Your Child”.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks Steven! Your article on “Do I Really Have To Wait” rminded me the importance of patience and perseverence in my life.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        I am glad you found it helpful! I am in the middle of waiting on some ‘bigger’ things and David’s story helps me to keep me on the right path.

  • Anonymous

    so how in the world did these people comment so many times? WOW
    My favorite from last month was “Is Romans 8:28 still in the bible?”

    • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

      By commenting first on the blog, then on others comments. :)
      I too enjoyed “Is Romans 8:28 still in the Bible?” and shared it with others.

    • http://bentune.blogspot.com/ Ben Tune

      This is the one blog I read on an (almost) daily basis. Michael encourages comments and regularly responds. And other readers respond, too. As others have said, there is a sense of community here.

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        I second your thought Ben!

  • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

    YAY! I made the list!!!!!!

    That was one of my main life goals for February.

    My birthday is next week so I just won myself a birthday present!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

      Congratulations Peter and… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

      • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

        Thanks, PJ!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Congrats Peter! And, my birthday wishes too!

      • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

        Thanks, Uma

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Thanks for all your help and resources, you have surely changed how I blog!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Dylan! During last month, your post on “How To Succeed?” was head on. I was really moved when I read your bio in your about page. I feel really sorry for that pain you are going through.

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        Thank you for your encouragement! Yes, the pain has been difficult, but no need to feel sorry for me. God is good.

  • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

    I have read the Life Plan post several times myself, so I can understand why it continues to be one of your most popular posts.
    As for myself, my most popular post this month was On Valentine’s Traditions, you can find it here: http://www.jdeddins.com/valentines-tradition/
    I posted it at the beginning of the month so I think it gave people plenty of time to find it and implement the suggestions before Valentine’s Day hit.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Eddins! During last month, I enjoyed your poston “Finding Balance to Change the World”. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.cdenning.com Chris Denning

    I think recycling older content is a great idea. Its not like its fruit and goes back over time (though it sometimes needs to be updated), so why not put it back out there?

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Chris! I thoroughly enjoyed your post on “Easy to Say, Hard to Do ” and learnt the importance of priortizing in our life. Thanks.

  • Carla

    ahh yes, I see that in looking over the top ten I didn’t read as many as perhaps I should have! will have to catch up. nonetheless, I just got a call from someone who won the audio book of Heaven is for Real after I passed along the link. There is no one I would rather have it than this person so I thank you deeply for your continued mission to get this material into our hands one way or the other! And your gifts are for real as I already own 2 books I won on the site! (and am using them and grateful!)

  • http://brain-drops.com/ Michelle

    My top post was my first recap of Recreate ’11. http://brain-drops.com/2011/02/16/recreate-11-recap/
    Guess it must have been all the attendees catching up after being home for a few days.
    I still have to recap your talk on my blog. Thank you for sharing what you did. It spoke volumes to me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michelle. I need to read your recap. I really enjoyed that conference.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Michelle! I liked your post on “Rules for travel” a lot. As I travel a lot, I was benefitted from reading yours. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    I really want to get Disqus on my blog (which I can), but it is not as easy as WordPress. I would have to switch the whole entire site over to HTML. Do you think I should do it? Any thoughts on it?

  • http://twitter.com/LivingNextLevel Colby Benjamin Brown

    The interview with Todd Burpo was just amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on that book! I also shared the post “Is Romans 8:28 Still in the Bible?” with several of my friends and family…what a great reminder that God is in complete control, no matter what.

  • http://pennyshire.wordpress.com Reflectionsbypj

    My top post for February is one I wrote in April of 2010, titled “The First Amendment” – the name alone is its sole reason for its popularity, sadly, not its content.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Sounds interesting PJ

  • http://twitter.com/NewEnglandHiker Roy Wallen

    Although I haven’t been making comments lately, I appreciate the time and effort you put into writing, provoking thought, and providign encouragement. Please keep the excellent posts coming as well as the ones that will provide benefit to your relatively recent readers.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Thanks much!

    But I’m not sure if my Christian blog posts are good enough to warrant any interest at all (in the 1st place!)

    A sample, if anyone might care

    http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/using-gods-law-as-a-vehicle-to-greater-spirituality/

    Thanks, again.

  • Sduffer1

    My top Blog Post for February was one where I was very transparent and honest about the fight that depression is. I had struggled for some time to make myself write it–there is much stigma that clouds such a topic–but I bit the bullet, so to speak, and wrote from my heart. I’m so glad I did. To finally find words to put to the experience has been tremendous. My ex-minister, ex-husband has been jailed, sentenced to 17 years for heinous crimes. Our life (I have four amazing children) has been shattered. And yet God continues to hold us, teach us–so often I sit and say “I am Job.” My Blog has been a way to do what I do when I must process something, and that is to write. I am grateful.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m so sorry for your travail. I really appreciate you admitted your battle with depression (which is understandable). I think just admitting it helps take the stigma and the added burden of guilt or shame. May God be with you!

    • TNeal

      A friend who first lost his teenage daughter then his wife to disease felt burdened by the comparison others made about him being a modern day Job. He commented to my wife and me, “I don’t want to be Job.”

      Sorry to read of your difficult, to put it mildly, experiences in life. Thank you for your faithful testimony and openness.

  • http://twitter.com/dbonleadership Dan

    That’s great. I look forward to getting a free copy of the book.

  • http://www.instani.com Web Designer

    Nice..

  • http://dianneguthmuller.com Dianne Guthmuller

    My top post for February was entitled: “I’m not lucky I’m blessed.” I hope it’s number one spot means that my readers are wanting to know more about the blessings of God. Here’s the link:

    http://dianneguthmuller.com/2010/05/31/i’m-not-lucky-i’m-blessed—proverbs-1633/

    Thank you so much for your blog! It’s my number one “must read” each day!

    Blessings!
    Dianne Guthmuller

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrismorton82 Chris Morton

    My Top Post of February was “6 Charges From the Guy Who Coined the Term ‘Missional’” (http://www.chrismorton.info/?p=2082). I also linked to a previous post called “A Jesus Way: Putting It All Together” (http://www.chrismorton.info/?p=1464).

  • http://twitter.com/dbonleadership Dan

    It seems like the best post I ever have done is titled: Knowing your Teams Strengths and Weaknesses and you can read it at http://danblackonleadership.blogspot.com/2010/07/knowing-your-teams-strengths-and.html

    I have no idea why but it is.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    I enjoyed the post about why e-book sales will be slower than many think.

  • Joe Lalonde

    I know a lot has been going on, but did the list of March’s top commenters ever come out?

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  • Timothy Fish

    I was kind of hoping that the post “How to Make Your Own Kindle Cover” (http://timothyfish.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-make-your-own-kindle-cover.html) would hit the top spot and I wouldn’t have to be so cynical, but “Review: Heaven is for Real” (http://timothyfish.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-heaven-is-for-real.html) hit the top spot for March. I suppose there is something to be said for jumping on the bandwagon and talking about whatever a lot of people are talking about if you want people to read a blog. Sad, but true.

  • Otai samuel

    Michael, much as iam new to your blogging list, i would be grate ful to receive copies of Everyone communicate, Few connect, & What the most Effective People do Differently.
    This will improve greatly on my Leadership & Communication skills. Just kindly reserve me copies. Sam Otai

  • http://staceydaze.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    I’m new around here, and will more than likely NEVER comment enough to receive anything, but I wanted to thank you for this recap. There are several posts I missed or have never seen, and I’m glad I get to read them now. I appreciate your words and have shared many posts with other people often. Thanks again!

  • Anonymous

    My top post was Women’s Ministry Ideas. I made a video of a monthly event we hold at our church and women are constantly searching for new ideas to grow their ministries in the church.

  • Jmhardy97

    thank you for the great learning tools. Oriverbs 16:13 Good leaders cultivate honest speech;they love advisors who tell them the truth.