Top Posts and Commenters for February 2012

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for February 2012, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton.

Wordle Graphic for February 2012

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Here are my top ten posts:

  1. How to Setup Google Calendar on Your iPhone 4 (07/05/2010)
  2. Creating Your Personal Life Plan (03/11/2011)
  3. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter (11/28/2011)
  4. The Secret to Happiness As You Get Older (02/13/2012)
  5. 3 Actions You Can Take Now to Shift Your Emotional State (02/02/2012)
  6. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on MacBook Pro (01/01/2007)
  7. How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency (05/02/2011)
  8. The Fastest Way to Get a Book Contract—Guaranteed (10/03/2009)
  9. How to Become a Twitter Ninja in Less than 30 Minutes a Day (02/15/2012)
  10. 20 Questions to Ask Other Leaders (06/19/2009)

In the list above, I placed the date the post was first published in parenthesis. Several items worth noting. (This was similar last month.)

  • Only three of the top ten were actually written in February. This is a consistent pattern as my archive of content grows.
  • Four of the top ten were written more than a year ago. This demonstrates how long blog content can remain relevant.
  • The list continues to be eclectic—leadership, tech, social media, life planning. I’d like to focus more, but I enjoy writing on a variety of topics.

Congratulations to the top ten commenters for the month. They were:

This list does not include my terrific group of Community Leaders, who, by virtue of their role, made more comments than anyone.

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  • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

    Once again, Mr. Hyatt, you put out wonderful content. THANK YOU! 

    My top post was one entitled ‘Consider the Messenger’ and it dealt with a ‘funk’ I had fallen into. All too often the messages we receive send us reeling into a funk and those messages are not even from the Lord, but rather from Satan. This post struck a nerve with a lot of people. Apparently I was not the only one in a funk.

    http://www.leahadams.org/consider-the-messenger/

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

      Leah, thanks for helping to make February a great month over at The Stretched Blog!

      • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

        Thank you, Jon, for allowing me to be part of your FEbruary line-up.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great post, Leah.

      • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

        Thank you, Michele.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Your link, Leah, makes the comments’ section as beneficial as the regular articles posted here. Good, memorable message. Thanks for sharing.

      • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

        Thank you, TNeal.

  • http://tvbreakroom.com/ Katie Hart

    My top post was http://tvbreakroom.com/tv-pilots-for-2012-2013-season-abc-cbs-fox-nbc-the-cw/ – an intro post to all the pilots being produced for broadcast networks this spring. I think it did so well because it’s a highly searched topic at this time of year. With a TV show website, most of my traffic comes from current “hot topics,” though I do get a fair amount for my reviews of older TV episodes. February was my best month on my site to date, adding 20% to my previous high. I started tracking pageviews last February when I began promoting the site, and the difference is very encouraging!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Great job, Katie. That’s a lot of success in a short amount of time!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Katie, your link introduced me to an interesting topic and your article offered me information I normally wouldn’t encounter. I appreciate your sharing the link.–Tom

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Thanks Michael for the wonderful posts on a variety of topics. Truly enjoying the community here.

    My top post for Feb was “NO MORE CONDEMNATION!”. My wife Ancy wrote that beautiful post sometime back. As a motivational post, it depicts the awesome freedom we have as followers of Christ and the distinction between conviction and condemnation. Here’s the link - http://joeandancy.com/2012/02/24/no-more-condemnation/

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

      Joe, I love that I can connect with someone oceans away from home thanks to the blog world.  Keep putting out great stuff!

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks Jon. God has marvelous ways of connecting us! 
        Love reading your comments! 

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Joe, what a wonderful testimony of a husband and wife who are truly are team in ministry.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks TNeal. 

  • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

    My most popular post was a long-ish quote from a Priscilla Shirer book (
    http://www.joannamuses.com/2012/02/quotable-blessing-of-discipline.html ) It was probably the most popular because it was posted early in the month and because I didn’t get lots of other posts done due to dramatically bringing forward my plans for moving house. My post on good and bad motivations for being holy was also fairly popular (
    http://www.joannamuses.com/2012/02/why-be-holy-part-1.html )

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Sometimes a quote or short post can be very effective. By the way, love the Priscilla Shirer quote. A good one.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      “He’s on to you because you are His beloved.” A quote worth sharing. Thanks, Joanna, for the link.–Tom

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    My top post for February was a blog called “Drawing Near” http://darensirbough.com/2012/02/20/drawing-near/

    I believe that was the case because of the day and time I posted it and where I posted it. I also asked for Facebook responses and not just responses via the blog. It created a conversation on many platforms. It was also a very genuine and personal blog. I think it is more my style to blog in this manner.

    Confession time. I wanted to be a top poster for the free stuff but I desired to provide engaging responses which meant that I listened and learned a lot about the community here. The incentive for the resources that Michael gives out is great, but personally was blessed so much by the connections made with others here. Not only is Michael’s blog inspiring, but the lives of those in this online community who are a constant support for each other. It’s funny to think that an online community can have such an impact on the lives of others let alone mine personally.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

      Daren, I think we can all echo your “confession.”  Being part of Michael’s community has been wonderful – for the connections and for the content.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        I agree with you, Jon.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      Daren, I agree! This community is so supportive and helpful, and it’s amazing that we can be “friends” with people we’ve never met.  Great job on being the #1 commenter!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Thanks Kelly! I used to think back in the day that networking via the internet was something that others would find funny or silly to do. Now it brings like minded people together who are embracing the changes of what the world looks like. I’m glad many great people are embracing this change.

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

       Agreed 100%!

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      You are right, Daren. We have a great friendly community out here. And there’s lot of avenues to learn from each other. Thanks to Michael.

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Perhaps we can multiply this out into the communities that we live in. Joe, you could be that kind of person for the community you are a part of.

        • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

          That’s true, Daren. We can do that.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Thank you for your commitment to this community, Daren. I’m so glad you’re a part of it!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Thank you Michele. I’m glad you’re a part of it too! Love your guest blogs.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       It’s this post, Top Posts and Commenters, that reconnects me with others on a monthly basis (if not more often). For me, that’s the case with you. Oh, yeah, Daren in Australia. Great to read his stuff.

      The top commenter for most of us started with the gift prompt but it has moved into deeper waters. For me, an at-home author and an extrovert, this blog gives me a place to converse (granted it’s in spurts but it’s helpful to know I’m connected with other believers).

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

      Daren! That was a wake-up call to lay down our fears and surrender all our burdens unto Him! Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    My top post was The 20 Mile March – http://www.jmlalonde.com/the-20-mile-march/

    This was the second month that it was on the top. Most likely due to the Google search results it brings in. But once people come to the post, it really seems to draw people in. They like the message of plugging away and setting minimum goals for the day.

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

      Joe! That was awesome. “Victory awaits him who has everything in order.” What a revelation. I have never thought about this. This is a great learning for me. Thanks for sharing Joe.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        It is an interesting thought, huh? And while it is not always the absolute truth, having things in order plays a large part in our successes.

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    My top post was “Who is Your Expert?”  It was “that awkward moment” when you realize you are going against the experts, who we consider experts, and the only expert information that never changes (the Bible). 

    I’m honored to be a top commenter. Last month was my first time in the top 10, but I was also a guest poster, so this time truly reflects my time here community building.  Thanks for letting me be a part of this great community!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

      Kelly, Can you throw a link up to your top post?  Thanks!

  • Tricia Hodges

    My top post was http://twotiarasandasword.blogspot.com/2012/02/she-was.html. it was a post honoring the life of my 94 year old grandmother who just passed away.

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Tricia, I read your post now. That’s a beautiful way of honoring someone who impacted your life!

      • Tricia

        Thank you, Joe! I’m fairly new at this, and most of my posts tend to be a little on the sentimental side. I posted one titled “My Daddy’s Dash” in honor of my Father’s life last October. it is one of my favorites. Anyway, thank you for the encouragement!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      What a life! Loved reading your tribute to your grandmother. Thanks for sharing it, Tricia.

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

      That was touching Tricia! I believe it was a fantastic way of honoring some one who has made a difference in our life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

    My number one post for February was a guest post written by Leah Adams.  Her post was titled Stretching To A New Focus.  I think the pickup in traffic was primarily based on the additional readers that Leah brought over to my blog.  This is one of the reasons I love guest bloggers and guest blogging.

    Thanks, Leah!

    http://www.jonstolpe.com/2012/02/08/stretching-to-a-new-focus-guest-post-by-leah-adams/

    • http://www.leahadams.org/ Leah Adams

      Jon, it was an honor to be part of The Stretched Blog. You give me too much credit. Your content and outreach is what pulls people in…I’m just honored to have been a small part of it. Be blessed.

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

       I loved that post, Jon and Leah.  Thanks for collaborating!

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

      Jon! Thanks for the book suggestion — David Kinnaman’s”Unchristian: What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters” – Looks promising and interesting read.  I am adding it to my to -read list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.freestone Mike Freestone

    I am amazed at the monthly list of your top blog posts and how the older ones still are read.  Must be the quality  of the author!  Good job and I hope I can be a top contributor some day.

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

      You can do that Freestone! Just be Consistent.

  • Nancy

    Your articles are always inspiring.  It is interesting that you are able to share previous posts, yet the posts feel fresh.  Great content is indeed the most important rule in writing.  Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Michael,
    You mention that 4 of your 10 posts were written more than a year ago. Of those, do you know how many were accessed thrugh your blog or through other means (organic searches, other blogs, etc.)? Just curious about how people are accessing your content. Without stating the obvious (which means I will ;), the growth of your blog certainly increases the opportunity for older content to be accessed. Would you say that the building of your blog for content and driving traffic to it through your “outposts” has been a key to that success?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Almost all of the traffic to the older posts is organic. However, posts links to older posts via my social media channels also helps. I have also written on this. Thanks.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I love to see this each month and gives me hope for my own blog.  I know that my most popular post gets several hits each week.

    My most post was called “Diet Mountain Dew and the Glory of God”.  I think the title drew people and they wanted to see where I was going.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That is a great title for a blog post Larry. I know it would catch my attention.

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

      Larry! I enjoyed your post on “Stop Living The Dream” the most.

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        Thanks Uma.  I liked that one too.

  • http://www.justcris.com/ Cris Ferreira

    Michael, I usually don’t comment on all your posts, but I read all of them. You always provide us great content and advices, thank you.
    My personal favorite this month was “The primary difference between the wise and the foolish” that you posted a few days ago.

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

    Thanks Mike for the wonderful posts! For me, it has been a great time of learning from your blog.  I am sure that this month of Feb’12 will be remembered for your audio podcasts. Love them.

    And, my congratulations to the top commenters and all the vibrant community leaders! You all make this blog more lively and fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    This is way off the intended topic, but the “Disclosure of Material Connection” caught my attention.  Don’t remember seeing this before.  Thanks for indirectly bringing this to our attention.  I have a feeling that a lot of bloggers are violating this policy without knowing it.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Karl, Michael likes to be upfront about this. It’s been part of the site for atleast a couple of months. Thank you for being understanding of Michael and the affiliates he is a part of.

      • Anonymous

        I hope my comment wasn’t taken as being critical. I just hadn’t noticed the notice before.

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

    Once again, all I can say is thanks!  I always find such great content AND community here.  Honored to be a part of that.

    I posted my top posts for February at http://www.jeffrandleman.com/top-posts-for-february-2012

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

      Jeff ! I am enjoying memory verses scripture posted every week. Keep posting.

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

        Thanks, Uma!

  • http://robsorbo.com/ Rob Sorbo

    This was by far my most visited post of the month (in fact, it’s only a few page views away from being my most read post ever): http://www.robsorbo.com/2012/02/ten-years-ago.html

    It is the story of an injury I experienced and how God healed me. I think the reason it got so much traffic is because I tagged a lot of people on Facebook–these were people who experienced the event with me.

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

      Thanks for sharing your miracle story Rob! It  touches our heart and kindles our faith.

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com/ Charles Specht

    My top post for February is titled:  “Is God Male Or Female…Or Even A Dung Beetle?”

    It had well over 600 views on the day I posted it.  It has to do with who God reveals Himself to be in the Bible.  

    Why I think it did so well is obvious by looking at my analytics.  I submitted it to StumbleUpon and it got shared around the blogosphere a total of 325 times.

    Here’s the link:  http://www.crazyaboutchurch.com/is-god-male-or-female-or-even-a-dung-beetle/

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Charles,
      That’s great!

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

      Thanks for sharing the post Charles! Those summary points were simple but awesome truth. Like it.

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    Congrats to all the top commenters!

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

      Thanks Barry!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    My top post was “Living Beyond Your Means” and I think it’s something we all can relate to.
     http://talesofwork.com/blog/2012/02/living-way-beyond-your-means/ see for yourself.

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

      Kimanzi! I can relate to  your golden words of truth — “Living the good life now means living a life a mediocrity and hopelessness later, forget about your dreams, they’ll never happen with no money and a bunch of debt!” — many of the youngsters in India live this life fearing to pursue their dreams.

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        Thanks for reading the post Uma, I was talking from personal experience!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    My top post for February was “Can Angels Be Christian?” ( http://tnealtarver.com/2012/02/04/can-angels-be-christian/ ).

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

      Thanks for haring the post ” Can Angels be Christians?” It was really intriguing and made me think beyond the obvious.

      I have seen many people  labeling everything as either Christian or Non-Christian. Even in twitter accounts, many start their bio by stating that they are Christian. But, I understand that there is much more than that.

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

    It was great to make your top list again, Michael. Thank you for the book.

    My top post for the month was entitled “Six important things you should know about Pinterest.” http://goals4u.us/y0AirY

    With a big boost in Traffic from Pinterest itself, it goes to show how popular this new social media network is.

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

      John! I have always enjoyed your comments in this community. You provide great ideas and I can always learn something from your thoughts. Thanks for being part of this vibrant community.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    Thrilled to make the Top Ten Commenter list again! How fun!

    My top post for February was “Where I Stay So I Won’t Stray.”  http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/2012/02/where-i-stay-so-i-wont-stray.html

    Most traffic came from several marriage-related blog hops I linked with during the week I posted it.

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

      Congrats Cheri on making to the top ten! And, thanks for sharing your post on “straying or staying. ” It gave a great perspective on one’s struggles with unmet needs in . Really ahuge challenge.

  • Angela Magnotti Andrews

    I am new to your site and love what I’m seeing here. I can’t wait to begin receiving your newsletters and exploring more of what is on your site. Two of my posts, both from May of 2011, were top in February.

    One was called “The ALL of God,” and I believe its powerful impact comes from the powerful combination of personal testimony of healing from chronic pain and an in-depth look at one of the smallest words in the Bible: ALL. Anytime the gospel is displayed, I think it’s powerful and compelling. http://brightnessofyourdawn.blogspot.com/2011/05/all-of-god.html

    The second was called “Forever Friends,” and I believe friendship is an “evergreen” topic (thank you Sean Platt for that beautiful term). In this post I honor four very dear friends, and again share testimony of the faithfulness of the Lord to His children when we come to Him with our need. And just as powerful as the truth of the gospel is compelling when lived out in our daily lives, I believe demonstrations of His faithfulness in our lives is also powerful and compelling.
    http://brightnessofyourdawn.blogspot.com/2011/05/forever-friends.html 

    Thank you for asking us to share our successes with you here!

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