Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for January 2012, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of the New York Times bestseller, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews.

Wordle Graphic for January 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. How Do You Kill 11 Million People (01/03/2012)
  4. The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter (11/28/2011)
  5. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on MacBook Pro (01/01/2007)
  6. Is It an Obstacle or an Opportunity? (01/25/2012)
  7. Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast (01/10/2012)
  8. 10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid at All Costs (01/13/2012)
  9. How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency (05/02/2011)
  10. The Fastest Way to Get a Book Contract—Guaranteed (10/03/2009)

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 four of the top ten were actually written in January. 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.

For February I’m going to give 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 to each of my top ten commenters. Thomas Nelson just published this book. So far, there are eighteen reviews on Amazon, and they are all five-star.

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  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    The top post on my blog this month was a guest post by Frank Chiapperino.  Frank’s post, Managing Conflict – A Leadership Stretch, was popular for a couple of reasons.  Frank used to be a pastor at my church, and he now pastors a church in Minnesota.  I believe he drew readers from the east coast and the midwest – from both church families.  I think this added to my normal readership.  I’m thankful for the guest bloggers who share their Stretched stories on my blog.

    Here’s the link to Frank’s post:  http://www.jonstolpe.com/2012/01/18/managing-conflict/

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Commenting on the comments post … love it! Thanks for your continued participation on the site, Jon.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        It’s my pleasure.  I am truly enjoying the community here.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I really enjoyed this post. I have a 16 month old son and another boy who has about 20 weeks before I get to see him for the first time (the end of June/beginning of July cannot come soon enough)! I already daydream about the two of them playing together, so that was a fun illustration.

      I really like the Scripture he used as well as his other point. It was very practical and advice ANYONE in leadership will have to know how to handle.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Jon, great comments this month.  Really enjoyed connecting with you. 

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Tim.  I’ve enjoyed the connection as well, and I look forward to the month ahead!

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    I consider it a privilege to be counted among the top ten commenters of your blog! This place has helped me – still helping me – a lot. Thanks Michael!

    This New Year, I decided to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays along with doing video posts once a month on the first Sunday. Though I didn’t followed it exactly, I could do a better job.

    CHOOSE NOT TO QUIT was my #1 post for January. As the title suggests, it was about how to overcome the tendency to quit. Here’s the link – http://joeandancy.com/2012/01/19/choose-not-to-quit/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I haven’t read your post yet, but I sure like the title. This is something I teach as well.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Yes, that’s a relevant topic.

    • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

      Joe, I appreciate your blog and your friendship.  It blows me away to see how friendships can develop over the blog despite the miles that separate us.

      Keep up the great writing!

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        You are welcome, Jon. Isn’t it wonderful to live in today’s “tech global village” where miles don’t matter and you and I live on two neighborhood ‘servers’ or under the same ‘cloud’!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I really liked this post when I read it. You have some great content on your site!

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks, Brandon. You are always encouraging!

    • Jim Martin

      Joe, I just read your post.  Very well done!  A concise and encouraging post.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks, Jim.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Joe, I have enjoyed your posts over the months.  Great job this month.  

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks, Tim! 

  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    Thanks for the mention as a top commenter.  I appreciate the community here!

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      Congratulations!

      • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Daren.  It is truly an honor.

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

      Ditto!

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

      Congrats! So glad you’re part of this community.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Michele and Jeff!

  • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

    My most popular post this month was “13 things I learned on a mission trip”. 
    http://www.joannamuses.com/2012/01/13-things-i-learned-on-mission.html

    People seemed to enjoy the mix of serious and silly learnings. 

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      In a world where everything is either so serious or crude, something light hearted and purposeful is refreshing!

      • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

        Agreed x 1000.

      • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

        Thanks Daren!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Thanks for the link, Joanna … and continuing to be a part of the community here!

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

      Hahaha. As someone who’s gone on quite a few mission trips, you’re spot on Joanna. YES,  given a chance (and $5 incentive), teenage boys will mix and consume almost any food or drink combination possible, regardless of how disgusting. Makes for entertaining trips. ;)

      • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

        It didn’t even take an incentive to get the male leaders or participants on that trip doing it. Odd food just seemed to occur naturally to a lot of them!

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          Next time youtube it. You may be the next youtube star!

          • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

            Our organisation’s strict child safety and privacy policies means we aren’t allowed to upload photos and videos including program participants. However, I could probably convince a leader to feature in a silly video…..Will keep that in mind for next year :)

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

          Ha!

  • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

    My top post for the past several months (and for January) is about my story of deciding to walk away from a 30+ year family business to pursue where God wanted me to go.  It really captures the beginning of what has been an eight year journey to integrate my faith and my business (and the root of my blog!).

    Here is the link:  http://christianfaithatwork.com/why-i-decided-to-walk-away-from-the-family-business/

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      You have me intrigued! Are you still working in car business? Thanks for sharing your post.

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        The funny thing about God is that He kept me in it!  That was eight years ago and He has led me through a lot of change!

        Obviously, now you will have to read more about it at my blog!  To make it easy, here is the link to the history posts…http://christianfaithatwork.com/category/history/ 

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      Love the story. I posted a reply on your blog. I love hearing of people making drastic faith steps for God. As I said in your blog, if it is soaked in Prayer and Accountability, I believe you can take the faith step and find God is with you the whole way.

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks for the comments Daren.  You are right…it was not an easy decision or a quick one.  The whole process from the stirring in my heart to the conversation with my father to let him know I was leaving took about 18 months.

        After that decision was made, it took another 18 months to figure out that He had wanted me to be willing to leave, but actually wanted me to stay…under different conditions.

        As I told Jason, you now have to read more at my blog!  Here is the link…

        http://christianfaithatwork.com/category/history/ 

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

          Wow. 36 months in all? The revelation of truth/direction can take a looooong time, but my guess is you’d say the process was totally worth it in the end.

          • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

            It will be…!

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

            :) Excellent attitude.

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

        Daren, I like the word “soaked.” It catches the eye and captures my attention. I’ve read Chris’s story and appreciate the road he walks in serving the Lord. He posted as my first guest blogger in January and his is the top post for my website.–Tom

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          Nice. That reminds me that I should start looking for guest bloggers this year.

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

             I’m catching up on email before the weekend (which has already moved into Saturday for you, but still Friday evening here). Having guest bloggers was an intentional decision made at the beginning of the year. I’ve had two since. Some people have “guest blogger Friday” or whatever. I’m not quite that regimented. I checked out your website and enjoyed your Melbourne pictures. You obviously have an eye for photography. Hope your search goes well.

          • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

            Thank you.

            I commented on your latest post on your blog. Interesting thoughts.

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

      I remember reading this about a month ago.  It’s a great story!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This post is very open and honest about a struggle you had. A lot of people can identify with that feeling of knowing something needs to change but not really sure where to go with it. 

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks Brandon. I felt others may be encouraged knowing someone else that has gone through the same struggle.

    • Jim Martin

      Chris, I just read your post.  Very, very good.  Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend who is part of a family business.  I suspect that he could especially relate to your story.

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks Jim!  I am sure he could!  The family part certainly adds a twist to everything in business.

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

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

    It rung true for quite a few readers and it also brought in quite a bit Google traffic.

  • Anonymous

    Our top human story post for January was “The Global War Against Baby Girls”  by Joe Carter– editor for The Gospel Coalition. This article can be read here: http://searchandtrace.wordpress.com/breaking-news/the-global-war-against-baby-girls/

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    January was a fun ride!

    Here is a list of my Top Posts from January 2012. 

    http://bentheredothat.com/2012/02/01/btdt-top-posts-january-2012/

    The #1 post from the month is titled, “Chasing the Wrong Thing.”

    I think it landed on the top because I shared my expectations for
    getting married, the turbulence along the way, and wrapped it with Psalm
    91.

    I will continue to share real stories and bring The Bible into my writing every day.

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      Wow you have a very similar story to mine in terms of the ‘wilderness season’. Thank you for sharing. I know our stories are similar to others in the world, but when you’re going through it you feel totally isolated and unsure of what life holds. There’s enough jaded Christian men in the world. We don’t need another. Thanks for sharing and thank you for coming through the other side of it with a passion for God.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      The story you shared is so many young christian’s story. I’ll throw my hat in the ring on that one too. Only when I finally met my wife Karen, it took us 5 years to get married. Not quite a flash. :)

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      That was a great post, Ben! 

      • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

        Thanks, Joe! Much appreciated.

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

    Congratulations to all those who made it to the top ten! This 2012, the virtual community has become more robust  and active after the introduction of community leaders.   At times, I have found it difficult to keep pace with the amout of information shared from various corners through commenting.  
    I am enjoying and learning a lot from this blog. Thanks Mike for your consistent sharing of knowledge. I am greatly blessed by your ideas.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Uma. I agree. The Community Leaders have taken this to a whole new level. I am so pleased with their work!

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

        Hats off to all community leaders for their splendid job!

        Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Congratulations, Uma. You did it again! 

      Yes, hats off to all Community Leaders who are doing a terrific job! When Michael introduced this new concept, I had my doubts. But now, I doubt my doubts! 

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

        Joe! You bring great perspective through your comments in the daily posts. I am enjoying your inputs and ideas shared through this virtual platform. And, congratulations to you too.

        Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

        • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

          Thanks, Uma. 

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

            You are welcome Joe!

            Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Ha! I wasn’t sure it would work either, but had to do something. It has worked better than I could have imagined.

        • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

          Congratulations!

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

          Yes, it is amazing, really, how the comments contributors have amplified this community and the discussions.  

          I think this “success” story would make for a wonderful blog post about online community building.  Hint hint.

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

      Congratulations, Uma. Grateful for your contributions here!

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

        Thankss for the compliment Michele!

        Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Uma, thank you for the compliment.  Good to see you in the Top 10.  

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

        Thanks Tim! It’s the wisdom and intellect of Michael that pulls me up everytime.

        Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

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

    As always, Mr. Hyatt, your website and blog are one of my favorites. Thank you for the time you put into it.

    My top post was one entitled “Satan’s Trick”. It was based on a story a friend told us about his daughter and her ‘coon hunting dog. http://www.leahadams.org/satans-trick/

    I also had great success this month with two guest posts. One by Jon Stolpe and one by Alene Snodgrass. Both were excellent posts and I was privileged to use them.

    • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

      Thanks, Leah!  It was a privilege to guest post on your blog this month.  Thanks for the mention.

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

      I’m loving the content you post.  I usually end yup sharing it with my wife.  Thanks for writing!

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

        Wow, Jeff. I’m honored. Thank you so much. Bless you.

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

          No problem!  Keep writing great stuff!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      I will check it out. 

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    Top post for me was “Initial Thoughts on The Kindle Fire” 

    http://www.thadthoughts.com/2012/01/initial-thoughts-on-the-kindle-fire/

    Michael, I really appreciate how active you are on your blog, and how active the entire community is.  Makes it a very special place!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I definitely want to read that post. Queued up! Thanks.

      • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

        Hey, you were in Austin yesterday?  And you didn’t come see us at The Karis Group???  Hope you had a good stay.  We put on some better weather for you!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          It was great weather! We had a wonderful time in Austin. I spoke at the K&N Annual Leadership Conference. It is the company that owns Might Fine Burgers and Rudy’s BBQ. Incredible, values-driven organization.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Nice post. I really like the point you made about making the device “kid  friendly”. Great to draw some attention to that, as so many parents bought these for their kids this holiday season.

  • Anonymous

    In December, I left a leadership position at a Fortune 50 company after 20+ years to strike out on my own in the world of leadership and sales consulting and training.  I am building my website now and building my up my content.

    I want to thank you for being a great place for me to find advice.  I am passionate about growing leaders of character.  I want leaders to rise up in every organization I touch and positive effect the organizational character of their work place.

    I have a long and exciting road ahead of me.  Thank you Michael for all the wisdom.  Thank you to all you commenters.  I am a sponge that is not yet full!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Thanks for sharing Dave. I’m glad this community is having a serious impact on your life. Best of luck to you in your new endeavor.

    • Jim Martin

      Dave, so glad that you are finding Michael’s blog a place of help and encouragement.  Many of us could echo your words.  Grateful that you are here.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    My top post in January was a blog that just showed photos of my recent trip to Melbourne in Australia. I think the reason was because I was just sharing with friends. I don’t have much of a following and it’s hard to continue putting up content when you’re 25 and haven’t had the years of experience to share from. I’m still learning a lot!

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

      Keep writing!  You have more to share than you think!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Thanks Jeff! I’ll have to write from a different angle though. I think I discovered that although Michael is one of my Role Models for blogging, my style has to be true to me.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I totally agree with you. I call this, “finding your voice.”

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

          I completely agree.  What I meant was that I’ve found I have a lot more to write about than I thought I did.  And you’re exactly right, we each have to find our own angle.  Looking forward to reading more! 

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

      Amazing pics, Daren. Thought for you … Have you ever posted video/audio of your music? I’m a pianist myself, and love to hear others play.

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Yes I have. I don’t know how to effectively integrate it into a blog since there isn’t much traffic on my site as of yet. But here’s a couple of links.

        On a night like this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tss0UQLaOI

        Quiet now – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89idfNUO2aI

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Daren,
          Your cover of On a night like this is AMAZING! Made my night! Keep going!

          • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

            Thank you! Very much appreciated!

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

          Daren, absolutely beautiful. And I’m not just throwing out compliments. I’ve been a pianist for 33 years, and I mean it when I say it. Don’t quit!

          • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

            Thanks Michele. That means a lot. I now have a place where I can share my music!

    • http://joannamuses.com/ Joanna

      Love your photos!

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        Thanks Joanna :)

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

    One of my goals for 2012 was to be a top commenter,  so, YAY!  However, based on the fact that I was a guest blogger in January, the deck was stacked in my favor.  So, it’s still a goal to do it again. 

    My top post, not surprisingly, was the post I published the same day I was published here.  Here it is for anyone who missed it, http://www.chattykelly.com/2012/01/are-you-what-is-holding-you-back.html

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

      Congrats!  Now do it without writing a guest post… ;)

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

      I still say “YAY!” Becoming a guest blogger is an accomplishment in and of itself. :)

  • Anonymous

    I just started a new blog this month. My previous blog http://www.afloat.ca was a general purpose one where I would review products, post plans for projects and discuss my personal interests. My top post in that blog throughout the winter (not surprisingly) is a review of a snowblower.

    My new blog, http://staying.afloat.ca, is focused on customer service. My top post on that one was actually my first post about a great customer service experience that I had. (http://staying.afloat.ca/2012/01/exceptional-service-really.html)

    I think this post resonates with people because of the positive  message. I’m trying to write similar positive entries going forward.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    My top post was Tebow and Our Responsibility (http://brandonweldy.com/2012/01/10/tebow-and-our-responsibility/). I think it got so many hits because at the time Tim Tebow was a pretty hot topic. I actually got more views on this post than any I have written to date. 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I also wanted to say that it is great to be on the top ten commenters for the month! I am really looking forward to reading that book. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Congratulations Brandon for making it to the top! 

      Your #1 post was very interesting as you dealt with a relevant topic. Expecting more in Feb!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Brandon,
      Great post. I agree that Tim isn’t doing anything that isn’t commanded from us in scripture. Great insight, even though your not a football fan. 

  • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

    My top post for month was called: What Christians Need to Know About the New Facebook Timeline Profile.

    This post was successful because it was timely and it gave people a detailed, heads-up about what to expect when Timeline rolls out to their Facebook account. Most of the traffic was from Facebook, where people commented and reshared with their friends.

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

      Headed over there now to read it…

      • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

        Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Jeff!

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

          No problem!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This is a great post. I have done some thinking about these changes but I have not read a post on how it can help Christians. Thanks for this take, it was very interesting and helpful.

      • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

        Thanks for reading Brandon! I appreciate your feedback. This post has gotten a lot of positive feedback and a relative explosion of comments (for me at least). People had some interesting questions. Thanks again for reading.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great job with writing a timely post. That will likely do well with the search engines too.

      • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

        Thank you! I just started see some roll in yesterday…

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Great post, J. You are wise beyond your years!

      • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

        Thanks Barry!

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

    Wow Michael, the comments just keep growing here. Congrats on your stats! I think you must get the most daily comments of any blog.

    My top three posts were all iPad related this month.

    1. Upgrading to iOS on the iPad 2
    2. iPad as a Presentation Machine
    3. iPad Cut and Paste

    One of the reasons these posts did as well as they did , is that I re-linked to them with a weekly wrap up post dedicated to the iPad. (http://goals4u.us/rJMEqs)

    Even though my site focuses on Personal Development, technology posts have taken the forefront. These three posts generated almost 10,000 pageviews. It has caused me to rethink my focus and add more technology related posts to the mix. I can’t wait for the iPad 3 in March!

    • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

      Your post stats look great, John! I think your blog audience likes technology-based personal development. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you, John. Those are some significant page views!

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

        Now all I need to do is learn how to create productivity programs for the iPad.

        I’m currently converting my first ebook into an interactive textbook using Apple’s new iBooks author program. It’s not as easy as the demo made it look. Having to rethink the workflow. Hopefully the finished product will be worth the effort. It will definitely make a great blog post… :)

  • http://www.clintarcher.com/ Clint

    I’m curious to know if you ever encounter the need to moderate comments? I find on our theological blogs, most people are courteous, but if you press the wrong button, some offended visitor may verbally go for the jugular. Do you ever get that here?

    • Rachel Lance

      Did you check out Michael’s comment policy? He’s very up front with his expectations of the people commenting in this community which I think speaks to the high degree of engagement we see here. 
      My team keeps the good, bad & ugly in mind. We’ll take the good and the bad but not the ugly. It’s good to allow people to question and disagree in the spirit of dialogue and conversation. But like you said, if they’re simply going for the jugular then it’s likely not contributing to the sense of community and is probably a candidate for deletion. 

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

        Well said, Rachel. “We’ll take the good and the bad, but not the ugly.” I keep thinking maybe I need to type up a comment policy for my teenagers. ;)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Man, I should have thought of that when my girls were in their teens.

          • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

            Oh, I am so stealing that idea! ha.

        • Rachel Lance

          Ha! I hadn’t thought of adding that to our family principles (my daughter is still an angelic 14 months old). I’ll have to jot it down for future reference, its concise simplicity really does make for a great guideline.

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

            I’m thinking about making it a family policy, and talking about it over dinner one evening. All of us need to remember this! By the way, enjoy the “angelic” phase. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Rarely. But we moderate all comments. If someone violates the rules, we deal with it quickly. It creates a better digital neighborhood for everyone. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    My top blog for the month was one I wrote yesterday “Does God care how I look?” I think it’s because women care very deeply about how they look.  Thanks for the encouragement to look at the stats.  It’s very helpful!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This post was powerful! In the youth group I lead there are mostly girls. I watch their facebook statuses and listen to them talk and can tell this is something they deal with all of the time. I have bookmarked this page, it is incredibly powerful and has the opportunity to help many women, young or old. 

  • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

    Brilliant! It’s amazing how many people never recap their popular posts and it’s especially amazing how many people don’t thank those that have been engaged in their blog. Well done!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Shannon, I love your title “Human SEO Expert”!  I also agree that people forget that online community is just like in-person community …  You have to communicate well with your community and thank them for engaging.  Michael is a great model for that!

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    Thank you, Michael, for the opportunity to participate in this rich community! I’m thrilled to have made it on the Top 10. Each morning, I look forward rubbing elbows with a bunch of great thinkers and leadership practitioners! Nothing like the push to think outside of my own little box before I head off to the classroom.

    My top blog post was an unlikely candidate, at least based on the title: “Fertilize or Fester.” 
    I explore the two directions grief can take us.

    When I posted it on the 19th, I had no idea that a sister school had just experienced the tragic loss of a beloved teacher via motorcycle accident. An old college friend who lives in the community read my post and immediately forwarded it to everyone she knew. I did not write the post for this reason, but evidently God had a larger purpose in mind!

    http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/2011/02/fertilize-or-fester.html

    • Rachel Lance

      What a strange blessing, to be able to speak to your colleagues during such a tender time. Sounds like a ministry to me! Congrats on the top 10 – I always enjoy your comments!

  • Rob Sorbo

    It seems like the number of comments that the top commenters had has gone up (The top ones are usually close to 200, but the bottom ones are usually only in the 30-40s, if I remember correctly). Would you attribute this to your new system of using the Community Leaders? I was a little skeptical when it started, but I’ve definitely noticed that more discussion takes place.

    • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

      Rob – 

      I’ll confess to noticing the same thing! I figured that I could easily make the Top Ten with 50 comments. Turns out, I’m lucky to have scraped in with 73!

      Thanks to dialogues with Community Leaders, my list of Blog Posts to Write has grown much longer this month!

      • Rob Sorbo

        Congrats for making it into the Top 10. I was shooting for that this month, but I only estimate making 30-40 posts. Fortunately, I won a copy of that book when Michael gave copies away last time. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it seems interesting.

  • http://snappycasual.tumblr.com kelsey williams

    The top post on my fashion blog was my first outfit of the new year: http://snappycasual.tumblr.com/post/15291962724/in-with-the-new

  • Michael Mulligan

    Nice post, Michael.  As a newcomer to your site, I appreciate how much respect you give your readers.  At the beginning of this year, I created my newest blog for writers, publishers, editors and literary agents; my most popular post to date is:

    http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-that-got-banned-from-my-high.html. 

    “The blog that got banned from my high school” may not be my best message of the year, however, by promoting it to my friends on my Facebook page, it has the number one ranking.  Best of all, several of my high school classmates became members when they discovered my blog after it was “banned.”  They got “hooked.”  I think the title of the post spurred readers to find out why my blog was censored on a social media site dedicated to my high school peers.  Isn’t that what these sites are for?  Sharing your passions while socializing in cyber-space.  I did apologize to the leader of the group who told me his FB site was meant solely to promote reunions.  I asked him, “what about the classmates who move out of state and can’t attend the reunions?”  That’s when the out-of-towners rallied to my site so we can hang out at the Cyber-bistro.

    I  make my content relevant by posting items like the “vision statement” you inspired with post #2 in your top ten – “Creating Your Personal Life Plan.”  You can see my blog’s vision statement when you click the “welcome” button at the Cyber-bistro. Visitors who read the welcome message click on your name and get pointed to your blog so they can learn from you.

    Thanks for inspiring me.  Keep it up.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Thanks for sharing your story. It is great when the online world makes on impact on the offline world. Keep up the good work!

      • Michael Mulligan

        Thanks, Jason.  The line between the two worlds blurs as technological advances unite people from far off.  It’s nice to have so many resources on this blog.  Have a great day.

  • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

    Goes to show their might be some truth to the argument that content is king. My top post is:
    http://talesofwork.com/blog/2012/01/how-to-quit-your-job-without-ruining-your-life/ I think because alot of people think about qutting their job at one point or another

  • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

    My top post for January was “10 Words That Need to be Retired in 2012″. It was interesting to see people’s response!

    Link: http://justinwise.net/10-words-that-need-to-be-retired-in-2012

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This post was a lot of fun, but I agreed with those words. Great stuff!

    • http://necessarymiscellany.wordpress.com/ John Herndon

      Haha, I liked that one too! Even though I’m guilty of using some of them…

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

      I’ve heard of all but too of those… Broseph and the use of BOOM.

      It seems like storyteller is becoming like Guru and Master were a few years ago.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Guilty of #1—it’s in my bio.

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

    I am honored to be among the top commenters again this month.  I’m really looking forward to reading Andy Andrews’ new book.  Thanks for making it available!

    I just posted my top 7 posts for the month of January:  http://www.jeffrandleman.com/top-posts-january-2012

    Looking forward to what February brings here!

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      I took a look. Great resources Jeff! I’m going to be revisiting the 2012 Bible Reading Plans post.

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

        Awesome!  Thanks!

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

      Congrats on being in the top 10 Jeff! It’s always interesting to see what you bring to the table.

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

        Thanks, Joe!  I appreciate that!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Yeah, buddy! Congrats, Jeff!

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

        Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Great content and a passion for helping others is a great recipe for making a difference. Well done Michael!

    My top post for January 2012 was:  http://www.brettpinegar.com/2012/01/26/a-powerful-mission-statement/

  • http://twitter.com/JaysonFeltner Jayson Feltner

    My personal favorite was Slaying Your Dragons Before Breakfast.

    My blog’s most popular post was “The Office Is Killing You”

    http://jaysonfeltner.com/2012/01/the-office-is-killing-you/ 

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      That was one of mine too! By the way, I absolutely love your site design.

      • http://twitter.com/JaysonFeltner Jayson Feltner

        Jason.  Thank you for the feedback.  My site is a customized Catalyst Theme.  I bet you can’t guess who’s site I used as my inspiration?  This site is just so squeaky clean and easy to navigate.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Jayson,
      I really liked your post! I really related to the piece about mindlessly using our email as our default workflow manager, “hoping for something good.” So true, so true!
      Thanks Jayson, good stuff!

      • http://twitter.com/JaysonFeltner Jayson Feltner

        I’m glad you enjoyed it Barry.  And thank you for your comment on my blog.

  • http://twitter.com/andybondurant Andy Bondurant

    My top post was why I didn’t attend one of the top industry conferences for portrait photographers. The content was about carefully choosing the seminars and conferences we attend and having goals of what we want to receive from attending them.

    I think the reason it was so popular was the title “Why I am not at Imaging USA” – proving the point that copywriters repeat over and over. The title is the most important part of any written content.

    http://www.photo-collective.com/2012/01/17/why-im-not-at-imaging-usa/

    • Jim Martin

      Andy, thanks for this reminder about the importance of titles.  Very good!

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    My top post was the last one I wrote for the month! “Why I don’t Believe in Tolerance (and Neither do You)

    http://www.lookingforpurpose.com/2012/why-i-dont-believe-in-tolerance-and-neither-do-you/

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

      Dylan, it looks like you and I see eye to eye on the issue of tolerance. It’s a fun word that people love to toss around but never practice(and shouldn’t)…

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        Agreed. Thanks!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Dylan,
      My favorite line from this post was, “I want to love those that disagree with me..”
      Share the truth in LOVE Ephesians 4:15.

  • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

    By far my Top Two Posts were - 

    3 Ways to Gain More Influence - 
    http://bit.ly/Aaio5q
    and 
    Why Your Church Must Engage People in Social Media - 
    http://bit.ly/yUY68e

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Tim,
      I loved the stats and figures you give on your church and social media post. And, with facebook filling out the paperwork today to move forward with it’s IPO– this may only be the beginning.  Good stuff, Tim.

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

      True! As aleader, I always strive to improve my influencing skills. Thanks your thoughts to increas our influence.

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

    My top post in January came by way of my first guest blogger, Chris Patton. He posted “Why Am I a Businessman?” ( http://tnealtarver.com/2012/01/09/why-am-i-a-businessman/ ). “Do I Look Good in White?” ( http://tnealtarver.com/2012/01/24/do-i-look-good-in-white/ ) ran a distant second but garnered some interesting buzz because of its twist on individuality.

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

      “Our employee policies should be such that people see our heart and associate it with God.  Our strategies should be honest and straightforward.  Our reputations should be above reproach.  Nothing we do should reflect poorly on our Lord.Our every thought and goal should be to point others to God.  While we will still certainly benefit from the business, we are not to view that as the purpose of the business.  God will bless us as He wishes, but we are to remain faithful to His purposes, regardless of the circumstances we experience.”  —

      Thanks for the pearls of wisdom TNeal. Those practical ideas are to be applied in our daily walks of life. Ehnjoyed your post.

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

         Uma, thanks for the comments. You’re quoting Chris’s wise words and noting why I welcomed him as my first guest blogger. God bless–Tom

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

          So indof you. Keep coming out with such insightful posts.

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    The post that seemed to get the most reaction was a blog post on hope.  It was more of a rant than a post, but it seemed to resonate with others.  

    http://levittmike.com/2012/01/23/hope/ 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Mike,
      I liked your “hope rant.” Not only did it make me think of scripture, but it also made me think of the theme of hope in the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWUfFwoe8ko

      • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

        Thanks Barry!  Faith, Hope, and Love keeps us moving forward!

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

        True Barry! We all need some kind of redemption at some point of time in our life.

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

      Agreed with your thoughts Levitt! Hope is the one quality that makes believers get on in their life. As written in the gospel, we walk by faith and not by sight.

      In my view, hope is always better than a despair.

      • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

        Thanks Uma!  I agree hope is much better than despair.  Despair eats away at our souls, but hope restores!

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

          I agree Levitt. Faith walk is the crux of a believer’s life in the world.

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

  • Timothy

    I have three
    posts that are consistently at the top each month, “Review: WestBow
    Press”, “How to Make Your Own Kindle Cover”, and “How to
    Describe Beauty”. The youngest of those is 11 months old.

     

    The most
    popular from this year is What’s
    Wrong with Christian Romance Novels
    . The irony there is that
    most the traffic for that one is coming from a website promoting erotic
    fiction.

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

      That was an interesting post Timothy! I can see why it would be popular.

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

      So weird Timothy!

  • http://necessarymiscellany.wordpress.com/ John Herndon

    My post about the “Smiley” icons on WordPress sites is always my top post due to unreasonable amounts of “smiley search traffic”. 

    Aside from that one (and my homepage) it was “I Hear Jerusalem Bells A-Ringing!” a post about the interesting drumset Coldplay’s drummer uses on their song “Viva La Vida”.

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

      John, that post must have some killer seo!

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

      Thanks for giving me a source of smiley icons! Often,  I will be in need of those

      • http://necessarymiscellany.wordpress.com/ John Herndon

        You’re welcome! Enjoy!

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

          Sure! Sure!

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

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

    My top article of the month was: THE SECRET TO LIVING THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE

    Here’s the link:  http://www.charlesspecht.com/the-secret-to-living-the-victorious-christian-life/

    Christians don’t want to blunder through their days and, for the most part, they’re searching for what God would have them do with the rest of it.  I try to answer some of that in this post, from a biblical perspective.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Hey Charles,
      I thought the picture for this post was great!

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

      Charles! Loved your post . That was head on. I agree that perspectice is everything. Andy Andrews rightly puts in his book ‘The Noticer’ that “Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.”

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

        Thank you, Uma.  I’m glad you liked it.  That’s wonderful!

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

          It’s my pleasure Charles! Keep writing such encouraging posts.

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

  • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

    Our top post was one called “One day to decide – should we go down to one car?” Here is the link – http://rise365.com/2012/01/30/one-day-to-decide-should-we-go-down-to-one-car/

    Never thought that would be our top post! But it’s been super fun hearing what other people have done.

    My husband and I are on a mission to change our lives. Live a remarkable story. We are blogging daily as a way to keep us accountable and to connect with others on our journey.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Claudia,
      Loved this post. Over the years my wife and I have had this exact conversation, but it’s a little harder with 6 kids. ha. I was searching through the post to find out what your decision was? Inquiring minds want to know! ha. 

      • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

        Barry,
        Awesome! I grew up in a family of 7 and my husband 8… so I can relate to the ‘circus’ :) Soooooooo fun as we get older and hang out with our own kiddos etc. Although we will have to start renting out spaces to fit all of us!

        Michael and I were actually on the track to selling the second vehicle when we wrote the post. We (for some odd reason) thought everyone would agree with this idea (cause everyone thinks the same right ;) ) Well, we are taking a couple more days to consider after all the advice to keep the second car…

        Did my comment get ‘flagged’ for some reason? I can’t find it anymore.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Love big families! It must be a blast when both of your families get together at the same time?

          Yeah, keeping the 2nd car is somewhat of the reality on the demands on our lives—we have two also. What was the biggest reason to stick with two for you both?

          No, your comment wasn’t flagged! I see it here… on the blog it has migrated down to about where the community leaders bio’s are. Let me know if you can’t find it, but I do see it still!  Nobody here would flag you for a comment like this… it’s great community building!
          Thanks, Claudia!

          • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

            Barry,
            Oh yes, here it is.Indeed, family gatherings rock always have, but getting even crazier and better as we all start to have our own children. Did you come from a large family?

            I work one day a week (so basically a stay at home mom) and this is why we were considering only one vehicle. My husband just started a business and until we get things up and going we are really cutting back. The other side of it though is that we have a 5 mo old so being home without a car could be a little hairy some days :)

            This does really seem like a wonderful community – excited to join in!

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

      Claudia ! That was an interesting post. I can relate to your struggle to have one or more car. In my country India, buying one car is itself a distant dream for many. But, in US, I feel it’s a different kind of struggle. How strange !

      • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

        Uma,
        Wow, that really shines a different light on our situation :)… it’s all about our perspective isn’t it? 
        I looked at your blog… and love what you are doing there! Wonderful quotes and reviews! Lovely to see people pursuing what they love!

        If you are interested in God’s calling on your life you may enjoy reading Gary Barkalow’s book “It’s Your Call.”  My husband and I have both greatly enjoyed his stuff!

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

          Thanks for the suggestion to read Gary Barkalow’s book. Just looked at the product overviepage from Amazon. Sounds like a must read for me. Will be looking for it next.
          And, thanks for your kid words and compliments.

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

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

            I’ll second Claudia’s recommendation for It’s Your Call. While I didn’t find it that great in helping me find my calling, it did it help me consider it in a different way.

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

            Thanks Joe! Can’t wait to read it. Will be looking for it next.

            Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

    • http://twitter.com/JessBlogSchmog Jessie Gunderson

      Claudia, I like your family goal. We’ve lived some of those hard choices before. It is all about perspective. Learning to recognize needs vs. wants is always a challenge and I don’t know that it’s as concrete as we’d hope. 

      • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

        Jessie,
        I really resonate with what you said! Thank you. Perspective is indeed key! 

        What did your family use as a helpful tool in making these needs vs. wants decisions?

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

    My post “3Ways to Be With Those Who Suffer” – which coincided (not coincidentally) with a tragic event in my town of Parker, CO. I’m the town’s hospital chaplain, and I figured sharing some of those insights might help. I just noticed it was posted in December, but it carried over to January.

    Here’s the link if people are interested: http://www.chaplainmike.com/2011/12/3-ways-to-be-with-those-who-suffer.html

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

      I live not far from you, in Highlands Ranch. Thanks for sharing this post, Mike. Life circumstances can change in a moment, but it helps when we’re not alone. Thank you for being present with the suffering.

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

      Mike! Your advice was classy. I agree that “presence” is of paramount importance. many times, our presence alone will comfort those who grieve.

  • http://twitter.com/JessBlogSchmog Jessie Gunderson

    Even though focus is good, I’m glad you blog on a variety of topics. I’m also glad I’m not the only person who has eclectic blogging interests. I should probably narrow my focus but it’s a process. I think I get better as time goes on but I still have a variety.

    I used to have bad recipes in the mix as well as random thoughts all the way to posts on writing. NO more bad recipes and long musing.

    My top post last month was this one http://jessiegunderson.com/?p=2380 called Turning in my Home school Badge. I think it shocked people that I sent my kids to school but it was a matter of obedience and the post is about learning to surrender to God’s plan, not forcing mine.

    You once said that some of your best posts are those where you share how you messed something up. I think this post is one of those. 

    I can’t say enough, how your blog has been a blessing. I’m sharing it all over the place. Relevant and timely as always.

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

      Jessie! Thanks for sharing that touching and heart rending incident of yours! Like it! 

      • http://twitter.com/JessBlogSchmog Jessie Gunderson

        Thanks Uma, you are quite an encourager. Keep it up.

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

          Thanks Jessie! You are welcome

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for January 2012

  • http://www.beforethecross.com Before The Cross

    Thanks for recognizing your commenters and for sharing top posts!

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  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    I don’t know about January, but my top post for the last 30 days is actually a guest post by @jeffgoins:twitter http://www.somewiseguy.com/2012/02/jeff-goins-writer/