Top Posts and Commenters for June 2011

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for June 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Cron. It’s one of the very best books I have read this year.

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Here are my top ten posts:

  1. How to Become Your Spouse’s Best Friend
  2. Creating Your Personal Life Plan
  3. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on the MacBook Pro
  4. How to Update Your Facebook Status with Twitter
  5. The Difference Between a Sin and a Mistake
  6. How to Setup Google Calendar on Your iPhone 4
  7. How to Use Evernote with an iPad to Take Meeting Notes
  8. Three Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy and iPad 2
  9. Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors
  10. What to Do While You Are Waiting (A Guest Post by Daniel Darling)

I wrote five of these posts more than a year ago. As I have pointed out before, if you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic for old posts. You just need to be intentional about it. (I outline my strategy in a blog post called, “Recycling Your Blog Content.”)

Although I didn’t include it in the list, because it is not really a post, my About page continues to be near the top (#16 to be exact). 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.”

My top ten commenters were:

Note to commenters: Please sign up for a free Disqus account. This is the commenting software I use on my site. That way, when you comment it will create a back-link to your blog or Website. Also, if you upload an Avatar (picture), we will get to see what you look like. This is just way more personal—and social.

For July, I’m going to give a free AUTOGRAPHED copy of Max Lucado’s new book, Max on Life, to each of my top 10 commenters. I haven’t read it yet, but Max’s book are always inspiring and practical.

Ready. Set. Go!

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  • http://twitter.com/joannamuses joanna

    It only got posted on the last day of the month, but the one I think is going to end up being most popular from last month is a post I did on a faulty attitude  Christians sometimes have about the gospel http://www.joannamuses.com/2011/06/moving-on-from-gospel.html

    • Joe Lalonde

      Great post Joanna! Keep up the good work and you’ll knock it out of the park.

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

        I agree!

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

      Joanna! Just read your musings. It was head on when you say ” We need to make sure that the gospel is central and something we keep coming back to no matter how spiritually advanced we think we are.”.

      • Joe Lalonde

        That’s a powerful thought there Uma! I know I get caught up in my thinking of how far along I’ve come in my spiritual walk. Those are often the times I get knocked on my behind!

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

          Thanks Joe!

          Subject: [mhyatt] Re: Top Posts and Commenters for June 2011

    • Ben Holbrook

      Timely reminder Joanna, maybe you could do a follow up to this, i.e. practically how do we keep the Gospel central?

      • http://twitter.com/joannamuses joanna

        Thanks Ben! I’m definitely planning to expand on the topic a bit more

  • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

    TOP POST: Is Your Ministry Website Attractional or Missional?

    http://wp.me/p1EcMh-8j

    • Joe Lalonde

      Great blog post Bret. I enjoyed reading it.

      • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

        Thanks Joe. You too, Uma. I just hope that ministries begin to recognize that a stagnant, “attractional” site can be even more of a hindrance to their mission than no site at all. It subtly communicates not just that the site needs updated, but that there is no ministry happening.

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          That’s a great point Bret.  Ministries are often slow in keeping up with technology and cultural changes.  It seems like many ministries are just now getting to the point of using web technology like businesses were at in the 90’s when a simple static web site was cutting edge.

          • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

            I’m going to follow up with a post on what I think “Missional” websites should be doing. I’d love your input. Thanks, Steven.

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            I would love to chat on the subject.  There is such opportunity for ministries to use technology/websites in a missional manner – reaching out to engage and serve the community they are a part of.

            A simple example is the blog – creating a community environment where resources are provided and people can interact with one another.  I also love what LifeChurch.tv does in creating resources and then giving them away – all geared towards helping the kingdom (either through personal help or support for other churches).

        • Joe Lalonde

          Bret, that’s true. It’s no different than a business site. If it’s not fluid and changing, it looks like it’s dead. Keep the content coming and people think something is happening.

          • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

            Joe, I love it. There is definitely a business sensibility in play. I wonder where the limit would be for the overlap in similarities though. Any thoughts?

          • Joe Lalonde

            Bret, I agree that there needs to be business sensibility in the church. I’m not sure where the limit should be. I would think it’s when you start measuring success in attendance numbers, offerings given, etc…  But I think successful practices in business, or elsewhere, can be carried over to almost any other area in life. That’s what I meant by saying it’s no different than a business site.

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            It’s hard to determine a ‘limit’.  But, I think a lot of it comes down to motivation and goals…what is causing you to do what you do and what is the true focus of your end goals.  It’s easy to say the right things in these two areas; but, an honest answer will shine a light on whether things are going in the right direction or not.

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

      Yup! It’s always pomp vs. content. Glam quotient is needed but not at the cost of the message. In other words, form is important but not the cost of the substance.

    • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

      Neat post, I liked it as well!

      • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

        Thanks, Dylan.

    • http://seekthecity.wordpress.com Chad M. Smith

      Bret, this was an excellent article. The questions are really helpful. I had not thought about applying those dichotomies to a website.

      It looks like you have some consistent, beneficial content on your blog. I’m following you now on my feedly rss account. Keep up the good work!I was in KC recently for the first time. Great town!

      • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

        Chad, I’m honored. I’ve got some exciting ideas for next week. Also, I’m putting quite a lot of time with a team of pastors and writers at this site:

        http://artsfestaltar.com

        Thanks again.

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

    My top post was from just this week and it was about how Christians who act unChristian may be the reason those who don’t know Jesus never come to Him. It was entitled “Think Before You Act”. http://www.leahadams.org/2011/06/think-before-you-act.html.

    Thank you for wonderfully informative posts, Mr. Hyatt. have a blessed holiday.

    • Joe Lalonde

      Very good post Leah, though the link in your post does not work! I think so many Christians forget how to act. This comes from not being in the Word and knowing what it says.

      • Joe Lalonde

        PS, I really like the meditation moments at the end of your blogs.

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

      Joe, thanks fo r letting me know the link doesn’t work. Let’s try again. 
      http://www.leahadams.org/2011/06/think-before-you-act.html

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        That worked!

      • Joe Lalonde

        No problem Leah. It works now!

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

      ” Think before you act in a way that you know is wrong. You could be the reason a lost person walks away from Jesus. Everything you do and say is part of your LEGACY. Think, my friend, before you act. ” – That’ a great truth  Leah! As believers, we are the ambassdors of Christ. Our actions will really create a great impact in the minds of the worldly people when it comes to accepting Him.

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

        Thanks so much Uma. I think more often than we know we are making an impact on others.

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

          True Leah!

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

      I remember reading that post when it was out…very good! One of my top posts was Reputation vs Character. You can read it here: http://bigb94.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/reputation-vs-character/

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Good post, Brandon! Sometimes you can have a good reputation when your
        character really isn’t what it should be…

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

          Exactly! That’s why I wrote about it…thanks for checking it out!

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

        Brandon, that post is right on. Our character is who we are when no one else is looking. 

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

          Thanks!

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      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        You had some good posts on Character – I especially like the one on “How Two Words Can Develop Your Character” ;-) 

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

          I think that one was the best by far…considering you wrote it! :)

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          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            Okay, I might be a little biased ;)  I still think that you have a great start with your series on Character.

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

            Haha…thanks!

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        • Jmhardy97

          Character is always a great topic, especially in times like these.

          Jim

      • Jmhardy97

        Brandon,

        Thank you for posting this link. I just saved it to evernote for use later.

        Jim

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

          Awesome!

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

        True Brandon! That’s why it’s written in the Bible that God sees our heart and not our external appearance.

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        “You are who you are when no one is looking.” That’s what my father used to say.

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

          That’s what my dad says too!

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    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      That is a great topic and a thoughtful post Leah!  We call ourselves Christians – which, by definition, calls us to a different standard.  However, we still get caught up in wanting to live like the world and respond to life like the world.  God’s ways are different than the world’s ways and we do need to “think before we act”.

    • Jmhardy97

      Thank you for sharing leah. I really enjoyed this post.

      jim

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

        Thank you, Jim. Stop by any time!!

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    My top post for June was one I entitled Blog Like a Boat (http://bit.ly/byrd2) where I compare what I’m doing in blogging to an old incident from my younger days. As this was a tangential departure from my blog’s theme I can only contribute it’s success to commenting on other blog’s websites. It did seem to match some other posts I read around the same days.

    My third top post was a post I was particularly proud of, which was also a tangential departure from my blog’s theme but centered on a point I have driven by twice every day for the last 4 years where the Freedom Rider’s bus was attacked and burned 50 years ago. Freedom (http://bit.ly/byrd3) ended differently than I planned, yet it was better than where I was headed.

    And just for the record, the remainder of my top 5 top posts were exactly the theme of my blog. It is now in its third full month and progresses nicely (I think).

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

      Just go on Jonathan! You will rock.

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

      Great stuff! And you have an awesomesauce blog!

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        Thank you to both of you for the kind words. One thing I’m noticing as I
        blog more often is that in addition to wanting to find something interesting
        to write on for the next day, it is making me that much more hungry to
        finish my current work in progress. I’ve added almost as many words per week
        to it as I have to my blog.

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

          I’ve noticed that same thing!

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          • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

            Not a bad problem at all, is it?

        • http://seekthecity.wordpress.com Chad M. Smith

          There are a lot of things that trigger motivation to write, aren’t there!? What you said is so true.

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

          much more hungry to finish my current work in progress — that’s great Jonathan. (I think it works affirmative towards reachong our objective)

    • Jmhardy97

      Jonathan,

      I had not seen this one. Thank you for sharing it. I learn so much on this site.

      Jim

  • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

    I write a post every Tuesday about a woman who has inspired me, I call them sisters. They are always popular posts. This was my most popular post from June:

    http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/2011/06/women-who-inspire-sisterhood.html

    I think the “Women who Inspire: The Sisterhood” series is popular because sometimes the sister is unexpected but encouraging. In my experience people like to read about what’s encouraging and uplifting.

    • Jmhardy97

      Becky,

      Thank you for sharing. My wife is always looking for blogs that speak to her as a women.

      jim

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

      Beck,

      Thanks for sharing.  I’m looking forward to following along.  I just subscribed last night.

      Jon

  • Joe Lalonde

    You pumped out some awesome content this month Michael! I really enjoyed “How to become best friends with your spouse”. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joe.

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        My favorite was “The difference between a sin and a mistake.” I couldn’t have agreed more!

        • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

          That one really resonated with me as well

        • Joe Lalonde

          Dylan, that was a great post as well.

      • Joe Lalonde

        You’re welcome Michael. Your posts on relationships always seem to have an impact on me. Please, keep them coming!

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

      I agree.  That post had an impact in my life as well.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        Sometimes we all need a gentle encouragement, an example, to help us remember what we should be doing, to see things from a different perspective, and to gain ideas on new things to try.  I agree too – impactful.

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

          Very true.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    My top post in June was a post called “What’s Wrong With Christianity?” which explored the different kinds of objections people have to Christianity.  http://brevis.me/problems-with-christianity/

    • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

      Being that my blog deals with observations and musings on the overwhelming presence of Providence in my life, I get a lot of atheist comments. Do you, or any others who blog on Christian themes?

    • Jmhardy97

      I like this, Have you read the book by Dinish de’ s on Christianity? It has some interesting information in it.

      Jim

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

      That was introspective Robert.

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        It was also one of my most-commented-on posts of the month, too.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      You have engaged in a battle that is difficult for many to follow.  Your humility, respect for people of all beliefs and willingness to engage the conversation are evident – and, I think, commends respect.  Keep up the good work.

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Thanks for the encouragement, Steven.

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

    My top post this month was Bringing Consistency To My Blog (http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/bringing-consistency-to-my-blog/).  I really appreciated all the comments and feedback.  I think it was one of my top posts, because many bloggers are wrestling with the same thing as me – how to balance content and consistency to our blogs.  I have greatly appreciated the forum on your blog as I’ve been able to learn a lot of great information, and I’ve been able to connect with some many great people.  Thanks!

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

      I’m glad I found and subscribed to your blog this month!

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        I tried to open it and it didn’t work.

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          The link had a couple of extra characters in it.  Try this: http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/bringing-consistency-to-my-blog/

          • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

            That worked. I read the post, commented and sent it to my reader to read more.

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

            Sorry about that.  Steven, Thanks for reposting.  I fixed it in my initial comment above.  Thanks for the heads up!

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Jon, I like to hear how people think about their own blogging (that’s one of
        the reasons why I read Michael Hyatt’s blog)… to see how they sharpen
        their focus, etc. Good post.

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

          One of the many reasons I read it!

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          • Jmhardy97

            I Agree!

            jim

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            It is definitely one of the reasons I consistently read and engage the community!

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

          Robert, Thanks.  And I agree.  I love Michael Hyatt’s blog as it has given me so many great ideas.

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

        Thanks Brandon.  I’ve enjoyed following along with your blog this month as well.  Please keep it up!

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

          Thanks! I appreciate it!

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    • Jmhardy97

      John,

      I just signed up.

      Jim

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

        Jim,

        Thanks so much!

        Jon

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

      Content Vs. Consistency – Yup! It is a great struggle for all the regular bloggers.

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

        So I’m not alone, Uma?  Good to hear!

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      I think it is really cool that you had several people join the conversation on that topic – I do think it is something that most of us bloggers question from time to time.

  • http://twitter.com/mymadakaja Tami

    Are these just comments for the month of June or all the comments they’ve ever made on your blog?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Just for the month of June.

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

      Yep. This site gets a lot of comments! :)

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        It sure does! Great content + good conversation = a lot of comments!

        • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

          Every month someone asks that question. U think I may have asked the first time I saw one of these end of the months posts.

    • Jmhardy97

      There is a lot of great information here. You should also follow Michael on twitter.

      Jim

  • http://thepastorworeplaid.blogspot.com bruce crews

    My highest rated post was my only post in June.  It was an introduction to my church and friends as we are going to read thru Proverbs in the month of July, one chapter per day.  

    http://thepastorworeplaid.blogspot.com/2011/06/31-days-to-wiser-you-study-in-proverbs.html

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

    Interesting mix of topics this month, Michael. It’s funny that being your spouse’s best friend and wireless problems on a MacBook Pro both made the list. But when I think about it, when I fix my wife’s wireless problems on her iPad, I instantly become her best friend. No brainer, I guess.

    My top post was Your First Speech, aimed at helping first time speakers prepare and deliver an impactful icebreaker speech. While it was aimed at speakers in Toastmaster clubs, its premise works well for almost anyone working on their first presentation.

    Following some of your blogging recommendations, my traffic continues to grow, even during the traditionally slow months of May and June. Thanks for all of your help, Mike. Have a great summer!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I loved your post about Your First Speech.

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

      I like that one! I wrote a post about 4 steps to become an effective speaker based on ym experience with a speech I had to deliver in one of my classes. Here’s the link: http://bigb94.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/4-steps-to-become-an-effective-speaker/

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

        RSS = Random Speech Syndrome… boy have I heard that speech before!

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

          Haha!

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      • Jmhardy97

        Thank you for sharing brandon. I am really working on my public speaking and I can use all of the help I can get.

        Jim

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

          I’m glad it could help. We always have things to improve on. No matter how
          fluent we may be.

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    • Jmhardy97

      John,

      I am going to a toast master meeting because of your encouragement.

      Thank for the idea and post.

      jim

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

      First Speech could be always nervous. Thanks for your professional tips John

  • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

    Thanks for all the great content this month, Mike!

    My most popular post was “How To Survive Being Stared At.”

    http://www.ryanhaack.com/survive-stared/

    So far it’s had over 1,800 views.  My next highest post is just over 300.  hehe  I’ve had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and it feels good to have written something that seems to have connected with and helped so many people.  I believe it was my top post because it helped people understand something unique to me and then allowed them to see how it applies to them, too.

    Thanks!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Ryan job on getting 1,800 views on your post! That’s quite an achievement.

      • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

        Thanks, Joe!  It surprised the heck out of me.  :)

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

          That’s incredible!

          • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

            Thanks, Brandon!

        • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

          People love personal stories, great post!

          • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

            Thank you, Dylan!

        • Joe Lalonde

          Yeah, and I bet it increased your confidence. That would have to be quite impressive to see as a blogger.

          • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

            Honestly, it was a bit of a mixed bag.  I remember finishing that post and thinking, “Eh…good enough.”  hehe  So, it was a little like, “Oh, crap! What made THAT one good??”  It was good to analyze it a bit after the fact and you’re right, it ended-up making me feel like, “Ok, I can do this.” :)

          • Joe Lalonde

            I know, it’s always shocking when you do or put something out there thinking it’s just “good enough” and it attracts a lot of attention. Just goes to show that you never know what people need.

            And that’s great it made you feel more confident in blogging.  I think we all need that type of encouragement in our life. Hopefully your site keeps on growing!

    • http://seekthecity.wordpress.com Chad M. Smith

      That is tremendous, Ryan. That kind of response must be extremely encouraging and motivating.

      • http://www.ryanhaack.com Ryan Haack

        Thanks, Chad.  It totally is.  To hear from so many people that connected with it and were inspired or helped by it…very humbling, yet exciting and motivating.  Really solidified the reason I’m doing this, ya know?

    • Jmhardy97

      I missed that one. Thank you for sharing it.

      Jim

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

       1,800 views. That’s really a fantastic and credible achievement, Ryan.

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Great post, Ryan. I really enjoyed reading it.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for doing such a great job blogging with your content and your methods.  I write a regional blog that averages about a 100 views per day.  My subject is boat watching on the St. Marys River.  The big Great Lakes freighters pass right by my summer home.  There is a dedicated following of people who carefully watch the ships and want to read every thing about them.  I plan to upgrade my site and really don’t even know where to start but I’ll read some more of your blogs.

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

      St. Mary’s in GA?

      • Anonymous

        Brandon, Thank for asking that question.  I imagine lots of people wondered where the St. Marys River is.  This St. Marys (non apostrophe) River runs from Lake Superior to Lake Huron along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The 60 mile river serves boat traffic which carries iron ore in the form of taconite to the steel mills of Chicago and Pennsylvania.  There is also international shipping through the St. Lawrence Seaway that goes by here.  My blog is saultboatwatcher.com. 

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

      boat watching! I have heard such hobbies

  • http://ShannonsStudio.com Shannon

    Hi. New here. I figured this was as good of a time for introductions as any. Appreciate your blog posts and the messages. Here is my top post  – Putting on a Teen Party? • 5 Teen Party Tips
    http://www.shannonsstudio.com/7/post/2011/06/putting-on-a-teen-party-5-teen-party-tips.html

    I think it worked because teen-hood is a hard time for parents to negotiate, for teens as well. Parents want to do right by their kids but sometimes don’t know how to help. I think parents felt empowered by these tips.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Welcome! I’m glad you stopped by.

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

      Good parenting tips!?!?!

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

    The month of June had been very busy for me on many counts. Though I could not involve in active blogging and spend some decent amount in social media, Iwas able to make some blog posts. I would say that my top post for June will be the post on “Saying No”.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Just barely squeaked into the top 10!

    My top post was a post on musician etiquette for worship teams called “15 Signs That You May Be A Selfish Worship Team Member” : http://www.davidsantistevan.com/2011/06/musician-etiquette/

    It was probably the top post because the headline and how practical it is for worship leaders & teams.

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

      Nice job squeaking in! :) And I really enjoyed that post!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      David, good post! I’ve been on quite a few worship teams in my life, and
      there are always those who have these characteristics.

      • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

        Thanks Robert! Are you currently involved with a worship team?

        • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

          I’m not currently involved in a worship team, but I fill in as a worship
          leader from time to time.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      Nice list.  I have definitely seen those characteristics in team members over the years.  And, unfortunately, those characteristics are often also noticeable to the congregation – making an undesired impact.

      • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

        Very true, Steven. That’s why it’s so important we watch our attitudes. Everyone on the worship team is a leader in my book. Thanks.

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

      That was insighful David!

    • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

      I just read your post. As a member of the band at my church, I enjoyed the post!

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

    That was touching Amos.

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

    Awesome! Glad to see your traffic grow! Just one question for ya though…how come my avatar picture never shows up on your list?

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

    Love being part of this community!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Me, too!

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

      Jeff! I like your blog in its entirety.

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

        Thanks, Uma!

  • Anonymous

    My most visited post was concerning Father’s Day and my father.
    http://employmentforumblog.com/?p=289

    I explained what hard work is and my work ethics.
    Love your website and posts!

    A New Follower,
    Douglas Andrews
    http://www.JobCoachHQ.com

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Douglas, I love to read people’s personal stories. My dad, too, instilled
      in me a love of hard work.

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

        Same in my case too!

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        I share this as well.  My wife even notices the impact that my dad has had on my work ethic.

        This is a great reminder of the influence we have on our own children!

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

      Thanks Douglas! That was kindling my experiences with my dad.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

    My top post for June was “Have you read The Lost Tweets of Jesus by Ed Cyzewski?” I think this post was popular because the title of this eBook is humorous and contemporary. The eBook is free and clever. The author retweeted my post title and link so additional traffic and fans of Ed Cyzewski also checked out the post.

    http://sequoiathoughts.blogspot.com/2011/06/have-you-read-lost-tweets-of-jesus-by.html

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Sounds like a great book!

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

      Thanks for sharing the book!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

    Thanks for the referral to Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Cron. I plan to read it.

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

      Connie! You will enjoy it for sure.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

        I checked out the Amazon.com page and found I could get an audio version for Kindle. So I did. That way I could “read” it while my hands were busy yesterday. Interesting. Funny. Poignant.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    My top post was about me announcing the release of my book (as it should have been!).
    http://www.lookingforpurpose.com/?p=1381

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

      Congrats on the book!  I’ve enjoyed following your blog this month.

      • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

        I glad you liked it! I always enjoy hearing from new people who find my blog!

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

      Congratulations Dylan on the release of your book.

  • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

    Another great month of content, Mike. Thank you!

    My top post is one I wrote following the tsunami in Japan and has become one of the top Google search results for “tsunami”. 

    It is called “Tsunami of Love” http://joshuamhood.com/a-tsunami-of-love/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Josh. I will have to read that.

    • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

      Great post, very moving.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Good post, Josh.

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

      Josh! Your post on “The Secret to a Worry-Free Life ” was head-on. I like that the most.

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    Last month I exceeded my visits in a single day 4 times almost immediately after commenting on this site. Twice the visits doubled. Overall, nearly 60% of visits came in June, my second full month of blogging. Again I attribute it to Mr Hyatt’s blog for both his content and my comments.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Wow. That is encouraging. Thanks.

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        The thanks go to you. Your blog is Intentional Leadership, and that is what you do.
        Being a leader requires someone to follow, and success is always a great reason to continue following. I’m becoming more successful at what I’m attempting because of your leadership. Now the burden is on us both to keep it up.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        Michael, your blog has had a similar impact on my blog.  This community has become a great place to learn from you and from others; and, to make connections with others.  I look forward to the “top posts” post each month because of the increased opportunity to see what others are doing and to connect with them.  Thanks Michael!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You are welcome. This is not something I envisioned when I started posting my monthly list of Top Posts and Commenters, but I am delighted to see it happen.

        • Anonymous

          I feel the same.  I’ve really enjoyed finding other blogs through this post every month.

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

    I have a tie for my top two posts. “When’s A Hug More than a Hug?” and “Where Can We Run and Be Safe?” ( http://www.tnealtarver.com). Overall June sagged.  May rose and July is rising. Thanks for equipping so many of us to set sail in our own little boats (well, mine’s a dinghy but I’ve at least gotten in the water).

  • Timothy Fish

    All of my most viewed posts are old posts, including http://timothyfish.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-westbow-press.html, which was my most popular post in June. People continue to post comments and questions. The comments are probably worth more than the actual post, as it has turned into a Q and A on all things self-publishing.

    • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

      In that case, your original post did just what it was supposed to by getting the conversation going and leading things inthe right direction. We should all strive for a similar goal. Now you just have to do it again–consistency.

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

        Consistency is what demanding discipline in our life.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Timothy, that was a very interesting post on Westbow.

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

      Timothy! You do a great stuff about publishing in your blog.

  • http://seekthecity.wordpress.com Chad M. Smith

    My most viewed post was about Lebron James. It was a couple days before the Mavs did them in and Jason Whitlock, a sports writer, wrote about how it looked as though Lebron would not be able to handle the pressure that had been built up around him, but asks, who could? It triggered some thoughts within me about how the public likes to be disappointed by those hyped-up as great people.

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

      Chad! I enjoyed your paost on “Organizing Silence and Solitude by Mark Driscoll”. That was head on.

  • Anonymous

    I love your blog, Michael! My most popular June post was Thursday’s Top Ten, with links to interesting sites and my favorite blogs. My 2nd & 3rd most viewed overall both had lists on different topics. So, the reason for June 30th’s blog to be so highly viewed is 3-fold. 1. the list-easy and fast to read, 2. June was my 6th month of blogging and my numbers have gone up exponentially, 3. I just kicked off my Life List Club which has received a lot of attention. I’m working toward gaining as many commenters as you have…maybe it’ll happen someday!

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

      Any link for your blog Marcia?

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    My top post(s) for June was a series on the Vacation Bible School we hosted at our church.  I wrote a post for each day sharing pictures, what we learned and some of the excitiement.  Each post has been read by many in our church – but, also from many searching for information on VBS.  The post for Day 1 was the single most-visited post.

    This has also provided the opportunity to write about some of the leadership lessons we have learned from putting on “the biggest event of the year”.

    Thanks, Michael, for the promptings and opportunities to grow in our own blogging.  The community you have developed here is truly amazing!

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

      Steven, I have absolutely enjoyed your blog this month, and I look forward to see what’s next.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        Thanks Jon!!

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

      Thanks for sharing the post Steven! It reminds me of such experiences with children here in India.

  • Al Pittampalli

    Thanks for the advice on “About me” pages, Michael. Mine needs some work, and now I realize how important it is that I make mine great.

     

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

      I do not find the link to your blog?

  • http://www.BartLeger.com Bart Leger

    Thank you for sharing. Your posts are informative and extremely useful. I have utilized your template for blogging using Evernote (very cool), and just made a few tweaks to my About me page. Thanks again.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Cool. Thanks.

  • http://www.BartLeger.com Bart Leger

    Question: how do you do your blog email updates? Do you use an RSS to email plugin or some other way?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I use MailChimp. It takes my RSS feed and create the email newsletter.

      • http://www.BartLeger.com Bart Leger

        Thanks. I’m already a MailChimp user, but didn’t realize it had that feature. I learn something new every day.

  • Anonymous
    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Disqus is awesome!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Dwayne, this is an interesting concept… the “love list.”

      • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

        Thanks for engaging! The “Love List” is more about getting the wishes, dreams and desires out of heart and heads and on the road to reality. I believe the first step for many is just writing them down on paper.  I love how Daniel 7:1 puts it, “…Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he WROTE DOWN THE DREAM,…” 

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

      Looks intriguing Morris!

      • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

        Thanks! Any feedback to help me make it better would be appreciated!

  • Jmhardy97

    I like the posts on evernote. They have helped me so much in the area of organization.

    jim

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. Is there anything I haven’t covered with regard to Evernote that you would like to see covered?

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        Using Evernote is helping me keep my Inbox down. Still not 0, but down to 10 from the old 200+.

  • Jmhardy97

    Become your spouses best friend may be the best one I have read. I use your calendar to plan the next three years of my life and the first person I put on my calendar is my wife and date night.

    Jim

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. That’s what Stephen Covey calls, “Put the big rocks in first.”

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

        That was a great illustration Mike!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      This was one of my favorite posts, too.

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

      Jmhardy! Planning is one important lesson which I too learnt from Mike.

  • Jmhardy97

    Thanks Amos

    jim

  • Danblackonleadership

    One of my top post for June has been a recycled post titled Failing with Success which can be found at http://www.blogger.com/stats2.g?blogID=7120014496115356177#overview,LAST_30_DAYS

     

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

      Dan, can you share your link? I am not able to open the given link.

  • http://twitter.com/joelfortner03 joelfortner03

    The top post on my blog in June my top 10 most recommended books, which primarily center around growth.  The post can be found here: http://joelfortner.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/my-top-10-most-recommended-books/.  I think the reason it was the top post was because people simply like lists of things, especially books.  People also like tips.  Lists and tips are easy to digest and can be read quickly.  Plus, lists of books are akin to a people’s shopping carts.  Personally, I can’t help but sneak a peak!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Good post, Joel. I enjoyed peeking at your reading list!

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

      Thanks for the list Joel! I could add some to my to-read list.

  • http://mirrorsandwindowsnow.blogspot.com/ Alicha

    “Here we go…”  was my top post for the month of June. I think it was “top” for two reasons:

    The first reason, I now have ‘direction’ for my blog instead of relying on past experiences and childhood memories, which were, frankly, depressing me AND likely my readers :) Instead, I’m going to be reviewing ‘secular’ movies from a Christian perspective in light of my literary education. I do that in my mind ANYWAY, and when I’ve posted a review, on occasion, it’s gone well.

    T’he second reason I found increased traffic, I think it’s because I was transparent about loving movies, but not feeling free enough to admit that in many Christian circles. We share our love of music or books but not the wonder of movies. {That’s probably why I picked “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” for my first official review! ;}

    I really think that struck a cord with many, as even some individuals I’ve known for years, they “friended” me on Facebook, having seen my post on a mutual friend’s page, and one even commented on the post.

    • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

      Great idea. My blog is an extension of my own foray into literary writing on Christian themes. While the blog itself isn’t literature the observations I make have some deeper connections like the metaphors and symbolism of literature (or at least that’s the point).
      My writing was inspired by reading one of CS Lewis’ essays “Christian Apologetics.” If you haven’t read it you should.

      • http://mirrorsandwindowsnow.blogspot.com/ Alicha

        Just looked up your blog~
        You are a great writer…Clever too! Loved the “Hole” bit. Either skip the novella or make it into a book (says the unpublished~as of yet (waiting for a call from the 3rd committee review~ writer). I did the same thing…I took a chapter from Genesis and saw a story and a certain truth I was passionate about.

        C.S. Lewis~ I love his writing…Have you ever read Perelandra? A great read that’s often passed over, or unknown.

        • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

          Thank you for your kind words. Once I finally got an agent to tell me why the other agents were rejecting my novella (for being a novella) I briefly considered expanding it (which would water down the story), and then decided to concentrate on a novel. The idea was to write a novel that would open a market and a reader desire for the novella. Last week Mr. Hyatt suggested creating an ebook and giving it away to gain subscribers, and that is where I’m headed now. I have a domain and webhosting and trying to figure out how to shift everything to it while simultaneously having more editing reviews on my novella in anticipation of the big rollout.

          As for Perelandra, I love it. It ranks as co-best Lewis book ever with The Great Divorce and followed very closely behind by Til We Have Faces. If you haven’t ever read the essay Christian Apologetics, find it and read it. It changed my outlook on writing immensely. In fact, it was the reason I started my novella and working in literary fiction. I carry an electronic copy around with me on my phone and my thumb drive it means so much to me.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            I get a lot of great ideas from Michael. I’m excited to see your new
            e-book.

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

      I like your idea of reviewing ‘secular’ movies from a Christian perspective in light of your literary education. It is unfortunate but true that we share our love of music or books but not the wonder of movies.

  • Jenny

    Hi Michael
    I’ve only recently discovered your blog and it honestly delivers great value/interest every week! I really enjoy it. Loved the interview with Seth Godin last week too!
    I was wondering if you could share which software you use to manage your emails and send out the weekly digest? I’m about to change over from a website http://www.bossgroup.com.au to a blog and I’d like to be able to replace our newsletter with blog weekly updates.
    Many thanks!
    Jenny

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I use MailChimp, Jenny. It is very good. Thanks.

  • Jenny

    Hi Michael
    I recently found your blog and love it – lots of value every week. Loved the interview with Seth Godin too!
    I was wondering if you’d mind sharing which software you use to enable you to send weekly blog updates. I’m switching from my website http://www.bossgroup.com.au to a WordPress blog and want to replace our newsletter with a blog update similar to yours.
    Would appreciate it enormously if you wouldn’t mind sharing :-)
    Jenny

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I use MailChimp. It is very good, though a little expensive.

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

    On my fashion blog, my most-viewed post was what I wore to a baseball game! I think girls are always looking for fashionable fan-wear. http://snappycasual.tumblr.com/post/6449578833/take-me-out-to-the-ball-game

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Kelsey, it’s odd… your blog is out of the ordinary for things I would
      normally read… but every time you post your top post here… I really
      enjoy reading it. Keep up the good work.

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

        Oh, that is so kind of you to say! Thank you for checking it out!

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

      Kelsey! I get to know about fashion (as such I am a novice in this field) from your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

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

        Thanks to you for checking it out! :)

  • http://courseadjustments.wordpress.com B_schebs

    I just started blogging the last week of June.  During that time my most view Blogpost was my first one http://wp.me/p1CA4z-6  while my most commented on post was a transparent post about who I am and where I come from. http://wp.me/p1CA4z-19

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Both very good posts, Bschebs! You’re off to a good start.

      • http://courseadjustments.wordpress.com B_schebs

        Thanks so much for visiting.  Appreciate it. I look forward to writing more in the future.

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

      The photos of your website are mesmerizing Bschebs

  • http://www.aminutecaptured.com Jenny

    My top post for June was a tie between two posts, each entitled “From Me::To Me”  The reason for this is our desire to go back and change our mistakes, be prepared for what’s coming or to know we will make it through the challenge we are experiencing at the present time.

  • world top tenz

    nice interesting post
      World Top Tenz

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

    Jenny! Your blog on ” A Minute Captured” was awesome. The photos. I was dumbstruck. Thanks for sharing your blog.

  • http://bit.ly/brandonrobbins Brandon Robbins

    My top post for June was “The Cure for Creative Block May be Right Under Your Nose (Literally)”
     http://j.mp/lJ3LCN