Top Posts and Commenters for March 2011

I meant to post this right after the first of the month. However, with all the activity leading up to my recent transition, I forgot. Sorry about that.

Wordle graphic for march 2011

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In case you missed them, I have included my top ten posts for March 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller.

Here are my top ten posts:

  1. Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important
  2. Creating Your Personal Life Plan
  3. Advice to First Time Authors
  4. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on the Mac
  5. Three Questions Your Should Ask Before You Buy an iPad 2
  6. My Advice to Beginning Bloggers
  7. An Interview with Todd Burpo, Author of Heaven Is for Real
  8. Seth Godin on the Difference Between Leadership and Management
  9. Using the iPad to Take Meeting Notes
  10. Are You Ready to Start Living Your Life on Purpose

I wrote three of these posts more than a year ago. If you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic for old posts, provided you are intentional about it. (I outline my strategy in a blog post called, “Recycling Your Blog Content.”)

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. 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: 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 backlink 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 April, I’m going to give a free copy of Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell, to each of my top 10 commenters.

Ready. Set. Go!

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  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    My top post from March is called “Refocusing My Energy From Keeping House to Keeping Hearts”.
    I know I struggle with keeping first things first and I came to find I wasn’t the only one. We want to do what is easily seen — by us and by others. It’s hard to remember that the things unseen (training & teaching children; play with them; nurturing yours and their spiritual life, etc) are the ones that truly matter.
    A lot of people could relate.

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

      Beautiful thoughts from “Refocusing My Energy From Keeping House to Keeping Hearts”.
      I enjoyed the discussion and views penned there by you. Thanks for sharing Christin.

  • http://www.accidentallygreen.com Hilary

    In March, my top post was “Can SIDS be prevented?” I’m guessing the popularity’s because SIDS is a subject most parents of infants think about. Plus, the title was fairly catchy.

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

      Your blog “Accidentally Green” is professional and attractive. I should be following your blog.

  • http://twitter.com/MacKinnonChris Chris MacKinnon

    My top post, “The Sound of Heaven,” was actually a guest post from a friend of mine. He has a larger platform of connections, so I hope that his message drew in some different readers.

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

      Guest posts adds flavor to whole stuff. I too love this concept.

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

    It’s great to be on your top commenter’s list again, Michael. Thank you for the book. Donald Miller is one of my favorite authors.

    As far as my blog goes a discussion that you started here became my top blog post for the month. The comparison of the iPad 2 to the MacBook Air brought over 1200 page views and a lot of conversation. http://goals4u.us/gQZNnG

    You might also notice that I took your advice and created a shortened URL that hopefully will align with an upcoming book.

    Your site definitely has to be in the top 10% of highly commented blogs. I can’t believe you are getting hundreds of comments per day. This is truly turning into the Hyatt Leadership Institute. (You definitely need to get the URL!) I can’t wait to see what you create next.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I am amazed at the comments—and the quality of those comments. It is a blessing.

      I love your host URL. Very smart. Thanks.

    • Joe Lalonde

      John, congrats on the views that your post brought in! That’s quite impressive!

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

        It was interesting that a technology post did so well. Usually my top five are all downloadable items.

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

      John! Your blog on leadership, personal development and success is a real guideposts to professionals like me at the early phase of my career. Thanks

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

        Uma, I really enjoy your insights from your country. I have met quite a few business professionals from India through Toastmasters. I am always amazed at the work ethic and the caliber of education.

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

          Thanks John! You are welcome. I too learn a lot from you blog and your comments here..

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

      I agree! And I’m grateful to be a part of this community as well as receiving a free book now and then.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Michael, I don’t have a blog of my own yet, but I really liked your blog post of “Why speaking well of your spouse is important”. It really made me think about how I talk about my wife in public. I feel like I’m doing better about it!

    Also, do you know why my picture did not show up in the list of top commenters? Is it because I do not have a blog or site linked to my Disqus profile?

    Thanks again for all the encouragement that you bring!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure Joe. I think that you can upload your own picture with Disqus.

      • Joe Lalonde

        Odd. I already have an avatar pic on Disqus and it shows up in comments. However, on the list of top commenters it did not.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Let me check with the guy who developed the plugin. Thanks,

          • Joe Lalonde

            Michael, thanks for looking into it. I appreciate it.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            We now think it is because we built the plugin before we migrated to Disqus. If you have a Gravator set up with your email address, it will pull in the picture. Meanwhile, my developer is seeing if he can pull this from Disqus. Thanks.

  • Karl Mealor

    Thank you for the book. I’ve been visiting family in Lower Alabama with no cell reception and virtually no Internet. Not that I’m complaining. I have missed keeping up with your site.

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

      It’s all in the game. Keep on keeping on.

      • Karl Mealor

        I’m trying, Uma. I’m trying.

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

    My top March post was “My Daughter’s Eyes”.

    Thanks for the head-ups on these posts…I’ve already looked at a few this morning (one took me to an interesting post, which suggested another interesing post… ;) Learning lots!

  • Anonymous

    I love reading your post every morning. It is now become one of my daily routines. They are very insightful and inspiring. I am now working on my Personal Life Plan. Thank you.

    FYI: Please check the title# 10. Looks like a ‘y’ is missing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good catch on the typo. Thank you!

      • Anonymous

        You are most welcome!

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    My top post from March was “What Twitter Has Taught Me.” I was very surprised at the amount of traffic it received since it really isn’t in my typically niche.

    • http://twitter.com/bethanyplanton Bethany Planton

      I went and read that post. I agree with your points. I love that Twitter tends to be so much more positive than sometimes other social networking sites are.

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

      Twitter is instant and crisp. I love that too.

  • http://cynthiaherron.wordpress.com Cynthia Herron

    My top post for March was “Life Is a Stage…But Shouldn’t Be.” (A lot folks don’t leave comments yet, so I have to just judge by the stats for a particular day.) In that post, I blogged about the facades and “hats” that we all wear from time to time. I’m such a newbie blogger (beginning in March!) and I’m still learning. Guess I better learn fast though–I just reached a long-awaited milestone!

    A huuuge “thank you” for YOUR blog, Michael! I always leave feeling like I’ve just unwrapped a Christmas present…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Cynthia. I appreciate your kind words.

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

      “We place so much emphasis on what others think, and we let it devalue us. Impressions and perceptions are important, but maybe, we should concentrate more on living life as an active participant of the audience rather than memorizing our next line of the play.” — Great thoughts. Thank you Cynthia

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Also, if you upload an Avatar (picture), we will get to see what you look like. This is just way more personal and social.

    Good point.

    Hitwise, my top post for March, once again, like every month, was one I had published last August. It has the word goat in the title, and for some reason people google goat like crazy. Since my post isn’t about goats per se, virtually all of these hits are click-and-runs.

    In terms of “Avg. Time on Page,” i.e., visitors potentially having read some of the post, my top post was one that features a picture of Bill O’Reilly wearing a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. A while ago, you chided me after I had confessed that I simply stole most of the pictures I use on my blog right off the web. You said it was theft, no different from downloading music or movies without paying for it. Perhaps it is. As far as this particular picture, though, I took it myself in my living room with a digi-cam right off my own TV screen. Since I didn’t ask Fox News for permission to post the pic, did I here, too, commit some sort of copyright infringement in posting it?

    My post that drew the greatest number of commenters (nine!) other than myself is titled “Say It With A Tweet,” a list of my most recent tweets. I put a lot of thought into my tweets, so I like to preserve them. As far as the picture, I used the blue bird with the red laptop you used for your Beginner’s Guide to Twitter. I didn’t steal it from you, though. I swear. Sheer coincidence.

  • http://twitter.com/bethanyplanton Bethany Planton

    I love reading all the tips you have for bloggers. I have been debating whether to start a blog or not because if I do I want it to be done well.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      I had the same thought in beginning my blog a few months ago – if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it well. I am still learning a lot; but, I am finding that if you follow the advice given through this community (and all the posts that Michael has written on the subject) and spend a little time with sites like tentblogger.com, then you will have the foundation for doing a blog well.

      • http://twitter.com/bethanyplanton Bethany Planton

        Thanks, Steven. Yes, I want to do it well and that is why I haven’t started yet. I graduate in May so I am thinking maybe after graduation I would have some of the time I would need to devote to keeping up a blog.

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

        Agreed Steven.

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

        I agree.

  • Pamela Mason

    My top post from March was Twitter for Beginners. I wrote it with my own tips and some quoted from another beginner friend. It was simple & did not overload beginners’ brains.

    Now I think I’ll update it and post Twitter for Intermediates.

    And my top post this month has me thinking of starting a blog on nothing but…

    Bacon.

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

    Michael, those were excellent posts indeed, and my favorite one was in fact the number one post, “Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important”. It is great that you tackled such an important issue, I’m sure many people changed their behavior after they read (or we hope so).
    I’m single, but I still can use those principles to other people I relate to. And it is something I will bring into any relationship.

  • http://twitter.com/BobEwoldt Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, thanks for the list… your list of top commenters actually gives me some new people to read.

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

      It’s true Robert. I have got many new blogs to read -courtesy michael hyatt.com.

  • http://twitter.com/BobEwoldt Robert Ewoldt

    My top post on my website for March was a post called “Wal-Mart: An Evil Company or a Market Success?” http://brevis.me/2011/02/20/wal-mart-an-evil-company-or-a-market-success/

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

      As a professional accountant, I enjoyed reading your post on Wal Mart and the economic logic behindd that.

  • http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com Kevin M.

    My top post in March was this one: Our fears establish the limits of our life http://kevinmartineau.ca/fears-establish-limits-life/

    I think it resonated with a lot of people because most of us struggle with fear.

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

      That’s head on Kevin. Thanks for sharing. Fear is the enemy of extraordinary in our life.

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

    Thanks for creating an atmosphere where it’s easy to engage in dialogue! I really enjoy being a part of this community.

    My top post was a simple graphic from the Hubble telescope of the deep space field, and a quick exclamation of wonder at how the heavens declare the glory of God. I posted this in 2008, and it continues to be my top post month after month.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jeff. I appreciate your participation!

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    It is an honor to be in the list of top commenters again this month! Mike, thanks for creating great content that also generates great conversations that are compelling to engage with. I have learned a lot from engaging this community!

    My top post was In the Silence. Not exactly sure why it was popular; but, it did generate some conversation.

    My second was Anger Destroyed the Moment. I think this one was popular because we tend to be intrigued by stories relating how our responses have caused problems.

  • http://www.walkwiththewise.wordpress.com Gail

    My top post for March was http://walkwiththewise.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/eyes-of-betrayal/

    I’d say that this was/is popular because betrayal is something we all face in our lives, both in the doing and the receiving. Hopefully my words encouraged people to think.

    My favourite post was not that one, it was http://walkwiththewise.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/concrete-crumbs-and-splintered-dreams/ because it really made me rethink my life.