Top Posts and Commenters for November 2011

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for November 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free copy of The Book of Man by William J. Bennett.

Wordle Graphic for November 2011

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Here are my top ten posts:

  1. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on MacBook Pro (01/01/2007)
  2. How to Setup Google Calendar on Your iPhone 4 (07/05/2010)
  3. Three Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy an iPad 2 (03/09/2011)
  4. 5 Steps to Developing More Discipline (11/10/2011)
  5. Creating Your Personal Life Plan (03/11/2011)
  6. 9 Astonishing Facts About Amazon (11/21/2011)
  7. The Fastest Way to Get a Book Contract—Guaranteed (10/03/2009)
  8. How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency (05/02/2011)
  9. 20 Questions to Ask Other Leaders (06/19/2009)
  10. How to Get Out of That Funk (11/17/2011)

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

  • Only three of the top ten were actually written in November.
  • The #1 post was written in 2007—four years ago.
  • Four of the top ten were written more than a year ago.
  • The list is very eclectic—leadership, tech, social media, life planning.

My blog traffic grew 15.4% this past month (November over October). For the year, it is up 154.7%

As I have pointed out before, if you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic from your old posts. You just need to be intentional about it. (I outline my strategy in a blog post called, “How to Keep Your Blog Posts from Dying in Your Archives.”)

My top ten commenters were:

For December, I’m going to give a free copy of Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Billy Graham to each of my top 10 commenters. This is Mr. Graham’s thirtieth book and his most recent. It is currently on the New York Times bestsellers list.

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

    Wow!  I made the top ten!  Thanks for the book!  More than that, thanks for the consistent content that generates all of these comments.

    My top post for November was written back in the summer when I first started my blog.  In this post, I told about the beginning of one of the toughest decisions I have made since entering the family business (auto dealership group) almost 20 years ago. 

    This post is one of a series of 13 that describe my journey of integrating my Christian faith into my business.  I think the reason it has remained on top is that it captures the heart of  my decision to take a leap of faith for God.  

    Here is a link to the post  Why I Decided to Walk Away from the Family Business….

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Chris. And thanks for being such an important part of this community!

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

        Thanks!  I am certainly getting more out of it than I am contributing!

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

      Chris That was a powerful incident from your life. Thanks for sharing the faith story.

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

        Thanks Uma!  I appreciate the encouragement!

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

      Chris, Thanks for sharing the link to your blog post.  I just subscribed to your blog, and I’m looking forward of reading about the intersection of faith and work.

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

        Thanks Jon.  I appreciate you reading and subscribing.  Make sure to give me your feedback as you read!  I am learning as I go!

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

    Great list of posts and commentors!

    The top post at my blog this month was titled – Paterno and Grace:  Is There Any Chance They Go Together?  Here’s the link:  http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/paterno-and-grace-is-there-any-chance-they-go-together/

    • http://www.theombugroup.com Brad Bridges

      I believe you and many others on this blog are very wise. Blog traffic can easily soar if you write about a current event, holiday, or other popular topic. I find myself asking: What can we as bloggers learn from this? How can we utilize this information to become more relevant to the society we live in?

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

        Very true!

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

        Agreed Brad! I believe we need to be intentional in getting our blog grow (through professional and consistent effort)

      • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

        Brad,
        I love this idea! I am always looking for current events and ideas that will not only be interesting but have a good crossover message to areas of faith and life!

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Great post! I appreciate the relevance to the topic at hand in our culture.

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

        Thanks, Ben!

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

      Jon! Thanks for introducing me to the People Of The Second Chance Blog. Crux of the Christian principle.

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

        You’re welcome!

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

    My top post for the month was Life is Short – http://www.jmlalonde.com/life-is-short/

    I wrote it in honor of Steve, a youth leader I had served with before. He passed away after a bout of cancer at the young age of 54.

    I believe it was the top post because it resonated with friends and family of Steve, my fellow church members, and someone stumbled it on StumbleUpon.

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

      Great post!

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

        Thanks Brandon. It was a tough post to write. I debated whether or not to actually post it. I didn’t want to offend the family or anything like that.

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

          Great idea!

          _____

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Fancy stuff, that StumbleUpon is…  Great post, thanks for writing from the heart!

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

        It is. I was surprised at the traffic it drew in. Since then, I have been submitting my posts to StumbleUpon. Seems to be working well.

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

          Joe, I totally agree.  I used to scoff at StumbleUpon.  It’s now my best form of getting the news out about my posts.  The first time I used it I had 50 visitors from StumbleUpon within a couple hours.

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

            That is an awesome result Charles! I’ve yet to have that amount of traffic from StumbleUpon but it helps.

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

            Well, I’m yet to have anything like it again, but I’m hopeful.  That first post happened to be my most visited for November, and it was by far my funniest.  It was all about Church Bulletin bloopers.  Funny stuff…

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

            Just read through your Church Bulletin bloopers post. It was pretty funny. My favorite was:

            Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

            It made me chuckle as it was a blooper. But it also got me thinking. It could be a great title for a blog post.

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

            I agree it would be a great title for a post.  When you write the article, shoot me a link to it.  I can’t wait to read it.  Happy blogging, my friend!

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

            Will do. It will most likely be published in mid-January or early February. I’ll let you know when it will go live.

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

      Thanks for “Life is too short..” quote. That was inspiring.

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

        You’re welcome Uma. Glad it was encouraging to you!

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

      Joe, I’ve enjoyed your blog…especially your running related posts!  Keep it up.

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

        Thanks Jon! If you have liked the running posts, keep an eye out. I’m planning on writing at least two more posts related to running. One will be a review of the Merrel Trail Glove and the other will be about a mud run I will be participating in sometime next year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ayomide.akinkugbe Ayomide Akinkugbe

      Wow! I enjoyed reading your post! Thanks Joe

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

        Thanks Ayomide! It was a hard post to write but I think we must honor fellow leaders and the time we have spent with them.

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

    I had several posts that got lots of hits, but the one I believe had the most impact was concerning the Legacy of Joe Paterno. http://www.leahadams.org/paterno-living-thankful/ .  Because our legacies can rise or fall on a single action, we must be intentional about building a godly legacy.  You continue to offer great material, Mr. Hyatt. Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into your posts.

    • http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com Live with Flair

      Thank you for writing about this. 

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      For sure!  Legacy is all about the small decisions that we make today.

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

      Leah! Thanks for sharing the truth – “Our legacy can rise or fall on a single action; whether by commission or omission; one choice can make the difference.”

      It is true that it takes a lifetime to build a legacy but it only takes a second to destroy it.

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

      I wrote about Paterno also over at my blog and it was my top post for the month.

  • http://darensirboughblog.wordpress.com Daren Sirbough

    My top post for the month was ‘Why I decided to delete all of my tweets’
    http://darensirbough.com/2011/11/17/why-i-decided-to-delete-all-of-my-tweets/
    I think it was because it answers a question a lot of people are asking. ‘Should I start over again and why’. The things people loved the most was the fact that I wanted to add valuable content to the community.

    • http://darensirboughblog.wordpress.com Daren Sirbough

      However I am believing this will be the one to take over soon ‘Speak Up’ – http://darensirbough.com/2011/10/29/speak-up/

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

        Thanks for the golden advice — “Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be ashamed of it. Learn to deal with the opposition that you face from standing up. Don’t blend in with the crowd or be intimidated by naysayers”

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          You’re welcome Uma

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

      It’s an interesting idea.  It’s nice to know that there is a tool that can be used for start over – at least when it comes to Twitter.

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        I don’t like that the website has a button which says ‘F### yea’ though. So unprofessional but it gets the job done. The others failed!

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

    It’s interesting that some of your top content from November was not reflected in your stats. It seems like it takes Google a month or two to raise their ratings. It would be interesting to see your stats by bounce rate and length of time on site. Site time would be more indicative of engagement. Listing your comment numbers from Disqus might actually be the best metric.

    My top post was Updating to iOS5 on the iPad 2

    My top commented post was Why is Delivering a Quality Powerpoint Presentation So Difficult. (Thanks for commenting on this one BTW)

    My traffic was up about 15% for the month even with the dead traffic days of Thanksgiving thanks to some tech posts. It will be interesting to see if your highly commented posts of November actually show up in your December stats. Keep up the great writing. Very helpful articles lately!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure what you mean by Google taking a month or two to raise their ratings. That’s true of PageRank (which, frankly, I no longer care about), but visits and pageviews are accurate to the minute. So in this exercise, for example, I know precisely how many pageviews I got for each post during the month of November. The only thing Google doesn’t measure is what gets read in RSS and email, which might significantly skew the results toward older posts that don’t show up there. Thanks.

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

        Lets say you put up a post on the 20th of the month and you get a thousand page views. Google will see this post and give it a rating. Over the following days, as more people see the post and retweet  it, write about it, and link back to it, Google may give it a better page position for included keywords in their algorithm. This is especially true if a popular site links to it such as Lifehacker. It ranks higher in search, so the daily page views will go up. I’ve noticed this phenomenon many times, a month or two after posting a particular post.

        Here is the real problem with the monthly pageview numbers. They will always be skewed to older posts. If you put up a post on Nov 20th and it got 1500 pageviews/day it would not rank as well as an older post from a previous month that got 1000 pageviews/day. One would be listed for 10 days (1500 x 10days = 15,000) , the other for 30 (1000 x 30days = 30,000).

        I think the more accurate metric for popularity would be pageviews/day. Obviously this will catch up the following full month.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I don’t think that’s really what I am measuring, John. I am not measuring cumulative pageviews but only the pageviews within a given month. It is true that this would favor older posts, but the biggest viewership for me is always the day of publication. It’s just that some posts have a longer tail. Thanks.

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

            You have given me some food for thought, Michael. I never have measured the long tail metrics of some of my popular posts. I’ll have to run that in analytics and see how that comes out.

    • http://www.theombugroup.com Brad Bridges

      John, I like the way you write here about engagement and interaction being more effective measurements. It would be fascinating to see a visual presentation of Mr. Hyatt’s various possible metrics (ie most commented on, most time spent on post, most likes, most views, etc) to help get a better gauge of value created and conversion rate. 

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

        Some posts are evergreen and keep driving traffic month after month, while others are one shot wonders and then die away to nothing. I’m always looking for better ways to keep content fresh. Michael’s stats are a great reference point since he gets so much traffic.

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

      You always do wonderful stuff John . I learn a lot from your blog.

  • David Stevens

    My top post was my very first post on “The Reset Life,” because it got me started and clarified for me some of the issues that I wanted to stimulate discussion on. The topic: How Does An Individual, A Church, or A Nation Arrive at Truth Anymore?  http://davidstevenstheresetlife.com/1/post/2011/11/how-does-an-individual-a-church-or-a-nation-arrive-at-truth-anymore.html  Thanks for all the help you provide in your posts for the rest of us!

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    One of my favorite posts is the one I wrote today! It’s a list of six Scriptural principles to finish 2011 strong and well!. It’s here: http://joeandancy.com/2011/12/01/finish-2011-strong/

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Thanks, Joe!  Surrender is what I come back to each and every day.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Isn’t that awesome, Ben?

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

    I actually only had two posts from November make it into my top ten! I’m a big fan of recycling content—thanks for the great example. My top post was:

    “What Darth Vader Taught me about People”
    (http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/what-darth-vader-taught-me-about-people/)

    I’m guessing there are a lot of Star Wars fans out there…

    • http://friendedbyChrist.com Tim Bordeaux

      Geoff, you’re link didn’t work for me.

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

        Tim, it looks like there is a ) at the end of Geoff’s link. This should work – http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/what-darth-vader-taught-me-about-people/

        • http://friendedbyChrist.com Tim Bordeaux

          Yeah, I see it now. Thanks.

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

            Sorry, Tim

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          Great post. Why? Because I was Darth Vader a year ago. And now I am believing for the Darth Vaders out there to turn back. I think this post will appeal to the sci-fi fans out there. Truth mixed with general interest. Love it!

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

            Sounds like you’re a living testimony, Daren. Thanks for the encouragement.

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

          Thanks Joe!

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

      How often do you “recycle” your content?

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

        I do it by month, checking what I posted 6 & 12 months ago. For this month, I’ll be looking back to June of this year and December of last year. This works for now since my blog is just over 2 years old.

        I also keep an eye on relevant dates & seasons. I’ll reprise posts about football during football season (Monday mornings work best) or Scouting during the BSA Jamboree or Christ’s Holy Week leadership just before Easter.

        Finally I invest in my top performers, making sure they show up every few months.

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

          That’s a great idea! I am going to try that!

          _____

          • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

            Great question, Brandon.  And thanks for the insightful response, Geoff!

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

      Great post!  I love the way the story of redemption comes out through the Star Wars series.

  • http://friendedbyChrist.com Tim Bordeaux

    My top post (by far) was the “real” story behind Thanksgiving, a story I made up for my daughter. It’s about what happened to the witch in the story of Hansel and Gretel (assuming she didn’t die at the end of that story…) as she became more elderly and could no longer catch children to eat. It’s kind of outlandish, especially to link to on a prestigious blog like this :) but here’s the link: http://wp.me/pMKgG-pQ

  • http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com Live with Flair

    My top blog post in November was my reflection on the scandal at Penn State.  As a professor here, I had to process my feelings.  I think during breaking news events, people turn to local bloggers for their thoughts.  I also linked this post to Christianity Today’s site because I thought folks wanted to connect to an insider at Penn State.   Here’s the post:  http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/2011/11/weeping-cherry-speaks.html

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

      As a Penn State alum, I too had an internal wrestling match related to this whole thing.  I really appreciated the thoughts on your blog.

  • Rob Sorbo

    My top post in November was a comparison of creativity vs artistic ability. I only had 23 page views for this blog, but I don’t have much traffic.

    So many people say, “I’m not creative,” but what they mean is that they are good at arts. The reality is that everybody is creative, they just express it differently.

    Here it is: http://robsorbo.blogspot.com/2011/11/creativity.html

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Thanks for posting this, Rob.  I agree with your statement that everybody is creative, thanks for shining the light on this message!

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/about Ryan Hanley

    It’s crazy to me that only 3 of your top 10 blog posts for the Month were published in November.

    Speaks to the quality work you do and good SEO.

    Thanks for all the great content Michael!

    Ryan H.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have been amazed at the power of SEO. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another to experience it.

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

    My top post for November was “Tell God What You Are Thinking” http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/tell-god-what-you-are-thinking/ In it I discussed being open and honest with God. I think it strikes a chord with people when they realize they do not need to check their emotions at the door when they pray. If we look into the Psalms, David did not hold back. 

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

      Awesome topic! I’m going to check it out now…

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

      I loved your description of your son and his body reactions to highs and lows. You gave a current example then drew from the Psalms to illustrate an excellent truth. We can be honest with God. God bless you as you continue to write and serve Him.–Tom

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Thanks for sharing this post, Brandon!  I’ve got a boy who wears his emotions on his sleeve as well :)

  • http://struggletovictory.wordpress.com Kari Scare

    To answer your question, my top blog for November 2011 was my first one, meaning the first time I’ve ever posted a blog. Thanks for setting a great exampling and being an inspiration!

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    My top post of the month was  “Why Writers Must Read”

    It was written this month and is actually my top post ever, because it was retweeted by Elizabeth Craig on Twitter, then retweeted by Writing Advice, which generated record amounts of traffic for my blog. It was certainly a nice surprise. :) 

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

      Congratulations on the retweets. I can see why it generated some buzz. It’s a good piece of writing advice for writers (and those who love them).

      • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

        Thanks so much! I wasn’t expecting it to take off like it did, but it was a fantastic surprise. 

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Thanks for posting this, Ava!  It is insightful.  I agree with your statement that “reading gives us the tools to write.”

      • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

        You’re very welcome! Thanks so much for checking it out. ^_^

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

      Thanks Ava for the post. That was awesome. “Reading gives us the tools to write. Writing without reading is like trying to build a sculpture without clay, or create a painting without paint. Reading isn’t just a hobby for writers—it’s a necessity.” — Thanks for the golden advice.  

      • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

        You’re so welcome! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the post. :)

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

          Thanks. I am really learning a lot from the great online community here.

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

          • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

            The community here really is pretty fantastic. 

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Top Ten? Hooray!  Thanks, Michael, for generating fantastic content on a consistent basis.  And thank you for the book as well.

    Here’s a list of my top five posts from last month. http://bentheredothat.com/2011/12/01/btdt-top-posts-november-2011/

    #1 is the story of my wife and I adopting four children from Poland.  Last month was the celebration of two years being together as a family.  Praise the Lord!

  • http://www.theombugroup.com Brad Bridges

    I always find your statistics fascinating and a treasure trove for learning about what works and what doesn’t. I’d be interested in seeing which posts were most “valuable” in terms of assigning a numerical value to each “like”, comment, share, and view. You’d have to decide which actions are worth more but it would give a more comprehensive view of the impact or value that individual posts contribute to your site. 

    My most “valuable” post for this month (although not the most visited) was titled: Coaching Essentials: The Components of Powerful Questions. It was the most valuable based on not only the quantity of visits, but also likes, comments (including on FB), click throughs, and general feedback from readers. 

    It stood out to people because I shared practical tips anyone could use (especially executive coaches, managers, HR personnel, parents, etc), connected it to a series called Coaching Essentials, and shared it extensively on FB, Twitter, and using in my email signatures using Wisestamp.

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

      Took a little extra travel to locate your “Powerful Questions” post but worth the effort. On the way from here to there, I read your article about Ken. Good, thought-provoking piece. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of a godly man’s life well lived. Blessings–Tom

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

    My blog grew this month…so I was happy. I was able to release my very first ebook as a “trial” this month. It is available here for free!

    http://bigb94.wordpress.com/ebooks/

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

      Congrats on the ebook!  Looks like something I can use!  Downloading now!  Thanks!

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

        Thanks for downloading! Make sure to tell all the guitar players you know about it!
        -Brandon

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

          Will do!

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

      I could use great guitar tone along with the absent gift of rhythm. I must have stepped out of line when all-things-musical was offered. The ebook cover attracts attention. Others will have to comment on the material.

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

        Haha! I can relate… It took me some time to get great at guitar. Thanks for the comment about the cover!
        -Brandon

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

      Thanks for the book Brandon!

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

    I’ve got two posts tied for top right now:

    One is Part 3 (of soon-to-be-4) in a series called “Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime.”
    http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-tuesday-priceless-gifts-that_26.html

    Each post describes ten gifts that a specific Personality would appreciate receiving…in this case, it’s the Choleric.  (Although next week’s post on gift-giving for Sanguines may top my charts!)  The seasonality is a major factor; quite a few readers have shared/forwarded, so each succeeding post has generated new readers for the prior posts.

    The second is a parenting piece called “No Rescue Needed: Necessary Pain and Disappointment.”  http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/2011/11/no-rescue-needed-necessary-pain-and.html

    I posted this on a Sunday and the next day left the link in a comment to Sheila Wray Gregoire’s blog post titled “Trusting God When You’re a Natural Fixer.” She read my post and edited hers to include a link to mine.  At least half the readers of my post have come directly from her site. http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2011/11/trusting-god-when-youre-a-natural-fixer/

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

      Cheri, you are a diamond worth finding. Your “No Rescue Needed…” article sparkled with great storytelling and a wonderful message for parents. Thanks for sharing your link with the rest of us.–Tom

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

        Tom –

        Oh, how I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond! 

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

          I think I’ve already made this point but just in case–I like good storytellers and you rank high on that list. I’m grateful to Michael for allowing us this platform. Through it I’ve met some pretty amazing people. God bless–Tom

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

    My goodness, that’s a lot of comments. Congratulations!

    I am a visual learner so reading and seeing what’s going on is incredibly helpful to me. It’s generous of you to lay it all out for us. Thank you! Very helpful.

    I had to laugh because my top post is my newly revamped “Home” page on my website JessieGunderson.com.

    I’d like to think it’s because my novel is intriguing and brilliant :) but I have a feeling it is because of the changes I made to the entire website, making that page home only and my blog a different page.  Haha! Made ya’ look!

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

      Yes, you did. Your humor shows here and at Home.

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

        Why thank you. I love to smile. It sure beats cryin’! :)

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

        I feel bad, TNeal, I actually meant that I think I’m making my subscribers look now because of the changes I made to the home page. :) I guess it’s all good I just realized how that sounded. Oops!

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

          So let me get this straight. Are you saying that I falsely accused you of being humorous? :-D

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    My top post for November was this one. Definitely because of the picture. 

  • Anonymous

    I AM THANKFUL…not only for this blog (a GREAT source of daily inspiration — always thought-provoking) but also for the opportunity to other blogs, and other inspiring content. Thank you!

  • Joy Patton

    My top blog for November was called “Paying Attention to Purpose.”  http://joypatton.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/paying-attention-to-purpose/  I think it’s because most people long to know what their purpose in life is, but they have no idea where to start or how to find it.  

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

      I’m no Princess but I appreciated the link. I especially liked the point “Pay attention to what makes you weird.” Your blog has a sharp focus. I wish you well in your endeavors and the work you’re doing on the book.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Enjoyed your post, Joy – reminded me how much I just needed to PAY ATTENTION!

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

    Way to comment Joe, Jeff, and Jeff!  Keep the community going!

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

      Love the community here!

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

    Honored to be among the top commenters this month.  Thanks once again for creating suce an enjoyable community!

    You can see my top posts for November here:  http://www.jeffrandleman.com/top-posts-november-2011

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

      Jeff, thanks for sharing the link. I liked what I read and am glad to know a little more about you and your family. God bless–Tom

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

        Thanks, Tom!

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry about that I hit the post button a little to quickly.  My top post was “Take a stand- real or artificial tree?” http://theordainedbarista.com/2011/11/28/take-a-stand-real-or-artificial-christmas-tree/

    Keep up the great work Michael, glad to see your community continues to grow!

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

      Loved the humor and the accompanying comments.

      • Anonymous

        Tom,
        Thanks so much for the kind words and taking the time to visit the site! I really appreciate it! —Barry

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Loved your blog, Barry! 

      • Anonymous

        Louise,
        Thanks soooooo much for taking the time to visit, I really appreciate it! I loved yours as well! I love the idea of trying to “finish the year strong” 30 day is a time frame that I think I can manage- when you break it out the way you did! Good work, and keep it going!

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

      You blog gives a professional look Barry. I liked the content and design of your blog.

  • http://lauramcclellan.com Laura McClellan

    I have a WooTheme and a sidebar widget that right now I just use for latest posts. I’d like to put popular posts on there too but is there anyway to rank the popularity by pageviews rather than comments? 

    I recently switched to wordpress from Tumblr, and none of my Tumblr post comments transferred over, so it is including posts from my first blog platform, blogspot (posts I wrote years ago) as most popular because for some reason those posts did transfer comments. If that makes sense! Is there a widget you recommend to be able to edit the popular posts, or maybe one that ranks them by pageviews?Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sure there is one, but mine was custom coded. Look in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

  • db

    I am in full time ministry at my Church.  I had a meeting today with a business person (high powered) who asked me what was my 5 year personal goal.  I danced around the answer thinking – wow, i really don’t have a 5 year plan.  As a ministry leader am i still suppose to. When I was in corporate america i could have given that answer backwards and forwards.  Please advise as to personal goal setting and career focus for someone who works at a Church.     Thanks

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

    My top post was “When Does Inspiration Come?” (http://tnealtarver.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/when-does-inspiration-come/). Why? The topic dealt with writing, inspiration, and, as Steven Pressfield would encourage, doing the work. Thanks for allowing us a place on your platform. You share it well.

    • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

      Hmm, the link doesn’t seem to be working. Or maybe it’s just my computer…

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

        It wasn’t just your computer. Here’s the link again. Hope it works.

        http://tnealtarver.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/when-does-inspiration-come/

        • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

          Thanks fro the re-post, it is well worth the read. Thoughtful, personal and Biblical all into one. Keep initiating inspiration!

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

            Thanks, Ben, I appreciate your kind words.

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      I clicked your link and it was unable to find the page.  Please re-post for us to see.  Thanks!

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

      Thanks for the crisp and cute advice. That was encouraging.

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

        Thank you for reading and commenting.

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

          It’s my pleasure TNeal!

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  • Peter Horn

    November was my first month to blog.  My number one post was USE SOME S.O.A.P. TO IMPROVE YOUR TIME WITH GOD. I think it was number 1 because my friends and follower tend to be hungry for spiritual growth. Read it at http://www.peterhornonline.com

  • http://www.jennajeske.com Jenna Jeske

    Michael,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and absolutely love it.  I have your posts e-mailed to me and really look forward to reading them each morning.  Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with all of us each day!  

    My top post for November was my mental health story.  I am passionate about raising awareness about mental illness, and how my relationship with God has completely transformed my life and has helped me live a successful life in spite of my diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  So many people with mental illness truly believe that they are alone, and if only one other person finds hope from what I have written, then sharing was worth it.

    Here’s a link to the original post (I recycled it in November by linking back to it in another post):   http://www.jennajeske.com/1/post/2011/10/my-story-for-the-world-mental-health-day-blog-party.html

    God Bless,

    Jenna

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

      That was touching and shocking. Thanks sharing the link jenna.

  • Jeffcurtis

    I just started reading your blog a week ago and every post has been impactful for me!  Look forward to learning more and sharing with others.  Thank you for the great insight!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thank you for that!

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

      Yup! You will enjoying in the days to come jeff!

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

    My top post for November had to do with funny Church Bulletin bloopers.  Some of them are hilarious, like this one:

    “Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.”

    Here’s the link: http://www.crazyaboutchurch.com/funny-church-bulletin-bloopers-and-blunders-to-make-you-laugh/

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Ha! Love it :)

      “Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more
      transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of
      Pastor Nelson’s sermons.”

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

      That was funny indeed Charles! Like it.

  • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

    My top post for  November was the one I wrote for Veteran’s Day – and it was a guest post for Chris LoCurto:   

    http://chrislocurto.com/2011/11/11/veterans-day/

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

      That was hear-rending Louise when I read the same in Chris Locurto blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://freeidoserdoses.blogspot.com/ idosing

    Congrats to each one who have made it to the top of the list. I wish to be the one someday.

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

      Thanks idosing. Keep following consistently. You can make up to the list.

  • http://suekemnitz.wordpress.com/ sue k

    I am a new visitor to your blog and I want to say, thanks! I love your posts!

    Here was my top blog in November. I am more an artist than a writer, but find I do love to write.

    http://suekemnitz.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/glory/

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

      Welcome artist Sue! Hope you will have a great time of learning and interaction from our community in this blog.

  • http://davidlarteyblog.wordpress.com David Lartey

    So for me it was kind of unfortunate I only wrote a blog post in the month of November and that was like in the last 2 or 3 days of the month. I spent this month working lots of time and writing little. But I’m looking forward to December and what I might do in the final month of the year.

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

      It’s fine david! Just keep persisting. You will rock on ultimately.

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

    Congratulations to the top commenters! And, Mike thanks for the wonderful stuff you post in this blog all through the year.

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  • http://www.distractedbyprayer.blogspot.com Shannon @ Distracted by Prayer

    I’m doing a series called “25 one word prayers” -posting once a day leading up to Christmas day.  My promotional posts in November did very well.  I’m learning to start mentioning a new series about three to four posts out.

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

      Shannon! Your picturesque represenation of blog is awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayomide.akinkugbe Ayomide Akinkugbe

    Wow! This is so cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayomide.akinkugbe Ayomide Akinkugbe

    My Top Post for last month was ‘How We Really Know Those Who Don’t Really Know’ http://ayomidestephens.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-we-really-know-those-who-dont.html
    Be Blessed :)

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

      Ayomide! your call for everyone of us to resist the temptation to hide behind big words and theologies -  is really great . Much needed advice!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ayomide.akinkugbe Ayomide Akinkugbe

        Thanks for reading Uma. I really appreciate :)

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

          You are welcome Ayomide!

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