Top Posts And Commenters For April 2013

And we can cross April 2013 off of the calendar. It’s done and we’re onto another month. I hope you’re as excited as I am for the start of a new month!

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I’m excited to share with you what’s happened at the blog and what’s going to happen. There’s lots of great things happening around the site and the web in general.

Top Posts

  1. 5 Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective – Readers were really interested in this blog post. It was by far the most read post of the month.
  2. 9 Signs You’re A Leader – Another popular post that seen a lot of sharing. Did you find any signs that proved to you that you were a leader?
  3. How To Give Effective Praise – An oldie that hadn’t seen much activity. This jump to the most viewed surprised me.
  4. How To Take Your Influence To The Next Level – For those of you wondering how to increase your influence, take a moment to read this post.
  5. 3 Ways To Create Relationships As A Leader – Discover the ways you can grow your relationships and network as you lead. This struck a cord with many readers.
  6. Leadership Insights: Interview With Matt Appling Author Of Life After Art – This saw a lot of traffic due to the giveaway. Congratulations to Jared Latigo on winning the book!
  7. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery – This post contained information I received from Exodus Road. I’ve joined with them to help bring the issue of modern day slavery to the forefront.
  8. 6 Struggles Every Leader Will Face – Don’t worry, everyone faces struggles. I think that is why this post resonated so well.
  9. Discover Your Leadership Style Through The Chick-Fil-A Leadercast App – Chick-Fil-A released a really cool app that helps you determine your leadership style. It’s great to know how and why you lead.
  10. The 20 Mile March – This post has slowly fallen from the top spot to the last. Will it stay on the list next month?

Top Commenters

I want to thank each and everyone who takes the time to comment on the blog. Your words are a great encouragement and I hope you’re growing as a leader as I share my leadership insights with you.

  1. Jon Stolpe
  2. Dan Black
  3. DS
  4. Tom Dixon
  5. Dan Erickson
  6. TJ Trent
  7. Drew Tewell
  8. Kimanzi Constable
  9. TC Avey
  10. Nathan Magnuson

A big congratulations to Jon Stolpe as he is the winner of the Catalyst Atlanta Be Present main session talks. I’ll send out a download code to him shortly that will allow him to download all of the great talks from the 2011 Catalyst Conference.

Site Statistics

April was a crazy month on the blog. The statistics blew me away and I want to thank you all for coming to the site, subscribing to the blog, and encouraging myself and others.

  • Visits increased 31.01%
  • Unique Visits increased 30.16%
  • Pageviews increased 36.45%
  • Pages Per Visit increased 4.15%
  • Average Visit Duration increased 9.37%
  • Bounce Rate decreased 9.41%
  • New Visits decreased 0.63%

I was amazed at the increase in visitors this month. It’s helped April 2013 become the most visited month since the site began.

Blog News

I was hoping to release my eBook in April but that did not happen. I need to edit the book and have a cover created. Once that is done, you will be able to get a copy of the eBook for free. All you need to do is subscribe to the blog.

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your top post? Are you working on anything exciting? If you’re not a blogger, share a post that had a great impact. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.


Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Awesome month Joe! Congratulations to Jon, as well!

    I just made the jump to a self-hosted wordpress blog last weekend, so I will cheat and give two answers:

    1. From the old wordpress site, my numer #1 view was: “The Lie of Working Well Under Pressure,

    2. From my new site, it is “9 Ways to De-stress,”

    Thank you for asking, and for commenting!

    • Thanks, Jonathan. And congrats to you on the new blog!

    • Congrats on the switch to self-hosted WordPress! It’s amazing what the platform can do for you.

      Wait, wait, wait! You’re cheating! I only asked for one top post. (-;

      Both of those have great titles. I’ll check them out.

  • Thanks Jon. I hope you’ll enjoy the audio from the conference. Catalyst Atlanta 2011 impacted me in a huge way and I think it will do the same for you.

    • Listening to podcasts and material like this has been a great way to feed my mind especially while I’m running or commuting.

  • My top view was my page “Songs from A Train Called Forgiveness.” Today I release my second book “At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy,” @

  • Oh, man. So close to winning the Catalyst main session talks. Shoot! Keep writing great content Joe!

    • I know. You guys had me scared. Thought I’d be flipping a coin to decide the winner.

  • seannisil

    Great to see such an awesome growth rate for you this month Joe!

    My blog is still in its infant stage. But the most popular post was “4 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor About Fees.” I hope to help as many people as possible through the blog and it’s already bearing fruit.

    You can check out my post at:



    • Sean, that’s awesome. I love the slide presentation you had on that post. Keep doing great work!

      • seannisil

        Thanks Joe!

    • Hello Sean,

      I also live in San Diego, I write about leadership at I look forward to connecting with you more and reading your blog.

      • Another reason why the blogging community is great…two San Diegans connecting over a blog based out of Michigan! Dan–I’ll hunt you down on LinkedIn & we can get together in person. I look forward to reading your blog as well.

        Thanks Joe for providing a platform for your readers to connect.



        • Ya, that’s great!!! Looking forward to connecting with you Sean.

  • Looking forward to your book- don’t rush it though!

    One of my top posts this past month was about what’s transpiring in our Educational System-

    • That sounds crazy TC! I’ll have to review it when/if Pam and I have children.

      • It’s pretty mind boggling. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true. I think this is something even those who work with youth should know. Youth leaders need to know what kids are being taught in school in order to more fully understand the thought processes of kids and how they view Christianity/conservatism.

        • Good point TC. As a youth leader, it is something I should be aware of. I’ll take another look at it.

          • I pray it gives you wisdom and new insight in reaching today’s youth. Plenty of challenges youth leaders face (and we should all be investing in our youth) but God is able to overcome all obstacles satan conspires.

  • Glad to be on the top commentors list again! My top post this month was Top LinkedIn Lessons Learned:

    • Tom, I’m glad you’re on it. You’ve been a very active and knowledgeable part of the community.

  • self storage

    You got a heck of a list of top commentators. This is really great how people are showing interest in your blogs and liking your website. Hope I will also start contributing to some extent and maybe my name will also be there the next season.

    • Thanks! I hope I provide value to you and can help you achieve your leadership goals. Is there anything specific I can help you with?