Top Posts And Commenters For December 2012

Holy cow! The year 2012 is now behind us and we’re open to a world of possibilities in 2013. Can you believe it?

I hope you’re prepared and ready to go into this new year. It’s going to be amazing!

December 2012 Wordle

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2012 was a great year for The blog saw a satisfying amount of growth. Great relationships were formed with people like Kimanzi Constable, Alana Mokma, Dan Black, and more. I’m excited to see what 2013 will bring.

Top Posts

  1. Merry Christmas (12-25-2011)
  2. The 20 Mile March (1-4-2012)
  3. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence (5-14-2012)
  4. Christmas 2012 Emerging Leaders Gift Guide (11-26-2012)
  5. The Trap Of Negativity (12-19-2012)
  6. 7 Leadership Lessons From J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit (12-14-2012)
  7. What Can Twenty Seconds Of Insane Courage Do For You (3-16-2012)
  8. How To Carry Out An Uncomfortable Conversation (12-5-2012)
  9. Will You Help Me Help End The Child Sex Trade? (12-8-2012)
  10. Be A Person Of Action (12-26-2012)

Four of the top ten posts were older than 6 months old. Having content that is evergreen and continually bringing in traffic is a sound strategy. And a few of the top posts have been consistently in the top ten month after month. I’m hoping to build up more content that stands the test of time.

There were three other “pages” that were in the top ten but I excluded them because they were either pictures or the main page of the blog. The pictures that are ranking high reinforce the notion I need to properly name pictures to draw in visitors.

January will see the return of interviews with various leaders. Up first will be Brad Lomenick of the Catalyst Leadership Conference.

Top Commenters

  1. Dan Black
  2. DS
  3. Jon Stolpe
  4. Dan Erickson
  5. Tom Dixon
  6. Larry Carter
  7. Kimanzi Constable
  8. Ngina Otiende
  9. Brandon Gilliand
  10. TC Avey

Thanks again to each and everyone of you who take the time to read and comment on the blog. I enjoy hearing from you and hearing your thoughts on the topics I write about.

As Dan Black was the top commenter, he’ll be receiving the book Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul. DS will be receiving Creed by Winfield Bevins.

For January, I’ll be giving away Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey to the top commenter. Seismic Shifts by Kevin G. Harney will go to the commenter with the next most comments. While they’re not NEW books, they’re great leadership books that will encourage you and push you forward as you lead.

Site Statistics

  • Visits – Increased by 7.91%
  • Unique Visitors – Increased by 11.2%
  • Pageviews – Increased by 4.36%
  • Pages Per Visit – Decreased by 3.29%
  • Average Visit Duration – Decreased by 11.69%
  • Bounce Rate – Increased by 479.49%
  • New Visits – Increased by 3.26%

It’s pleasing to see traffic is still steadily increasing to the blog. My goal was to see monthly increases of 10% or more. Most months this year have hit this goal and this month was no exception.

My bounce rate became extremely high this month. I think it’s due to the search engine traffic for Merry Christmas and the pictures it brought visitors to.

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.

  • Joe, Great review on your month (and year)!

    I had another great month on my blog.  My top post for the month was a bit of a surprise to me.  Over the past couple of months, I have been sharing HOPE quotes on the weekends.  This post featuring a quote from Michelangelo led the way in the month of December (and it was posted back in November):

    • By the way, thanks for the mention in your post.  It’s such a pleasure to be a part of your blog community!

    • Thanks Jon!

      That’s awesome your top post was a surprise. Does it look like the post was a top post due to regular traffic, search engine traffic, or some other means of visiting the page?

      • Joe, the additional traffic on this post appears to be from search engine traffic.  Apparently, the word “michelangelo” must have pushed people my way.

        Generally, I have seen a lot of new traffic coming through four new Google+ Communities that I have joined in the last month.  I would recommend checking these out.

        • Interesting Jon. I’ve pretty much abandoned Google+ as it never fully grabbed my attention. May have to look into being more active there.

          • Yes.  I understand.  I’ve been surprised a bit by the growth due to Google+, but I think their new “Communities” may offer an increase in traffic from a certain niche of people.  Over the past month, I have actually seen interaction increasing via this social media tool.

  • Joe, I’ve only started looking at stats and just barely (in order to do a top posts of 2012 I dug in). I suppose it’s helpful, but just know that regardless of up or down–you have a positive influence with your blog and your many comments. Best of success in 2013.

    • Thanks for the encouraging words Skip. They’re a great reminder, especially when I get caught in numbers (For some reason, I love seeing numbers and visualizing the growth they describe). 

      • Just remember when you need something people come to your aid. Stats never show up when you call….

  • Great year Joe, looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you in 2013. 

    As for my blog, I’ve given it much prayer and in order for me to be more effective in my walk with Christ, I am going to a once a week post and will be going down on visiting other blogs. While at first I was concern what this would do for my stats, God has given me peace in knowing I am to seek HIM first and for now, cutting down on blogging is what He wants since my time is so limited at the moment.

    God bless and Happy New Year! 

    • Thanks TC. I know He has great things in store for me.

      It’s amazing the peace God can bring when we decide to make scary decisions. I hope you see great success as you make the changes.

  • One word for 2013: intentional. I really liked what Jeff Goins said the other day about writing his post. He said he didn’t just write 500 words, he thought about every word and really wrote, I’m doing that in 2013! 

    This was my top post: I think I know why!

    • That’s a great word to go after Kimanzi. Being intentional begets success and focus. 

      I can understand why that was your top post. Chock full of information, great title, and a topic tons of people are interested in. Have you seen an increase in search engine traffic because of this post?

  • I really appreciate you sharing your stats….that is awesome and really encouraging to a newer blogger like myself.  I haven’t been up and running that long…but post I am most proud of is about getting off the sidelines and making something happen… .  I’ve got an e-book in my head, so that will work as a big project for 2013.  I’ve enjoyed following your blog this year and being part of what you have built here.  Looking forward to more!

    • Tom, I’m glad you enjoy the stats side of the review. Sometimes I wonder if it benefits anyone or not. Thanks for the encouragement in sharing.

      Looks like that post got some great engagement and I can see why you’d be proud of it. Keep up the work and you’ll see great things come your way.

      One suggestion for you. I noticed your permalinks are set to the default. It creates URLs using the format You might want to consider changing it to Post Name format. It’s much better for SEO and finding older posts. 

      • Thanks for the tip…I’ll make the change tonight. I am not getting much search traffic, and guessing that is part of the reason why.

        • You’re welcome. It’s something that is often overlooked. Hope it helps bring in more traffic.

          You’ll also notice over time search traffic will increase. It’s just the way Google works.

          Keep up the great work and you’ll do fine!

          • Awesome…and let me know if you see me doing any other dumb stuff!

            • My pleasure to help Tom. It’s not that you were doing something dumb, it’s the fact it’s a WordPress default that doesn’t make sense.

              I did notice you’re naming your pictures with great names. That’s doing something right!

  • Great community Joe. Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2013. 

    • Thanks Dan! You’ve been part of it. I appreciate all of your help and interaction.