Top Posts And Commenters For July 2013

Thank God July is finally done. Normally, it’s a great month but it’s been a struggle to get through.

We’ve been dealing with the death of our dog and family/friends health issues. July has been a rough month.

However, we’re moving into a new month and that means new beginnings are available. Are you with me on that?

It also means it’s time for the monthly recap. Let’s see what June held for the blog.

Fun jumble of words used during July

Image via Wordle.net

Top Posts

1. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery: I’m glad to see this holding in the top posts section. Modern day slavery is a real issue and we need to be aware of this fact.

2. The Toughest Decision I’ve Had To Make: This is the blog post I never wanted to write. I still get choked up thinking about putting our dog down. He was a great dog and there will always be an empty spot in our hearts.

3. How To Deal With A Leadership Transition: There’s been a lot of change in our lives. One of those was seeing a great friend of ours transition from a youth pastor to an assistant pastor to a lead pastor. Not everyone dealt with the leadership transition well and I found it to be the perfect opportunity to share insights into dealing with a transition.

4. How To Stay Motivated As A Leader: A quote I read inspired this post. We can often get our motivation from the wrong sources, only to wonder why we can never stay motivated or with something long enough to see results. If you’re having trouble staying motivated, check this post out.

5. 7 Leadership Lessons Learned From A Recreational Softball League: Our softball team struggled the whole season and we didn’t see victory. However, there were leadership lessons to be learned from the game.

6. 5 Ways To Help Your Team Grow: Leaders know their team is their responsibility. Don’t neglect the fact you need to help your team grow.

7. How To Give Effective Praise: I’ll be honest, I’m surprised to see this post making such a comeback in the rankings. But if you’re looking for a way to give effective praise, this is the post to check out.

8. 10 Leadership Lessons Learned From My Blog Commenters: This post has seen a tremendous amount of traffic. And it’s only a few days old. There’s a lesson here, be willing to share what you’ve learned from others and recognize them. There will be a response.

9. 3 Ways To Welcome Feedback As A Leader: I believe feedback can be hard to receive regardless of whether or not you’re a leader. But being a leader, it can be hard to get honest feedback. Be a great leader and welcome the feedback your team is willing to give you.

10. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: One of my favorite posts to write and I’m glad to see it doing well. This is my reminder that you need to be watering the grass on your side of the fence and stop worrying what others are doing.

The month had a lot of great content this month. I think it shows in the fact that most of the top posts are from the current month.

It’s great but sad at the same time. I love seeing older posts make it into the list.

Top Commenters

1. Lorraine Marie Reguly

2. Dan Black

3. Jon Stolpe

4. Justin Buck

5. Jon D. Harrison

6. Tom Dixon

7. Ellory Wells

8. George

9. TC Avey

10. Sean Nisil

A huge thank you to everyone that took the time to comment this month. You’ve made the blog so much more than I could on my own.

You also inspired a post that ranked in the top ten after being active only a couple of days. You guys are my inspiration!

Site Statistics

Visits – Decreased 3.51%

Unique Visitors – Decreased 3.45%

Pageviews – Decreased 4.47%

Pages Per Visit – Decreased 0.99%

Average Visit Duration – Increased 12.01%

Bounce Rate – Increased 3.96%

New Visits – Decreased 0.05%

You can see there’s a lot of red this month in the site statistics. It’s been a rough month.

However, I expected much worse as it is July and the month where most people take vacations and travel. If you’ve seen a decrease in your traffic this month, don’t worry. It’s normal and you’ll recover as long as you continue on the path.

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.

  • My top two posts this month were guest posts. Here’s the link to the top post: http://www.jonstolpe.com/2013/07/08/the-truth-about-unconditional-love/

    • Awesome Jon! It’s great to share our platform with those who are doing similar things. Glad they’re a success for you.

      • Yes. I agree. And I’m looking forward to sharing my platform with you next week. Thanks in advance for guest posting while I’m away.

  • July 2013 was my biggest month ever; I almost hit 2 of my goals. Much to my chagrin, my top post was actually a guest post written by my wife! It’s an awesome story about facing your fears, here’s the link: http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/what-if-reasons-why-you-can/ . For August, I’m working on increasing my guest posts and guest posting, as well as getting my book moving again.

    • That’s awesome Ellory! Congrats on the growth and coming close to hitting 2 of your goals. That’s the way to knock it out of the park.

  • It’s great interacting with and learning from you, Joe! My top two posts of all time were a book review of Bill Treasurer’s Leaders Open Doors (http://buckleadership.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/leaders-open-doors/) and a post called “What to Do with Momentum” (http://buckleadership.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/momentu/).

    • Thanks Justin! I appreciate the kind words. Those look like awesome posts. I’ll be checking them out shortly!

    • Those are great posts!

      • Thanks, Dan! It’s truly a joy to be part of such an amazing community!

  • I am a new blogger, now about 6 months old. My fourth post was http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/the-irritating-visualbee-vb-toolbar-is-malware/ and so far, in 6 months, it has had 1,172 views. It is my top post!

    • That’s great Lorraine. Isn’t it exciting when something you write reaches that many people?

      • I’m with you Tom. It’s great when we see our content reaching others and changing lives.

        • I’ve already expressed my sympathy about your recent loss, Joe, but I know the wounds are still fresh. I hope you heal soon.

          • Thanks Lorraine. It’s funny how the wounds close and then get reopened at the littlest things. But they’re getting better.

            • I still think about my dog, Terri. She was the best. Perhaps you should make a picture collage. I made one for my dad, using all his cats. It’s a bit different from your normal collage. You can see it at http://poetryperfected.blogspot.ca/2013/06/cat-love-poem-cat-photo-collage.html

              • Your dog sounds like she was pretty amazing. I’m glad you still think about her and I’m sure she’s smiling down on you knowing you haven’t forgotten about her.

                That’s a cool idea. However, it’s way to early for me to do something like that. I tear up just thinking about pictures of him, seeing pictures of him often make me cry like a baby.

                One day I’ll get there. Until then, I’ve got awesome memories of the greatest dog in the world.

      • Yes, this is very exciting. I have helped many people (I hope) get rid of this malicious toolbar by relating my experience with it, and how I got rid of it.
        However, I don’t think any of these people ended up as readers of my blog. 🙁 But I am grateful that I was able to help them. 🙂

    • Oh wow Lorraine! That’s amazing. It’s awesome when you begin to touch people and you see them coming to what you’re sharing. Keep it up.

  • Glad to see my name here again, Joe. It is great to be part of your community. So sorry about your July – but sounds like you are pressing on. I got more vulnerable on one particular post than I have in the past, and got a lot of feedback. It is about the gap between where you are and where you want to be. http://www.mondayisgood.com/maybe-its-time-to-change-the-goal/

    • Tom, thanks for being such an active part of the community. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Pressing on is the only thing we can do at times. Sometimes it sucks but we can’t give up.

      I see a lot of people getting more vulnerable lately. And that’s a great thing. Our vulnerability helps us connect with others and shows them they’re not alone. Glad that post resonated with your tribe!

  • Great content this month Joe, even though it’s been a tough one.

    One of my top posts was 5 Practical Methods to Increase your Energy Level http://danblackonleadership.info/archives/3660 which was a comment record for me(over 30 people commented with over 90 total comments).

    • Thanks Dan!

      Wow, that sounds like a very popular post. The interaction on it was fantastic!

  • I’m late to the party!

    My top post for the Month was Top 5 Financial Calculators on the Web. http://seannisil.com/top-5-financial-calculators-on-the-web/

    It really took me by surprise that it was so popular. I posted it in about 15 minutes on a lunch break! But I guess the usefulness of it generated the click-throughs. It even led to a guest post on another blog.

    • Sean, don’t fret about being late. Jump into any post at any time. The comments are always open (-;

      That’s awesome that it only took you 15 minutes but it’s been very popular. Sometimes the simplest posts are the most effective.

  • Thanks, Joe for being honest and transparent with your site statistics and for giving good perspective on them.

    • My pleasure Arlen. I feel being transparent can help up and coming bloggers realize that they’re not alone in the journey.