Top Posts and Commenters For June 2012

I hope you’re all having a terrific July 4th. Please take time today to remember the sacrifices that have been made so that America can remain free.

It’s also time to review the month of June. Letting you know what the top posts were, the top commenters, and site statistics. Are you ready?

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Top 10 Posts

  1. What Can 20 Seconds of Insane Courage Do For You?
  2. Leadership Insights: Interview with Dan Miller
  3. The 20 Mile March
  4. 3 Ways to Live Rightly
  5. Give Me A Break
  6. 3 Secrets to Effective Leadership
  7. Fighting To Be Right
  8. Chasing After The Worthless
  9. Tribute to My Father
  10. Management is Not Leadership

Top 10 Commenters

  1. Dan Black
  2. Brandon Gilliland
  3. DS
  4. Kimanzi Constable
  5. Ngina Otiende
  6. Kent Julian
  7. Jon Stolpe
  8. TC Avey
  9. Bernard Haynes
  10. Chris Vonada

Thank you to each and every one of you that commented on my blog posts. I appreciate the insights you share when you take the time to leave a message on the site.

Dan will be receiving Peace Be With You: Monastic Wisdom For A Terror Filled World by David Carlson.

The top 4 commenters in July will be receiving The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn. This was a great book detailing how the Bible says YES more than no. I highly recommend you check it out.

Site Statistics

I like to shoot straight with you guys so I won’t lie. June was a rough month at

The statistics that I feel are most important were down by quite a bit.

I’m unsure why this was but I’m doing my best to process the information and improve from the data. Do you, my reader, have any ideas on why my site experienced such a drop?

  • Visits dropped by 17.57%
  • Unique Visits dropped 21.84%
  • Page Views were down 16.06%
  • Pages per Visit increased 1.83%
  • Average Visit Duration increased 12.71%

Like I said, it was a rough month. Regardless, I will continue to move on and keep writing.

Question: How was your month of blogging? What was your most popular post for the month? If you don’t blog, what was your favorite post that you read this month? 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 month was alright – not amazing. May be the summer months. Anyway, my top post was one I gave away a free Ebook. Makes sense. But the normal top post was Growing Your Team. It spoke of caring for those you lead through investing in their development. Here’s the link :

    I thought your content was still great Joe as evidenced by my highlighting you a few times in my roundup posts. Hang in there and thanks for the honesty

    • Awesome Chris. Of course a free giveaway attracts a lot of traffic. Glad to see it did well for your blog.

      Thanks for the encourage. It means a lot when I see you highlight me in those posts.

  • I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much. While June was decent month on my blog, I’m anticipating a slight drop off in the month of July due to the vacations (and my missions trip) of my readers and me. My top post in June was a guest post written by Kevin Haggerty titled Learning To Count To Five. Here’s the link:

    Keep writing!

    • Kevin is a great guy. Glad he helped propel one of your posts to the top this month.

      • Joe, Did you recently change something in your RSS Feeder? I just noticed that I wasn’t getting updates for your blog in my Google Reader. I just reset this and it created a new feed directly to (instead of Joseph Lalonde). I’m just wondering if this had an impact on your traffic last month. You may want to direct your readers to reconnect to the RSS Feed for your blog. Just a thought.

        • Nope, not that I’m aware of. I haven’t made any changes to the blog or rss feed recently. Thanks for bringing it to my attention though. I’ll try to remember to make mention of it in the next couple of blog posts.

  • Despite the results last month, your content remains relevant and informative, Joe! Keep up the good work.

    Stats for my blog are inconsistent in that I took a few weeks off at the beginning of the month. However, when I came back my most read and I think most commented on post was “Lesson of Love”

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence Thomas.

      That was a great post. I remember it well. Lots of great info in it.

  • Happy 4th Joe!!!

    • You too Chris! Any great plans for the day?

      • Fun day with the family, 4 generations living it up! Very thankful! What about you?

        • Nice, sounds like a great time.

          The wife and I were able to hit up the flea market (haven’t been to this one in years), a parade, The Amazing Spiderman movie (which was amazing), the beach, and will be attending the fireworks celebration tonight. A fun filled day if I say so myself.

  • Happy Independence Day Joe. I’ve been blogging for seven years now, and my traffic always dips going in to summer. The other factor that has changed a lot of traffic patterns is Google’s new Penguin update that launched on April 24th. Depending on your incoming links and optimization, this may have affected you. It’s like going to the gym. Everyone is focused at the beginning of the year, but it tapers off as the New Year resolutions fade. My guess is, you’ll see a big resurgence in September with back to school and back to business.

    • Here’s hoping. If not, I still find blogging valuable.

      Wow, you’ve been blogging for 7 years? That’s some dedication. You’ve probably seen quite a few changes in the blog-world, huh? What was your most popular post for the month?

  • Happy independence day Joe!

    Thank you for a link-back to my blog. I appreciate 🙂

    June was exciting for me because I finally moved from a free platform to self-hosted WordPress! It was more work than I had anticipated but I’ve made very good progress.

    The most popular post was my first one on the new site ‘welcome to my new wordpress blog’ 🙂

    • You too Ngina!

      It was my pleasure to give you a link back. You’ve contributed quite a bit through your comments.

  • My stats were down too. Maybe it’s summer?

    • Could be. Here’s hoping. Did you have any post that did particularly well in June?

      • It really died the last couple of weeks.

        • Sorry to hear that. Seems mine followed the same pattern.

  • Hey Guys, Congratulations for coming names in post. I was aspecting, But i am not lucky. But i am happy that Joseph wrote a motivated post for us. Let see for next time.

  • Joe,
    Thanks for sharing this!
    I’m sorry for the discouraging month for you! I think our activity was a little slower as well.

    Appreciate your constant encouragement and perspective btw 🙂

    Our top one has been there for a while. Google likes it!

    • It’s alright. Just came as a major shock. Especially after last month’s killer stats. Guess I needed to be knocked down a peg (-;

      That’s some pretty awesome advice given in that blog post. Appreciate you sharing it!

  • DS

    Joe, keep the content and interactions coming.

    My best commented post was 12 (a high for me), but is small for others.

    Thanks for the inclusion as one of your top commentors.

    • Great post DS. Love the fact showing even Donald Trump fails, time and again.

  • Ronnie


    July is a fresh month blogging for me.

    It was encouraging to come across your site and humble spirit.

    My favorite post was Management is Not Leadership. Simply because it was a kindred post.

    Thanks for leading the way Joe.


    • Awesome Ronnie. Glad I was able to be an encouragement to you. Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer!