Top Posts And Commenters For March 2013

We’ve quickly entered into the 2nd quarter of 2013. It’s amazing how fast the year can fly by as you’re working in what you love and sharing what you’ve got with other people. Are you in the same boat?

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First, did you see Monday’s post? I interviewed Matt Appling, the author of Life After Art. If you haven’t, I suggest you do and take the time to enter the contest for a free book.

Now, let’s get onto the real business. The business of reviewing the blog’s performance in March.

Top Posts

  1. 9 Signs You’re A Leader – This is a shocker. 9 Signs You’re A Leader has dethroned The 20 Mile March to take the top spot.
  2. Sometimes The Grass Is Really Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
  3. How To Give Effective Praise
  4. The 20 Mile March – Surprising to see The 20 Mile March drop to fourth. It’s held the top spot for so many months.
  5. Move To The Next Level Of Leadership
  6. Create An Environment Of Growth
  7. Choosing To Be Happy
  8. How Bad Habits Enter Your Life
  9. Leadership Insights: Interview With John G. Miller Author Of QBQ! The Question Behind The Question
  10. 5 Characteristics Of Real Discipleship

March saw a good mix of new content with old content. The real shocker was The 20 Mile March was dethroned as the top post. It’s held the top spot for many months and is such an old post. I wasn’t expecting to see it knocked out of the top spot.

Top Commenters

  1. Dan Black
  2. Jon Stolpe
  3. DS
  4. Tom Dixcon
  5. Kimanzi Constable
  6. David
  7. Jeff Machado
  8. TC Avey
  9. Dan Erickson
  10. TJ Trent

Dan was the top commenter this month. That means he’ll be receiving Take 2: Your Guide To Creating Happy Endings And New Beginnings by Leeza Gibbons. I hope he’ll enjoy the book.

This month I won’t be giving away a book. Instead, the top commenter will receive all of the downloadable talks from the main sessions of Catalyst Atlanta Be Present (2011). These are a great resource and feature talks by:

Andy Stanley

Jim Collins (one of the best presentations I’ve had the pleasure of attending)

Dave Ramsey of Financial Peace University

Francis Chan

Mark Driscoll

Scott Todd

Dr. Cornell West

and Priscilla Schrirer

All you have to do to win this collection of talks is to be the top commenter for April. It’s a lot of fun discussing the topics on the blog and digging deeper. Dive in and win this package!

Site Statistics

Since the month before was a short month, the site statistics will run until the 28th of March so I can compare it to February.

  • Visits increased 4.78%
  • Unique Visitors increased 5.19%
  • Pageviews increased 2.39%
  • Pages Per Visit decreased 2.28%
  • Average Visit Duration increased 2.42%
  • Bounce rate increased 0.62%
  • New Visits increased 0.52%

Overall I’m happy with the month. I saw a slight increase in unique pageviews. While it fell below my goal of 10%, growth in the right direction is growth.


I’ve finished my new eBook. In it, I will share 4 traps leaders face as they grow in their leadership. I’m hoping it’ll be a help to you and your team. So much so I’ll be giving it away free to email subscribers. If you’re not subscribe via email, be sure to sign up. You can do that below this post or in the top right hand of 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.

  • My top post was called “Finding Hope in Creativity.” I’m working on the final stages of my second book “At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy.” Today’s post is my tentative book cover photo. I’m also speaking about my first book “A Train Called Forgiveness” at a breakfast meeting in about two hours.

    • The photo looks great Dan. It’s desolate yet intriguing. Hope the meeting went well!

      • Thanks, Joe, and yes the presentation went well. No book sales, but that’s not my first goal… sharing the message of forgiveness is.

  • Joe,

    First off, it’s awesome to be in such good company on that list. I love interacting with this tribe that I’ve discovered and already feel welcomed into. Thank you for creating a forum where we can all exchange ideas and grow.

    As far as exciting things, I launched last night and am going to be developing my voice and figuring out what it is that I enjoy writing about plus using it as a platform for networking.

    I’m looking forward to the ebook!

    • Jeff, I’m glad you found the community and jumped in! What have you enjoyed most about the site?

      Congratulations on launching the new site. That’s a big step. I look forward to seeing what you have to share.

  • My first published book launched in 29 days! Great month Joe, keep up the good work and great content you provide!

    • Woot! So excited to see your first published book launch. It’s going to be a great time at the release party.

  • My post about what to do when things feel hopeless made it to the top of the list on a couple of LinkedIn groups and has been brining in a ton of traffic…which is great. I’m working on better presenting my coaching services on my site…getting good traffic but not a lot of conversions. Thanks for putting this together, Joe – it is encouraging.

    • Getting shared on LinkedIn is big! Do you know how you got on those lists?

      • They are from discussions I started in some of the jobs groups. The more comments there are in the discussion the more likely you appear first… There have been dozens of comments so the post is standing out.

  • Awesome bro. Thanks for sharing some insight into your blog traffic and such. It’s great to see that. Take care!

    • Thanks Jared. I’m fascinated by statistics and what they say. I hope it does the same for you!

  • The top post on my blog last month was a guest post by Eileen Knowles called Stretching Beyond My Comfort Zone. She posted on my blog as part of The Network – a new blogger community.

    • Thanks for the mention by the way! It’s an honor to be a part of your community.

    • Awesome Jon! Glad to see The Network is helping.