Top Posts And Commenters For May 2012

We’re one step closer to being half way through the year. Just one more month and half of the year will be completed.

Here in Michigan that means warmer weather and lots of sun. I hope it brings the same where ever you are!

May Wordle Bubble

The Top 10 Posts Were:

  1. What Can 20 Seconds Of Insane Courage Do For You?
  2. Book Review – Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World By Michael Hyatt
  3. 5 Characteristics Of Real Discipleship
  4. Leadership Insights: Interview With Skip Prichard
  5. The 20 Mile March
  6. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
  7. Book Review: As One Devil To Another By Richard Platt
  8. Answers To 2 Questions That Should Be In Your Networking Arsenal
  9. Back To School With LIFT Leadership Training Part 1
  10. The Power Of Real Communication

I had my first guest posts this month. Both of them did really well, placing in the second and third spots.

I also started a new post series. These will be once a month and feature an interview with an influential leader. This also ranked high coming in spot number 4. I’m hoping these will be a hit and you will enjoy them.

The Top 10 Commenters Were:

  1. Kimanzi Constable
  2. Dan Black
  3. TC Avey
  4. Jon Stolpe
  5. Ngina Otiende
  6. Lincoln Park
  7. Larry Carter
  8. Rob Sorbo
  9. Kent Julien
  10. Chad Barrett

An amazing month for comments. Thank you to everyone who commented and added to the conversation.

This month Kimanzi will be receiving The Grace of God by Andy Stanley and Dan Black will be receiving Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson. I hope you will enjoy them!

June’s top commenter will receive Peace Be With You: Monastic Wisdom For A Terror Filled World by David Carlson.

Site Statistics

May came back with a vengeance in regards to site statistics. I’m not sure what caused this but it was a HUGE month for growth.

  • Unique Visitors rose by 36.37%
  • Pageviews increased by 18.39%
  • New Visits jumped 2.04%

Thank you to everyone who has tweeted, liked, shared, and posted comments on the blog. You’re helping it succeed and grow.

Question: If you blog, what was your top post for the month? If you don’t blog, what was your favorite post? 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 for this month was titled “The Power to Change a Family Tree.” Here’s the link:

    Thanks for the mention as a top commenter. I’m honored. You’re doing great things here!

    • You’re welcome Jon. Without people like you, the blog would be one way communication. You’ve helped bring it to life!

    • Hey, I just noticed I was too. Thanks for linking back to my blog, Joe!

  • sparkvoice

    It’s great to hear another success story Joe. You put a lot of time and energy into blogging, commenting, interactions, etc. I’m glad to see some of those efforts paying off. Keep it up, keep pressing on.

    • Thanks DS. That’s been one of the goals is to inspire others and to show them that through hard work, good content, and persistence it can be done.

      How did you blog do in May?

      • DS

        Since I started blogging in the fall of 2011, this May was my second best in terms of traffic. I attribute that to being more involved online, developing a consistent posting pattern, and trying to find my voice. Plus I keep reading and watching person after person say not to get discouraged. A lot of help has led to the increase, and I look forward to continuing to build upon those relationships. Thanks for asking 🙂

        • That is awesome DS! The advice to not get discourage is one of the best you can listen to. It can seem to go no where for so long and then it blows up when you least expect it to.

  • Wow, way to go. My blog didn’t do as well this month–I’m not sure why. Fortunately the dip wasn’t too bad, so I must still be doing something alright.

    This is my top post:

    And this is May in review:

    • Rob, thanks! I was amazed as well. Wasn’t what I expected after a rough month in April.

      Took a quick look at your top post and it was good, really good!

      • Thanks Joe. It was a fun one to write, probably my favorite one ever.

  • Congrats to the winners- sounds like great books!

    Congrats on your growth and new segments- I do enjoy them.

    I just started using Google Analytics so I’m not sure yet about my growth, but I’ve started a monthly Newsletter I’m excited about!

    My top post last month was,
    It was in honor of remembering our Christian foundation and kicking off a repeat of praying for our nation like our founders did back in 1776

    • Awesome TC! What will your monthly newsletter contain?

      Google Analytics is a great tool. You’ll be able to see a lot more information about your site.

      • I’m having trouble reading Google Analytics. Seems most of my info just is an accumulation of all the days and not breaking down each individual day.
        There are so many widgets, I need to play with them more. But I HATE investing time in that, I just want it to tell me what I need to know. oh well, in the end it will be worth the time 🙂
        Planning on my Newsletter containing news that caught my attention but I didn’t blog on it as well as my progress on getting my MS published.
        But most exciting, I am going to feature one blogger a month- High Light them and hopefully give them some new followers! I want those who subscribe to feel as if they are getting something from it. I figure a free Shout Out and publicity is a start.

    • DS

      How did you embed the tracking data for google analytics?

      • Oh my gosh! I still don’t understand it. My spouse did the majority of it. It wasn’t nearly as easy as setting up my Newsletter (and I thought it would be the other way around).
        All I know is we copied and pasted the link before the “head close” on my blogging dashboard. It took us a few tries before we found where the “head close” was.
        Sorry I can’t be of more help. I’m really technologically challenged. Now the I have Analytics installed I still don’t know how all the widgets work and I can’t seem to read half the stuff it is telling me.

  • Hey Joe
    You have had some fantastic content this month. You made my roundup post this week! I am enjoying following you.

    My top post for this month was on grace, titled Why Christianity is True. You can read it here:

    Keep the good content coming!

    • Chris, thank you for the kind words and putting me in your roundup. Such an honor!

  • I liked how you and Kimanzi did the review of Michael’s book. Kimanzi guest-posted on your blog about it and you posted on his. I thought that was very cool.

    Thank you for the link to my blog, really appreciate.

    My best post for May was “He wants a car & I want a massage”, a marriage post, with life lessons.

    The link

    • Thanks Ngina. It was an idea that popped into my head when I found out both of us were on the Platform Launch Team. So thankful he agreed to team-up.

      And that was a great post. I remember reading it and getting a chuckle from the title.

  • Sweet, thanks for the book!

    Really enjoyed your posts this month bro.

    • You’re welcome Dan! It should be in the mail by the end of the week.

  • Awesome month! Thanks again for publishing quality content that reflects Christ!

    • You’re welcome Brandon. How was the month at your blog?

  • Joseph, I’m glad your site had a great month! You are truly a generous leader who is adding value to us. Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you Brian. Glad you’re enjoying what I’m doing on the site.

      How did you site do last month and what was your top post?

  • Thanks for serving, Joe. You add so much value by what you do!