Top Posts And Commenters For September 2012

The book has closed on September and we’re now rolling into October. Can you believe it? This year has literally flew by!

What’s in store for you in this recap?

News of exciting activities happening this month, a recap of the top posts, top commenters, and how the site has done.

Hang onto your hats. We’re about to take off!

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Top Posts

  1. Why Smart People Make Lousy Leaders
  2. What Can Twenty Seconds Of Insane Courage Do For You
  3. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
  4. Book Review: How To Win Friends And Influence People
  5. How To Give Effective Praise
  6. Facing Change With Confidence
  7. How A Healthy Community Can Help Your Potential Explode
  8. Is Your Normal More Amazing Than You Think
  9. You Must Be Willing To Pay The Price
  10. Stop Being Late

This month held a mixture of older and newer posts. A couple were more than six months old, with one being close to a year.

Linking to old posts as you continue generate new content helps your readers find related and older content easily. It’s a must do if you want your readers to discover the treasure trove of your backlog.

Top Commenters

  1. Jon Stolpe
  2. Dan Black
  3. Jeff
  4. Mike Holmes
  5. TC Avey
  6. Ngina Otiende
  7. Lincoln Parks
  8. Dan Erickson
  9. Kimanzi Constable
  10. Matt McWilliams

Another month of great comments. Thanks to each and every one of you that took a step into the comment section and shared your thoughts and stories with the community and myself. You are delving deeper than I could from a single blog post.

Site Statistics

  • Visits: An increase of 57.45%
  • Unique Visitors: An increase of 75.89%
  • Pagesviews: An increase of 49.80%
  • Pages Per Visit: A decrease of 4.86%
  • Average Visit Duration: A decrease of 14.76%
  • Bounce Rate: A decrease of 30.72%
  • New Visits: An increase of 16.58%

This month was another reminder of why we need to keep an eye on the health of our site. The site statistics have almost returned to their levels before my site was delisted from Google. It has taken me close to 4 months to recover.

While I don’t recommend checking your stats every day, I would advice checking at least once a week. This allows you to catch any abnormalities happening with your site. It’s better to catch them early than late.

Exciting News

I’ll be traveling to the Catalyst Conference at the end of this week. It’s a major leadership conference held in Atlanta, GA. The lineup of leaders is amazing. But I’m more excited about the people I’ll be meeting and connecting with. Guys like Justin Wise, Kent Julian, Brian Dodd, and more. If you’ll be at the conference and would like to meet, please shoot me a message and we’ll do our best to meetup.

The ideas for a new eBook are falling into place. Thanks to Jim Woods for the great idea. Be on the lookout. It’s coming soon.

Giveaways will be coming back. Thanks to the generous folks at Catalyst, I’ll have plenty to give away.

I hope you’re as excited for this as I am.

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your hottest post? 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.

  • Thanks for the mention.  It’s been great to be a part of this community.

    The top post on my blog this month was a guest post written by my wife and posted at the beginning of August while I was in Guatemala.  Her post was titled Wondering:

    • My pleasure Jon. You’ve been a valuable part of the community and I appreciate that.

      It’s always fun to see an older post or two pop into the top list, isn’t it? 

      • Yes, it is.  I still have a couple of posts about faith and small groups that receive decent traffic even though they were posted a while ago.

  • Glad to be in your community Joe. Looking forward to all the the new and exciting stuff your bringing. I wish I was attending the conference, you should have a blast with all of those great bloggers!

    • So am I. It’s an exciting time. 

      Since you’re not able to attend Catalyst in Atlanta, have you considered attending one of the One Day events or Catalyst Dallas? 

      •  Probably not this year. I’m going to try and make the Catalyst Irvine CA next year. I am attending a Dave Ramsey live day conference on Sat! 

        • If I were you, I’d try to make the Catalyst Irvine. They do a smashing job at putting together a conference. Everything is done with perfection in mind.

          If you haven’t seen Dave before, be ready for a great time. He provides great information with a fun twist. We’ve seen him a few times and it’s always been informative and enjoyable.

    • I’m with you Dan on both things – glad to be part of Joe’s community and wishing I was attending the conference.

  • So glad you get to go to the conference! Can’t wait to hear all you learn.
    Looking forward to your ebook as well.
    Glad your stats are improving.

    My top post for Sept was 40 Days of Prayer for our Nation. It began Sept 28 and goes through election day (Nov 6).
    We must pray for our nation, our leaders and this election. It’s part of our responsibility as Christians.
    2 Chron 7:14
    You can check out my post here:

    My monthly Newsletter is improving and more are signing up. That’s encouraging. In it I do my top posts.

    • Great to hear that your newsletter is improving and gaining traction! It shows you’re doing something right. Keep it up!

    • Praying for our nation and for it’s leaders is a great place to start.  Glad to be a regular reader of your blog.  You write some great stuff, and you challenge me to think.  Thank you!

      • Thank you for your kind words Jon, I appreciate your support! Have a wonderful weekend.

        • You’re welcome, and right back at you.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Hey Joe, A bit jealous of you going to Catalyst. I’m planning on next year! 
    My top post for the month was a departure from the norm, I posted on travel tips from my 21 years in missions and it got great traffic. So take a look: Avoiding the Middle Seat (and other travel tips)

    Keep up the good work Joe

    • If you’re able to make it next year, let me know and we can try to meet up during the conference.

      Looks like an interesting post. With being a missionary, it looks like you’ve certainly gained the knowledge of travel! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Hey, Chris.  I just stopped over at your blog.  Looks great!  You are now on my Google Reader list.  I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  • Thanks for the mention Joe. Can’t wait to hear about the conference when you get sure it will be a blast and you’ll have alot to share!

    Am still reading “The gospel of yes” by Mike Glenn – the book is phenomenal! Thank you for being a blessing.

    My top post was “7 Ways Marriage has Made Me a Better Person”

    • Looking forward to sharing it with you and the other readers. Last year sparked quite a few blog posts. I’m hoping for the same again this year.

      I remember that post. Shared it with a few friends of mine who recently got married.

    • Ngina, I just added you to my Google Reader earlier this month (September), and I’m grateful to be following along.  Great best post of the month by the way!

      •  Jon, thanks for the add and checking out the post. I appreciate.

  • I’m glad to see the site back to normal and growing Joe, you have great content. I couldn’t even tell you what my most popular post was, I need to pay better attention. Things have been a little nuts and I fell like I’m finally getting them under control.

    • Thanks Kimanzi. I can certainly say it’s a relief to have things working properly and seeing the site settle back into a normal groove.

      Glad to hear things are settling down. You’ve been a busy, busy man as of late with you tackling your dream. Keep moving forward and taking care of business!

    • Kimanzi, I agree.  Joe has great content here (every post)!

      I appreciated reading your recent weight loss post.  Stay focused on the goal and on the lifestyle change.

  • jeff

    Among my most impactful posts was one in which I summarized the supposed qualities of men and women.  Another one was where I mentioned my reasons for ceasing therapy.

    •  Those sound interesting Jeff. If you’d like, you can share a link to the posts so others can be introduced to your content.