Top Posts And Commenters For April 2014

The year is now a third over. I hope you’re working towards your leadership goals and seeing progress in your leadership skills.

If you’re anything like I think you are, then you’re making fantastic progress. Keep up the great work through the rest of the year.

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With the closing of another month, it’s time to reflect, once again, on the blog’s previous month. We’re going to look at what kind of traffic the site received, who the top commenters were, what the best blog posts were, and more!

Top Posts

1. 10 Leadership Quotes From Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery

3. Your Past Doesn’t Define You, It Helps Shape You

4. 20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders

5. 5 Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective

6. 6 Friends I Can’t Wait To Meet

7. The Responsibilities Of Leadership

8. You Are Not A Tree

9. Catalyst Atlanta 2013 Recap

10: What To Do When You Fail To Meet Expectations

Top Commenters

1. Jon Stolpe

2. Kimanzi Constable

3. Dan Black

4. Zechariah Newman

5. Mark Sieverkropp

6. Amber-Lee Diblble

7. Jon D. Harrison

8. Kent Julian

9. TC Avey

10. Wan Muhammad Zulfikri Bin Wan

Thanks once again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. I truly enjoy hearing your thoughts on the subjects I write. Please keep the comments coming!

Site Statistics

Sessions – Decreased 11.32%

Users – Decreased 11.74%

Pageviews – Decreased 10.44%

Pages Per Session – Increased 0.99%

Average Session Duration – Decreased 0.06%

Bounce Rate – Decreased 8.44%

New Sessions – Decreased 1.44%

You may notice the statistics look different this month. Google Analytics released new terminology which changed things up.

No longer are there Visits and Unique Visitors. These terms have become Sessions and Users, respectively. There’s also the change to Average Session Duration and New Sessions.

It can be a bit confusing at first but once you study it, the new terms make sense.

As you can see from the information above, suffered a loss in sessions and users this month. I’m bummed but okay.

Could I ask you to do me a solid? After reading this post, would you be willing to share a piece of my content that you’ve found helpful? To make it easy, you can go to the blog post and click the share content button below the post.

This will hopefully help attract new users and get the blog more exposure. Doing this will make me eternally grateful. (-:

Site News

I’ve got a couple of projects in the pipeline as I type this.

First, I’m creating a new free giveaway for new blog subscribers. Don’t that you’re already subscribed. Once the new giveaway is ready, I’ll be sure to send it to my email subscribers first. This also means Leadership Is Dangerous will be pulled from the site as a freebie. Be sure to get it now if you’re interested in the free eBook.

Next, I have the pleasure of being interview on Jared Easley’s podcast, Starving The Doubts. I’m not sure when the episode will air, but we should be recording the podcast episode soon.

Lastly, in a bit of personal news, I completed my first color run. A local Christian school held their first annual Western Michigan Christian ColorRush. It was a blast! May holds my first Hit & Run 5K in Grand Rapids. This looks to be a blast as it’s very similar to the hit TV show Wipeout!

Question: What about you? If you’re a blogger, share your most popular post. If you’re not, share your favorite post from a blogger you follow.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Dan Erickson

    I noticed the new language at Google Analytics, too. My traffic has remained relatively the same for about a year. But the interesting thing is that they have not dropped even though I’m blogging less, quit using Disqus, and closed several social and sharing networks such as Goggle+, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon. As for my best posts, they’ve become my songs lately. I also have a post from last Fall that has become my #1 post of all time because it continues to get traffic. It’s called “Crushed: My Cult Survivor Story.”

    • That’s very interesting Dan. I’m glad to hear your change in blogging has kept the audience steady. I’m always amazed by what works for some and what works for others.

  • Happy to share your content Joe:) Keep up the great work.

  • WooHoo! (LOL, yes I am laughing ’cause I am on a list! ~ Umm, yes, I realize how silly that is, but it FEELS good!)
    Ok…lets see, gee Joe- I have really connected with so many of your posts- I’lll have to pull out my binders and see which ones I have printed (Those are the ones that have hit me the hardest, taught me the most or I felt were so important for everyone to read- I made my own team read them! LOL). I love coming over here with a cup of coffee! I always feel as if we are sitting down together and having a chat. You speak my own language, Joe. So many people really (sincerely) have no concept of our way of life or the business we are in. Most folks, really, can only understand it in terms they are familiar with, but you really understand me when I share my (our) lessons as you have many similar interests. OH! Good luck on your next run!! Wow! (Although, to be perfectly honest, I don’t understand ~at all~ those who would rather run than ride! LOL be safe and good luck!)
    My own post? Mmm.. well, my own numbers are pretty tiny but all of that faded from mattering so much as I began to receive messages (FB) or emails a few months ago from a few folks (5 different people, actually) who told me that I really helped them, and really made a difference in their lives to them. WOW. Right now my focus is on the fundraiser. Stand for the Man in Black is for survival. Not business, not only our own and not to get bigger. It is purely survival. ~ Survival to help others, to be part of helping others reach their dreams and survival so that we will be there if someone needs us. When someone needs us.

    • I want to WooHoo as well Amber-Lee! Hearing you mention that you’ve printed out some of my blog posts makes my day, week, month, heck, probably even year. Thank you!

      You mentioned your numbers are tiny. Don’t worry about that! Honestly, they’re probably bigger than you think and bigger than most. The numbers lie to us (-;

      Congrats on getting messages about the help you’ve been providing others. That means you’re doing something right, even, once again, if the numbers look small. You’re making an impact and that’s what this is all about.

  • Wow Joe. I’m honored. That’s good company to be in!! Sure appreciate you and your insights!

    My most popular post by far has been

    • That was a pretty cool post Mark. I remember seeing it come across my Twitter feed and I had to check it out.

  • You’re building a solid foundation brother!

  • Joe, I saw a similar drop off in the stats for my blog for the month of April despite releasing my first book. I’m wondering if the concentration on the book led readers to skip on to other blogs. As the promotion for my book tapers off in the month of May, I’ll return to more consistently posting more of my “typical” stretching posts.

    My most popular post was something I posted a couple of years ago: Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know. Here’s the link:

    • Hmmm… Interesting Jon. I’m sure things will pick back up this month or in the coming month. There always seems to be an ebb and flow for traffic.

  • By the way, thanks for the mention. It’s an honor to be part of your community.