Top Posts And Commenters For August 2013

I cannot believe that August is now behind us. This summer hasn’t really seemed like a summer to us.

The weather has been less than summery and our lives have dramatically changed. I also haven’t been pursuing my goals as hard as I should have been.

What about you? How has summer treated you? I hope it’s been a swell summer.

As we’ve closed out August and the unofficial summer is coming to an end, it’s time to review how August went for Let’s take a look at the top posts for the month, the top commenters, site statistics, and some site news.

Jumble of words used in August

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Top Posts

1. The Lie Of Busy

2. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery

3. 4 Ways You Can Create A Leadership Presence

4. What You Do In The In-Between Matters

5. 10 Ways Young Leaders Can Start Strong

6. How Procrastination Destroys Young Leaders

7. 5 Ways To Help Your Team Grow

8. How To Encourage Creative Thinking Within Your Organization

9. The Larger Impact Of Your Leadership

10. 6 Ways Leaders Continue To Grow

Honestly, I’m a bit shocked at this month’s top posts. All but three were from previous months. This seems like a big departure where evergreen content was the majority of the list.

What’s the cause of this? I’m not sure but I plan to research the results a bit more and see if I can get to the root of the problem.

Top Commenters

1. Justin Buck

2. Jon Stolpe

3. Arlen Miller

4. Jon D. Harrison

5. Tom Dixon

6. Ellory Wells

7. Lorraine Marie Reguly

8. Dan Black

9. TJ Trent

10. George

Thanks to everyone who shared a thought or idea this month. You guys rock and I look forward to our interactions next month.

Site Statistics

This is the tail end of summer for most of us. That means vacations were being finished, barbecues were being enjoyed, and a lot of time was spent away from the computer.

Site statistics reflected this once again as there was a decline.

Visits – Decreased 8.00%

Unique Visitors – Decreased 9.72%

Pageviews – Increased 1.37%

Pages Per Visit – Increased 10.18%

Average Visit Duration – Increased 40.6%

Bounce Rate – Decreased 80.28%

New Visits – Decreased 2.58%

As you can see the traffic to the site has decreased once again. I’m trying to figure out why. My belief is it’s still summer and people aren’t reading as much online. I could be wrong but we’ll see how the next month or two plays out as people’s schedules return to normal.

It was exciting to see pageviews and visit duration increase along with the decrease in bounce rate. This means people were sticking around the site longer than previous and looking at more content than normal.

Site News

First, let’s give a hardy congratulations to Gina Rath. She is the winner of Open by Craig Gross! Congrats Gina!

My eBook Leadership Is Dangerous is scheduled to be released sometime in September. One thing I’m doing different is releasing it not only as a PDF but also giving you the option to download a version that will look amazing on your Amazon Kindle devices. Just a little something extra for my readers.

There’s also work going on behind the scenes of the blog. There’s been a special someone diligently working away at giving an amazing new look. I hope I can reveal it to you soon.

And don’t forget to take a look in the sidebar. You may notice my previous picture has been replaced with a fantastic, new picture. What do you think?

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your top 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.

  • Hey, Joe! This summer HAS been lightning-fast. Can’t wait to read through your eBook and see the new site design roll out!

    • Right Justin! I’m in shock that it’s already September and the year is 3/4s done. Be sure to watch the blog to learn when the eBook comes out. It’ll be launched here first!

  • My visits were way down in August and I don’t care. July and August are months that I travel, explore, spend time with my daughter, decompress. I didn’t actively promote the blog half as much during the summer. Now we’ll see if I can bring the numbers back up this fall.

    By the way, I love the new look of your site, Joe. It’s simple, fresh, and clean.

    • Dan, it’s great to take the time to spend personally with your daughter and traveling. I seen you met up with a few blogger. Looked like you guys had a great time.

  • You look like you are having way too much fun in your new picture! LOL

    Good to see you’re smiling, though!

    • Haha, I’m glad it looks like I’m having a lot of fun. Getting my picture taken is not my idea of a great time.

  • Summer really did flash by – I’m enjoying the pace of things starting to pick back up – I’ve done some site updates myself over the weekend, and so far so good. Now I just need more subscribers : )

    My top post for the month was titled: “The Most Powerful Time Management Technique You Should Be Using Right Now”

    • Awesome Jon. As for subscribers, keep providing great content and they’ll come. It just takes time.

    • That was a great post, Jon!

  • I’m barley on your top commenting list, that has to change! Keep doing great work my friend.

    • You’ve been slacking Dan (-; But at least you’re still on the list.

  • Thanks for the mention. It’s great to be part of your blogging community.

    I’m looking forward to your book!

    My top post this month was a guest post written by Leah Adams and posted while I was in Guatemala at the beginning of August – Stretching Past “But I Was Born This Way”. Here’s the link:

    • My pleasure Jon. I appreciate you and the interaction you take in the comment section.

  • It’s a privilege to be on your top ten list for the very first time. It’s a pleasure to interact with you. Blessings on your ministry, Mr. Joe.

    • Congrats on getting to that point Arlen. And thanks for interacting and being a great part of the community.

  • Great pic on the side bar Joe–it has that blogger-rock-star quality! I’m still trying to convince my wife I need a beard. Personal request: can you please write a post on why great, effective leaders need beards? I need some empirical evidence.

    I haven’t had much time to comment lately–so please accept this as a broad stroke *high five* on everything you have been producing. I look for your blog updates in my inbox. 🙂

    My most popular post in August was a story about my son’s generosity:

    Extra post sharing cheat: I am also testing out video interviews as a new medium. Here are the two I did in August:

    Interview with Jeff Goins:

    How to Be Intentional with Your Brand:

    • Thanks Sean. I’m always nervous about pictures and how I look in them. Glad you like it.

      As for your request, I’ve actually thought about something like that. I think beards make men manlier.

      Congrats on starting the video interviews. How have they done for you?

  • Hi! I am leaving this comment because I would like for you
    to update your post with the correct link to my blog. I am going to be deleting
    my old site (Lorraine Reguly’s Life) and so would really appreciate it if you
    could update your post with a link to Wording Well. This is my new site and you
    will be left with a broken link if you don’t change it. I don’t want this to
    happen! Besides, is still mine, and contains all of my
    posts, as I moved them with me when I got my own domain name. This may not seem
    like a big deal to you, but it is to me. The internet is forever – or at least
    until we change things, so, please, can you change this for me? (Thanks!)