Top Posts And Commenters For February 2014

March 5, 2014 — 15 Comments
Top Posts And Commenters For February 2014 | Joseph Lalonde

If you’ve been a reader for more than a couple of months, you know I typically post my monthly review on the first Monday, Wednesday, or Friday of the month. For March, the first post of the month landed on a Monday while I was away. This prevented me from posting the blog recap.

So, hopefully you were waiting for this as it’s finally here. Let’s get down to business and break down the previous month.

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Top Posts

1. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery

2. Your Past Doesn’t Define You. It Helps Shape You

3. 9 Time Management Tips For Young Leaders

4. How I Find Time To Create Blog Content Consistently

5. It’s Never About The Stage

6. Be Gumby: Leadership Lessons From The Container Store

7. You Are Not A Tree

8. 5 Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective

9. The Toughest Decision I’ve Had To Make

10.Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence

Looking at this month’s top posts, I see a few things catch my eye. First, almost a third of the top blog content came from guest posters. For that, I want to thank Steve Spring, Jason Clark, and Matt McWilliams for contributing such great content. If you ever want to contribute a guest post, be sure to hit my up by going to my guest post page.

Second, only three numbered posts made it on the list. Last month saw a much higher percentage. What do you think? Do you enjoy the list style posts or do you prefer something different?

Third, it breaks my heart but makes me glad to see my blog post where I wrote about putting my awesome dog down still ranks in the top 10. Thanks for remembering him guys and gals.

Top Commenters

1. Kimanzi Constable

2. Jon Stolpe

3. Matt Ham

4. Ryan Bonaparte

5. Dan Black

6. Dave Arnold

7. Jason L. Clark

8. Jason Spencer

9. Matt McWilliams

10. Zechariah Newman

Thanks to everyone who commented this month. You make my day when I see the interactions you provide with one another. Keep it up!

Site Statistics

Visits – Increased 5.47%

Unique Visitors – Increased 15.93%

Pageviews – Decreased 50.46%

Pages Per Visit – Decreased 53.02%

Average Visit Duration – Decreased 13.44%

Bounce Rate – Increased 6,726.85%

New Visits – Increased 12.05%

 Overall, the site did really well this month. I saw an increase in visitors and that’s great. The downer is to see the pageviews, average visit duration, and, especially, bounce rate go in a negative direction.

Other Information

February saw me become a year older. With that, it also afforded me the opportunity to take my yearly ice climbing trip. Our group was supposed to go ice climbing in Canada.

However, due to the extreme cold hitting the region, we changed plans and decided to ice climb in Michigan. This was a great choice as there were ice climbs that haven’t been in the last 20-30 years. We definitely got to see some unique climbs.

Enjoy some of the sights I saw while out and about:

Ice climbing trout bay

Amazing ice at Trout Bay

Amazing ice climbing in Michigan

Ice climbing in Michigan

Warming up at the bonfire during an ice climb

Ice climbing on grand isle

And for those wondering what it looked like to actually climb a frozen waterfall, here’s a GoPro video of my ice climb up Dryer Hose in Munising, Mi

Lastly, I issued a challenge to declutter your office area or other rooms in your home. The declutter challenge seemed simple: Remove 1 unneeded item from your chosen area and get rid of it. For February, that meant getting rid of 28 items.

In the end, this was much more difficult than I anticipated. However, I followed through and finished strong. Here’s what I’m getting rid of:

declutter picture 2

Declutter picture 1

That’s a lot of junk, eh? I hope you had as much success as I did in reclaiming our cluttered spaces!

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.

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  • http://www.stephenpbrown.com/ Stephen P Brown

    Greetings!
    Actually, this has been my most popular post with 1621 views as of today (and published last Friday!). The comments in LinkedIn groups are still flowing. I’d appreciate any additional input in the comments as I’m about to construct a follow-up/ response…

    Why is classical music ignored so much?
    http://www.stephenpbrown.com/classical-music-ignored/

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s great work Stephen. Sounds like your top post has been REALLY popular!

  • http://www.mattham.com/ Matt Ham

    Love the video Joe – look grueling!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad you enjoyed it Matt. That climb was actually one of the easier ice climbs we attempted this year.

  • http://zechariahnewman.com/ Zechariah Newman

    Cool pictures and videos Joe! Glad you had a good time!

    • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

      I agree!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Zechariah! It was fun and challenging both at the same time. You’ll see some of the struggle in upcoming posts.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Great video (and pics). Congrats on your month.

    The top post on my blog was one from a couple years ago. It continues to be one of the top posts month after month. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know – http://www.jonstolpe.com/2012/03/07/ten-things-every-small-group-leader-should-know-2/

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Jon. It was good to see visits up again.

      That’s so cool that your top post was from years ago. It really shines a light on how important good, ageless content can be.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Great month and glad you enjoyed your time away!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Kimanzi. And thanks again for your help in being a guest poster. You helped me out tremendously while I was away. Took so much weight off of my shoulders!

      • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

        I’m glad it helped brother, anytime!

  • http://www.devfridge.com Jason Spencer

    This is a great idea Joe and when I start getting more traffic I might start doing this. Since I just started doing this last month my highest post was also my simplest.
    http://devfridge.com/need-to-make-gif-image/
    Just a post showing you where to make your own gif files.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Go for it Jason. I took this idea from Michael Hyatt back when he was doing a monthly review.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Keep doing amazing work here:)