Top Posts And Commenters For July 2013

Thank God July is finally done. Normally, it’s a great month but it’s been a struggle to get through.

We’ve been dealing with the death of our dog and family/friends health issues. July has been a rough month.

However, we’re moving into a new month and that means new beginnings are available. Are you with me on that?

It also means it’s time for the monthly recap. Let’s see what June held for the blog.

Fun jumble of words used during July

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Top Posts

1. 10 Facts You Should Know About Modern Day Slavery: I’m glad to see this holding in the top posts section. Modern day slavery is a real issue and we need to be aware of this fact.

2. The Toughest Decision I’ve Had To Make: This is the blog post I never wanted to write. I still get choked up thinking about putting our dog down. He was a great dog and there will always be an empty spot in our hearts.

3. How To Deal With A Leadership Transition: There’s been a lot of change in our lives. One of those was seeing a great friend of ours transition from a youth pastor to an assistant pastor to a lead pastor. Not everyone dealt with the leadership transition well and I found it to be the perfect opportunity to share insights into dealing with a transition.

4. How To Stay Motivated As A Leader: A quote I read inspired this post. We can often get our motivation from the wrong sources, only to wonder why we can never stay motivated or with something long enough to see results. If you’re having trouble staying motivated, check this post out.

5. 7 Leadership Lessons Learned From A Recreational Softball League: Our softball team struggled the whole season and we didn’t see victory. However, there were leadership lessons to be learned from the game.

6. 5 Ways To Help Your Team Grow: Leaders know their team is their responsibility. Don’t neglect the fact you need to help your team grow.

7. How To Give Effective Praise: I’ll be honest, I’m surprised to see this post making such a comeback in the rankings. But if you’re looking for a way to give effective praise, this is the post to check out.

8. 10 Leadership Lessons Learned From My Blog Commenters: This post has seen a tremendous amount of traffic. And it’s only a few days old. There’s a lesson here, be willing to share what you’ve learned from others and recognize them. There will be a response.

9. 3 Ways To Welcome Feedback As A Leader: I believe feedback can be hard to receive regardless of whether or not you’re a leader. But being a leader, it can be hard to get honest feedback. Be a great leader and welcome the feedback your team is willing to give you.

10. Sometimes The Grass Really Is Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence: One of my favorite posts to write and I’m glad to see it doing well. This is my reminder that you need to be watering the grass on your side of the fence and stop worrying what others are doing.

The month had a lot of great content this month. I think it shows in the fact that most of the top posts are from the current month.

It’s great but sad at the same time. I love seeing older posts make it into the list.

Top Commenters

1. Lorraine Marie Reguly

2. Dan Black

3. Jon Stolpe

4. Justin Buck

5. Jon D. Harrison

6. Tom Dixon

7. Ellory Wells

8. George

9. TC Avey

10. Sean Nisil

A huge thank you to everyone that took the time to comment this month. You’ve made the blog so much more than I could on my own.

You also inspired a post that ranked in the top ten after being active only a couple of days. You guys are my inspiration!

Site Statistics

Visits – Decreased 3.51%

Unique Visitors – Decreased 3.45%

Pageviews – Decreased 4.47%

Pages Per Visit – Decreased 0.99%

Average Visit Duration – Increased 12.01%

Bounce Rate – Increased 3.96%

New Visits – Decreased 0.05%

You can see there’s a lot of red this month in the site statistics. It’s been a rough month.

However, I expected much worse as it is July and the month where most people take vacations and travel. If you’ve seen a decrease in your traffic this month, don’t worry. It’s normal and you’ll recover as long as you continue on the path.

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your top post? Are you working on anything exciting? 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.