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 JMLalonde.com. 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

Image via Wordle.net

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 JMLalonde.com 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.