As a new blogger, I subscribe to and take the advice of many of the experienced bloggers who make it one of their primary goals to provide value to their readers. One of those pieces of advice arrived today in my BlogLines account from Daniel at Daily Blog Tips entitled “Write Monthly Roundups.” Daniel states:
“At the beginning of every month simply check your statistics to see what were the posts that attracted the most traffic over the past four weeks, and present them to your readers with a short summary.”
What this advice encouraged me to do, then, is to examine my statistics to see what my readers valued most.
So this post is the first of my Monthly Roundups. And these are my findings:
- “Reclaiming Ourselves – Women Who Run With The Wolves” appeared as most popular during the month of January. In this post, I introduced my intent to begin a weekly reflection/discussion of this wonderful book which is meant to help women rediscover and reclaim ourselves. I am excited about this “project,” and hope you will join me.
- “Airtran Kicks Family Off Of Plane!!!” appeared as my second most popular post. This post generated s-o-o-o many hits, I believe, because, while I did not mean for it to be controversial, it ended up being so. I took on this subject from the vantage point of “How do we treat families who are in distress in public?” My commenters took the matter on from other points of view. None of the commenters agreed with my opinion, by the way.
- “Cluttered Desk, Cluttered Mind” generated a fair amount of traffic (according to my SiteMeter statistics), although comments were few. I don’t have any particular theories about why this post was popular, although some readers may have wanted to justify their own clutter by saying, “Einstein was messy too!” (ha!) Another theory is that many readers were interested in the image to which I referred in which Einstein is standing in the midst of a cluttered office. While it appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution edition to which I refer, I didn’t copy it onto the site because of copyright laws and it would’ve costed me $90 for licensing rights!
- “Powerful, Gorgeous, Talented, Brilliant, Who, Me?” is the last post to get mention in this roundup. We (particularly women) have a tendency, I believe, to put ourselves down and beat ourselves up when we make mistakes or our lives are not moving in the direction we think they ought. We tend to blame ourselves for what’s wrong in our world. But self-deprecation and self-blame is counterproductive. My point in this post was to encourage us that we truly are God’s children with tremendous value – we just need to claim that value within ourselves.
This concludes the January 2007 edition of the Monthly Roundup…
Tomorrow I will present my five favorite posts of the week…Stay tuned!!!