The other day, I wondered which articles over 17 years would qualify, based on page views, as my top 10 blogging posts.
The truth is, I can’t answer that question for certain for one simple reason. I didn’t begin using Google Analytics until 2009, after this blog moved from AOL Journals to its current domain. But I can give you the top 10 blogging posts I’ve written since then, at least.
When I refer to the “top 10 blogging posts,” I stress that I’m not referring the my best posts on the subject. These are just the posts that have received the most page views.
While I’d like to believe that the best ones naturally get the most views, if you’ve blogged for a while, you know that’s not necessarily true!
My top 10 blogging posts
But after scanning my page views on Google Analytics, here are the 10 that rose to the top. I’m listing them in reverse order, so I’ll begin with the 10th most-read post.
I don’t know any blogger who, at some point, doesn’t get spam email. But if you’re a true professional who runs a businesses and you’re trying to lure clients, attention to detail matters.
When I see an email that looked like this one, I immediately suspect it doesn’t come from someone I’d ever want to hire to “improve” my site.
This post, which ranked 221st overall, was one of two on this same particular topic. You might suggest from that fact that this might be the top blogging topic I’ve written about, although I’m not 100% certain that assumption would prove true if I tabulated all page views on all topics overall. Since I don’t have time to do that, we’ll focus on the topic itself.
I wrote this post in response to a reader’s email. I actually quoted the earlier post about whether you should write your “About Me” page in first person or third person.
As I said, this is a topic that has been debated for years. It probably always will be.
By the way, if you don’t have an About Me page for your blog, here’s a post I wrote on that subject. It didn’t make my Top 10 Blogging Posts list, but it is definitely worth a read.
Broken links are links that no longer go to an active page when you click them. If an original page you previously linked gets deleted or its URL changes for some reason, that breaks the link. When your reader clicks it, instead of going to the place you planned to send them, they get a 404 error.
That’s what we call a poor user experience. Google doesn’t like it either. When they see a lot of broken links, they could penalize your site.
That’s why it’s important to check your site for those pesky broken links.
This post focuses on how I check for them and how often I try to search for and remove them.
Kelly was a blogger I chatted with a few times online when I lived in Richmond. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet him in person, but he always seemed like a really nice guy.
I learned of his passing after it happened and wrote this tribute.
Yoast called this latest release for WordPress a “major update with major improvements.” Still, some people are always hesitant to upgrade to a new version, particularly a new X.0 version, for fear there may be too many bugs left unchecked.
I definitely understand that.
But in this day and age, there’s a good reason to upgrade anyway.
This post might be a bit depressing. At the same time, if you’ve beaten that average life span, it might just be encouraging.
At more than 17 years old, this particular blog beat that average span several times over. But my point in writing this post was to remind people considering starting a blog that it takes a lot of commitment.
One big challenge bloggers face is how to incorporate news coverage — reports from newspapers, television outlets and other journalism websites — into their posts. It’s often necessary, if for no other reason, to help explain what you’re writing about.
I’ll often incorporate news reports into my posts as a “scene setter.” I’ll then give my take on the situation or discuss my take on other people’s reactions to that situation.
But when you use news coverage in a blog post, how do you do it safely?
My article said this: “If you need to write a post based on news coverage, I really hope your answer isn’t to simply copy and paste. That’s a huge mistake. It’s copyright infringement. It’s plagiarism.”
Few things are as universally disliked as “Captcha.” Even if you aren’t familiar with the term, you certainly know what it is if you’ve visited websites requiring a login.
But if those weird, squiggly letters we have to recognize and retype to verify that we’re human are hated so much, why do websites still use them? The easy answer would be that there aren’t better alternatives.
The problem is that there are plenty of better alternatives, and it’s time the sites that still rely on Captcha make use of them.
This is the original post that prompted the follow-up post listed in ninth place above.
In this post, I not only explained the difference between first and third-person, for those who needed the refresher, but I also gave examples of both.
There are valid reasons you might want to use either for your “About Me” page. That decision should be yours.
I’m just more concerned that you actually have an About page for your blog. It’s one of the easiest ways for your readers to get to know the person behind the posts and what to expect.
Another major pet peeve for web readers is the endless slideshow. We see them all the time. We’re browsing a social media feed and we see a compelling headline. The topic of the headline ought to be able to be answered in a single page. Instead, we’re treated to a slideshow that goes on for dozens — sometimes even a hundred or more — images.
The site doesn’t give us the option (most of the time) to skip the individual slides and jump to an “everything in one page” option. Instead, we have to click…and click…and click. We might not even find the answer to the question we clicked the link for. (That’s what clickbait is.)
There’s a valid reason website owners — even bloggers — might want to subject their readers to such an annoyance.
But that reason only benefits the website owner. It doesn’t benefit the reader. In fact, it may irritate them to the point that they don’t come back.
I think it’s foolish to risk that kind of ill will.
Well those are my all-time top 10 blogging posts — at least as best I can tell. I hope you find something useful in them and that you enjoyed the trip down memory lane!