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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009

Over the past six months, I’ve produced some heartfelt writing and some shabby fill-ins as my blog evolved. During this time, I’ve realized that what I thought was a great post (or a fun one to write) may not have interested or inspired anyone else.

 Today’s post is dedicated to what my readers have deemed as the top blog posts of 2009. The results are based on my blog stats and the number of page views – not necessarily scientific but definitely an indication of what you, as my readers, chose to read.

 Top Rated Posts On-Site:

#5: Life is Not a Box of Chocolates … Anymore

#4: Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’

#3: Look at This Photograph

#2: Fighting Like Cats and Dogs

#1: Guess Who? Race Card Not an Issue

 I know that there are a number of reasons why some of these posts attracted readers. For some, it was the content and the personal nature of the story. I shared thoughts, feelings and even secrets about my family, my childhood and my struggles. You responded to these with such warmth that it prompted me to dig deeper and share more.

 On the other hand, some of these posts attracted readers based on the topics. For instance, the #1 post – Guess Who? Race Card Not an Issue got more hits during the holiday season because people were searching Google for the Guess Who game. To their dismay, they wound up on my site. I hope they liked what they saw and came back, whether or not they found a site to purchase the game.

 Over the past few months, I also posted several of my blog entries on Ezine, a database for articles. The results were vastly different.

 Top Rated Posts on

#5: Five Things Every Student Journalist Should Do

#4: Feature Stories With Heart

#3: I’m Late, I’m Late for a Very Important Date

#2: Big Hair, Tight Jeans and Disco Balls

#1: In Death We Find Life

 It seems that Ezine readers were looking for industry-specific or content-specific stories although I can’t explain how the Big Hair story made it to #2.

 All in all, it doesn’t really matter what post attracted the most readers. What matters is what post meant something to you as the reader. Did you learn something new about writing, teaching, journalism, or parenting? Did you agree or disagree with an opinion in one of the posts? Did you have a favorite post and why?

 Now it’s your turn to vote. I trust your stats more than anyone else’s.

 I’m looking forward to your feedback. Oh … and stay tuned for 2010.


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Dec. 30, 2009

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