As the year 2012 approaches its end, now is a good time to review one’s year of blogging. Which were your favorite posts? Which posts got the most comments? If you have a post that was great back in March, is it worth showing again in December?
Favorites on Websites for Small Biz
Pinterest was a hot blogging topic this past year, at least for a while. Did you find a way to get Pinterest to help your small biz? I believe this post Use Pinterest for Your Small Biz helped this blog, Websites for Small Biz. I found a lot of small biz using Pinterest in a spammy sort of way, which did not help me get more interest in their businesses. But that post did get a lot of readers, so people were looking for better methods of using the new visually-oriented social media platform.
One of the most popular pages on this website is Guest Post Guidelines. Recently, I wrote a post called Rant on Guest Post Submissions. I was pleased to learn many of you that accept guest posts have similar issues. It was a fun topic to discuss, and I’m glad many chimed in. Hey, everyone who did chime into that post is welcome to submit a guest post possible topic (no guarantee it will be accepted, but if we email back and forth, maybe we could find one that would be acceptable).
My own expertise, when it comes to building websites, is in developing unique WordPress sites. I love delving into the code so you don’t have to. My post with date and time code in WordPress got a good reception. Another post on a related topic that might be helpful if you still need convincing that WordPress is the way to go for small business websites is 10 Reasons to Choose WordPress for Small Business.
I gave a few social media presentations this past year, including one on LinkedIn. I had fun sharing the LinkedIn Success Stories that I had gathered. One of the hazards of working in the social media business is you can do a presentation one month and a few months later the whole platform changes. This happened both with LinkedIn and with Facebook. But here’s some LinkedIn advice that still holds true: if you haven’t yet found LinkedIn useful, join some groups and participate. There are great networking opportunities in some of the groups.
One of my all time favorite posts was on how to create visually-attractive images for a post. If you have been following my posts for a while, you will find that I get great enjoyment from creating images for posts. I had fun demonstrating how one can use a scene from Alice in Wonderland, a public domain image, to demonstrate whatever one needs to show to one’s audience.
If you haven’t read up on WordPress security, now is a good time to start. Don’t think that just because WordPress itself is well-written code you are not vulnerable. Learn how you can protect as best one can protect your WordPress site with 9 Posts on Website Security. Backups are one piece of security. Knowing how to set up wp-config.php is another valuable security enhancer. Speaking of creative imagery, I had a fine time creating the hacked WordPress icon for this post.
If you need to present your website in a visual image, this post on website screenshots can provide valuable information on how to do so. It was also a good lesson on if you want to learn how to do something, write a post about that something. By writing the post I learned about Snapito, and I used it to create a board of my web portfolio on Pinterest. Thank you to all the intelligent, helpful and creative commentators on that particular post.
How to posts are often popular draws, and How to Create a Magic Hat Image fit that bill. Sometimes people will attempt to draw themselves, but I find that many people like to understand how something is created, even if they themselves never do it on their own. Hoping that the coming year will bring me more time and adventure in building fun imagery for the web.
A Few Favorites from Bloggers
Susan Cooper has a great list of books and drawing tools. Susan demonstrates how she draws flowers with a ladybug using her iPad.
A.K Andrew talks home design and shows a film of the Eames House. She has another great post here on 5 Reasons to Focus on the Visual Content of Pinterest.
Sherryl Perry had an exciting SEO post on how Thanks to SEO a Newspaper Reporter in Pennsylvania Found My Blog.
Catarina Alexon is often teaching us a world view on business – read her post Africa growing faster than Asia? for a great sample.
Jeri Walker-Bickett has a clever writing exercise called 15 Sentence Portrait Poem.
Doreen Pendgracs wonders what books have influenced your life, from childhood to now.
Here’s a guest post by Praveen Rajarao on the blog of Emily Seuss called The Better Blogger Checklist. Are you engaging your readers?
Atish Ranjan wrote a post about accepting guest posts, offering advice such as: “If they don’t follow your guidelines, just drop it. No need to reply everyone the same thing that ‘Please go back to read our guest posting guidelines.’”
Of course, these are just a tiny drop of the many blog posts I read in the past year. I was happy to highlight these bloggers as they have been regular commentators and supporters of my own blog.
Favorites on Your Blog
What were your own personal favorite blog posts? Did you achieve blogging goals this year? Are the posts with the most comments also your favorites, or do you have favorites that may not have won the popularity contest?