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My 14 Favorite Posts From The Past Year

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011
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My bet is that most people don’t go back to look at what they’ve written before. Not that I think many people repeat themselves, but what I do believe is that not enough people bring to the forefront posts they’ve written before, mainly to give your newer visitors some insight into what you’re previously written, and of course for its SEO benefits.

Why don’t I think people go back? How many people ever went back to read a paper you wrote in school, no matter what the grade was? In our minds, even if it was enjoyable, we did it and now it’s time to move on.

However, blogging is a somewhat different prospect. You never know what people are going to read when they visit your blog, and I know that every once in awhile I’m shocked to see a comment on an old post. I love it, though, but sometimes I have to go back and read what I said so I can respond to the comment in the proper way.

I do this type of thing on a regular basis, but every year I like to put together a compilation of posts based on some criteria to bring some of those older posts back to life. It would be nice if I’d gotten to a nice round number like 10, but it just wasn’t happening. My time criteria is based on the same kind of thing that Billboard Magazine used to do back in the 70’s. When they’d do their best of the year, they went from the previous December through November of the current year. This is what I’ve done.

My criteria for my favorite posts was, well, just how I personally felt about some of what I’d written and what I considered as either my best writing or my most important posts. I had to go through 277 posts to end up with these 14, and what I found interesting is that I didn’t find myself having at least one post a month that I thought was one of my best.

Anyway, here’s the list, along with something brief about each post, and I hope you check them out; if not, hey, I’ll just accept my own SEO benefits and move on. :-)

December 2010

5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From Poker – For some reason I always like my posts that compare blogging to something. I had a post last year that totally compared blogging and poker, but this time around I talked about the types of things bloggers could learn instead.

February

What Is High Quality Content? – I wrote this post because I was tired of visiting blogs that tell people how to get more visitors or how to get more comments and the like and have this as one of their points because none of them ever say just what they believe high quality content it. I did.

March

Are You Waiting For Someone Else To Make You A Success? – I was inspired to write this because it seems so many people are hoping for an A-lister to notice them to help make them famous, to the extent that they’ll do almost anything to get that attention except be themselves.

Better Blogging, Part One
Better Blogging, Part Deux – This was my long 2-part series on blogging, offering blogging tips and processes, mainly to new people.

Are You Ready For Controversial? – I wrote this after reading another person saying not to be afraid to write controversial topics, yet not mentioning how people need to prepare themselves for possible backlash.

April

Why It’s Hard To Trust People – I wrote this as a follow up to a previous story on why we don’t trust sales people, and talked about the concept of “trust” in general.

May

Blogging Responsibly, Part 2 – Though this was an addendum to a post I originally wrote in 2009, I was inspired to write this after reading how some people were going through some interesting times based on things they’d written and how some weren’t quite reacting well to it; see that post about “controversial” above.

June

21 Of The Top Black Social Media Influencers – In my opinion this was an important post because based on so many lists I’d seen, black people weren’t being considered by almost anyone as having any significance online. I thought it was important to do it, even if I used criteria that I now don’t trust, and what I found interesting is that some of the people on the list ended up not caring that they were on the list at all; you can’t force people into accepting praise, right?

5 Ways Your Blog Might Be Irritating People, Part 2 – This was a follow up to a guest post I actually wrote on Ileane’s blog because I actually had 9 specific ideas in my mind for the original topic, but that first article went kind of long on its own.

June 12th, The Internet And A Video – This was actually more of a video blog, one I thought was my best video even now, talking about the milestone of the day and the dangers of people believing that freedom of speech actually allows them to be and do whatever they want to do without consequences.

October

The Lament Of An Old Black Radical – This was a really personal post on how it seems like things people fought for and griped about when I was younger aren’t cared about anymore, even if some of the same negative things continue to this day.

What If Your Dreams Came True – I was inspired to write this question because of a movie and an interview I’d listened to, and I think it’s an important question many people don’t ever think about asking themselves.

November

Making Money By Blogging? Let’s Talk – The last post of November, I thought it was time to talk honestly about how hard it is to make money online and how it might not manifest itself the way people might think.
 
 

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24 Comments »

Hi Mitch!
Thanks for the share. you are right, very few people go back and read what they have written before. i ma among them as well ;) thanks for the list of your 14 favorite posts from the past year. i see that you didnt like nothing in july, august, september and december :)))
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Eleonora, it just happens that way sometimes. I think we all have periods where we’re feeling it and other times when we’re putting forth the effort but maybe not reaching the pinnacle. Can’t hit a home run every time out. lol

December 12th, 2011 | 7:43 PM

Popped over here from Arlee’s. I like this idea. Maybe I’ll try something like it too.

I DO go back and read my posts and correct grammar/spelling/etc errors because someone may find an older post.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Good stuff Southpaw. I don’t worry about that type of thing as much as bringing some of those older posts back into the fold, hoping someone might find them interesting enough to check out.

December 12th, 2011 | 8:23 PM

I guess I’ve commented on all blog posts in the last year, actually I am going quite often and reading the other comments. I think it have been very controversial year for all bloggers and webmasters, especially after so many search engine updates.
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Carl, I think every year is a controversial year for some of us; actually, it’s probably controversial daily. lol Yes, you’ve been my most consistent commenter for the entire year; take a bow. :-)

Carl Reply:

I will definitely agree with this statement, Mitch. I think I need new to buy new keyboard, actually I am keeping track on my comments this year, I’ve made more than 10,000 so far and I guess it is worthy, as my communication skills are improving constantly.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Well, you also get to do it as a profession of sorts, so you have a vested interest in finding blogs to comment on.

December 12th, 2011 | 9:40 PM

Sometimes I do back and link a new post to an older one. I tend to forget what I write sometimes and fear that I probably repeat myself, but then again I don’t know that readers necessarily notice and there are always new readers that didn’t see it the first time.

You mentioned getting a comment on an old post and blogging about controversial topics. The few times I’ve gotten rather spiteful comments were on an old post where I argued that music education in public schools was a waste of money. Just the other day someone stopped in to call me an “idiot” and berate me for saying what I did. Of course they didn’t read the post very carefully or look at any of my explanatory comments that clearly stated that I did not agree with what I had argued and I had made the case for the purpose of debate. It was a fun post and evidence that a lot of people don’t read everything.

Thanks for the guest post today.

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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Funny enough Arlee, I wrote that post as well, talking about people who don’t seem to read either the entire post or any of it, commenting based on the title only. Of course, anyone stopping by to call you a name isn’t really serious about debate anyway, right?

And look, the link to my interview! 8-)

December 12th, 2011 | 11:09 PM

With this list of articles, all I can say is that, you’ve done a great job, @Mitch. Thanks a whole lot for sharing this information.
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Thanks Olawale; I think it also means I might talk too much. lol

December 13th, 2011 | 2:17 AM
Dennis:

Carl made more than 10,000 comments in the last year alone ? Oh man, Carl, i guess you love to write :)

Warm wishes,
Dennis
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December 13th, 2011 | 10:10 AM
Caitlind Gauthier:

I am going quite often and reading the other comments. I think it have been very controversial year for all bloggers and webmasters, especially after so many search engine updates.
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

It has been an interesting year Caitlind, and I often enjoy looking through other comments when I get to a new blog post, even if I don’t always agree with them.

December 13th, 2011 | 10:20 AM

And now it”s turn to choose the best post of December 2011)) Well, thanks a lot for this list, for people who for some reasons missed some of your posts, this list can be a marvelous opportunity
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December 13th, 2011 | 10:34 AM
Aaron McGlauchlen@Eyebag Removal:

Mitch though i never really made a comment but i loved the blog post that you had written few months back and it was some thing like ‘why dont people read..’

It was a fantastic post, kindly make the list of 14 as 15 now :)!

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Thanks Aaron. Now there was kind of a snarky post that got a lot of comments, but not many on the right point, which I found interesting, as if some of those people commenting didn’t read the post. lol

Aaron McGlauchlen@Eyebag Removal Reply:

Ha ha.. they didn’t read the ‘why dont people read..’ post and still commented.. now that that is something really funny :)!!!

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

It just proves how strange some people are Aaron. :-)

December 14th, 2011 | 4:27 AM

Nice tips. I been noticing lately that social media posts seem to kick ass and get alot of attention lol But I dont want to write all SM post so I mix them in.

Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Chris, I like to think successful blogs will mix things up, even if they have a particular niche. That’s what I try to do at least.

December 14th, 2011 | 9:31 PM

Hi Mitch! Since it’s my first visit to your blog, it was great to see you you had a list of articles worth reading first.. So far I’m enjoying reading your thoughts! Will keep visiting again often :)
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Mitch Mitchell Reply:

Thanks Jack; enjoy the visit!

December 16th, 2011 | 11:39 AM