August 2014 – Top Posts and Commenters PLUS BOOK GIVEAWAY

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Here are the highlights from August 2014.  Thanks to everyone who read along and commented.  Your readership and participation in the daily discussions are what make The Stretched Community.  Thank you!

Overall, traffic was up from August (14.26%).  Traffic was down 17.85% compared to a year ago.  The top 10 posts included one post from 2012 and one post from 2013.  If you missed any of these posts, I hope you’ll go and check them out now by clicking below.  The post with the most engagement was a post related to my book project from August 15, 2014 –Ice Breaker – One-Week Look Ahead.

Top 10 Posts:

    1. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know  March 7, 2012 (133)
    2. Outlandish Measures – In Response To The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge  August 19, 2014 (106)
    3. I’m Losing My Patients – 6 Ways To Rediscover Patience  April 2, 2013 (89)
    4. Ten Date Night Ideas  August 27, 2014 (88)
    5. 5 Things To Remember When We Say Or Do Something Stupid  February 12, 2014 (65)
    6. Seven Things To Do When You Arrive Home From Your Mission Trip  August 11, 2014 (55)
    7. What Will Your Verse Be? (In Remembrance of Robin Williams)  August 13, 2014 (54)
    8. In Response To Ann Coulter  August 9, 2014  (52)
    9. Ice Breaker – One-Week Look Ahead  August 15, 2014 (29)
    10. Ice Breaker – TV Sitcom Family  August 14, 2014 (27)

Top 10 Commenters:

As promised at the beginning of the month, I have randomly chosen someone from the top commenters list to receive a copy of  Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make by Jonathan Pearson.  The winner of this book is…(drum roll)…Joseph Lalonde.  Congrats to Joe!

For the month of September, I’ll be giving away a copy of On Track: Life Lessons from the Track & Field by ME! This month, the winner will be chosen randomly from the top 10 commenters.

Thanks to each and everyone for reading and for commenting.  I’m looking forward to September with The Stretched Community!  The month of September will include more STRETCHING posts.

If you’re interested in guest posting here, leave a comment to connect with me.

How was your month?  If you’re a blogger share a link to your top post in the comments?  What was your favorite Stretched post this month?  How were you STRETCHED in August?

In case you’re interested, here are a few other interesting stats about August (based on Google Analytics):

  • Users – Increased 15.81%
  • Sessions – Increased 4.51%
  • Pageviews – Decreased 2.05%
  • Pages Per Session – Decreased 6.28%
  • Average Session Duration – Decreased 25.86%
  • Bounce Rate – Increased 6.96%
  • New Sessions – Increased 7.02%

On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field is now available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.  Click the link below to get your copy today.

As a reminder, I am offering a FREE pdf copy of the interior of the book to subscribers of The Stretched Newsletter.  Head over to the main page of the blog and sign up on the right hand menu bar to get your copy today for FREE!