December 2013 – Top Posts And Commenters Plus BOOK GIVEAWAY

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Here are the highlights from December 2013.  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 down from November (28.04%).  Traffic was down 26.88% compared to a year ago.  While the tread is lower, I’m not overly surprised or disappointed.  My posting and promotion patterns were a bit off this month based on the holidays and several other December interruptions and responsibilities.  Also worth noting, my traffic in 2013 was up 33.29% from my traffic in 2012.  The top 10 posts again included three posts from 2012, one post from 2011, and two posts from previous months in 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 from December 11, 2013 – ADVENTure Day 11 (Guest Post by Bill Grandi).

Top 10 Posts:

  1. I’m Losing My Patients – 6 Ways To Rediscover Patience  April 2, 2013 (98)
  2. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know  March 7, 2012 (78)
  3. 90 Day Thank You Note Challenge  December 12, 2013 (76)
  4. ADVENTure Day 11 (Guest Post by Bill Grandi)  December 11, 2013 (58)
  5. Always Be Prepared – Lessons From A Smoke Alarm  August 22, 2012 (48)
  6. When The Treadmill Stops Suddenly – 5 Tips For Handling Life Stopping Experiences February 11, 2013 (46)
  7. Go To Guatemala With Me In 2014!  December 23, 2013 (34)
  8. Ten Reasons To Attend FamilyLife Weekend To Remember February 27, 2012 (34)
  9. Ice Breaker – Jury Duty  December 6, 2013 (33)
  10. The Power of the Next Question May 20, 2011 (30)

Top 10 Commenters:

As promised at the beginning of the month, I have randomly chosen someone from the top 10 commenters list to receive a copy of Chazown: Define Your Vision. Pursue Your Passion. Live Your Life on Purpose by Craig Groeschel.  The winner of this book is…(drum roll)…Bill Grandi.  Congrats to Bill!

For the month of January, I’ll be giving away a copy of The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You by Andy AndrewsThis 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 November with The Stretched Community!  The month of January will include more STRETCHING posts.  If you’re interested in guest posting here, leave a comment to connect with me.  January should be another great month!

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 December?

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

  • Visits – Decreased 30.47%
  • Unique Visitors – Decreased 37.29%
  • Pageviews – Decreased 33.23%
  • Pages Per Visit – Decreased 3.90%
  • Average Visit Duration – Increased 28.33%
  • Bounce Rate – Increased 5.66%
  • New Visits – Decreased 9.99%

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