February 2014 – Top Posts and Commenters

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Here are the highlights from February 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 down slightly from January (5.62%).  Traffic was down 12.36% compared to a year ago.  The top 10 posts included two posts from 2012, one post from 2011, 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 fun post from February 27, 2014 – 33 Reasons To Say Thank You.

Top 10 Posts:

  1. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know  March 7, 2012 (135)
  2. Violated February 18, 2014 (107)
  3. Ten Reasons To Attend FamilyLife Weekend To Remember February 27, 2012 (97)
  4. I’m Losing My Patients – 6 Ways To Rediscover Patience  April 2, 2013 (91)
  5. 5 Things To Remember When We Say Or Do Something Stupid February 12, 2014 (65)
  6. Send Me February 5, 2014 (51)
  7. Ice Breaker – Winter Olympics February 21, 2014 (51)
  8. Thank You Thursday – Everyone Should Give Thanks February 13, 2014 (50)
  9. The Power of the Next Question May 20, 2011 (45)
  10. 5 Suggestions For Handling Disruptions To Your Routine (#2 Is My Favorite) February 26, 2014 (43)

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 Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling.  The winner of this book is…(drum roll)…Matt McWilliams.  Congrats to Matt!

For the month of March, I’ll be giving away a copy of Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison VesterfeltThis 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 March with The Stretched Community!  The month of March will include more STRETCHING posts.  (I’m also excited to announce something new coming this month – read all the way to the bottom of this post for a clue.)  If you’re interested in guest posting here, leave a comment to connect with me.  March 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 February?

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

  • Visits – Decreased 4.28%
  • Unique Visitors – Decreased 8.22%
  • Pageviews – Decreased 5.04%
  • Pages Per Visit –Decreased 0.89%
  • Average Visit Duration – Decreased 6.10%
  • Bounce Rate – Increased 1.91%
  • New Visits – Decreased 1.67%

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