September 2013 – Top Posts and Commenters

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Here are the highlights from September 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 up from August (8.20%).  Traffic was up 37.40% compared to a year ago.  The top 10 posts again included two posts from 2012 and two posts from previous months in 2013.  David Bartosik’s post about happiness was tied for the most popular post.  If you missed any of these posts, I hope you’ll go and check them out now by clicking below.  The three posts with the most engagement were #2, #8, and #9 from the list below.

Top 10 Posts:

  1. Ten Things Every Small Group Leader Should Know  March 7, 2012 (102)
  2. Want To Be Happier? Me too! (@DBartosik) September 24, 2013 (102)
  3. When The Treadmill Stops Suddenly – 5 Tips For Handling Life Stopping Experiences February 11, 2013 (92)
  4. Ten Reasons To Attend FamilyLife Weekend To Remember February 27, 2012 (79)
  5. Wedding Reminder September 5, 2013 (74)
  6. Ice Breaker – Are You Ready For Some Football? September 14, 2013 (60)
  7. I’m Losing My Patience – 6 Ways To Rediscover Patience April 2, 2013 (59)
  8. A Different Twist On Happiness September 17, 2013 (57)
  9. Ice Breaker – Current Reading September 14, 2013 (55)
  10. Short-Term Mission Trip = Long-Term Impact September 4, 2013 (50)

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 Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.  The winner of this book is…(drum roll)…David Bartosik.  Congrats to David!

For the month of October, I’ll be giving away a copy of The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing [A Spiritual Memoir] by Jeff Goins.  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 October with The Stretched Community!  The month of October will include a couple of book reviews, more reflection on my Guatemala trip, and a couple of visits to and from other bloggers.  October should be a 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 September?

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

  • Visits – Increased 9.10%
  • Unique Visitors – Increased 8.63%
  • Pageviews – Increased 11.62%
  • Pages Per Visit – Increased 2.49%
  • Average Visit Duration – Increased 21.13%
  • Bounce Rate – Decreased 1.75%
  • New Visits – Increased 0.39%