As we look back, we evaluate things that went wrong as well as the things that went right. Writing is no different, so I went back and looked at what my top 10 least read posts were. Here they are for all to ignore… again!
1. The Meaning of the Middle Series: A Wrap – I wrote a series about the middle, and this was a summary post. Given this fact, I am not too surprised that it was my least read post.
2. It’s Thursday: Have You Made Two Choices Yet? – I wanted to try something new, and I let it fizzle. The objective was to start having people think about the choices they need to make each week and put some accountability around them. My initial objective was to make this an interaction point on the Thin Difference Facebook page.
3. Winkelvoss v. Shawshank: The Real Test – The purpose of this post was to discuss when to give up. This was one of my 2×2 analysis, and it was on principle and reputation. Maybe this was too murky of a comparison.
4. Being Liked Versus Doing the Right Thing – As leaders, we want to be liked, but how far do we take it? This was the thought behind this approach, and maybe I did not flesh it out enough.
5. Why I Joined the No Labels Movement – No Labels is about working together in Washington, DC, to solve our problems. The post fizzled as did the movement (for the most part, anyway).
6. Tilted Moderates: Danger in the Political Movement – This post explored how moderates are becoming endangered. It just didn’t resonate, I guess.
7. It’s a Walk On World – This post was about the Burlsworth Trophy, recognizing walk-on football players. I love the thought behind this award, and it is applicable for all of us to a certain degree.
8. A Thought or Prayer for Advancing Forward – My attempt at writing differently… so much for that attempt!
9. Biscayne Days: Taking Youthful Risks – I like this post, still. It was about taking risks, and it highlighted a personal story.
10. The “I” in Team’s Pledge – This was my play on the thought that there is no “I” in team, when there actually should be. Anyway, it did not play out that well among readers!
Why do this? Why highlight my least read posts written in 2011?
For me, it was part curiosity and part the art of getting better. We cannot learn fully unless we look at what did not work well, too.
What I learned is:
- My writing needs to be crisper.
- My topics may not always resonate, but there is still learning that happens through writing.
- Focus is important. Topics may stray too far, and readers may just skip them.
My goals: Continue writing, and continue improving.
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2011: My Top 10 Least Read Posts
Jon, I found your blog through TheHighCalling.org. I appreciate the honesty in this post. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a Worst 10 post list, but I can hope that next year’s worst will equal this year’s best in quality. Here’s to an outstanding 2012.
Thanks, Sam. Appreciate your comment… It is always good to look at what didn’t work and try to get better. Great to see you from TheHighCalling.org, a great community. All the best to you in 2012! Jon
Winkelvoss v. Shawshank: The Real Test –
The title had potential there, Jon. It caught my eye, but I agree…maybe the meaning was lost on a few folks. Great idea for a blog at the end of the year, good to take stock on what has worked and what hasn’t over the year. It’s great to look back on success and failures to see where we can improve. Cheers!
Thanks, Jen! I agree, always good to look back and try to get better. Have a spiritful 2012! Jon
I predict that this will be one of your Top10 commented posts of 2011. You know why? Because people are drawn to ‘list’ posts like flies to honey. 🙂 See, I’m helping my own prediction come true 🙂 Have a great 2012!
I believe you may be right, Kumud! I am surprised… I just thought this post would come and go, just fade away. There are always surprises in life and in writing, I guess. Thanks for helping! Always grateful. Jon
Well, I know what I will be doing this weekend. 🙂 Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!
Any time! It’s good to pay back all the inspiration I get from you!
Your goals are admirable and well stated with the kind of simplicity that goes well with saying something and having it clearly received. I too am going to continue. Doing one thing. And then another.
And taking delight in the process.
Now I’ll be visiting a few of these neglected posts.
I believe going back is a good process.
“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing may be lost.” is a sterling piece of advice.
I try to take it to heart and act on it at times.
Good to visit here in you space.
Love the quote, Wayne! Great to have you visit this space and appreciate your comments. Always uplifting to see you in various Twitter conversations. Thank you! Jon
Jon – I got a laugh out of your honesty, humility, and wisdom in looking at your least-read posts and the learning that it has provided you. You’ve inspired me to do the same!
Thanks, Randy! It was a humbling experience but well worth it. Jon