12 Most Visited Posts on the 12 Most Blog
If you’ve been hanging with us here at 12 Most now, you may remember that we started this blog on June 1, 2011. In that time we’ve posted well over 300 blog posts from about 120 different authors. What started out as a goal of posting twice a day has grown into 5 formal categories and as many as 6 posts a day – every one of them original, quality posts.
We’re proud of the quality of the content we put out every day here and we’re even more proud of the strong sense of community we’ve been able to build in an amazing short time.
We’ve been supported by amazing people. We’ve strengthened some pretty amazing friendships and cultivated a great many new ones too.
But one of the things we’re not that great at is tooting our own horn. We’re so busy doing that we find it hard to stop and take a breath and sort of celebrate what we’ve built. That’s why we were thrilled to receive a request from one of our Facebook friends to highlight the 12 Most visited posts on the site. Sounded like a good idea to us, and I drew the short straw… so here goes!
1. 12 Most Ridiculous Job Titles in Social Media by Sam Fiorella
One of our very first posts, Sam knocked it out of the park with this tongue in cheek look at the craziness that is social media job titles. The post went viral once it was originally posted. About a month later it was shared on Google + by Guy Kawasaki, and it REALLY went viral.
2. 12 Most Enchanting Features of Google+ by Guy Kawasaki
Speaking of Guy Kawasaki…. Guy has been a big part of the story of 12 Most. Guy found us through his friendship with Peggy Fitzpatrick. He has shared more than a few posts of ours on Google+, and then agreed to write a post for us. I think it’s safe to say he likes our format (and sometimes our posts). Anytime a blog gets someone like him to guest post, traffic is bound to spike, and that’s exactly what happened.
3. 12 Most Important Things Children Want from their Teachers by Angela Maiers
Angela is one of two authors who make multiple appearances on this list. This post seemed to really strike a nerve with our readers. I know Angela’s passion for teaching and for children shine through in this post and we’re very glad that she has been such a consistent writer for us. Her community is overwhelmingly engaged and it shows in the traffic every time she posts.
4. 12 Most Important Life Lessons from Forest Gump by Josepf Haslam
Josepf really touched a nerve with this post. I’m really not sure how or why it went viral, but it did. To date this post represents the first and biggest example of a post “hitting it big” on StumbleUpon. It has been shared almost 9,000 times. Of course the astute eye realizes that the post has only been read 7,300 times, but that’s a post for another day…. LMAO!
5. 12 Most Powerful Ways to Let People Know They Matter by Angela Maiers
The second appearance on this list by Angela, this is the 12 Most follow up to her viral You Matter Ted Talk in DesMoines Iowa. I highly encourage you to view that video, let her message wash over you and then to follow what Angela has coming. She’s an amazing person, a gifted speaker and an inspirational presence. I’m so glad we met this Spring at SOBCon. I’ll be forever grateful to Liz Strauss, Terry Starbucker , Lisa Petrilli and Steve Woodruff for creating the circumstances that led to me meting Angela this year. Getting to know her has been one of the highlights of the last 12 months for me.
6. 12 Most Important Things to Know About Kids Today by Angela Maiers
OK. This is getting ridiculous. I’m seriously thinking about changing the name of this post to the Angela Maiers admiration society. Another great post. I dare you to read it and NOT share it. Go ahead…I’ll wait.
7. 12 Most Important Unspoken Truths About Experts by Mike Lehr
This is the first post shared on Google+ by Guy Kawasaki. As you can see, Guy’s following is amazingly engaged, and they re-shared it liberally. This post was shared on a Sunday night and our traffic really spiked, which is pretty unusual for a Sunday. The spike is what caused me to investigate what the heck was going on, and it was then that I saw Guy had shared it. I’ve been amazed every since at the virality that Google+ can bring under the right circumstances.
8. 12 Most Desirable People to Follow on Google+ by Peggy Fitzpatrick
Shortly after the launch of Google+, the 12 Most team was buzzing. A great many of us jumped in immediately and dug around to see what was what and who was who on the new social network from Google. Peggy Fitzpatrick wrote this great post highlighting 12 people you should definitely be following.
9. 12 Most Common Mistakes of Women in Business by Michele Price
Another very early post that struck a nerve, this time from Michele Price. Michele’s post touches on many ways in which women in business can (and sometimes do) sell themselves short. Lots of men I know fall prey to one or more of these same 12 mistakes.
10. 12 Most Powerful Recommendations for Introverts in Business by Lisa Petrilli
My love for Lisa Petrilli knows no bounds. She is smart, savvy and filled with many of the best traits of a leader. Although she is a well-known social media personality and co-founder of #LeadershipChat on Twitter on Tuesday nights, Lisa is an introvert (with a capital I). As such, she has a great deal of first-hand experience and fantastic advice for other introverts in business. After you’re done reading this post, you’d do well to check out Lisa’s series related to introverts in business.
11. 12 Most Stupid Twitter Behaviors by Josepf Haslam
Josepf Haslam came out of the gate firing on all cylinders with this rant post. Apparently, his post ruffled some feathers because he later recorded a video where he “recanted the rant”, at least a little bit. LOL. Foer those of your scoring at home, Josepf is the second author to hit the top 12 list multiple times. Kudos, my brother!
12. 12 Most Effective Ways to be Likeable on Facebook by Dave Kerpen
If you’re involved in social media at all, you’ve probably heard of Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media. The 12 Most format lent itself well to Dave’s message, which goes down smooth and easy, because it’s so true.
So there you have it. Our 12 most visited posts since launch in June. Which of these is your favorite? Any surprise entries? Anything missing? Can Sam’s post ever be beaten? What say you?
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