20 Top 5 Posts — What I Learned

Filed in Out of Our Head by on July 11, 2013 4 Comments

Nearly 6 months ago I set out on a quest to provide 20 post about my Top 5….. I did it as an exercise to think about posting a little differently. Some posts were more personal while others focused on hints, tips, tricks or other useful information. What I learned from the process was rather surprising in some aspects and completely predictable in others.

Let’s start with the predictable outcomes.

  • Five is really a good number.  It is not too overwhelming but at the same time feels substantial.
  • The most popular posts (based on the number of views) are in the hints and tips categories.
  • My most popular post of the series was the Top 5 Yarn Label Lies.
  • When your mind is blocked about finding something to write about, having a starting point like Top 5…can be really helpful. Usually there is something going on in your world that you can categorize in a “top 5″ methodology.

The things that I learned that either surprised me or just provided new information:

  • Although I did not specify a “finish date” for this series, I would have never predicted that is would take nearly 6 months of posts. I was expecting something close to 2 – 3 months.
  • Even if no one else finds it helpful having the postings all listed together, I find that I jump to them on a regular basis. I guess this is what the blogging experts are talking about when they say you should write about what matters to you!
  • The headline of the post ultimately really matters. This is one of the next areas I am going to  focus on in my blog postings.
  • Having an “experiment” to focus on can really be a good motivator. This experiment was also an unnamed driver in my current blog experiment.

So we know that based on readership, Top 5 Yarn Label Lies was the most popular. But do you know why/how the first picture in the post relates to the topic? The first person to post a comment with the right answer will receive a special gift package from my box of fun knitting goodies (US mailing addresses only please).

Just to add to the fun, a second package will be sent to a randomly selected winner from the folks  who guess which post of the 20 I personally have referred back to the most often. (Once again, US mailing addresses only please). Winner to be selected from comments received before midnight (PDT) July 20, 2013.

So get to commenting….there are chances to win cool stuff!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10299542948497038480 Steph Sario

    This might be silly but the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw the campfire picture on your “Top 5 Yarn Label Lies” was the phrase “Liar, liar, pants on fire”. haha Not sure if that’s what you had in mind but it worked for me!

    Stephanie

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12309809313299167027 Gwen

      Stephanie is our winner for the first give away!!! That was EXACTLY what I was thinking, but didn’t know if it was too subtle! Obviously not.

      Stephanie, please send me you mailing address to thesamestitch@gmail.com and your package will be on its way!

      Thanks for playing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10486276382459112080 Sandy Huff

    Ah shoot. I think Steph is correct with Liar Liar Pants on Fire!
    My guess for which top 5 I think you refer back to most often would be Ways to Rejuvenate.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12309809313299167027 Gwen

      Sandy, you are correct about Stephanie coming up with the right answer for the first give-away. But….if you guess is correct on my most “used” Top 5, you can still be in the running for the second one.

      I am not saying if you are right or not….we will have to wait and see. Entries are allowed up through July 20!

      Regardless, thanks for participating!