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Bragging Rights: Brag About Your Top 10 Favorite Posts on Your Blog

I recently bragged about the posts and articles on this blog I’m proud of writing, and I started thinking about what posts you have written that you are proud of.

So look back over the past year at what you’ve written. Pick out your top 10 list of favorite articles or posts you’ve written. They don’t have to all be from your blog, they articles you’ve written on other blogs or sites, but list your top 10 favorite writings that you are most proud of having written.

If you want to explain why, that’s okay, too. It helps us all to understand what makes us like one thing we’ve written over another. Either way, the challenge is to brag about your top 10 favorite posts.

Warning: This is still a G rated blog, and I will be checking out your top 10 favorite posts. I will censor or delete your choices if they exceed commonly established family ratings, though I don’t have an issue with cussing and swearing since I think children use more of these words than adults do. I’m pretty tolerant, but be warned that I have an itchy trigger finger. ;-)

Another Warning: WordPress automatically puts any comment with more than three links into moderation. It make take a couple hours for me to release the comment, so don’t worry if it doesn’t appear immediately on the post. It’s just WordPress doing what it does and I’ll check in as frequently as possible to release moderated comments. Thanks.


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  1. Posted January 11, 2006 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    This was quite a task, choosing from 325 posts. :) I chose these based on a couple of criteria, either I got great feedback from readers or I liked them because of what I learned as a result of writing the post.

    1) 7 Steps to Achieving the Results You Want: I am most proud of this since I have been working on this concept (performance bridge) for a decade. I think I am close to getting it right.
    2) 15 Reasons To Buy a Business vs. Starting from Scratch: A big learning for me as I write my first feature length book, Tips and Traps When Buying a Business
    3) Forget About Business Productivity – Focus on Business Effectiveness: Another key learning for me this last year. Being effective is more important than being productive.
    4) Business Failure and Turnaround: A collection of articles about business fialure and what I have learned.
    5) It’s Time to Stop Surviving and Focus on Thriving: Or How To Overcoming the Business Owners Inferiority Complex.
    6) Avoid the News Years Resolutions Trap, and Listen to The Critic: How to make everyday a New Years Day
    7) How To Write For Your Web Site and Get Visitors To Read: I forgot I wrote this, time for me to reread and apply it.
    8) Stop Selling, Start Telling, Be Yourself: What I have learned about writing online (since 1998).
    9) The Mediocrity of Goodness: Inspiring Excellence In Our Kids: How the educational system breeds mediocrity.
    10) Genesis of Complacency Manifesto: How we become complacent and how to overcome it.

    I have more but I had to choose just 10. It was so hard to choose!

    Thanks for the suggestion and exercise Lorelle.

  2. Posted January 11, 2006 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    So what did you learn from doing the exercise?

  3. Posted January 11, 2006 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I learned that I want to raise the standard for writing on my blog – take more time to edit and make sure I am going to be proud of every post.

    Seems strange to hear myself saying that but I think the point needs to be made because it is always tempting to just finish it up quick and get on with the next task. There is always something else begging for my attention and there always will be – so deciding how much time I can put into a piece means I may have to let it sit until it is ‘ready’.

    That way I will avoid the trap of pushing something out and then going back later to edit.

  4. Posted January 11, 2006 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Do I read another article? This is a fabulous point. We’ve also been talking about the difference between a writer and a blogger, and I’d have to add that a blogger thinks more about the next post and a writer thinks about the writing and how to write the next post better.

    We spend so much time agonizing over what we screwed up, thinking we’re not good enough, that we forget that there is plenty to be proud of. So I like this idea. Brag about what you are proud of accomplishing. What a tremendous way to start off a new year!

  5. Posted January 12, 2006 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Jennifer,

    In your particular case, is it the novelty of the items you found to write about that jazzes you or the way you wrote about them? These are marvelous posts, but it does beg the question.

    Coming up with interesting ways of talking about interesting things can be really challenging. Sometimes the item itself is more interesting than what you could possibly say about it, but then sometimes things are helped by what you do say about them. It’s a really hard thing to do. People think it is easy to be witty and brilliant upon command, but it isn’t. Good for you!

  6. Posted January 12, 2006 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Lorelle: You always get me thinking!

    Yes, I have another article coming. Keep an eye out for “How to Fit Writing for Your Blog Into A Busy Schedule”.

    What’s up with you? Do you read between the lines or got someone looking over my shoulder? :-)

    [Admin Note: Read “Writing a Blog and Engaging Readers” by remotecontrolceo, Greg Balanko-Dickson, on this blog.]

  7. Posted January 12, 2006 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    It’s the shoulder! Hee hee.

    <evil laughter here>

  8. Posted January 13, 2006 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, in answer to your question, it’s always about the novelty of something that gets me excited. If I’m ecstatic about a particular gadget or gear, it’s definitely easier for me to write about and be witty. But if it something’s I don’t know too much about, my writing tends to be dry!

  9. Posted January 13, 2006 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Jennifer:

    Excellent point. When we blog with an interest in what we are writing about, we tend to have fun writing it. When we do it because it is something we have to do, then it tends to drag, for us and the reader. Great point! Thanks!


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