Each year, I do a wrap-up of the posts that are the most popular, based on page views and time spent reading. Here are this year’s winners, along with a little bit of information behind each post.
10. What I Learned From My Failed Crowdfunding Campaign goes into some details of my failed attempt to become a Beacon writer. Maybe one day I’ll try again…
9. The Elephant in the Room Episode 2: Metrics was a podcast episode in which I discussed metrics–and why some people are scared of them–with my good friend Sam Blake (may he rest in peace). Interestingly, more people viewed the post than actually listened to the podcast.
8. Be Your Own Freelance Hero actually started out as a pep talk to myself, since I felt that clients and editors aren’t really invested in freelancers’ long-term career development or professional goals. We have to do it ourselves…
7. Travel Hacking 101: How I Flew to New York for Five Bucks was a fun post I wrote about some of the things I learned from Chris Guillebeau and Stephanie Zito. I’ve since racked up even more miles I need to spend…
6. The Writing Process Blog Tour was a post where I answered a few questions about how I write, and tagged four other writers. I’m still waiting for Shane Snow and Sonia Simone to share theirs, but Holden Page and Gideon Walker happily played.
5. Review: Unconventional Guide to Freelancing was my review of an ebook I was actually quoted in, complete with an affiliate link. However, I was pretty honest about it.
4. Why You Should Stop “Building Relationships” was born out of frustration with the bad career advice of “networking” with the expectation of something in return. Looks like it resonated.
3. The Elephant in the Room Episode 1: Net Neutrality was the first episode of my podcast, featuring Bartees Cox. I was particularly excited about this because I was having trouble getting pitches on the topic accepted, so took matters into my own hands. Interestingly, more people viewed the post than listened to the podcast.
2. That Contently Summit Recap You Were Asking For was a rundown of what happened two summits ago (I missed the last one). I believe it was business journalist Michelle Rafter who originally asked for it.
1. Protecting Your Sources in the Age of Surveillance is a tool round-up. It was originally supposed to be a short blog post on the Freelancer, but the information got pretty granular and detailed, so I ended up posting the nitty gritty details on here. I’m actually really excited that this made #1 on the list, since I spent a lot of time on it… If you’re interested in personal security online as well, I have a free PDF download for you…no email signup necessary.