Gini Detrich's end-of-year post on Spin Sucks is probably one of the coolest I've read so far this year. She does a nice job ranking the top-10 posts of 2010 by the amount of comments they receive.
My Take on The End
It's was a good exercise for me to walk back through the last year of writing. It's helped me get laser-focused for next year and also brought back some good memories.
I'm a bit selfish, I guess. I've selected my top-20 by looking at comments, shares and a little traffic stats - but, mostly, these are the posts that I loved writing. Fair?
20 Posts I Loved Writing in 2010
- What We Can Learn About Trust & Brand from DK Diner - I wrote this back in January of this year. Along with having killer doughnuts, DK Diner knows how to create a customer experience that makes you feel right at home - pajamas and all.
- How To Use Google Wave to Get More from Events & Conferences - What ever happened to Google Wave? Well, it's still there, but mostly off-radar today. Wasn't it supposed to be Google's next big thing? At any rate, this was another January post and an idea that worked pretty well.
- 23 Ideas to Help WNCI’s Morning Zoo with Dave & Jimmy Get Better at Using Social Media - Apparently, January was an "on" month. This list of ideas got your attention, as well as the attention of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. Pretty cool.
- HOW TO Use a Foursquare Strategy for Customer Retention & Foot Traffic - Funny how my opinion on Foursquare has changed with the birth of Facebook Places. I still think Foursquare is viable, however, and here are some ways to think about using it.
- You Have Permission - This was one of my personal favorites in February, because it was written for one specific individual. Sometimes all we need is permission.
- 24 Reasons Why Students Should Start Blogging Today - Written with inspiration that came from watching my friend, Hannah DeMilta, find her dream job in Australia (in large part because she blogs and uses social media). Go Hannah!
- 40 Amazingly Helpful Business Software Tools - This one got a ton of bookmarks. Ever notice that the longer the list, the more people bookmark it as a resource? Go figure.
- Never Let the Lizard Send Email - In March, I read Seth Godin's Linchpin. That, and an experience with Incept (client), sparked the idea for this post.
- HootSuite Certified Professionals Directory Fails at Customer Policy - Don't get me wrong, I love Hootsuite. But, I had to call shenanigans on this program. Read the post, and you'll see why.
- HOW TO Use Twitter Lists for Self Benchmarking in 5 Easy Steps - Want to learn how to build a Twitter presence through content sharing? This post was where I started.
- Interview With Petco’s Director of Social Media & Commerce, Natalie Malaszenko - Talking with Natalie at BlogPaws was probably my favorite interview all year long. And my dog, Lenny, loves her.
- Foursquare Badges May Tell Stories of Consumer Behavior - My friend, Becky Johns, has told me a few times that this was one of the good ones from this year. Thank you, Becky.
- 35 Things You Can Do To Have Better One-To-One Meetings - I remember how much I enjoyed writing this post. That's all really.
- My Media Production Studio in a Backpack - This was shot while in Chicago at the BMA Engage Conference. My backpack has served me well so far.
- 6 Tips for Talking with Your Kids About Divorce - It's amazing what you can learn about your readers by sharing something personal. I really loved the comments this post drew.
- How To Build Corporate Social Media Guidelines for Humans - Here are a few downloadable examples you can use if you're working to build guidelines for social media within your company.
- 7 Tips You Can Use to Improve Your Klout Score - This one was fairly recent, but there's an interesting back-and-forth in the comments. Apparently, Klout is a touchy subject these days.
- Six Reasons Facebook Places Might Just Beat Foursquare - I had the pleasure of guest posting over at Spin Sucks earlier this year, thanks to Becky Johns and Daniel Hindin.
- 3 Strategies for Changing Your Company Culture to Support Content Marketing - I did this one over at CMI a few months ago. It was a different style than I'm used to writing, but it got me out of my comfort zone.
- The Internet Conversation Cycle for Brands - Incept (one of my clients) invited me to contribute on the blog we worked to build this year. The idea for this post was largely a result of watching the Old Spice Campaign videos.
Your Take on the End?
How will you write your end-of-year post this year? How will you reflect? Don't have a blog of your own? Will 2011 be the year you start?