Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Top 10 Most Engaging Posts of 2009

Filed under: Blogging,Social Media — by at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

According to PostRank Analytics – a system for analyzing and scoring engagement events, social engagement refers to “the attention other people pay to your published content, like blog posts, news and articles. They see and read a post, and then because it’s interesting, inspiring, or controversial, they get “hooked” and decide to take further action.”

PostRank’s scoring system measures the “5 C’s” of engagement:

  • Creating: i.e. writing a blog post
  • Critiquing: i.e. leaving a blog comment
  • Chatting: i.e sharing and discussing information on Twitter
  • Collecting: i.e. submitting a post to Stumbleupon
  • Clicking:i.e. clicking a link to read a blog post

The more engagement an event requires (i.e. writing a blog post), the more engagement points the event receives. Bloggers can use their posts’ engagement scores as a measurement of how well their readers are reacting to and engaging with their content.

PostRank crunched the numbers to determine the most engaged readers in 2009. And the results are in…!

PostRank Top Blogs 2009 - #6 in Disability Thanks to you, my very engaged readers, Do It Myself Blog ranked #6 in the Disability category! Thank you!

The detailed analysis is available from PostRank. The top 10 engaging posts are:

  1. Da Wife on Wheels Dismissed Yet Again / August 29, 2009 – 406 engagement points
  2. 5 Reasons Why Bloggers and Web Designers Should Consider Accessibility / October 6, 2009 – 346 points
  3. Let’s Feed 100 People in Need Christmas Dinner, Again! / December 4, 2009 – 335 points
  4. WordPress Misses the #1 Accessibility Tip / September 28, 2009 – 325 points
  5. What Makes a Blog Theme Accessible? / August 6, 2009 – 274 points
  6. To the Employers Who Refused Me a Job, You Lose! / December 30, 2009 – 273 points
  7. Social Media Empowers Otherwise Silenced Voices / July 31, 2009 – 251 points
  8. How POUR is Your Blog / May 1, 2009 – 222 points
  9. Dreams Do Come True – With a Little Help from Friends / October 23, 2009 –164 points
  10. Are Multiple Themes Useful in Improving Blog Accessibility? / August 24, 2009 – 164 points

I’ve included the post dates to illustrate that the older posts (hence more time for engagement) are not necessarily ranked higher. These numbers also prove your comments, tweets, stumbles and the like do matter! Thank you.

I will continue creating, if you continue critiquing, chatting, collecting and clicking. Together, let’s see how engaged we can be in 2010!

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Comment by Jacqui

January 19, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

Fantastic as always!

Comment by Glenda

January 19, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

Thanks Jacqui! Discovering PostRank and how they measure engagement was interesting – something to monitor and to improve upon.

Comment by Dr.Mani

January 19, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

Congrats on the #6 ranking, Glenda. Your blog is always ‘engaging’ – and I only wish I had more time to comment regularly and more often.

As I was reading this post, my wife peeked over my shoulder – and I told her about you (just like I’ve told many other people about you).

PostRank can’t measure THAT – but ‘word of mouth’ endorsements are probably an even more powerful vote on how engaged your readers are… with YOU 🙂

Keep blogging, and I’ll keep chatting, clicking and crowd-pulling for you!

All success
@drmani on Twitter

Comment by Jacqui

January 20, 2010 @ 6:50 am

Dr. Mani is right about word of mouth engagement. I often forward your posts to some of Rylan’s therapists, teachers and of course friends.

Comment by Melanie Baker

January 20, 2010 @ 9:46 am

Congratulations, Glenda. 🙂

One of the coolest results of the Top Blogs project for us has been seeing the community engagement that’s resulted — the level of heart-felt congratulations, discussions of highlights of the year, etc.

We don’t usually hear a whole lot from folks unless something’s broken, so it’s great to see the people behind the sites in our system coming out of the woodwork, and also to see them discovering great new contacts and new blogs to read that they hadn’t known about.

Comment by Lorelle

January 21, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

Interesting. Wonder how this compares to other ranking programs and systems. Technorati, for instance.

I’d love to see you take this the next step and compare your top topics with those of the others in your category, to see if you covered similar or different topics and how things compare in general.

Over all, when you compare with others in your category, it’s a chance to find new friends and establish new relationships with those who blog like you. That’s the part I enjoy.

Comment by Glenda

January 21, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

Thanks Lorelle! There is a weekly leader ranking, like the Billboard Top 100 for Blogs. Do It Myself Blog is currently ranked #2 in Disability!

At the moment, I’m more taken by these stats than by, say, Technorati because they show what readers are doing other than stopping by. And readers can see that leaving a comment or tweeting does have an impact. To me, it’s more a measure of community.

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