Hello 2009! New Year’s Day marked WordCount’s first anniversary. Last year was good for both of us and I’m can’t wait to see what happens in 2009.
Before then, here’s a look back at the top WordCount posts of 2008, based on the total number of page views.
Some interesting things about the most popular posts: a few of them got lots of traffic because Google searches caught the images I’d included, such as the post on Tina Brown launching The Daily Beast and a post on my trip to New York City to visit editors that I paired with an image of the Manhattan skyline.
Other popular blog posts covered areas near and dear to freelancers figuring out how they need to change their businesses or skills to keep up with the times. Here’s a baker’s dozen of the best:
Best blogs for writers – Far and away my most popular blog post ever. Stay tuned for an update in February.
Tina Brown to head ONA September conference – When it comes to page views, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
I’m in a New York State of mind – Another popular picture.
What freelancers should know about SEO – A lot, as it turns out.
10 ways to promote your freelance writing – List posts are always popular, and this one was no exception.
Promote yourself through your email signature – Some writers have turned the humble email sig into an art form.
Freelancers’ strategies for prospering in bad times – Good advise from writers of all backgrounds.
Paging Dr. Sawaya, Milton is hip again – I’d like to think this paean to a favorite college professor was popular because it was so well written but I think the traffic had more to do with the picture of an old copy of “Paradise Lost” I included.
10 top Web tools for freelancers – Google News Alerts, Delicious and a whole lot more.
Avoiding data disasters – Links to a story I wrote with a great photo of a really old mainframe computer.
How writers can use LinkedIn, Part 1 – LinkedIn transformed my business and this helps explain why.