It’s been an awesome year. I’m so thankful to my wife, my family, my friends, and my clients for helping to make it so good.
While reflecting on the year gone by, I wanted to post this list of my favorite 10 blog posts on my site this year. These aren’t necessarily the most popular or profound, but they’re the ones I’ve enjoyed writing the most.
1. KICK ASS
This year was very much a year in which I explored the need for taking focused and unrelenting action toward my goals. One of the first blog posts of the year was What’s your kick-ass plan? and it was a post that laid out an easy, clear way to start and finish projects.
2. I LOVE ZOMBIES
The very next day(after the above post), I posted this blog post: How zombies can help you stop procrastinating. It’s a LOOOOOONNNNNNNG post but it was fun to write and helpful to think about.
3. GETTING OLDER BUT NOT FEELING OLD
I had so much fun writing 37 lessons about business on my 37th birthday, and I got more feedback (and more positive feedback) from it than have on any of my blog posts. I really had to reach deep to find those lessons (I mean: I could write more than 37 but I wanted to write the best 37).
This next one might not seem like a very special blog post but it is one of the few times that I actually jumped on a news story and wrote a strong (and, I think coherent) objection against it. I normally stay out of the news but I couldn’t keep silent on this one: Neil Lawson of The Guardian is wrong: Why we shouldn’t ban outdoor advertising.
5. MY MOST USEFUL AND MOST UNDER-APPRECIATED POST
My blog post 100 small business strategy questions honestly didn’t get the traction I thought it deserved. But I love that post and I frequently reference it in my other writing… and even though it looks like a long, unwieldy list of questions, I think it has some very strong potential value for someone who is bold enough to work through all 100 questions!
6. THE UNSEXIEST TOPIC
I love investing and talking to other investors and I think due diligence is a topic that doesn’t get enough attention. Everyone says that you should do due diligence but no one says how. So I wrote what I felt was the definitive blog post on it: How to do your own due diligence.
7. MY SELF-INDULGENT HOBBY THAT NO ONE ELSE CARES ABOUT
I not only love investing (see above) but I especially love junior resource investing. And one of the topics that has caught my attention has been mining in Manitoba. It doesn’t get enough attention from analysts and experts and I wanted to study more about it. So the blog post Digging into Manitoba’s resource industry is frankly a self-indulgent journey of learning… but I love it and have learned so much (and I hope you have learned some too). Writing these mining in Manitoba posts make me think that I should become a Manitoba mining analyst.
Did I really pass 1001 blog posts? Wow, I’ve been writing a lot.
9. PRACTICAL FOCUS
In September I did a 30-days-of-focus marathon in which I blogged regularly about the rewards and challenges of cultivating highly-focused willpower to stick with a task through completion. My blog post 24 steps to achieve unrelenting focus on any task or goal is one of my most practical (and profit-inducing) blog posts of the year. Apply the lessons in your business!
10. THE BLOG THAT SURPRISED ME
This blog post about a selling technique I call The Scales of Purchase was one of the biggest surprises for me. It started off as a completely different blog post but as I was writing, I started talking about the potential customer weighing for and against a purchase decision. From there, the blog took on a life of its own and I could barely stop writing!
I hope you had a great 2012. There are still a few more blog posts scheduled to be published here by the end of the year but I’m already busy working on 2013’s content (and probably sipping some celebratory champagne!).