The first week of June marks one year of blogging for me. On 1st June 2015, I launched my website from Laguna Beach, Southern California. It was with some trepidation but a lot of excitement. Every week for the past twelve months, I’ve published a new blog. This special post recaps the Top 5 most popular blogs, as decided by the number of page views each blog received.
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1. Eliminate Your Fear of Calling for the Ball
Eliminate Your Fear of Calling for the Ball was a surprisingly popular post. The reason being, it was picked up by a former student of mine and now mate, Jackson Clark. Jackson is a sports writer and the man behind the highly popular Facebook page, NT Football Scores and News by Jackson Clark.
I decided to write the post on this topic at the start of the 2015/16 AFLNT season when I noticed some players lacked confidence in calling for the ball. This seemed to be for a variety of reasons ranging from fatigue, due to lack of conditioning, to being afraid of making a mistake and looking bad in front of teammates, the coach and the crowd. In this blog, I gave my six ideas for how to start the process of developing confidence on a football field. These six strategies can be extended to all sports and other facets of life.
2. What Does Sugar do to Your Body?
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What Does Sugar do to Your Body? was not a surprise in making the top five. I didn’t think it would be up so high though. I believe what sugar does to your body resonated with so many people because it’s very topical at the moment. There are lots of people talking about how bad sugar is for you and I believe people still want to know more about that.
I decided to write this post after watching, and being completely moved by, ‘That Sugar Film’ by Damon Gameau. The story on Mai Wiru resonated me as I live in the Northern Territory and see the impact of sugar on Indigenous people on a daily basis. In this blog, I list eight of the most common problems sugar creates in the body.
3. Get Ripped in 7 Days
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I wasn’t surprised Get Ripped in 7 Days made the top five and top three sounds about right. I discovered this heading by downloading Michael Hyatt’s Ultimate Blog Headline Swipe File. That file is a collection of the most useful blog headlines Michael and others have used to engage readers. Michael Hyatt is a very successful blogger with a huge following. I’ve used a lot of his resources and advice to give my blogs the engagement they receive.
I decided to choose this headline because it’s something I know a lot about. I knew it would be easy for me to write, although it took a long time with the detail I went into. This blog is obviously about getting ripped but it’s also about getting the fittest you could ever be for any sport. Get ripped in seven days consists of four strength workouts (two upper body and two lower body), two cardio workouts, and one rest day. Remember, rest and recovery are some of the most important components of anything in life.
4. The Life Lessons I Learned From the 52 Week Money Challenge
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Initially I didn’t expect The Life Lessons I Learned From the 52 Week Money Challenge to be anymore popular than the other blogs. However, after writing a few blogs on my personal experiences with debt and managing money, it comes at no surprise that this blog made the top five. I think the reason people engage with my blogs around money is that I talk about them from a personal experience. I’m no financial adviser and I can’t offer advice on what to do with your money, but I can share my story. I think many people can relate with my experiences.
I decided to write this post after seeing amazing results from my own experiences with this savings strategy. What I love about it are, there are three ways you can follow it to suit your personal preferences and circumstances. You can also easily alter the goal to match your income. In this blog, I explain what the challenge is and describe what I learned from, which I discovered have implications for other areas of life.
5. How I Dragged Myself out of a Financial Hole
After seeing the engagement of other financial topic blogs, I’m not surprised How I Dragged Myself out of a Financial Hole made the top five either. Again, this blog is about my personal experiences with money and I peel back the layers to expose my true experiences, leaving me vulnerable. I believe people appreciate that and can relate. These blogs are the most popular because people can take great insights from someone else's experiences to make a difference in their own lives.
I decided to write this post because I wanted to help people who might be struggling with debt. I know there are a lot of people out there who find it hard to meet the day-to-day needs of living. In this blog, I list my four point plan for how I systematically got myself out of debt. I still have a little way to go but I’m peeking out the top now. This post was inspired by the fifty-two week money challenge.
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