Top 10 Commented-on Articles and Click-throughs in 2015

2015When readers take time to leave a comment and/or click through to a link I include in a post, it means they trust me, are engaged, and find what they’re reading valuable–want to extend it. This year, I had many more comments than in 2014–about 4800. This compared to over 14,000 over the life of my blog. Why? I’m not sure. I will say I selfishly have enjoyed my readers much more this year. The perspective I get and the vast range of experience is like nothing else in life. I live in a bubble and you-all let me venture out of it.

The 2015 articles that inspired this kind of activity from readers are special to me. I learn a lot by noticing what contributed to the WordDreams community.

Here they are–the ten most commented and most clicked-through articles I shared in 2015:

Top 10 commented-on articles

  1. 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination
  2. 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer
  3. 29+ Ways to Market Your Book
  4. Lessons learned in a writing journey
  5. 10 Tips for Picture Book Writers
  6. #IWSG–None of My Marketing Seems to Work
  7. 8 Tips for Historic Fiction Writers
  8. 10 Tips for Steampunk Writers
  9. How NOT to Write a Book Review
  10. 27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging

Click-throughs are another interesting metric. They tell me how many of the links I post readers actually investigate. They want more information, or primary sources for data, or maybe to purchase one of the books I review (I have an Amazon Associates account so each time a reader clicks through from my blog and buys the book, I get something like 3%).

On my tech-in-ed, blog, about 35% of readers click-through–a big number! Normal is maybe 10% of readers, which is more like what I get on WordDreams. Here are the top sites that you found on WordDreams and wanted to go visit:

Top 10 click-throughs:


What were these on your blog? Do they reflect the goal set for your writing or were you surprised?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

24 thoughts on “Top 10 Commented-on Articles and Click-throughs in 2015

    • I like lists, too. It seems we have company because they’re always recommended as a great approach to blogging. I think then readers can simply skim and grab what they want rather than trudging through a whole paragraph of words!


  1. You write articles on subjects writers want to know about. You respond courteously and helpfully to every person who makes a comment. You offer additional resources and refer folks to other sources for even more info. You provide solutions to problems we didn’t even know we had. For a writer, you are the stage, the balcony, the cheerleader, and the marketing section. I note that you’re grateful for your followers. Did you note how grateful we are to have you out front?
    My favorites are Lessons Learned in a Writing Journey, and I’m always intrigued by the Alex Cavanaugh posts. And book reviews.

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