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Top 10 Commented-on Articles in 2017

top 10When 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 2016–about 5900. This compared to over 27,874 over the life of my blog. Why? I’m not sure. I will say I enjoy my readers. The perspective I get and the vast range of experience is like nothing else in life. I live in a bubble and you-all invite me out of it.

The articles that inspire 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 articles I shared in 2017:

Top 10 commented-on articles

  1. 19 Self-editing Tips
  2. How to Use Canva in Your Writing
  3. Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts
  4. 16 Reasons I’m NOT Doing NaNoWriMo (Again)
  5. 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer
  6. Writing a Novel: How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time I
  7. #IWSG–When do you know your story is ready?
  8. How Google Docs Improves Writing
  9. A to Z Challenge Reveal Day: I’m in!
  10. 12 Surprises I Found Marketing My Debut Novel, To Hunt a Sub

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

One more request: What would you like to see next year on WordDreams?



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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also 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, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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36 thoughts on “Top 10 Commented-on Articles in 2017

  1. Hi Jacqui – great you’ll be writing about where you get your stats – I’m sure Blogger has similar (somewhere probably not too difficult to find) … so I’ll be a-coming to that post fairly soon – cheers Hilary

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  2. Your site is so helpful and inspiring, Jacqui! I’m new to blogging but already I’m amazed at how friendly this community is, thanks in large part to writers like you. Please keep going!

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  3. Comments not only reveal our interest in the topic but also our personality and generosity…they also establish a connect across the oceans, an everlasting friendship that we could cherish! So count me in for all times if your topic is engaging 🙂

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  4. Jacqui, like you it’s the comments, the connection with others and the friendships here that makes blogging special and rewarding! 😀😀 Great stats…where are you finding these?? I’ve looked and only get the very basic ones but not a breakdown of everything.

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  5. I have to say, receiving or getting comments from other bloggers, and sometimes forging connections with them is one of the great and deepest pleasures I get from blogging. I am not sure when you started but I began blogging in May 2011 and, sadly, many of the bloggers I connected with in the early days have long since ceased to post. On a cheerier note, some bloggers have gone on to become genuine friends who I connect with on other platforms and even meet, a real treat for me I can tell you 🙂

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  6. Poll is done. If people don’t trust you, it’s their loss, Jacqui. After reading 2 of your books alone I can see what a professional you are! I think it’s great that you’re willing to share your expertise.

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    • See, GP, you’re one of those people I love chatting with about history. I just finished The Operator (by Robert O’Neill) and you’re the first one I wanted to talk to about it. Of course, that probably has something to do with me living in California.

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      • I haven’t read it, but have heard about it and frankly I was surprised he talked about any of it. Usually the members of those teams feel too much is classified to write a book about it. According to some, the bullets flew so quickly at Osama bin Laden that they weren’t quite certain who fired the fatal shot (perhaps I am behind in my news on that).
        Personally I feel those teams are rather over-worked, every brain has a breaking point and we shouldn’t push them too far into extremes just because it cost so much to train them. (yes, believe it or not, I’ve heard THAT as an argument for sending them out so much!)
        Now that I’ve rambled on – did you have a specific question? should I read the book and maybe have an idea of what I’m talking about? 🙂

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