If you're like me, you follow how the content you produce is shared and built upon by looking at your blog's statistics, the comments you receive and the reactions — likes, shares, @ replies, RTs — in various social networks.
There are some posts you probably know the moment you write them that they will be useful or fun and enjoyable for people to share — right time and place, etc.
More often than not, I find that the posts I love are not necessarily the most popular ones. Here is a list of the top popular posts at Conversation Agent. Are your favorites in there?
(10.) This post on what is new media? is one of this site's top image searches — it gets at least a half dozen hits per week, since 2007.
(9.) Social media is the modern version of the telephone was probably among the posts that got the most discussion going here, and in other social networks.
(8.) It's no secret that posts that talk about objections also tend to be viewed and discussed a lot, and 5 straw arguments to take a pass on social media was no exception.
(7.) This post about 14 year olds may think you're cool became very visible when TechMeme linked to it — right topic at the right time tend to do that.
(6.) Taking a simple concept and presenting it in a counter intuitive way, like I did with FREE is not a benefit makes a post quite popular.
(5.) You're on Twitter, now what? was shared quite broadly after Mashable tweeted the link to its followers.
(4.) Posts about tools do better than posts about concepts, and occasionally they do well in combination as Twitter, customer service, and good brand management did.
(3.) Lists are quite popular, as you know, and this post about 50 content ideas that create buzz was one of the most popular on this site. The post was scraped by several blogs, in fact, and the concept re-enacted on others.
(2.) A more popular list was the top 10 reasons why your customer service fails, which people loved when I first published on the Fast Company blog, and again when I reposted it on this blog.
(1.) The most popular post at Conversation Agent to date is still why start a blog and 25 tips to make it work.
Note how popularity was by and large determined by distribution. Although I consider all posts decent, I do have my favorites, and they tend to be the more complex ones. What about your favorites? Are they on this list?