Just like last year, I’m bringing you the Top 10 posts of the year. I don’t do this (just) as a way to promote my old content and bring to your attention something you might have missed. I share these with you because I learn something from this kind of data and the top 10 list helps provide the context for what it is I learned.
These are just posts from this year, even though my top posts were actually posts from last year. You can read about what I learned from those posts here.
This post obviously struck a chord with many of my readers. Based on a class I took through Harvard’s Executive Education program I looked at if people like myself who switch jobs every couple of years were actually hurting their careers or not. There’s no clear-cut answer but it should give you pause before jumping to greener pastures just for a few quid more.
This post, I just plain lucked out on. Fortune published a story about how Apple is organized and it reminded me of a previous post I wrote when I was doing some research on different types of organizational structures about Walt Disney’s org structure when he was alive. There were some similarities. Fortune released the story as on iPad first before it was available in print or on the Web. I received a copy with the org image in it and published it. It turns out that there was a lot of interest in the org chart so I got some good search traffic. I also got a second bump when Jobs passed away.
This was a post I wrote early in the year and since their has been a lot of demand for social media strategists a day in the life view from someone who has been doing it for a few years was obviously of interest to people. My schedule still hasn’t changed all that much.
This one was me leveraging the success of the first GTD Moleskine hack post I wrote back in 2009. There’s just a lot of love out there for Moleskine’s and GTD. This post also shows that the occasional off topic post is a good thing.
As I’ve been a social media strategist for about 7 years now (although we didn’t always call it that) I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that social media strategists are at a crossroads and the job will most likely head in a direction I won’t follow it. So how do you stop being the social media guy? Many of you are also in the same boat I am.
I’m still in love with this idea and I have been very surprised that while some people are cautiously skeptical, the overwhelming majority of you agree that gamification could revolutionize the management process. We’ve got a long way to go but there’s an obvious opportunity here.
This was a freaky thing that happened to me this summer and was some sort of Twitter glitch. The whole thing got some attention, probably because it was just so weird.
Twitter is always a popular topic here. Big changes on their part make people nervous.
Another personal post. This one about my new role and a big move. You care. Thanks
Anthropology is really coming of age in the business world and social media is a perfect setting for those with an anthropology background. I got a lot of traffic from anthro students coming from the Anthropology Fox Tumbr blog. Not just an example of the power of Tumblr but the interest in finding a job in this field.
What You Taught Me:
Jobs are a big deal. Even if you have a job, how you stay relevant and ahead of the curve is just as big a deal. How you get work done in our new changing roles has a lot of people up at night.
I’ve learned that you don’t come to this site for breaking tech news. You come here for insights in what the changes mean but that even takes a back seat to getting help with your jobs at work, or in some cases finding work.
And I doubt 2012 will be any different. I appreciate the insights you’ve given me through your actions on the site. I promise to use them to help myself focus and hopefully provide even more useful content next year.
- 2011 Social Media Predictions Report Card (newcommbiz.com)
- Moleskine Alternatives For GTD Hacking (newcommbiz.com)
- Doing More Video and Answering the Right Questions (newcommbiz.com)
- A Video Panel About Social Media and Startups In Europe (newcommbiz.com)