Best Blog (Post) Forward
, Kevin Lim suggested a meme contest: Put Your Best Blog Forward
. Post, that is. Blog POST. "Best" in this case means "most popular"—which may or may not actually be your "best" (qualitative) post, but for purposes of this meme contest "best" == "most popular" so just go with it.
My most popular blog post is my How-To for making expandable blog posts in Blogger
from February 2005—it accounts for a full 26% of my blog traffic. It's also Topic 21 in Chapter 3, "All About Posting," in my book on Blogger
called Sams Teach Yourself Blogging in a Snap
Clearly, if I were a true money-grubber, I would have yanked the how-to when the book went to print. But that would have been a) uncool and b) wouldn't have stopped anyone from grabbing it from Google's cache and c) someone would have copied it out of my book and posted it on the internet somewhere anyway (I can't tell you how often that has happened with all my books).
The code behind the how-to isn't mine, never has been mine, and has always been attributed to the original blog
it came from. All I did in my how-to was throw a lot of explanatory text around it and make it really easy to follow for Blogger users who are not technically inclined.
It's worked. I have other how-tos
(and a bunch more other things to review
) but nothing on my blog receives nearly as much traffic as the expandable blog posts in Blogger how-to
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