Our Most Read Blog Posts in 2018

As we begin the new year, we thought it would be interesting to take another look at what our web site visitors were actually reading on the Inspire blog. Below are our most-read blog posts in 2018 (according to the number of pageviews reported by Google Analytics). This list doesn’t include “News and Announcement” posts.

#10 – An Unusual Path to Publication

In this post from June 2016, marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson recounted how God brought about her book, “Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend.”

#9 – Five Things I Learned My First Three Years as a Serious Writer

In September 2018, Bruce Kirkpatrick described two mistakes he made and three positive practices he learned after closing his PR business to become “a serious writer.”

This was the only post actually written in 2018 that made the top ten.

#7= – What Inspires You to Inspire Others?

In this post from May 2015, writer Denise Rezsonya discussed how faith in God and prayer should be the foundations for our writing and our desire to serve Him through our writing.

#7= – The Joy of the Lord

This short post from November 2016, emphasized the role and power of the joy of the Lord in our lives.

#6 – Why Every Writer Needs a Writing Coach

In this January 2016 interview, bestselling & award-winning author, Sandra Byrd offered valuable insight and encouragement to writers who may be considering teaming up with a writing coach.

#5 – Meet Guideposts Contest Winner: Marci Seither

In this May 2012 post, Sue Tornai interviewed Marci Seither, two-time winner of the Guidepost Contest. Marci revealed how her writing career started and how she won the Contest.

This is the oldest post in the 2018 top 10.

#4 – Insider Submission Tips from Focus on the Family’s Sheila Seifert

In this June 2017 post, Sheila Seifert, Focus on the Family’s director of parenting content, helped writers prepare for submitting articles to increase their chances for being considered for publication in the various FOTF magazines.

#3 – How to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul

In this interview published in September 2016, author Heidi Gaul shared her personal tips for writers seeking to have their stories accepted for publication by Chicken Soup for the Soul.

#2 – The Holy Call of Writing: Are You Called to Write?

In this post from August 2013, which was #3 in 2017, author Jim Denney discussed how to know if you are called to write.

#1 – 7 Steps to Writing Great Book Reviews

This post from March 2015 was written by Inspire’s founder, Elizabeth Thompson, and provided seven steps for writing a great book review.

As in 2017, this was by far our most viewed blog post (with nearly as many visits as #2-#8 added together).

In case you’re wondering what the next 10 most-read posts were:

#11 – Writing with God: Big Ideas about God in Little Books – 03/01/2018 – Deb Gruelle

#12 – Joanne Kraft Launches The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids – 03/11/2015 – Elizabeth Thompson

#13 – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Four Tips for Writing Great Opening Sentences – 04/17/2018 – Ian Feavearyear

#14 – How to Convert Your Manuscript from Word to Kindle Format in 5 Easy Steps (Part 3) – 03/09/2018 – Ian Feavearyear

#15 – Stirring Up the Gift Within You – 03/15/2018 – Ian Feavearyear

#16 – My Tongue is a Pen (Part 1): Five Tips for an Effective Speech – 05/31/2018 – Karen Foster

#17 – Called to Write: Reflections of a New Writer – 09/07/2018 – Terese Belme

#18 – Whispers in the Pews: An Interview with Chris Morris (Part 1) – 10/24/2018

#19 – How to “Write Tight” – 02/08/2018 – Jane S. Daly

#20 – How to Convert Your Manuscript from Word to Kindle Format in 5 Easy Steps (Part 1) – 01/11/2018 – Ian Feavearyear