For the past two years I’ve used CoSchedule to help market my blog posts. At first, honestly, I doubted the benefits of spending money each month to do what I could do myself. But I quickly realized that time is worth more than money when I was spending up to 30 minutes a day scheduling posts and re-posts on social media. As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing with the back end of my blog. I prefer writing and putting marketing on autopilot.

So much so, I’ve also started this year sharing inspirational photos and quotes. 

CoSchedule has helped me do that. Here’s how.

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Crazy Results You’ll Want to See from My 2016 Survey

Here are the changes I plan to make after the survey.

For the past four years I have surveyed my blog readers in order to find out about your needs, preferences, and interests. This year I learned some surprising results.

Crazy Results You'll Want to See from My 2016 Survey

My goal in writing this blog is to help you connect the Bible and its lands to your life. Each survey helps me do that better than before.

The survey offered some fascinating finds—some affirming and predictable. But some were a total surprise.

I’d like to share the results with you as well as some changes I’ll make as a result.

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My Top 5 Posts from this Year (and My Favorites)

Plus the Top 5 of All Time

We love it when someone boils down the best into a chewable list. Trim away the fat and just serve us the meat and potatoes. (Don’t you wish preachers did that?) This post does.

My Top 5 Posts from this Year (and My Favorites)

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I’ve done a little boiling, trimming, and analyzing, and I found two groups of “Top 5” posts for you. As we close out 2015, I’ll share:

  • The top 5 posts from my blog this year
  • The top 5 of all time.

I’ll even give you my personal top 5 favorites from this year. Check them out.

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Please Take My 2015 Reader Survey

I'd love to know what you think.

I want to make my blog more relevant to your needs and interests. To do that, I need to know what YOU think.

Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey

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Since my survey last year, my blog’s readership has almost doubled. That means I may have no clue about you!

By taking this quick survey, you will ultimately help yourself. Why? Because you will help me make my posts even more interesting and relevant to YOU.

  • The survey is easy to take.
  • The results are completely anonymous.
  • The questions take only 5 minutes.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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My Top 10 Posts of 2014

I’m always surprised at the most popular posts on my blog each year. Both in 2012 and in 2013 I listed the Top 10 posts. But 2014 surprised me.

My Top 10 Posts of 2014

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The popular posts range from the practical “how-to” to the rich, devotional emphasis the lands of the Bible offer us.

Here are the Top 10 posts from 2014. And just for grins, I’ll also include the Top 5 posts of all time.

Is there another one you would include?

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Check Out the Results of My 2014 Survey

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my second survey of my blog readers. Honestly, I felt a little nervous about it. Sort of like standing still and offering someone a free punch on my arm.

Check Out the Results of My 2014 Survey

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But because my readership has doubled in the last year, I decided to get your opinion.  I believe that it ultimately benefits you, as it helps me improve my writing and my blog.

As promised, I’d like to share the results.

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7 Questions I Answered on FaithVillage

This year, FaithVillage is highlighting 52 contributors in a weekly post called the FaithVillage Contributor Spotlight. I had the privilege of being first in the line up.

The weekly online interview affords its readers the opportunity to learn more about those who contribute to FaithVillage on a routine basis. They asked me everything from blogging to pitfalls to traveling in the Holy Land.

Here are the 7 questions they asked, as well as my answers.

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It’s Your Turn to Talk to Me

Usually I talk to you. But today, it’s your turn. For you who subscribe to my blog, my posts conveniently show up in your inbox 3 times a week. Just for today, I’d like to hear from you.

It's Your Turn to Talk to Me

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In the comments section below, I’m asking you to leave me a message.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Tell me your favorite place in the Holy Land (and why).
  • Tell me what book(s) you’re reading right now.
  • Ask me a (serious) question about the Bible.
  • What’s the best book or author you’ve read? (Other than the Bible.)
  • Send me a link to your blog, church, or website and tell me about it.
  • Who is your favorite speaker or preacher—and why?
  • Or anything else!

Hey, you may have read my blog for a long time but never connected with me.

I’d love to hear from you. (Yes, you!)

To leave a comment, just click here.

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

I always find it amazing that 3 out of every 4 visitors to my blog are brand new. The same was true last year. Most new readers come as a result of a Google search. Here’s why that’s significant.

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

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People are searching for what these posts talk about:

  • Relief from guilt and freedom from sin’s entrapments.
  • Practical connection of the Bible and its lands to life.
  • Getting the most out of a Holy Land tour.

Of the hundreds of posts on my blog, these are the top 10 for 2013. Let’s start with number 10 and work down to number 1.

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Results of My 2013 Reader Survey

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first survey of my blog readers.

To be honest, I felt a little nervous about it. Sort of like standing still and offering someone a free punch on my arm.

Results of My 2013 Reader Survey

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I offered the survey because I believe that it ultimately benefits you, as it helps me improve my writing and my blog.

As promised, I’d like to share the results.

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