Writing Forward’s Greatest Hits of 2011

writing forward greatest hits 2011

Writing Forward’s Greatest Hits of 2011.

The end of the year is a good time to look back and reflect on the past twelve months. What did we accomplish? What could we have done better? How can we improve next year? And most importantly, what do our readers want?

Back in the early days of Writing Forward, I used to gather up my end-of-the-year stats and let readers know which articles were the most popular. Somewhere along the line, I drifted away from that tradition. I decided to bring it back this year, partially because I myself am curious but also because I think it’s useful to know what interests and engages other writers. Here’s what I learned:

Social Media Loves Creative Writing

One of the greatest gifts that the Internet has given us is the ability to connect with other people. On Facebook, we can connect with friends and family. On LinkedIn, we can connect with other professionals. Twitter allows us to find people who have shared interests. And discovery engines like StumbleUpon or user-generated news sites like Reddit make it easy for us to share relevant, interesting news and information.

All of these tools are excellent for writers because they offer us a way to interact with other writers and share our writing with the world.

Writing Forward benefited from all of these social media sites and many more. I am fairly active on Twitter and post every article on Facebook, so I was surprised to learn that StumbleUpon brought in the most readers. Thanks for Stumbling, you guys!

One of the most popular posts on Twitter wasn’t even published here at Writing Forward. It was a guest post I wrote for The Top Ten Blog: “The Top Ten Ways to Spice up Your Writing.” Months later, the tweets and retweets just keep coming.

However, a more recent post, titled “Writers, Censorship, and SOPA” also got a lot of traction and helped me connect with a few dozen other writers and anti-censorship activists on Twitter. I’m especially glad that people embraced this article because I think it’s critical for writers to not only be aware of censorship but to oppose it vehemently.

I found out that Facebook offers some new tools to help us understand how our content is performing. Their stats were only available back through July, but the findings were interesting. The posts “10 Tips for Writing a Book” and “Making Time to Practice Writing Every Day” engaged the most people and got them talking. And an oldie but a goodie, and one of Writing Forward’s most-read and most-shared posts of all time, “The 22 Best Writing Tips Ever” went the most viral.

Hits and Comments

I always find it interesting to see which posts get the most comments. That tells me that the posts sparked ideas or questions. Interestingly, the post with the most comments of 2011 also has the most comments of all time, and it was the single most-visited post on this site. The overall popularity of “25 Creative Writing Prompts” tells me that writers want to write. They’re looking for ideas and inspiration, and that’s a good thing.

Honorable Mentions:

The poets came out and supported “Three Poetry Writing Exercises, and people are looking for “Ideas for Creative Writing Projects and Practices.”

Thank You

I want thank everyone who visited, subscribed, tweeted, liked us on Facebook, commented, and otherwise engaged with Writing Forward. I hope to bring you lots of great creative writing tips and ideas in 2012, and I hope that next year, you’ll keep writing.

Happy New Year!

About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


8 Responses to “Writing Forward’s Greatest Hits of 2011”

  1. Rudy says:

    Happy New Year, Melissa! Looking forward to more writing tips!

  2. Kelvin Kao says:

    I am glad to see the SOPA one got attention. People need to know.

    Happy new year!

    • Hey Kelvin! Hope you’re doing well. I’m glad to learn that you oppose SOPA. People do need to know, and that bill (along with PIPA) need to get squashed!

      Happy New Year!

  3. Wing says:

    Great list compile, as always, I could rely on you for good advice and articles.

    I was suprised at the article on SOPA, censorship in these days? Art is meant to be created freely though I don’t deny period of oppression do produce one of the best arts if their work escape detection. I don’t get where is this going, new era purges perhaps?

    Still, it is a festive season, I shouldn’t sound too heavy-hearted. Happy new year, Melissa, hopefully 2012 will be another eventful one for you!

    • Many of us (myself included) tend to think that in this great modern era, we are beyond atrocities like genocide, suppression/oppression, injustice, and censorship. But I have recently learned that freedom, justice, truth, and liberty are all things that ordinary people will have to fight for, infinitely. There will always be someone who benefits by taking our rights and freedoms away, and as long as those people exist and are without virtue, we will have to stand up against them. It’s a sad reality.

      This particular bill has been framed as a means to stop online piracy. However, what it does is give big corporations and the government the power to censor the web by blocking websites on a whim and without due process. My personal interpretation is that this is just a step toward tyranny in a much larger plan to control information and commerce.

      Yes, we must balance our heavy-heartedness with joy and cheer, especially during the holiday season. I wish you a wonderful new year.

      • Wing says:

        Now I could see the big picture.

        Greed and power have always been the greatest pillars for corruption of the mind and the thief of time and money of others. The world is made such a way that there would never be a nirvana.

        Nowadays internet entitled us to a freedom that would not be beneficial to the governor/”big” players. There are so many ideas and activists across the globe that it probably endanger their plans. One group of activist could start a movement at this location and soon enough, it spreads like wildfire to the other side of the globe. Not to mention the dissatisfaction towards particular set of law/governor could go garner lots of support in this age of digital boom.

        With more people realising they have a whole different range of life choices than depicted by the social norm, the industries would stop thriving. They want us to consume, in this age of internet savvy generation, people are more aware that they aren’t the quotation of their physical goods. It could be really bad for them.


        • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Wing. I think it’s important for writers to be aware of what’s happening in the world since the world is our greatest source of inspiration.