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Gini Dietrich

The 10 Spin Sucks Posts You Liked Best

By: Gini Dietrich | December 29, 2010 | 
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I had a brilliant idea for today’s post in the middle of the night, but between it being the middle of the night and Jack Bauer sleeping on my head (which is not comfortable), I’ve forgotten what it was. So you get a half-brilliant post instead.

A couple of weeks ago, Molli Megasko went through our analytics and pulled the top 10 most popular blog posts, based on page views. Five of those we written by me and five were not. Never fear, guest bloggers! I will beat you next year!

But Jay Baer did an interesting aggregation of his own blog posts this morning, based on what his readers liked best, so I’m copying that idea, with a twist. I told you it was only half-brilliant; I’ve stooped to copying people I admire.

Following are the top 10 Spin Sucks blog posts of 2010, based solely on the number of comments. Shoot. Now I have to figure out how to efficiently find them. OK. Here we go!

  1. Share Your Link Love with 131 comments begins the list, mostly because this is where you were able to recommend one blog to our readers. It couldn’t be self-serving and had to be a blog that publishes at least weekly. Lots of great reading in there! Also, this was a blatant rip-off to a post Danny Brown did, so thank you my Scottish friend who lives in Canada!
  2. I’m the Smartest Person In the Room with 122 comments raised a lot of fun comments because of this whole, “I’m an expert” mentality that happens online. It’s actually way more fun reading the comments on this one than the actual post (I love it when that happens!).
  3. My Groupon Prediction with 110 comments keeps getting read, especially this week, because they announced yesterday they’re looking for $950 million in financing. I don’t know. Raise $950 million or sell for SIX BILLION DOLLARS?! But I’m not in the boardroom. What do I know?
  4. Having Children Means You Can’t Run a Start-Up got a 102 comments of people really fired up. Some people even went so far as to say I’m anti-children (I’m not ,which you would know if we’re friends on Facebook). It was an interesting case study in people’s perceptions, based on their own experiences.
  5. What Is Your Twitter Policy? with 92 comments had a great conversation about whether or not you follow people back on Twitter, who you do follow, and what types of conversations you have with your networks. None of us have the same policies, which I think is pretty eye-opening.
  6. New Gap Logo Deserves Applause has 90 comments about whether or not Gap should have changed their logo. What I find most fascinating is they gave into the blogosphere and changed it back to the old logo, even though that group represents less than seven percent of their customer base. Really interesting case study in crowdsourcing with some smart ideas in the comments for you to steal!
  7. The Online Community Secret Sauce has 86 comments and a lot of fun retorts about my “feeding other people’s egos” part in the equation. I don’t know. I still think all of us are a little bit narcissistic and it’s helpful when we tell other people how awesome they are.
  8. PR Pros: Stop Treating Bloggers Like Second-Class Media with 84 comments created a great conversation between PR pros and bloggers (and some people who are both) about how to work with one another.
  9. Attire Not Appropriate for Public Speaking with 83 comments was a public slaying of my opinion on whether or not jeans are appropriate when speaking. Though I still very strongly believe it, I have softened my view in that for some speaking engagements jeans are appropriate. So you taught me to know the audience and dress for them (though I would still never wear jeans, even if my audience were in them).
  10. #FollowFriday: Your Choice with 78 comments was another post that allowed you to tell the readers who you think is worth following. Again, some really great blogs and people in there!

And there you have it. The top 10 blog posts, based on the number of your comments.

Are there Spin Sucks posts not included here that you particularly loved (or hated)?

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

14 comments
3HatsComm
3HatsComm

Great list Gini and between you and Mark Shaefer, I am gonna have to steal this idea for myself. I read many of these, missed a few so it's wonderful to see it here. Plus I love that you are open to suggestions from the readers, via video and asking for #FF recommendations, way to give back though you risk losing your Grinch title ;-).

ElissaFreeman
ElissaFreeman

Love this round-up! IMO these posts are popular for two reasons: they comment on the cultural aspects of our industry (eg "can you have kids and run a start-up?" & "Smartest Person in the Room") and they touch on the issues that are driving the future forward (bloggers, Groupon). But what I think really resonates among your readers, is when you 'Gini-fy' these posts. You're courage in wearing your opinions on your sleeve - even if they fly in the face of popular sentiment - has made readers like me wonder, "hmmm, what does Gini think?"...and your thoughts never leave us in doubt. In fact, they ignite conversation and controversy - both of which bind us together as a community and can only serve to make the industry stronger.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

Glad to see I helped bumped some of the second half posts after I completely intruded on your peaceful blog. But I bring results! BTW Groupon now has 111. Please update. And now some fresh reading material. Very nice.

As for next years commenting level goals please submit them to me for review and approval.

Warmest Regards,

The Board of Directors

EricaAllison
EricaAllison

Thanks for the Top 10 list, Gini! Since I'm a newbie to Spin Sucks, it's a huge help to have the greatest hits in one spot. Just caught up on several and have to say that I love #9, Attire Not Appropriate for Public Speaking. Nothing bothers me more than someone who has been asked to speak and more than likely, paid to speak, and they show up looking as if they had no idea and were just grabbed off the street. Come on. Put some effort into it. No one will think you're too school for cool. We'll think you care - and that scores huge points with me (and my Mom).

And please, people attending the conference or workshop, leave the flip flops and sweats at home. On behalf of the rest of us who put in some effort to appear professional, we thank you.

ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS

Most of the top ten posts selected I had already read when you posted them. A few were new to me (including the Attire Not Appropriate for Public Speaking which is something I have always felt strongly about...come on people...you wouldn't want your dentist to appear at your side with jeans and a clean shirt on...there is just a level of decorum and respect that naturally goes with position). So, as I was reading and re-reading the posts, I was trying to figure out what it is that makes Gini Dietrich stand out from the crowd...what draws the audience to your words. What came up for me is that you allow us to see little glimpses into your life...into who you are. You share little pieces of yourself in just the right amount that makes you real, likeable and credible. Mix in your intelligence and expertise on the subject matters that you address and you have the perfect recipe for success. AND...you quote your Mom enough to make me adore you ;-) If my kids ever start blogging, I sure hope they admire me enough to quote me...

JayBaer
JayBaer

Great stuff Gini! I thought about doing comments too. Next year!

3HatsComm
3HatsComm

@ginidietrich A good half hour at least, probably the same at Mark's Grow since ya'll cleverly redirected me to posts I missed. And if it makes you feel better, you'll always be a Grinch to me. ;-)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@3HatsComm Crap. I don't want to lose that title! Must be more selfish. Must be more selfish. Must be more selfish.

BTW, how long have you been on Spin Sucks today??!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@EricaAllison This is what I learned about attire through the comments: Social media pros and techy pros don't care what they wear and don't care if you don't like them in jeans. Communication pros do care and would almost never show up in jeans, unless they're speaking to a bunch of coaches who are wearing shorts. I also think there is a difference between men and women. While I have certainly seen women speak in jeans, they're few and far between.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@ParkRidgeDDS Whoa! Spooky! I was just finishing tomorrow's video, in which you're featured and then I find this MAJORLY AWESOME comment! I adore my momma. She's pretty special and she's given me really solid advice throughout the years (except on which mascara to wear - she sucks at that). Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a nice comment!

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