Top Articles on Writing, Ideas, & Making a Difference from 2011

Top 10 Blogs for WritersIt’s been a good year. This site has blossomed from a tiny little writing blog to a thriving community of writers, artists, and difference-makers.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Because of your support, has won a few awards, including the Top 10 Blogs for Writers award from WritetoDone.

I also signed my first book contract and made some new friends.

As a writer, I grew a lot, as well. I developed some new habits that I intend to continue in 2012. I also networked with other bloggers, did some public speaking, and guest-posted all over the place.

I have big plans for the new year, which I’ll be sharing soon. But today is a day of celebration and appreciation. I’m grateful for all your support, encouragement, and friendship.

So let’s take a moment to look back at 2011.

Top 10 posts from the blog

In case you missed any of these posts, here are the top 10 most popular articles on writing, ideas, and making a difference from this blog:

Best guest posts

In addition to posts published on this site, I also wrote for several other sites; here are some of the best of those pieces:

Feature writing

I don’t just write about writing, you know. This year, my writing was also featured on a number of online magazines and websites. Here are a few of them:

Best articles from around the web

Lastly, and most importantly, I wouldn’t have grown as much as I did this year, had I not spent some time reading other people’s work. So I put together a list of some of my favorite articles from around the web. I didn’t write these, but I wish I had:

There are many, many more I could have included in this last list, but I had to stop somewhere.

Again, thanks for reading and making a difference. You’ve given me one of the best years of my life. I hope yours was great, too.

Now, let’s have another.

It’s your turn: What did I miss? What were some of the best articles from 2011? Include your own lists in the comments (feel free to link back to your own content, if you think it’s worth reading).

39 thoughts on “Top Articles on Writing, Ideas, & Making a Difference from 2011

      1. Honestly, I feel as if quite a few of your own posts belong on this list.  You are a quality writer, Jeff. Anyhow, I especially loved your travel posts. I’ll throw a couple others in here:A)  B) many great ones to list.Here is  just a handful out of dozens of my favorites from around the web this year (however, they weren’t writing focused. hope that’s okay):a) b) 

        Tons of great stuff coming from Brad Lomenick, Ron Edmondson, Seth Godin, Mike Hyatt, Perry Noble & Donald Miller, in addition to your blog of course. I’ve been liking some stuff from Tony Morgan, Steven Furtick & Promise Tangeman too. 

        Lastly, here is one of my top posts for the year, which also happens to be my favorite: 

  1. Quit self-promoting yourself. It feels like you’re writing about how you’re a writer who writes about writing about writing. Just write quality material and let your content do the work for you.

      1. Ah, the good old precision/clarity/terseness dilemma: to sacrifice precision for the sake of being clear and terse, or to sacrifice terseness in favor of clarity and precision? If it’s reasonably clear what we’re trying to say, should we worry about precision at all, if only to reduce the risk of being charged with Freudian slips of the keyboard?

  2. Jeff,
    I started reading your blog a couple of months ago and I absolutely love all the valuable information and resources you continually give your fans.  Thanks!  I really appreciate your insights.  I particularly love reading The Writer’s Manifesto and read it every now and again when I don’t feel inspired at the moment.

  3. Thank you for sharing these great articles and congratulations on your success last year. I  discovered your blog last month and I love it. Thanks for the inspiration to push myself with my writing this year.

  4. Great work, Jeff.

    I just found your blog this year, but I’m sure as hell glad I did.

    Your words are empowering, and your journey to become a famous and inspiring author is coming close.

    In the future, when people ask me how I became such a great writer, I’ll tell ’em that I read Jeff Goins blog. 😉

    Happy New Year, man


  5. Congrats on a great year, Jeff!  This is a great list, and I remember reading most of those posts.

    Definitely glad I found your blog this year!  In fact, I listed it in some of my favorite finds this year a few days ago. –
    It’s hard just choosing a few favorites when there are so many great writers out there, but you’re right – you have to stop somewhere.

    I wish you another great year! 🙂

  6. I love these sorts of lists! I’m wondering how one best goes about compiling a list like this. There is so much valuable info out there on a daily basis. I feel like I can barely get through my Instapaper reads daily. Best tips on how to whittle all the reads down to ‘the best of’ over the year?

  7. I enjoyed every single one of the above posts. So glad I stumbled upon your blog in 2011, and I’m looking forward to some serious writing inspiration in 2012!

  8. Congratulations Jeff… on the awards, the book deal, and cranking out great content in 2011. I just discovered your blog in 2011, and it has been a great inspiration to me. Heck, your work even gave me the nudge I needed to launch my own blog. Thank You! 

    The links above are a great resource. Thanks for everything, and All the Best in 2012!

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