Despite what you might hear, there really isn’t a formula, or levers you can pull to magically create content that’s going to connect with readers. Writing really doesn’t work that way. Nor should it. Or at least, for me it shouldn’t. It’s actually a lot of fun for me to see what readers gravitate to on my blog, because very often they’re pieces I really enjoyed writing.
In 2017, I wrote a large number of articles I’m quite proud of. Not all of them were ones that found an audience, but many of them did. Here are the top ten of those:
1. The Spirit always works through the Word (October 22, 2017). I really got back into some heavy theological writing in the past year, and this was one of my favorites (because writing on the Holy Spirit at all is always tricky!).
2. Rejoice! We worship a God we can’t control (March 19, 2017). I love writing “God is not safe” posts every so often. Mostly because I need to remember it.
3. The gospel is more beautiful when we take sin seriously (September 10, 2017). The bad news really does make the good news better.
4. No need for fronts (August 10, 2017). On why we need to stop trying to present a certain picture our ourselves to the world—especially within the church.
5. We are what our Creator says we are (September 24, 2017). Or, why we need to move away from utilitarian definitions of humanity.
6. No Book is more astonishing (October 29, 2017). A little something from Spurgeon that floored me when I read it.
7. How do fantastical worlds help us enjoy this one more? (March 17, 2017). This is probably my favorite episode from season 2 of Reading Writers, and possibly my favorite of the entire run in its original format.
8. The most personally convicting book I’ve read in ages (July 10, 2017). The title really says it all.
9. Three classic books every Christian should read (May 31, 2017). This one just focused on Christian classics, but there are lots of other ones, too.
10. My favorite reads of 2017 (December 13, 2017). I was surprised by this one cracking the top ten of new articles for the year. I’m not complaining, of course, but dang…
Although the above represents the most-read posts written in 2017, there are a number of others that continue to draw a lot of readers. Here are the top five of those:
- God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle? (July 2009)
- Seven books Christians should read on the Holy Spirit (September 2015)
- What C.S. Lewis wrote is more powerful than what he didn’t (December 2015)
- 5 books every new Christian should read (May 2014)
- What’s the right (journaling) Bible for you? (January 2016)
See what made the cut in years past:
- The most-read articles of 2016
- The most-read articles of 2015
- My favorite articles to write in 2014
- The most-read posts of 2014
- My favorite articles to write in 2013