2012 marked the first full year of the Paper.li Community Blog and as the year comes to a close, it just wouldn’t feel right ending it without chiming in with a “Best of the Paper.li Community Blog 2012” post.

The Back Story

The Paper.li Community blog was started the end of 2010 with a simple goal; to shine the spotlight on the people behind the Paper.lis on the newsstand. We wanted a place where we could tell your stories, feature your interviews, share your knowledge, how-tos, case studies and best practices with the rest of the community. And guess what, it worked. With 138,000+ views in 2012 it’s safe to say the community loves what the community has to say and share!

The Best of 2012

Out of the 140 posts published by and about the community this year, here are top 15 selected by number of views in two categories; Interviews and How-tos. I could slice and dice by Tweets, RTs, Comments, Shares, Likes and the list goes on, but the bottom line is that every piece of content on this blog is quality and worth reading.

So here goes with top views this year and kudos to our contributors:

15 Most Viewed Interviews and Publisher Stories

  1. Jay Frost: How Nonprofits Can Raise More Funds
  2. JD Beebe: How Curating Content Got Me a Job
  3. Brian Gray: How to Market a Niche Product Everywhere but Antartica
  4. Catherine Wybourne: The Digital Nun
  5. Stephen Hughes: The Society of Cool
  6. Karen Dietz: Whoever Tells The Best Stories Wins
  7. Iman Bibars: Social Entrepreneur Changing Lives
  8. Wendy Maxwell: A Woman Who Really Cares
  9. Victoria Lennox: Building a Startup Nation
  10. Hélène Lavoix: Using the Internet to Prevent Conflict
  11. Julie Mollins: New Ways To Break The Humanitarian News
  12. Natasha Younge: Shorty Award Nominee
  13. Rich Brooks: Holistic Web Marketing From The Expert
  14. Theresa Cramer: 5 Tips For Self Publishing
  15. Natan Edelsburg: How to Connect With Journalists on Twitter

20 Most Viewed Publisher How Tos in 2012

  1. Top 8 Social Media Plugins for Your Blog or Website by Pragmati Bidkar
  2. Facebook for Business: 10 Do’s and Don’ts by Tiffani Frey
  3. How to Automatically Syndicate Your Blog Posts by Douglas Lim
  4. Fans Are Not What Facebook Says They Are by Mack Collier
  5. 5 Ways to Break Away From Helvetica and Give Your Pages Pizzazz by Pamela Wilson
  6. How to Establish a Writing Habit by Evren Kiefer
  7. How to Make Twitter Work for Your Business: Part 1 by Keith Keller
  8. 5 Ideas to Brand Yourself with Paper.li by Cendrine Marrouat
  9. 13 Ways to Promote and Market Your Business Blog by Rich Brooks
  10. Whoever Tells the Best Stories Wins by Karen Dietz
  11. How to be a Guest Blogging Rockstar by Ann Smarty
  12. SEO Topics: What to Write. How to Rank by Andy Crestodina
  13. 5 Social Media Marketing Safety Tips: Part 1 by Martin Smith
  14. 7 Ways to Thrive in Your Online Business By Simply Being Yourself by Adam Troudart
  15. Why a Content Curator Is Not An Editor by Liz Wilson

Like most great accomplishments, there is a team to credit; veteran blogger Stephanie Booth who helped to establish the frame work, process and much needed essentials to get the Paper.li Community blog off the ground; long-time journalist Liz Wilson who took on many roles such as Editor-in-Chief, Chief Interview Correspondent and all things copywriting; Evren Kiefer who lends his knowledge to all things content, strategy and blogging; and you, the Paper.li Community blog contributors who have taken the time to be interviewed, author posts and share you knowledge. You are all truly awesome. Thank you.

I’m looking forward to another great year with you and 2013 will start off with a bang. So tune in next Monday for our first guest post of the year with Intel’s Global Social Innovation Strategist, Ekaterina Walter.

Happy celebrations and Happy New Year!

Image credit: Paul Moody 

Kelly Hungerford
Community Builder| Customer Experience & Care Strategist
Kelly's a Digital Operations Specialist and Social Brand Strategist. She helps Startups and SMBs build lean marketing operations leveraging Social Media to support business goals and connect with the people who matter most.

As former Head of Community and Communications for Paper.li, she was responsible for building community-centric operations to support Paper.li's rapidly growing user-base and founding #BizHeroes, Paper.li's Brand Twitter Chat that takes place Tuesdays at 2pm ET.

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