I enjoy the creative process enough that if only one person read a post, article or book that I wrote—and benefited from it—that would be reward enough for me. The pleasant surprise of 2013, though, was that far more people read and responded to my work than I ever could have imagined.
Even more of a shock, however, was the subject matter of the posts that became popular and garnered the most attention. I’m a financial planner who writes about the intersection of money and life, but my most viewed posts definitely skewed toward the life part of that equation.
In case you missed any of them, here are the top 5 most viewed posts of 2013:
5. Haiti Doesn’t Need Our Help (Forbes.com) — Though it only ranks fifth in views, I think this would be my personal favorite—and most important—post of 2013.
4. 10 Days Is the Magic Vacation Number. Here’s Why (Lifehacker.com) — This post was initially published on my Forbes blog, but Lifehacker republished it (with permission), where it racked up an even higher number of views.
3. Two Reasons Why Copying People Won’t Make You Successful (Forbes.com) — On this most recent post within the top five, I got to work with two of my favorite “success authors,” Michael Hyatt and Laura Vanderkam. We discussed why the path to success isn’t necessarily found following someone else’s footsteps.
2. What you don’t know about Social Security can hurt your retirement (CNBC.com) — I’ve had the privilege of working with CNBC for several years on video projects, but this article was my first contribution on the written front. I’m looking forward to more of these in 2014.
1. 7 Reasons I Dumped Facebook (Yahoo! Finance) — I’m still dumbfounded by the popularity of this post. Yes, I decided to quit Facebook and hesitantly chose to write about why. Apparently, this sentiment happened to hit the online airwaves at just the right time, because after getting more views than anything else I’ve ever written for Forbes.com, it was picked up by Yahoo! Finance and went viral on their site. Crazy.
I’m really looking forward to 2014, excited about the opportunity to bring money to life—and life to money—in writing. I’m soaking up wisdom from the Forbes editorial staff, have two new book projects in the works and was humbled by CNBC’s invitation to join their inaugural group of 20 financial advisors making up the CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council.
But I’d love to hear what YOU want to read more of in 2014. Please shoot me an email at tim[at]timmaurer[dot com] with your thoughts. (Yes, I know email address is not “spelled” correctly; it’s so robo-spammers don’t snag my email address.)
THANKS AGAIN, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!