Steve Bremner

Author, Podcaster & Writing Coach

My Most Widely-Read Blog Posts In 2014This post is a 8 min read

2014 blog

We have reached the last days of 2014, and of course, like every other blogger on the internet I’m taking a moment to go over posts that were the most impacting on my blog’s followers, or that drove the most amount of traffic to my site. Or got shared the most.

One of the things I find myself doing each year when I make a post like this, is that I compare the list to the posts I wrote about in the year before. Last year I started publishing Kindle books, and though I didn’t continue to publish them at the pace I did in 2013, I did release two more this year, one of which has officially become my best-selling out of them: 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues.

Another difference from last year to this year, is I’ve been more aggressively encouraging visitors to this blog to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, and the Fire On Your Head Newsletter.

That being said, there really is a lot of content in the last year, of which I’m quite proud of. Both on this site and elsewhere on the internet.

Blasts From the Past

It should be noted, the blog posts that consistently get the most traffic on this site are posts I didn’t even write this year. So, I’ve intentionally left those out and focused only on content written in 2014. And by “most widely read” I’m talking about the number of visits/hits each post accumulated. Otherwise, every year I make a list like this I’d keep linking to the same posts over and over, which are about speaking in tongues and the things the house church movement is getting right and wrong.

Here’s my best attempt at coming up with a list ten posts I’d encourage you to go back and look over if you haven’t already read.

Click the thumbnail pictures in the posts to be taken to the original articles.

This Year’s Posts

How to Put Non-Amazon Non-Amazon Books On Your kindle

I’ve noticed posts that are reviews or how to do something many people want to know how to do tend to always gain traffic, and keep driving the Googlers here. I’d easily say this is the main *new* post in 2014 to do that for this site.

A lot of people who read this blog ask me how to do this, since there are sites like NoiseTrade and Story Cartel where you can download Kindle books for free or review purposes.

So if you are one of those people and you still don’t know how to do that, Amazon has some instructions on their site, but if you want to learn how to do it much faster, give these instructions a try.

What’s So Hyper About Grace? Podcast Interview with D.R. Silva

What’s interesting about this post is that Silva was more than willing to come on the podcast and discuss his book It’s All About Jesus (which you have got to read if you have a chance!), but it was shortly afterward he released his book Hyper-Grace: The Dangerous Doctrine of a Happy God.

In the months that followed after the release of the latter, this episode saw a resurgence in hits since he put a link to this interview in his Hyper-Grace book which a lot of people are still buying since it shows up in the “also boughts” of Dr Michael Brown’s Hyper-Grace book, and is easily viewed as the “counter book” due to the similar cover appearances.

 

You Say “Hyper Grace” Like It’s a BAD Thing

I suppose then it was this new wave of grace bashing that seems to have peaked around early to mid 2014 that I just kinda wrote this post and borrowed one of Silva’s thumbnails he made for sharing.

To my surprise, instead of being just a personal post for whoever would read it, this post is still getting search engine traffic and re-shares on social media.

Suffice it to say, it captures just a little bit of my confusion over how hyper legalists get so worked up about God’s goodness that they need to slander those who preach the gospel. I suppose if you are far on one extreme (legalism and works), then when someone comes along and tries setting the scale right, they look unbalanced and extreme by comparison.

Why Don’t Some People Get Healed &

Is Taking Medicine a Sign of Unbelief — Two Part Podcast Interview with Praying Medic 

Photo Credit: *FRAnCeScA* via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: *FRAnCeScA* via Compfight cc

This was a two-part discussion only because the recording was so long that I felt it best to split the interview in two parts and release them a week a part. Praying Medic and I have been long-term social media friends, and I first discovered him years ago as someone who followed my blog and was an encouragement to me, and even shared links to my Kindle books when I was doing promotions.

Then, earlier this year he finally released his book Divine Healing Made Simple, which I’m not going to say much about here as I’ll touch that in a forthcoming post about the best books I read in 2014.

It was obvious that the themes between the two halves were focused the way they were, and we covered the subject of when healing doesn’t happen, and then whether or not faith healers who take medicine or wear glasses don’t have enough faith or if they’re hypocrites.  These two episodes with Praying Medic were the most listened-to episodes of the podcast this past year.

I Don’t Care What Your Business Card Says, Mr “Apostle”!

Back in August I was on Twitter and got followed by someone with the word “Apostle” in their name. I clicked on the photo, and it was an African-American gentleman in a three-piece suit. When I went directly to his Twitter feed so as to see his header photo, it was a picture of him sitting in what was obviously the inside of a private jet.

I admit I don’t know if the jet was his or maybe he was flying in a friend’s or a borrowed or chartered flight, or whatever. But there was NO mistake about what the photo was intended to convey: importance. Whether the so-called apostle himself intended on it or not, it is exactly what is communicated.

I immediately showed a friend on Skype and asked him what he thought when he saw this social media profile. His response “self-appointed apostle”. Whether self-appointed, or God-appointed, photos like that and the overall culture that modern-day apostles are worthy of private jets and lavish lifestyles is something I’ll never understand or relate to.

This post not only shared my thoughts on the matter, but it is truly my most viral post of 2014, as it got passed around several times by a few high-profile friends (thanks Nor’west Prophetic!) and for the weeks that followed, the main activity on my site was this particular post.

KDP Free Days vs. KDP Countdown Deals

healing vs tonguesThis is a post I wrote after having tried a few different e-book promotions on Amazon this past year. I compared the results I saw with giving away copies of 6 Lies People Believe About Divine Healing FREE versus selling 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues for a heavily discounted price.

It probably pertains more to self published authors than casual visitors of this blog, but maybe it contains just the right ingredients to get my blog search engine traffic for people who, like me, want to know what is the best way to promote their work. When enrolled in KDP Select, an author has the opportunity to do one of two promotions during that ninety day period; either a free promotion up to 5 days in length or broken up into parts throughout those three months, OR do a countdown promotion. Authors can do one or the other but not both.

So this was a detailed post comparing the two.

Fire On Your Head Podcast

When going through the statistics for this site, I noticed that almost every episode of the show had more hits/visits than my top blog posts receive. That just goes to show how this podcast reaches more people than my blog alone does. that a fair number of the posts in the list this year were for the podcast and not written articles like blog posts.

To keep with the new format I have been going with I’ve been having new guests on the show almost consistently, usually to talk about their books or blogs. That being said, usually they share the link to their interview with their social media followers or post it on their blog and drive a ton of traffic to their show, which helps us see a spike

This year saw the podcast branch out and ask other people to be on the podcast who were outside of my network, but whose books I’ve read and liked or just got connected with through a mutual connection.

Thank you for reading my blog in 2014 and I hope you can continue to help me take it to new levels in 2015!

Merry Christmas and hopefully you have a great New Year!

About Steve Bremner

Steve the coffee drinker is a Canadian missionary to Peru, who is called to raise up disciples who flow in the power of the Holy Spirit within a missional community named Oikos. If you like Steve's blog, you'll also like his Kindle books. Note: this post may have contained affiliate links of which the author receives a small commission if you purchase something recommended in the post.