The Daily Post says:
Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.
This is a good exercise because it causes a blogger to reflect and possibly revise her/his work. I have a hunch most don’t.
Figuring out what makes a post popular is a deceptive mistress. I should know since I’ve been chasing that dragon for over ten years and through 5 domains.
My top three posts in the past 11 years according to Google are: “Anger and the Brain,” “Ten Reasons Roller Coasters are Good for You,” and “How to Make Acronyms.” I just happened to have loaded them all with relevant words for the free Adwords tool.
These days I just write my serious posts as a column. Beyond that, I think of my blog as a Tumblr. Pure fun, no matter the popularity. Of course you need a few readers ;) I try to give readers something of value but it’s not always easy to know their common interests.
Trying to figure out how to make a post popular on WordPress.com isn’t worth the time. It’s an entry level free-hosted blogger network that hasn’t reached its potential yet, not even close. I just enjoy the interaction of this very small and under-developed community. I enjoy being able to share short posts and get “high fives” from you guys. It took a little getting used to after taking about a year off blogging but it seems the best way back in.
Popular posts as columns or niche blog entries is a million dollar question. There are always more books to read/write and people to hire for that.