Another month has come and gone, so it’s time to take another retrospective on the month that we just endured. Many of us grudgingly dealt with our income tax returns. Some of us got caught up in the Susan Boyle bonanza. These days, some of us are growing increasingly concerned about the so-called swine flu.

Well, I’m not hitting up the news outlets today. Instead, we’re taking a glance back at the month that was on Beyond the Rhetoric. Let’s see how it went down.

Top Thinkers

Without the wonderful community of readers, Beyond the Rhetoric just wouldn’t be the same. I very much enjoy it when readers leave comments (yes, I read every comment) so it’s only fitting that I recognize the top thinkers on the site. Here are the folks who left the most comments in the month of April 2009.

  1. Ray Ebersole (35)
  2. Nick (12)
  3. dcr (8)
  4. Lesley (6)
  5. betshopboy (6)

Top Referring Sites

Just as the comments help to build the community on this site, I also appreciate when other bloggers send a few visitors my way. Setting search engines and social media sites aside for a moment, here are the top five referring blogs to Beyond the Rhetoric.

  1. Pink Tentacle
  2. John Chow dot Com
  4. the.[ED]ition
  5. Stephen Fung dot Net

Top Blog Posts

What were people reading this month? Since Google still provides the lion’s share of traffic to my blog, the top posts are once again the articles that rank the best in the search engine. There’s a pretty eclectic mix here if you want to take a stroll down memory lane.

  1. Video: Top 10 Best SNES Games Ever
  2. The Perfect Team Requires Conflict
  3. How to Open a US Bank Account as a Canadian Citizen
  4. Brent Butt and Corner Gas Are Heading South for the Winter
  5. 10 Things I Hate About Vancouver

Contest on the Way?

I’d like to run another contest in May and I’m pretty sure I have a few prizes kicking around. I just need to decide how to run the contest. If you’ve got a suggestion, feel free to share it through the comment form below.