“Doug’s blog” debuted one year ago today, so happy anniversary to me. Thanks for all the cards and letters!
As my loyal readers know, I got my start last March on the church’s website, and then last fall – with the help of Mike at Blog Designers, an exceptional Australian firm – I launched out on my own with my own rather clever domain name. How exciting.
My web host, WordPress, supplies me with more data about my readers than I can possibly use, but the data is interesting and I do my best to pay attention to it. The number of “views” continues to grow each day, which is really exciting. And of course the more often I post, the more “views” I get. Funny how it works that way. The number of subscribers continues to grow too, and if you don’t currently subscribe, it’s easy to do. I don’t use the mailing list, and I don’t sell it. I’m pretty sure no one wants it.
My biggest day since creation (in terms of traffic) was January 3. There’s no particular significance to that day, except that it was the day my daughters guest blogged for me, resulting in 223 unique “views” in a single day, a record that’s likely to stand for a while. (When I post something new, I have been getting around 150-160 “views” on the first day a post appears.)
It’s kind of humbling that my site is at its busiest on the day when I don’t post. Make of that what you will.
I looked back through my posts (there have been 66 in all), and I’ve selected the “Top 10,” meaning these are the ones that received the most unique “views.” In case you missed one or two, have a look:
Suggestions for the blog are always welcome – well, almost always. I enjoy your feedback.
Few bloggers make a living at blogging. Andrew Sullivan, one of the most popular bloggers in the world today and one of my personal favorites, is making an attempt to do just that right now by setting up a pay wall, but the jury is still out and he’s nervous. I don’t plan to make this my full-time job any time soon, mostly because I like being a pastor and feel called to it. So, I blog for the fun of it – and of course for the conversations that I’m able to start.
Happy anniversary to me!