Blog News

Haiti Trip 168

I was going to report that revenues are down for the fifteenth straight month since founding, but then I remembered that there are no revenues.

This is a labor of love.

Readership is up, however, way up – and that’s great news. Thanks so much for your support!  In May “dougsblog.org” averaged 80 unique views per day which for me is an all-time high.

My current blog design is nearly a year old – and some of you may be tired of opening the blog each time to

HI! MY NAME IS DOUG…

I’M A PREACHER, AUTHOR,

RUNNER, HUSBAND, FATHER OF TWO…

AND THIS IS MY BLOG!

I know I am.  My son-in-law – formerly of Apple, the $373 billion company founded by Steve Jobs, and now head of his own Internet start-up company in Seattle – is working on some tweaks to the design that I’m sure you’ll like.  My blog turns up in most search engines, but not always in the top 2-3 results, and he promises to change that.  (Had no idea, when I named my blog, how many “Doug’s Blogs” existed on the Internet!)  Thanks, Daniel!

Plus, the editor who worked with me on the three books I published with the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has just completed what she called a “blogathon,” reading 15 months of blog posts in a single day, and she too has suggested several tweaks – not in the design, but in my writing.  These might be harder to implement than the design tweaks, but I promised to try.

Among other things she noted my tendency to start down rabbit trails that have nothing whatsoever to do with the central theme of the blog.  I’m guilty as charged, of course, and I know I do this in preaching as well, but sometimes, as I reminded her, I can’t help myself.

Anyway, thank you, Mary!

And then, last but not least, I’ve signed up for something called “Bloggers Helping Bloggers.”  Experienced bloggers – with vastly larger readerships than my own – agree to mentor newbies like me for no charge, and during August I’ll be assigned to someone successful who will follow my blog and make recommendations for improvements.  Maybe someday I’ll be one of those successful bloggers who gets to tell others how to do it.

So, that’s it.  I welcome feedback on the blog – the public kind in the comments section, as well as the email kind.  Let me know what you think!

(Photo credit:  That’s Dr. Schweitzer … I mean, that’s me at the Hopital Ste. Croix in Leogane, Haiti, on the same mission trip described in the previous post, doing the one thing that I was really, really good at.)

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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3 Responses to Blog News

  1. Lizzy Brouwer June 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    That picture is so cute!! Getting ready to be a grandpa?

    Glad to see you are continuously improving your blog, looks great.

  2. Nancy June 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I like your ‘rabbit trails! I love that I can hear your voice when I read your writing! Keep up the great work!! 🙂

  3. Marion Robbins June 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Doug,
    It’s a joy to follow your “rabbit trails” wherever they lead!
    So, I’d like to quote an old axiom:
    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
    Marion

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