Black Friday Blog News

Black Friday shoppers

You won’t be surprised to know that I didn’t camp out last night in front of the local Best Buy. I wish retailers all the best, of course, but I’m not a shopper. Ask anyone.

Like retailers, though, I have a strong interest in the numbers, and I’ve been looking at my blog traffic for the last couple of months.

Things are looking good.

There’s nothing like announcing a move to Switzerland (and turning 60) to drive traffic to your blog.

For the month of October I logged nearly 5,000 “unique views,” my best month ever. My best day ever occurred in October too. On October 21, there were 513 visits to my blog. That was the day I published “Saying Goodbye.”

Here’s some new data I found in Google Analytics. Most of my visitors are men. Surprised? I am, a little.

54 percent of you are men, and only 46 percent are women. With church membership skewing decidedly to women these days – 60 to 40, according to recent studies – I would have guessed that more of my readers would be women.

Here’s another surprise. My readers skew to the younger ages. 28 percent of you are between 18 and 24 years of age, while 34 percent are between 25 and 34. That means – whoa, have to be careful with my higher-level math computations here – over half of my readers are younger than 34 years old.

Of course maybe blog readers tend to be younger, on average, too. But I’m still surprised. And pleased. I’ll have to write less about getting older. That can’t be all that interesting to the 20-something set.

One last thing. Members of my new congregation in Zurich seem to have lost interest. In the ranking by city, residents of Zurich ranked second back in September. Today Zurich ranks 15th.

Here is the ranking of the top 20 cities where my readers live:

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ann Arbor, MI
Wheaton, IL
Plantation, FL
Hialeah, FL
Chicago, IL
Holland, MI
Coral Springs, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Glen Ellyn, IL
Davie, FL
Hollywood, FL
Weston, FL
Zurich, Switzerland
Hallandale Beach, FL
Glasgow, Scotland
Hong Kong, China
Madison, WI
Tallahassee, FL

Interesting, isn’t it? Am grateful to my readers for their interest.  Happy  Black Friday.

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.

8 Responses to Black Friday Blog News

  1. Susana Pocock November 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I am not surprised that 50% of your readers are from Florida. We miss you! If those Zurich numbers don’t go up when you get there, then you better come back! (I wish…)
    Best of luck and enjoy your time with your family.
    Warm Regards,

    • Doug November 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi, Susana. I’ve got to get my marketing people to work on that Zurich issue! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Barbara Keith November 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    We copied your Thanksgiving prayer for our family Thanksgivinh Dinner. Tom and I are THANKFULL that 1st Press was blessed to have you abd Susan here in Fort Lauderdale for a memorable … but too short stay! We wish you well as we continue to pray for our church.
    Where you go that church will be blessed as we were for too short of a stay.

    God be with you …

    Barb & Tom Keith

    • Doug November 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Thanks for letting me know, Barbara. In hindsight I should have used that prayer too. My extemporaneous effort wasn’t nearly as eloquent! We miss you, and we hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

  3. Andrea Stewart November 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I too used your prayer yesterday. It was received very well. There was only one snore from my father and my mother was quite complimentary. I am surprised to see that Atlanta doesn’t rate in your top 20.

    • Doug November 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      I wish it were “my prayer”! Thanks for thinking of it in that way.

  4. mary December 1, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Then there are those of us who just want to keep track of old friends and remind ourselves….”-)

    • Doug December 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      Live in the present, Mary!

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