Ten most popular posts from 2013

saying goodbye

Here’s the list of my ten most popular posts from 2013, with a click-able feature (in blue) so that you can go to the post and read it, if you missed it the first time.

All but one of the most popular posts come from the last three months of the year, indicating: 1) that readership continues to grow; 2) my writing continues to get better and better;  and 3) there’s nothing like announcing a move to Switzerland to drive traffic to your blog.

10. Mariano Rivera and Me (As I mentioned in a previous post with blog news, I happen to like this post a lot, but I cannot tell a lie: The photo accompanying this post continues to show up in every Google Images search for Mariano Rivera, hence driving traffic to my blog and to this post in particular.  In other words, it ain’t the post; it’s the photo.)

9.  Pope Francis and Me (Part 2)  (I plan to write more about the new pope in coming year.)

8.  No Manger, But Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes

7.  Christmas and Learning to Live on Baby Time (More honesty: this was my older daughter’s guest blog post. My younger daughter is committed to writing something about faith and health economics – her field – in the new year.)

6.  Reading for Preaching

5.  A Prayer for Sunday Morning  (I publish a lot of prayers, and – by and large – they get lots of readers.)

4.  And Then There Was One

3.  My Annual Christmas Letter (For the second year in a row, I went all-digital in this annual tradition.  The letter also includes my favorite photo of the year – me having a mud treatment at the Dead Sea.)

2.  “A Wandering Aramean was My Father…” (Deuteronomy 26:5)

And the number one most popular blog post of the year…

1. Saying Goodbye

Thanks again to all of my readers – and especially those of you who’ve left comments – for making this such a good year for Doug’s Blog.  I enjoy doing it, and a growing number of you are reading it.  Email me and let me know what you like – and don’t like – about the blog.

A few weeks ago I emailed one of my favorite bloggers (Andrew Sullivan), thanking him for his Sunday themes, and he responded personally within an hour or so.  He’s one of the most-read bloggers in the world right now, so he’s setting a high standard.   I promise to respond to you too!

(Photo: That’s the photo I used with “Saying Goodbye.”)


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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