Blog news – you’ll never guess who’s reading my blog


Every few months I like to give you an idea of what’s happening with my blog.

Doug’s Blog launched nearly two years ago on my previous church’s website, and then in October 2012 I purchased my own domain name and moved to Readership has grown steadily each month. I now average close to 200 “unique views” each day, with more views – obviously – on those days when I actually post something. I post on average 2-3 times per week, and my subscribers find out immediately when a new post appears with an email alert in their mailboxes.

According to Google Analytics, which continues to tell me an astonishing amount about my readers and more than I can possibly use, a small shift among my readers occurred with my move to Switzerland, with Zurich displacing Wheaton as the number three city. The majority of my readers still come from Florida, but the Swiss are closing in.

Here are the top 20 cities where my readers come from…

1)      Fort Lauderdale (FL)

2)      Ann Arbor (MI)

3)      Zurich (CH)

4)      Wheaton (IL)

5)      Hialeah (FL)

6)      Grand Rapids (MI)

7)      Chicago (IL)

8)      Plantation (FL)

9)      Holland (MI)

10)   Pompano Beach (FL)

11)   Glen Ellyn (IL)

12)   Mannedorf (CH)

13)   Davie (FL)

14)   New York (NY)

15)   Seattle (WA)

16)   Coral Springs (FL)

17)   Dubendorf (CH)

18)   Winterthur (CH)

19)   Interlaken (CH)

20)   Boynton Beach (FL)

In case anyone is interested, the top five web browsers my readers use are…

1)      Safari

2)      Internet Explorer

3)      Chrome

4)      Safari (in app)

5)      Firefox

And in the unlikely event that anyone has made it this far, the top three devices that my readers use to access the blog are (in order)…

1)      Desktop (55 percent of my readers prefer to read my blog on their desktops, while the rest split almost evenly between mobile and tablet)

2)      Mobile

3)      Tablet

A link to my blog was recently added to Expats Blog, and an interview with me (about my first impressions as an expat) will appear in the next few weeks with photos of me buying train tickets and cleaning up after my dog. Right now there are 14 expats in Zurich who blog about their experience, and I’m the newbie in the group – and the only pastor.

That’s all for now.

If you’d like to subscribe, just add your email to the space provided on the right side of the home page. I don’t sell the email list – or do much of anything with it, except marvel at the screen names you’ve given yourselves.

If you’d like to contact me – and not have your comments appear for all to see – just use the contact submission form, cleverly titled “Contact Doug.” I respond to all contacts.

See you in church. I’d love to see you some Sunday at the International Protestant Church of Zurich.

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.


6 Responses to Blog news – you’ll never guess who’s reading my blog

  1. Dee Harris February 14, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    I have wondered about your dog. Sam? Any problems taking pets abroad?

  2. annette yarborough February 14, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Love reading your posts….Happy Valentines Day !! Do they celebrate it in Zurich??

  3. Clark Ellis February 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Some Sunday you will see me sitting down in your congragation. My cousin told me that I had to go. She has been 3 times. This summer however Im told I will be in England,Ireland and I dont know where else yet


    • Doug February 15, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      Will look forward to seeing you, Clark. Your cousin seems to have impressive powers of persuasion!

  4. Bruce Fogerty February 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    I bet that sign just to the left of the machine says something about tickets.

    • Doug February 21, 2014 at 1:08 am #

      Way to be, Bruce. I’m sure you’d have no problem surviving over here.

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