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
Coral Springs, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Glen Ellyn, IL
Hallandale Beach, FL
Hong Kong, China
Interesting, isn’t it? Am grateful to my readers for their interest. Happy Black Friday.