One blog, 150 posts & 100,000 visitors

Written by on April 28, 2011 in Writing - 6 Comments

I couldn’t have planned it better if I’d tried. This is the 150th post on this blog, and at 22.42 last night the number of visitors passed the 100,000 mark. Perfect timing. And a look back at the posts you’ve liked the most.

The blog came after the book, and I started writing the former once I’d finished writing the latter. I’m not sure who read it at first, given that Swiss Watching wouldn’t be published for another seven months, and the readership grew very slowly to begin with. You can see from the first post on 9 December 2009 that back then I hadn’t discovered pictures or video, and didn’t write very much. How things have moved on!

13 April 2010 was the single busiest day, when 5696 visitors landed here, all thanks to Heidi. I’d written about Johanna Spyri possibly having taken the idea of Heidi from an older (German) work, and the post got picked up by Yahoo in Japan. Apart from the two permanent pages About Me and About the book (both of which have tabs at the top right of the page), that Heidi post remains the most visited one.  Rather fitting for a blog about Switzerland.

Late last year I added the Flag Counter, which I love. It’s rather geeky but I think it’s amazing to be able to see where all the readers are: of course Switzerland is number one but in total it’s 140 different countries so far and all 50 US states (plus DC). I only wish I’d had it there since the beginning.

Other than Heidi, here are the ten most visited posts on here:

Of course, there have been 139 other posts that have (hopefully) kept you entertained and informed over the past 17 months or so. Politics, trivia, food, customs, and travel – anything and everything to do with Switzerland. I love finding new topics to write about, spotting things on my Swiss travels that I can use. That’s what makes this fun for me. And for you all, I hope.

So here’s to the next 150 posts and 100,000 more visitors!

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6 Comments on "One blog, 150 posts & 100,000 visitors"

  1. Fergus Miller April 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Reply

    Congrats Diccon, just one question, is it 100k “Visits” or “Visitors”? whatever, thanks for some interesting blogs, I look forward to the next 150, if you need any ideas for a topic just ask ;-).

  2. Janet Skeslien Charles April 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm · Reply

    Congrats on your 150th post and on having so many dedicated readers! I can’t wait to hear about your next book projects.

  3. Janie April 29, 2011 at 4:22 am · Reply

    At first I thought you were going to say that you would be stopping the blog. Then it became obvious that you would continue. Then I get to the end and Yay, on to the next 150 posts.
    I love this blog!!! Thanks for writing!

  4. glenn mal May 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm · Reply

    good luck on your next 100,000 , and congratulations

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