When I started this blog almost a year ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or what the whole phenomenon was all about.
I started with the old reliable post “Well, here it is, my first attempt at a blog…etc”, and like a kid setting up a lemonade stand on the sidewalk expecting to be a millionaire by dinnertime, I guess I actually did think I would be receiving comments right from the off.
That was September, and I reckon it was February before I got my first remark from the Blogosphere. Once they started coming, I have to admit I was kind of hooked on the feedback for a spell, becoming what the blog vernacular seems to be a “comment whore”, judging each entry’s worth by the amount of people from whom it evokes a reaction.
Then I discovered StatCounter. At first all I thought they did was provided a counter on your blog which ticked over whenever anyone (besdies yourself of course) logged onto your page. Then I started clicking around, and I saw a whole new world of information opening before me.
At first I was a bit too trusting of the stats, and actually believed that when it said “Visit Length = 4 hours 32 minutes” that someone was extremely fascinated with what I had to say!
Though I have since learned that all is not as it seems with those numbers, there is still quite a bit to be gleaned. The one statistic that I think is most important of all is that of “Returning Visitors”.
Even more so than comments, the RV stat is IMHO the best gauge of the effectiveness of your blog, simply because not everyone is inspired to say something evertime they visit, but if they come back again and again, you must be doing something right.
I can pretty much work out who my regulars are, though I have a few intriguing mystery guests, like one whose server seems to come from the “Inktomi Corporation”? Care to make yourself known whoever you are?
Anyway, enough of my ramble for today. Thank you all for your continued reading; in most cases I know who you are.