Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sitemeter

I love checking my Sitemeter, not so much to see how many people have been here, but to see their location and what brought them here.  Most of the readers show up as spending zero minutes here, even when they've read and commented on an entry.   
Once in I find that someone has spent a lot of time reading on this site; now, if Sitemeter shows them as only reading one page and being here for forty-five minutes , I know they just clicked onto my blog and left the computer to do something else, like I often do.   Right now, though, there's someone in or near Calgary, Alberta, Canada who started at the beginning of this blog and is reading his/her way forward.  They've been on my blog for an hour and viewed thirty-eight pages!  
Quite often, I find people spending lots of time here reading my mother's story; I can understand that.  But I'm trying to imagine why anyone in Canada would be interested in the drivel I put into this thing on a day-to-day basis.
I have a reader who shows up as being at University of Missouri, Kansas City, which makes me wonder if a teacher is reading this, or perhaps the lowly janitor.  
There's a quite regular visitor who comes here by way of my daughter's blog almost daily and appears to be coming from Rutherford College, North Carolina.  Whoever that person is, she's using a Mac.  
Embarq users show up as being from towns that aren't even near where they really live, but at least the state is right.   
More and more, people come here showing up as "unknown", which means they're using the "open link in incognito window" option.  I wish they wouldn't do that; I don't get to see where they are!  At least I can tell what sort of operating system they use, and how long they stayed.  
Am I obsessive-compulsive?  You bet. 
Blogger folks, did you know we can get stats like these on our dashboard now?  It gives a lot of the same information in a different way; I'm used to my Sitemeter, so I'll probably keep it.    
Meanwhile, I wonder why so few of the people who read this mess ever comment.  I guess they just don't have anything to say.

18 comments:

KC Photog Blog said...

what a hoot.

I didn't know if you went to "stats" on the dashboard, that all that stuff came up. :) Now I know. Thanks for the heads up.

And check it out: Sure I have people from all over the US and even Alaska checking out my site but also Ireland (12), Russia (11),
Chile (!)(9), Hong Kong (another !)(9), United Arab Emirates (wow)(7), South Korea (who knew?)(6), Luxembourg (6), Poland (5) and Germany (4).

Sure shrinks the world, doesn't it?

Mo Rage
KC Photog Blog

sunnycalgirl said...

I didn't know I had access to knowing all of the info you have provided. I'll be sure to check it out. I only work nineteen hours a week at a library so I have a lot of time on my hands..(:

madcobug said...

I read several blogs that I don't comment on or not as much as I used to. Some is interesting reading. Helen

FrankandMary said...

As far as the zero minutes, I tend to read you thru my Googlereader & then click on the actual entry to comment...so the time I am "on" your entry is just the time I am commenting. Perhaps it is the same with others.
~Mary

Donna said...

Mary, I do that a lot also.

Nancy said...

Hi Donna! I'm your UMKC reader and I have a list of about 8 favorite blogs that I open in tandem each morning before I start working and occasionally at lunchtime. I'm not a teacher or the janitor, but a staff member who works with graduate students . . . I'm the thesis/dissertation format checker! I live in Independence so I like that I recognize the places you talk about in your blog and I was raised in rural Kansas so I enjoy the stories of your cows and gardening. I sent you a recipe one time for squash fries. I think I found your blog through a comment that you made on the Midtown Miscreant blog a couple of years ago. I really enjoy that you update nearly every day. I'm also big fan of the Pioneer Woman blog--I think I found her blog from yours, so thank you!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I try to read and comment every day. Over the years it's become a habit. I've been checking in on you since I started journals in aol and wouldn't seem right if I didn't.

Rachel said...

I'm your daughter.

Rachel said...

All kidding aside, most folks that open in an incognito window are probably surfing at work and don't want their free time to show in the browser's history.

Southern Gal said...

Your too funny Donna.

Nezzy said...

Yep, me too sister. I check the stats every now and again but sitemeter's stats are just so much more informative.

Ya'll have a marvelously blessed and beautiful 'fall' day now,ya hear!! :o)

Margaret said...

I can never quite figure out how to do that. (well, I can, but there are so many unknowns these days) I have a reader(?) in Thailand and several in Australia although they never comment.

Lori said...

Quite often I read you on Google Reader and then click to comment. Sometimes I open you up and then leave the computer. I'm guilty of both! As to why someone in Canada would find you interest, well, you ARE interesting. And not only that, you are like a really good friend, and reading what you write is like visiting you. You're a very comfortable as well as interesting read.

Fowfies said...

I forgot all about my sitemeter til you said something about yours, so I went to see who was visiting me lately. Want to know what everyone has been linking to? My entry about making chicken diapers! LOL! People all over, from Hawaii to Alaska, too funny. :)

MissKris said...

I like my Feedjit for that reason, too, even tho it's hardly accurate. What amazes me are the visitors from countries that used to be behind the Iron Curtain! Did you ever think we'd see the day when we'd have such open contact with them, Donna?!

MissKris said...

PS...I wonder the same thing. I never have generated many comments but I have a healthy readership. One of life's little mysteries, I guess.

Nita said...

I may show up as unknown. I found your blog on PW a long time ago and follow you on my blogger dashboard. My dh and I live in SWMo and have horses, garden and ride an HD Roadglide. I like the way you write and enjoy your stories. It is like visiting you and Cliff. Thanks for sharing!

Candice said...

I read somewhere that only 9% of your readers will ever comment. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but there are some people out there that will LOVE you blog, but for various reasons, will never let you in on it.