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.