Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sitemeter

I added a new feature to my blog. If you look down at the bottom of the left hand column, you'll see a little logo labeled "Sitemeter." I added the service because I was curious about my huge audience of readers out there. And because it's free. Now, don't run away. I got the free version, so you're not busted, I still have no idea who you are, beyond those that comment (and I love your for it), and my family who tell me they love my blog, but are too shy to comment. Basically, Sitemeter tells me how many people visit a day and the area of the world that they come from. So, it tells me that most of my readers are from various parts of the U.S. or from Denver -- which could be anywhere within a 100 mile radius of the city. That's my family. (little wave to the family). My biggest surprise was how many people actually take time out of their day to stop in and pay me a visit. I was shocked. Yesterday, I had 2 comments, but almost 40 visitors. Wow. Now, I'm speechless. Literally. I've never felt comfortable speaking in large groups (that would be any number over three, counting me). So, I'm feelin' a bit of stage fright here. Sitemeter also tells me how long people stay. Imagine my surprise to learn that one visitor was here for over 16 minutes. "Sixteen minutes!" I said to Hubs, who was sitting at the other end of the couch. "I guess I really hooked him." Silence. "Unless they logged on and then had to go to the bathroom," I laughed weakly. "I wasn't going to be the one to say it," muttered Hubs. Another person came all the way from the other side of the world, from one of those countries I can't pronounce. "I have an international audience," I said, all puffed up. Silence. "It's probably the same guy who has been e-mailing me, selling Viagra." Wherever you're from, if you stop by for less than a minute, if you pop in and then nature calls (I'LL TALK LOUDER SO YOU CAN HERE ME IN THERE), or if your goal in life is to solve erectile dysfunction. I'm pleased and honored that you stopped by.

18 comments:

diana said...

i don't think i was you 16 minute visitor, but this happens to me a lot. i come across a blog, read a little, want to read more but have to go do something so i minimize the window and leave it for a while. then when i go back to it i realize that the blogger can see how long i've sat there on their blog through their sitemeter. i always wondered what they thought.

and what is it with family members. most of my family read my blog but never comment. i get reasons such as, "i don't have time" and "i don't know what to say" and even "that little box isn't big enough, so i just don't write." they crack me up. i'm just thankful that they read it.

Wool Winder said...

I'm one of those that stop by often, but don't always leave a comment. I enjoy reading though, so today I thought I should let you know. Have fun with your stats.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I've used Site Meter for several years. In the beginning, I looked at the stats a lot, but not as much lately. My "readership" as it were is really down, probably because I'm not posting as much. It is neat to see where people come from and how long they visit. With the explosion of feed readers (such as Google Reader, which I use daily), I think the actual number of site visits is down. Or it could just be me! :)

Have fun, and watch out for those viagr* emails :)

Renna said...

I am cracking up over your comment to talk louder for the bathroom readers! ;-Þ

I first began blogging last January, getting started with the help of a friend, since all things computer are Greek to me. She encouraged me to add Sitemeter to my blog, since she said she had fun with it on her's.

The first week ...er...well, the first couple of MONTHS I had it, I was checking it every single day, maybe more often than that. ;-Þ The obsession finally waned and now I check it about once a week or so.

It really is fascinating to discover where people are reading from, especially, like you said, the ones in foreign countries! I also find it very interesting to see where readers come from if they've clicked onto my blog from a link on someone else's blog. When a particular knitting blog friend added my site on her sidebar's list of blogs, my traffic from knitting readers just about quadrupled overnight! Sitemeter really is a lot of fun. ;-)

PS-I wish I could remember how I discovered your blog. I'm sure it was through a link on someone else's blog; I just don't remember whose.

Trailboss said...

That sometimes happens to me when I am not working at work and goofing off perusing the internet. But I usually don't stay on one blog that long from work. I don't want to leave the computer up and all of a sudden someone needs to use the computer (which rarely happens but it would be just my luck they would need it and I would have 5-6 blogs opened up....oops). Then when I get home I am so tired of looking at a computer screen all day I rarely log in. I try to catch up on the weekends but that doesn't always happen either. I think it is just about time for me to retire so I can blog more. Sounds like a plan. But there is just one hitch.....I like a roof over my head and groceries in the fridge. Alas, foiled again.

Sandra said...

LOL on the viagra guy LOL

My family all read my blog but never comment, it's annoying LOL

PEA said...

I'm still giggling at your hubby's answers! hehe I've had the Site Meter for a long while now and it's always interesting to see who comes to visit:-) One of the blogs I visited earlier today must be wondering why it shows that I visited her for a couple of hours...actually, I left to go on a little hike and forgot I had been in the process of reading her post! lol xoxo

Robin said...

What a funny post! I have Sitemeter too - I get so confused though on unique page loads and return visitors and all that stuff.
Hubby - what a hoot he is!

gail@more than a song said...

I've used site meter for a while now too. And I've been guilty of reading a blog, leaving the page open while I do something else and forget it about it!

justabeachkat said...

Hi Karen

Remember me? Life has been sooooo C-R-A-Z-Y lately...but a good kind of crazy, so I can't complain even though it has kept me from visiting. But...I'm home now...for a week or so anyway. Even though I'm sick with a cold AND a stomach virus (yuk), it's so good to be home.

I've had fun this afternoon reading all your posts I've missed. Soooo...that's why I've been here so long. LOL

Hugs!
Kat

Barb said...

You crack me up. I have the free site meter too and do you know, almost every time the weekly report comes in, I delete it. LOL

I've been known to log onto someone's blog and come back TWO HOURS later. I imagine Boo Mama thinks I'm the slowest reader in the whole.wide.world.

It's interesting of course, but the most interesting thing is how many people visit and don't comment. Makes you realize lots and lots of folks you don't know read your blog.

Double the blessing said...

I recently found your blog and love it, probably from blog hopping. I read through your blog and looked at all your pictures, so beautiful.
I love the site meter. I use google analytics. I wish people would comment more too. I don't understand how I can have so many clicks in one day but only the same 3 people comment. I love how you can see what websites people are coming from and where they live, Hello Malaysia.

Judy said...

I'm the person from Grandville, MI.

I don't actually LIVE in Grandville, and was so interested in my sitemeter showing me that someone from Grandville visited my blog A LOT.

Then, my husband pointed out that it was me.

Anonymous said...

Well now I feel a little guilty about bouncing around in blog-land and rarely commenting. I don't have a blog of my own. But I'm sure I would be just as curious to know who all these people are who stop by. Enjoy.
Teresa

Leah in Iowa said...

I have enjoyed my visit here this morning! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog yesterday. I'll be back, so keep the kettle on! =)

annie said...

I have sitemeter too... the free one too... and I have always been amazed at the traffic and the locations! There are usually a couple hundred visitors a day and just a handful of comments. It's fun to see who visits. My family members don't comment either, they just call or email when I say something they disagree with :).

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Karen~
I was laughing at what you wrote about you and your husband talking about your blog! I noticed the sitemeter the other day on someone's blog, I think it was Made with Love and lots of glue, and thought maybe it would be neat to have.

I just saw that you visited me and left a comment, and I am so glad because I can visit yours now! My son is waiting for me to let him borrow the computer for a second(before we dash to the bus) so I am going to have to come back a little later and read more of your blog! But I love what I have seen! :)

Jen said...

Your so funny. The 16 minuter may have been me....not sure though...sometimes I will leave a blog up and walk off and then return...I'm really bad about that...