Since around the beginning of 2009, I’ve used WordPress.com Stats and Google Analytics to track traffic at The Thang Blog. I’m a fan of statistics and numbers; even though I I never really expected this blog to have a huge following, I figured the graphs would be fun to look at.
So it surprises me when – on days like today – I see that WordPress.com Stats shows The Thang Blog has been viewed 50,000 times in the last year or so. And it really surprised me to see a graph like this:
Now those are views, not visitors. So if you’ve been sitting on a page hitting ‘refresh’ all day, you’re being counted twice in the above graph. But Google Analytics, which is a little smarter than WordPress.com Stats, is still telling me I’ve had 11,000 “unique visitors” over the past year(ish).
As someone with no pretenses of fame, I think that’s pretty cool.
Google Analytics also gives me some really fun (if, for my purposes, useless) statistics. Just like I was hoping.
- The majority of you – 61% – use Firefox. (Then it’s IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera)
- The majority of you – 69% – use Windows. Most of the Windows users are on XP.
- 11 visits have come from someone(s) looking at this blog on a Playstation 3. Why? I can’t imagine…
- Top referral sites are Google, passiveagressivenotes.com, and stumbleupon.com
I’d love to take this as an opportunity for any lurkers to come out and say hi! Do you have a blog? I’d love to hear about it. Have you been reading for a while, but never commented? Now’s the time! The statistics are fun to see, but they don’t really tell me who is reading this blog – give a ‘hello’ in the comments, and tell me something about yourself.