Statistics and milestones

By , February 18, 2010 3:42 am

Since around the beginning of 2009, I’ve used 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 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:

February is only half-way over, so its numbers are looking pretty good, too

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 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,, and

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. 🙂

10 Responses to “Statistics and milestones”

  1. Mym says:

    I found you yesterday, in fact, from Questioning Transphobia. I’m a twentysomething grad student in Evanston, only just now finally starting my transition and not yet sure what I’m going to transition to.

  2. John says:

    I guess this shows we realy like you

    I hope your new anti depressiants are starting to work

  3. alexmac says:

    I have been a long time reader, and I really appreciate hearing the perspective of another 20 something trans women. It is really reassuring to know that others out there feel the same way as me. It helps me to know that I am not a failure and neither is any trans person who feels depressed about their situation. Life can be qite hard, but you should know that you do touch people’s lives with your writing.

  4. Traduit says:

    I’ve been lurking for a while. I think I came here through another trans blog? I just thought your posts were awesome and interesting and have stuck around. 🙂

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