Monday, October 26, 2009

Who Visits?

A few months ago I added a counter at the bottom of this blog. I'm sure everyone noticed right away since it happens to be one of the most exciting pieces of information you can find here. What's that? You don't think it's the most interesting thing? Or at all interesting? Huh?

Well neither did I until one day the count went from a few hundred to over 12,000. For a fleeting moment I had delusions of great blogosphere popularity. Then I figured it was just a fluke so I started tracking it. Sure enough, my counter has ever so slowly gone from 12-thousand-something to 12-thousand-something-only-slightly-bigger over the last couple months. So much for my blog fame.

But it did get me thinking: Who visits us? As far as I know, there is no good (read "free") way to tell who visits a page, just how many hits it gets. So, if you would, leave a little note and let me know you're reading. It needn't be a dissertation (I don't have time to read all that). You could even just leave your name. Now a person interested in blog stardom might have something fun to offer. But me? I have no fancy prizes to give away. I'm just curious.

20 comments:

Brian said...

Hi Beckie :-)

You could use Google Analytics for tracking who's visiting your site. That's what I have set up for Sarah and it has a lot of interesting information including where they come from (16% come from your blog to ours!) as well as what search terms people used to find your blog (in the last three days, we've had three hits from people searching for "peanut free birthday treats").

It's pretty easy to set up too...

Sean said...

I read!

and I'm still frustrated w/ Brian for never telling me how to embed links in my comments. Now that I think of it....Brian never resopnds to any of my comments on this blog or any other. Hmmm....

verdoorns said...

I read!

rjkleinsasser said...

We read your blog! :) Love your fun pictures and funny stories... :)

Beckie said...

Ooh - I totally want that google analytics thing. I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.

Lorie Crandall said...

i had one of those counters too but didn't really find it to be worth it. It is interesting seeing where people hop from to get on your blog.

for the record- i read. :)

Holly said...

I read too!!! :)

Lisa said...

Hi Becky! Remember us from your sunday school class a few years back? I'm subscribed to your blog on google reader...I think I found it through Sarah Phillips blog.
:-)

John and Lisa Webster said...

I read your blog! :)

Brian said...

Sean, you can embed a link like this:

<a href="http://www.google.com">Here's my link to Google!</a>

Sean said...
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Sean said...

Thanks, Brian! I'm pretty sure I'll never remember how to use that. I'll have to make a bookmark to this blog post.

Here's my link to Google!

How come it doesn't do anything in your comment?

jerarbw said...

I'm a reader too! :o) Amanda

Beckie said...

Thank you everyone for the comments and...confessions (?).

Sean said...

Did you get Google Analytics working?

Shara said...

With love from Wisconsin!!

Sean said...

Beckie has always wanted a blog post to get lots of comments. Thank you all for making her wish come true!

Danielle and Ryan said...

I read! I love catching up on the 'goings-on' of your cute kiddos! :)

Laura Fiskin said...

Hi, my name is Laura and I live in Fargo, ND. I stumbled across your blog and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Your children are beautiful and your blog is very entertaining.

Sean said...

Hi, Laura!

Beckie and I used to live in Fargo. We went to college up there. It's not so bad. :)