Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I Just Can't Look, It's Killing Me--How Statcounter Hurts My Feelings

I wonder if Statcounter.com takes pleasure in messing with me. Granted, they probably have no idea how compulsive I have become about checking my blog statistics which they keep track of for me but still, if they can track my blog then certainly they can track me tracking my blog and they must think my behavior is peculiar and they must also know that I really can't tell much from their site (except that there are a lot of weirdos googling unusual things and probably being very disappointed with my blog when it pops up).

Why do I check it then? Because while I don't really know how to interpret the data they present I think I do. And it's like I make friends with certain IP addresses whose owners may (or may not, as it turns out) reside in the states that statcounter associates with them. Hmmm. I haven't seen triad.rr.res.167 for a while. He must have gone away for Memorial Day. I hope he had a good time. Still not back? I hope nothing happened to him. . . no. . . he's probably fine but just hates me now. And so on and so forth until I'm mourning the loss of a friendship that never really existed. I was relieved to see StateFarmInsurance back today and I hope ChurchofJesusChristofLatter-DaySaints didn't mind that I said "ath" in my last post. We're all doing the best we can, right?

It also seems like such a slap in the face for statcounter to tell me over and over that people logged into my blog for "zero seconds." Ok, so I can't sustain the interest of about 3/4 of the Times and Seasons people (et al) who click through to my blog for more than zero seconds. Do you have to rub it in? I'd just as soon think they never came as know that they left after zero seconds. Statcounter, it hurts my feelings. But it does feel good to see that someone was logged in for 12 hours--oh, that was me.

28 comments:

  1. Non-angry anonymous et al3:48 PM

    Very arrogant of me I guess, but I can't help wonder if this post is your way of saying "I know your out there somewhere" to all of us anonymi and semi-anonymi. I want to come clean, I really do, I just don't have the mental fortitude, i.e. "I'm just not in that place right now." And I had a perfectly legitimate reason for looking up "All day pantyhose stink", which I don't feel I need to explain.

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  2. Haha, oh man. I hadn't thought to ever look at my web stats for my blog. I just did--my favorite part is the referring URL's. How are people getting to me via porn sites? I guess I don't really want to know.

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  3. Kacy,step AWAY from the computer--you can do it--
    Is there a Bloggers Anonymous yet?---I mean, I know there are anonymous bloggers--so just now in typing this I googled that phrase and in just 18 seconds I had the option to read "Results 1 - 10 of about 796,000 for bloggers anonymous."
    We're all getting a little over the top with this--if pink is the new black, then maybe blogging is the new scrapbooking--it sure is a lot cheaper, but I digress--I was intending to just make a quick comment confessing that we brought 3 computers to London and there was already one here in our flat, and at any given moment at least one of them is tuned in to kasm--but then you already knew that, didn't you?

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  4. I read a blog once where they gave up looking at their blog stats for Lent. That's sacrifice.

    Last week I had a major surge in traffic - I went from about 100 hits per day to 400. That should have made me happy, but it didn't because almost every extra hit was for "Shade Clothing". I have a very small blurb about Shade Clothing on my blog and for some reason I'm now #1 on Google (while shadeclothing.com can't get Google's attention).

    It actually frustrated me because now on the statcounter graphic, my 100 hits suddenly look piddly. Stupid, I know.

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  5. Kacy, this has nothing to do with URL's or stats, but I finally found your blog. Terrific. Ben Blair tipped me off to it. And I read that thing about Prom. Didn't you go with someone whose name vaguely resembled Timbuktu? Just trying to remember. PS. I was the Prom King.

    his royal highness,

    cc

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  6. I'm sorry. I'm a contributor. I have your blog as the site that comes up when I launch the browser, but if you haven't written anything new, I just move on.

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  7. That's Chris for you--he can't even write a comment without mentioning Prom King.

    non-angry anonymous et al, you are an elusive one--Golden God indeed.(Unless non-angry anonymous et al is different from didactic non-angry anonymous, in which case a little more creativity in these pseudonyms would be appreciated but certainly not required.)

    Julie: YOU SAID FLAT!

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  8. I'm going to leave your site up for a while so that you can see which IP address is mine...I know you dig that sort of thing....

    tick tock tick tock tick tock

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  9. Can you link IP addresses to google searches? If so, I'm in trouble.

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  10. What is an IP address? Is that one's e-mail?

    I didn't know you could track all this. I'm fairly new to blogging and I sort of wander all over and get lost and can't find my way back.

    You're somebody's relative, right?
    Oh, that's funny, that's like saying, "I'm not a man or anything." I meant somebody on a blog.

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  11. I'm right there with you on the obsessive blogpatrol check. I, too, have no idea what the IP addresses mean, so I pretend that people from my past are reading my blog, wistfully wishing that they still knew me. Once again, you are actually LIVING my dream.

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  12. Non-angry anonymous/Identity crisis10:34 AM

    Sorry about the confusion with the pseudonyms. I have difficulty with names; I think too much about them and/or get bored too quickly. The et al was a reference to other names I've commented under back when I was a "bad man" and a "walking shadow". I really should end this silly clandestine business.

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  13. Whatever floats your boat non-angry stack-a-player.

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  14. I am proud to say I am one of your bonafide, meat-n-potatoes, check-your-blog-daily (sometimes more) IP addresses. I say it loud! I say it proud! You entertain me! ...and that is all I really need in life.

    I also have to tell you that of all the blogs I frequent, I like the type and variety of commenters you attract - high school boys and all. I can (and often do) spend hours reading the blogs of everyone who comments here.

    P.S. For all of you Kacy fans out there: I've only seen Kacy in person a few times...but once, she was wearing a shirt that said "I'm blogging this". And I totally believe it.

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  15. Yes Suzie, I am blogging this. And this. And I like to read my commenters' blogs too, except the anonymous cowards': ba-caw! (clap) ba-caw! (clap, neck stretch, kick).
    PS: I know chickens don't clap. It's my ode to Gob.

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  16. Coward no more!

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  17. Otto, Why did you keep that up for so long? We both know only YOU walk like Lou Diamond Phillips. Say it loud say it proud: "My name is Otto and I read Kacy's blog. I also took her to Sr. Dinner Dance even though she totally looked like a ZZ Top girl." Can you BELIEVE Chuck Shacketts said that!?

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  18. Ah yes, like so many tragic figures before me I succumbed to hubris. I just couldn’t bear to admit that I came across your blog while looking up “Josh Grobin chest hair”. That is not something that is easily lived down (Come on Chris C. admit it you'll feel better. That story about Ben Blair is too far fetched to believe). And finally, I'm not one to be overly critical or rude, but Chuck Shacketts is a small, macho man, and not in a good way.

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  20. I don't know what I think of this post's title, Kacy. I just don't know. I think you wore that shirt to one of our shows though. You haven't gotten tickets for TMBG yet have you?

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  21. Just picture me closing my eyes and shaking my head violently--then you'll like the title better. If you have info on TMBG tickets in Springville, seriously call me. That goes for everyone. No pervs, please.

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  22. If somebody does find a Blogger's Anonymous, I'd like to join. It's 1am, I haven't had a decent night's sleep in days, my in-laws are in town, and the laundry in the basement is piled up so high that small animals could be nesting in there and it would take me days to find them. And what am I doing? Yeah--I need some serious help. I have that stat counter problem too. Maybe there's a 12 twelve program for that as well?

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  23. And Kacy, the whole stat counter thing gets even more degrading, humiliating and all that icky stuff when you actually live with a perma-blogger from T&S. Seriously, every time I get excited about a certain number of visits, Nate pats me lightly on the head, (much like he would to a dog that has just learned a new trick) and says, "Good for you! 100 hits a day--that's impressive!" It takes the fun out of it- well, almost.

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  24. I've commented...from home, seeing as though yours, Carrie Anne, Karly, Rebecca and mine, etc are still blocked at work AS PORN! But whatever. It's a conspiracy against me...but I LOVE your blog...even if it is considered porn. You're in good company. ;)

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  25. How was my time? Longer than zero!

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  26. On Chuck Shacketts:

    Just prior to getting kicked out of student government for sluffing, (after being on probation for tracking mud in the library with M. Faulconer (Kacy's brother-in-law)), Chuck Shacketts took me in his office and said something like the following:

    Chuck: Now I know sluffing to Las Vegas may not seem like a very serious deal to you, but consider this: If I took a trip to Las Vegas, and was caught, for example, molesting a 17 year-old, do you think I would still have my job?

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  27. And you're different from the rest of us bloggers, how? ;-)

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  28. great. so now you know how often i go to read your blogs. my daughter takes long naps and since i have discovered your website i am catching up on all the "oldies"

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