Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blogging Ego Boosts!

So (every time I start a post with the word So, I think of The Snarling Misanthrope. Thanks) I started playing with Feedburner yesterday. It's supposed to help people subscribe to my blog feed if they were having issues (apparently some were), optimize my readers' 'feed experience' (whatever that is), and get my name out there a little bit.

I have to admit to a little net-vanity here; I enjoy knowing that people are reading my blog. I like that people are perhaps learning something, or getting a laugh, or (to be embarrassingly honest) checking out my HNT pics. ;) I don't have a commercial interest in this blog in any way. Someday if I get a big readerbase (or if I get a bitchin' discount. ;)) I may add some affiliate links or somesuch, but otherwise there's no actual reason for me to really want to build my readership. I still do, so I'm going for it.

As for the Ego Boosts mentioned in the title:

Since I started using StatCounter in mid-August, I've gotten almost 700 page loads. 488 unique visitors (now, keep in mind, I think this is controlled by cookies and if people remove their cookie for the site that can skew it).

I get people visiting from home, from their phones, and from their work. ;) You know who you are.

People from all over the world have seen this blog at one point or another. The top ten countries:
  • The US had the most.
  • Then New Zealand! I have a big Kiwi following. *waves at Dee, VanImp, and the rest of the Kiwis!*
  • The UK's right after that.
  • Canada and...
  • ...France are tied.
  • Then Australia. I really think I need to move to the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Italy is next.
  • Ireland ties with Italy.
  • Then Poland and
  • The Ukraine.
There's more, but only two or three of each.

None of the hits came from search engines. A good amount came from links posted on other blogger's sites (thanks, all y'all!).

Now, all of those stats are from my original StatCounter. What does feedburner do for me?

it tells me that I have actual subscribers. Subscribers may not show up on my hits (I'm still not completely sure how that works), but I realize that there's people that actually read my stuff! Woo! I just have to make sure to keep my stuff interesting now. ;)

Thanks, all. You've read my ramblings, offered advice, and given feedback and encouragement.

Keep reading!

1 comment:

Curvaceous Dee said...

*waves back!*

I am delighted you're using Feedburner - have you changed your site feed redirect so folks get the right linkage? (catch me online if you want me to step you through it - it is quite simple though.)

xx Dee