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November 13, 2007

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

Invader Zim

Have you been good this year? Is there anything you want to confess before the end of the year? You know you can’t hide. He’s watching your every move. Question is; who’s watching you?

Turns out it’s just me.

I use a site called statcounter.com to keep track of my visitor stats. It lets me know how many visitors I get, where they came from, what pages they viewed, etc. Most of it is just addicting, self-idolizing, stress-inducing, vanity. But some of it is completely useless – like I really care if your using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera. Don’t get me wrong, if I were a true business, that would matter because browsers render pages differently. So in that situation, I would want to optimize my site for my visitors. Then again, just because your resolution is 1024×768 doesn’t mean you have your browser at full screen.

No, what I care about is what pages people are viewing, how many they view and where they came from. Unfortunately, the answers don’t change much. I’ve talked about it before so I’m not going to belabor it here but suffice it to say, I don’t have much of a loyal following. Which brings me to my point.

Who?s watching who

I’m looking for volunteers to let me track them better. One of the features of statcounter.com is that I can “label” IP address. So instead of seeing visitor 123.456.78.901 I can see Bob the Builder or Malcolm Reynolds or The Cat Lady. Or your name. You’d like that, wouldn’t you? I know I would. So here’s the plan; anyone willing to share their IP address with me so I can properly label your visits, please email me your IP address and the name you’d like to go by. And in return, I’ll share mine. Be sure to include your work and home IP’s. As an added bonus, I’ll be adding you to my blogroll and featuring you in a future post.

But how can you know your IP address? Simple. Go here – whatismyip.com. The fastest and easiest way to determine your IP address. Keep in mind that this is meant for my regular visitors, so if you’re new here, I may not include you in this game out of pure suspicion. To resolve that, simply visit more and comment more. And yes, I’m an evil genius.

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4 comments

  • At 8:27 pm on November 13, 2007, Sirdar commented:

    I hope you don’t feel I am out of line here…but if you want more visitors, visit other blogs and comment. That is the advice someone gave me once and I never looked back. Go to someone you like and think you can trust and click on a few of their blogroll friends. Or, join Fun Mondays. You’ll get lots of traffic.

    As for IP addresses, as you are using WordPress…when someone comments on my blog, I get an email saying this:

    archshrk | [my email] | archshrk.com | IP: [my ip address]

    I would think you have that information somewhere even if you are hosting your own blog. Hope that gives you an idea as to know where to find that info. And my IP is [omitted ip address] but it is a shared address through a WISP that is using a NAT router. So, if Dawn, me, and my friend Debbie comment, all three of us will have the same IP address.

  • At 8:47 am on November 14, 2007, archshrk commented:

    @ Sirdar: You are correct on all counts. I do need to visit more blogs and become active there. It’s just been a busy time for me lately as I try to finish my ARE exams and prepare for the birth of my son. I’m hoping now that the exams are over I’ll be a little more outgoing.

    As for the WordPress IP connection, yeah – I realized that afterwards. So thanks for that. You’ll still be added to my blogroll simply based on merit. You and Dawn both. Thanks for being so regular. (hehe)

  • At 9:56 pm on November 14, 2007, Dawn commented:

    I didn’t understand much of what you wrote, but I like checking the stats. I can see that I have a couple readers on my blog roll who comment every couple of months, but I know they are reading every day, or at least someone is linking from their site. I thought of taking them off my blog roll, and not visiting, but knowing they read is good. The one who posts regularly, I go to every few days this month, and comment and some of the posts but not all, I was doing all before this month. I like the stats counter.

  • At 11:20 pm on November 14, 2007, Sirdar commented:

    The reason I am regular is because I take my fibre every morning :lol:

    Hope the blogging goes well after having all that other stuff to do.

    PS: Sorry about posting your IP address. Never even thought about it…DOH!!

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