November 13, 2007
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
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.
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.