Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Flatline on the Blog

Although my blog doesn't have a high readership I continue to blog because I enjoy writing, want to preserve some stories for future generations and believe that some of the things I write about may be of interest to others.

I therefore got a shock this morning when I checked in with Google Analytics to see who had been visiting lately.  The visits usually go in peaks and troughs with no particular pattern. On the image below visits go from a low of 16 to a high of 70 in a day. A report on recent visitors tells me that my blog has had no visitors since June 15th.

I find this hard to fathom as someone commented on one of my posts during this time so I must have had at least one visit. Others may read my posts in an RSS reader and not actually visit the blog but to have no visitors for 10 days seems a bit strange. I am now wondering about the effectiveness and reliability of Google Analytics.


Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

I get your blog on Google Reader, so I won't show up in daily visit stats. I use Google Analytics as well. I also utilize SiteMeter (the free stuff) and Feedburner stats. Each tells me something different about my blog visitors.

Don't worry about stats. There's no real way to measure a complete visit count because there are so many variables. As long as you like to blog, that's all that matters. I certainly enjoy reading it!

GeniAus said...

Thanks, Amy. Pleased to hear of readers in the Northern Hemisphere.
May I return the compliment and say that I very much enjoy reading your writings using Google Reader as well.


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