Like most bloggers, I diligently analyze my logs to see how readers are responding to my rambling. I use the Clicky, which I’ve found quite nice even if it isn’t free (but it does provide real-time updates).
Here are the stats for the past month:
- 48%: directly or through bookmarks
- 25%: links from other sites
- 15%: RSS readers and social media
- 12%: (non-paid) search results
Note that I don’t find out who is reading the blog through RSS readers; I only see log entries for people who click through the readers, e.g., to read or post comments.
The searches are certainly the most entertaining bits in the log. Here are a few I found particularly amusing:
- channel for inspired people
- english sex channel
- how to make pipe quick
- “keep yourself on the gravy train for life”
- psychology of noisy people
I would be curious to know more about who is reading the blog through RSS readers. Anyone here have advice on how or whether it is feasible to do so?
Note: my asserting that my eulogies for privacy nothwithstanding, I respect the anonymity of my readers and will only disclose log data in forms like the above, which do not disclose any even remotely personally identifying information.