My Stat counter Story.

My obsession with my stat counter worries me.So I took it up with another blogger who I know has been around much longer than I have.He is in pursuit of Blog Nirvana like he calls it.

So here is my story..

I was reading blogs a lot before I started my own.I happend to stumble upon a blog whose author I knew personally.To avoid making either of us uncomfortable, I never told him that I visited his blog daily and some times more than once.Actually a lot more than once.Since his was amongst the first few blogs that I had ever read, I was totaly intrigued by his links and comments and plug-ins and what have you.

One day I noticed this cube like shiny thing that was a new addition to his page.The curious me would stare at it a few times everyday.Then one day I gathered my courage and actually clicked on it.That led me to his stat counter page.A totally new world to me.I had no clue about IP addresses let alone being able to track them.I was fascinated.Hell ya I was.So fascinated that I would head directly to his stat counter before I read his new blog post.Then I was amused that my IP adress would be every second one on his list of all the people that visited him.To make sure I was still his most frequent reader, I would often check his stat counter there after.Honestly it was purely out of fascination.

It was so wrong and so out of line.I feel so bad now.Bless the poor soul.He has never mentioned anything about it to me.He probably hates me for the intrusion but we shall rest that issue for now, shall we.

So I started my own blog.Pinched off the link to my stat counter from his.Yeah and you thought by now I should have stopped visiting his stat counter.I did but much later.Incredible, I know.It was only when he started returning the favour that I realised it isn’t so much fun to have all these strange people intrude into your personal space.*cheeky grin*

Anyway, so the first few weeks it was all about checking if there was anyone except me who visted my blog.I have to admit I am responsible for quite a first few hundred hits single handedly.Slowly and surely things changed.From random people who were just blog hopping, to certain people who deliberately and dilligently came to my blog.Having, who I call my camaraderie, visit me loyally was a nice feeling indeed.

The numbers got exponential and that thrilled me immensely.Then it was about referrals.Who had linked me.What kind of traffic they were bringing my way.How blogs linked to blogs.How certain bloggers would come to my blog at a particular time of the day.How most bloggers actually only blog hop when at work.All the different companies that a lot of my co bloggers worked for.All the different countries from where people visit me.

Oh I wont even go to what google searches bring people onto my blog.It can be amusing and at the same time quite disturbing.Not just the thought that that brought them to my blog, but that they were actually looking for some thing like that.

So I happened to pour my heart out and ask if I was normal or I needed help.The little that I did tell him, he said I was perfectly normal.I so want to believe him.What do you think?

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37 responses to “My Stat counter Story.

  1. I searched for “dumb girls” on google and your blog popped up first…

    muhahahahahaha.. killer blow.. [8)]

    😛

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  2. Boxed man:
    At the level your IQ is at I am not surprised you were looking for dumb girls.

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  3. I feel your curiosity is/was very natural.I have realized that there are 3 things which give you the most effective cathartic feeling,and among them writing blog is the number one.Because you just put your heart in it.And that is what makes you curious how many people really found your stuff interesting and read it most often.

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  4. Fulla normal wonly you are being I say!! Not to worry! 🙂

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  5. Sharda:
    I am guessing the other out of the three is crying?Hmm what are the other two,I’d really like to know.
    Quite honestly it was the fact that I could find out who from where what time was fascinating.Comments do what you say the stat counter did for me.

    Ubermensch:
    Phase 2? Do explain.

    Wishfulthinker:
    If you say so.:D

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  6. Gangadhar

    Earlier me used to check my statcounter statistics everyday..but gradually..i lost the interest to check it..Anywys on some reasons i do check it..like anonymous comments…

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  7. Gangadhar:
    I guess that would be the natural history with the stat counter obsession for most of us.

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  8. Anonymous

    you are absolutely normal…! There is so much to learn from Stats…as you described.

    -Bharani.

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  9. All phases, questioning sanity is phase 2…then 3 settled intensity, 4 futility etc it goes on…different visage but same governing principle but we have go through , no other way…
    good luck
    cheers
    Uber

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  10. Bharani:
    Coming from the master blogger himslef, I will happily accept.

    Ubermensch:
    Hmm, interesting.Will delve into it some time.Thanks.

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  11. Hey, this statcounter this is so normal. We all check our statcounter, every once in a while.

    I think the more time you have the blog, the importance of it grows. These days it is as much important as the email. Not only our own blogs, but other blogs as well. This is why sometimes I feel weird, if someone takes his/her blog off. Wish no one does it.

    On this note, three cheers to blogging 🙂

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  12. If the Counter of the blogger is not password-protected, it means he’s opening it to any visitor. So, it’s okay to check on his stats, anytime, at any frequency. So, don’t worry. You’re okay, Educatedunemployed. BTW, what if I tell you I check my own Counter every five minutes? Will that make you feel even better? Hehe. I check my Counter very, very often. There. 🙂

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  13. Greensatya:
    You bet some times the stat counter data is far more interesting than an email.Yes I have come to believe my blog is a part of who I am.Can’t just undo it suddenly.

    Abaniko:
    Hehe..I like your reasoning, yet I feel there is some thing called as respecting one’s space and in retrospection I didn’t really do that.
    I am so relieved to know that you too check your stat counter more often than not.

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  14. i tried to ignore it for long… but i’m in blue!!!:(

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  15. ROFL @ the reply to man in box :)))

    oye, i got one stat counter on my blog too, but i’ve forgotten the password and i never check who’s there or not. aie! And no.. dont you worry about being insane…you just had a bit too much time on your hands? 😉 eh? 🙂

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  16. Amarula:
    Even when I don’t have the time.But yeah that is a point to be considered.I do spend too much time on the stat counter.

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  17. I agree: becoming obsessed over stats counters is normal; unless, of course, you spend more than six hours a day checking them.

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  18. I wonder if there is a blog rehab for ppl like you 😉

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  19. Nick:
    Nah, Im obsessed not completely out of my mind.

    Ford Prefect:
    Ha ha, yeah I know some one esle who could benefit with some rehab.

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  20. just occupational hazard, i must say. i pretty glued on to my counter. but its not moving the way i wanted it to.. thinking of advertising on TV. :))

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  21. Appu:
    It will, give it time.:D

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  22. San

    lol i think it’s rather funny actually. Stat counters baffle me, it was all so simple when i had few readers but then my blog went public and now i can’t even recognise any familar IP so I’ve given up on it

    But your curiousity is natural .. no harm done. His profile was public so 🙂

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  23. San:
    I do feel a little cheeky, but I am glad some one sees the humor in it all.

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  24. Guess we right blogs for our comments worth of fame and the thrill of being read and appreciated. Stat counter checking is every bloggers addiction I guess. I am trying to achieve indifference to my stat counter right now.

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  25. Shreemoyee:
    That comment worth claim to fame dies away sooner than you think.One starts to blog for themselves, enjoys that fame for a while but then continues to blog for themselves.It is a passing phase I think Ive been around long enough to know that.As for the stat counter,I agree it is addictive.Don’t fight it.Like they say what you resist only persists.

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  26. perfectly normal, me things! 😉

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  27. Atul Sabnis:
    Happy to hear you say that.

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  28. Absolutely perfectly normal. We all do that. And many of the preceding comments vouch for that. And yes, Google search is the most interesting. Nowadays I check my blog stats not to see how many are visitng, but what exactly are people looking for. The answers, as always, are fascinating (sometimes a little shocking).

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  29. Soumyadip:
    I agree with the shocking bit.It can be a little too amusing for anyone’s good.

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  30. Hey Soumyadip, could you sign in with Beta blogger or are u using the other option?

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  31. The beta login’s acting funny. So am using the ‘other’ option.

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  32. how do you check the Google searches that lead to your blog, please??

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  33. Sunrise:
    The referals on your traffic stat counter tells you what brought some one to your blog.Most times it is another blog,else it is a serach from google/msn etc..

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