Tuesday, January 03, 2006

More useless fascinations

After an email discussion with blog mama Teresa, I loaded a counter on the blog. I was kvetching about not knowing if anyone actually read this thing - the stat counter answers that question or at least indicates who has arrived. This counter lets me find out all sorts of things (most of which are not particularly interesting to me at this time). However, the chart that shows which countries visitors are from fascinates me. So tonight I looked at the chart and found out that someone from Denmark had stopped by (at least briefly). Why did this catch my eye? My maternal grandparents emigrated to the US from Denmark at the beginning of the 20th century. So this was today's useless fascination.

6 comments:

vw bug said...

I like StatCounter.com over SiteMeter. I actually have both installed. Check it out and see which you prefer.

MathCogIdiocy said...

I looked at SiteMeter last night, but my energy level was in the negative range so I passed. Maybe another night before I tank. *grin*

Harvey said...

Ah, referer logs - the Devil's candy cane of obsession-provoking data :-)

Teresa said...

Harvey's right - they can become an obsession. *grin*. But every once in a while they provide really fun blog fodder - like the keyword analysis - finding out what people are searching for when they come to your site. Most of the time mine are boring as all get out - but every once in a while I find a really great one.

MathCogIdiocy said...

I'm wondering if there isn't some weird and wonderful math modeling project buried in all these stats. :)

Teresa said...

Heh - bet we're all part of someone's thesis or doctoral paper...