Every serious blogger will use a real-time traffic analysis utility as a tool to acquire valuable feedback on how the marketplace of ideas known as the Intertubes is absorbing the incredibly important concepts the blogger has to express to the world at large. Some use something that goes by the name Site Meter, some use something called Get Clicky. My utility of choice is Feedjit. My selection process was very complicated and scientific. It was the first one I tried and it met my very basic requirements.
Feedjit allows me to see the general geographic locations of my visitors, and I have seen some interesting patterns.
For example, I believe I have seen a relatively high proportion of foreign national visits in relation to my relatively small total visit population. Especially since I configured the Blogger utility to focus on the continental US - "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive."
I think - through observation, not precise measurement - a majority of the foreign visits come from foreign capitals. It gives me great satisfaction to know it's at least possible the Intertubes has given me a direct channel to dispensing advice to Benjamin Netanyahu or mocking taunts to Hugo Chavez.
Feedjit also affords me the opportunity to become aware of who seem to be the most regular visitors from our great republic to my humble little blog. Hello Glenwood, Maryland; Duluth, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Phenix City, Alabama; Plano, Texas; Houston, Texas; Carlsbad, California; Eugene, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; North Las Vegas, Nevada; and others. I sometimes play a little game with Google Maps or Mapquest to find these places and learn about the geography of our great republic.
A pretty significant percentage of my visitors seem to be taking advantage of the easily discovered practices to mask their location from Feedjit - resulting in their location being reported simply as "United States." Why so paranoid? It's not like [city],[state] is actually enough information to find anybody in this great big world. Mine is Alexandria, VA. Find me if you can.
Feedjit also gives me minimal data regarding how visitors link to my humble little blog. In combination with my little habit of signing comments on other blogs with this url, I can make some very interesting, if ultimately useless, observations.
For example, there is a very curvacious model named Petra Verkaik and a blogger named Robert 'Bob' Belvedere providing the proof of one Robert Stacy McCain's Rule 5 of blogging (Sex sells). This December 15, 2010 throwaway comment of mine has generated a steady stream of traffic to my blog - and mostly from the continent of Europe to boot!
I've also lately noticed a trend toward older LAS comments generating hits here. My criteria for assembling the following sample is simple: at least 90 days old, and (re)brought to my attention via Feedjit. Enjoy the advanced snark.
March 27, 2010 - LAS lays down a marker for one of the MSM's most biased hacks - the NYT's resident hack for failed economic theory, Paul Krugman. 15 months later, who can deny LAS is 'Winning!'?
August 24, 2010 - LAS sticks his nose into Paul family business. No repercussions yet.
August 24, 2010 - LAS explains his motivation, again, for those slow on the uptake.
September 23, 2010 - LAS lectures on priorities for the Conservative Ascendancy.
October 11, 2010 - LAS identifies and classifies the fire BHO and his corrupt gang of Progressives are playing with.
December 5, 2010 - LAS identifies and classifies the fundamental source of conflict between Islamists and western civilization.
January 13, 2011 - LAS remembers the good times of the early 90's, when the Soros paid hack known as David Brock was doing real journalism in Slick Willie's old Arkansas stomping grounds.
January 29, 2011 - LAS lays down an 'Arab Spring' marker. Still 'Winning!' by any rational calculation.
April 7, 2011 - LAS all of sudden remembers how the dumb kids got to school.
April 19, 2011 - LAS has lost his patience with a regular Daily Caller troll.
April 26, 2011 - LAS facilitates scientific discussions amongst the unwashed massed ruled over by the EPA bureau-weenies.
May 29, 2011 - LAS explains just who Barry's sugar daddy really is.
And now, Daddy needs a nap.
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