Tomorrow the sitemeter odometer for this blog will click over 250,000. Way too many of those visitors were here for the blonde joke, or the Jesusland map, or for the kitty wearing the helmet carved out of a lime. It's doubtful that anybody dropped in looking for my opinion on post-modernism (a sham, designed to draw funding down from legitimate inquiry in history, philosophy, epistemology and literature to a tame set of academicians in order to maintain sweet relations among universities, corporations and conservative government and religious funding sources but I digress).
There are a lot of bloggers who get this kind of traffic in a day and it's taken me two years.
I've averaged over 10,000 visitors a month here on Typepad, but there were several times when sitemeter was whacked out, so who really knows? The couple of years prior to my 2004 conversion to Typepad I was on Blogger or Blogspot or whatever, and I didn't have a tracker. Then I shifted to my own domain and tracked about 35,000 hits. Hit counting is a black art as far as I'm concerned. Before Typepad, statistics from my domain host always were higher than sitemeter, but I use the free version, so I think I'm getting more than I pay for!
According to sitemeter I get about 1.5 page views per visitor, but Typepad says I get less than that. Sitemeter says that people are currently hanging around for about 75 seconds when they stop in here. I don't think this is either good or bad, but I hope when they leave it's because they've clicked out to someone I've linked.
I'll be moving again soon. My blogging and the toolset that's available have matured enough for me to move back to a domain of my own. As the blogging community's focus shifts from "attention" to "intention," I want to be out there riding a wave of Web Publishing intentionality.
All-in-all I think more visitors are better, so if I have to publish pretty puppy pics to accomplish that, say goodbye to the political opinions! JUST KIDDING...