I check this blog quite regularly, not necessarily to write stuff, but more to just look at housekeeping stuff. For example, I check the comments because once or twice I’ve found that people have left spam, or adverts, stuff like “buy Viagra here”. I mean, this is mostly quite a serious blog, I can do without that crap, so I police the comments. It kind-of goes against my grain, to censor things, but I can’t assume that other people will behave responsibly.
Anyway, looking at the statistics for the blog this morning, I saw that one of the referrers from yesterday was from the search engine, Bing. I followed the referrer link and, sure enough, this site comes back on the first page of results, when somebody does a search on the phrase “stroke survivor”.
I’ve got mixed feelings about these statistics. In the early days, I thought they were just me, checking past entries. But while the statistics don’t go so far enough to tell me the reader’s actual name and address, they do give me various clues. Different browsers make requests in different ways,and Blogger can tell the difference between Chrome on Windows, and Firefox on Apple, say. Blogger doesn’t show me your IP address, but it does show me where in the world, just down to the “country” level. So, if you view my pages through a British ISP, say, then you’ll show up as a hit from Britain.
So, one of the reasons I take the statistics semi-seriously is that Blogger tells me that visits happen from a bunch of different countries. Most common is the USA, of course, but there have been hits from several other countries across the world. Importantly, not UK, so not me. Similarly, when the stats tell me that my blog was viewed from an iPad somewhere…. well, I know that’s not me because I don’t own an iPad!
I guess Bing must be pretty big, I know it is owned by Microsoft, but when I last checked, I don’t come that high on Google. I tend to regard Google as #1, just because it’s the search engine that I tend to use. I’ll have to search for myself again and see what I find. One day!