If you can't beat 'em... I caved in -after three years blogging, I finally put a stat meter on my two blogs! Actually I did have a very simple counter in this blog for about a year and I felt it was a bit silly. Too tempting to keep checking it and anyway the numbers weren't very encouraging so off it came!
I have to admit though, I find meters and the amount of information they give the users a bit 'big brother'. I even stayed away from some blogs using Sitemeter. But I've gradually got used to them. However there is one thing I like, and that is finding out which countries the visitors are from. I still cannot quite believe that you can post a photo and within seconds it can be seen from Beijing to Buenos Aires! That's real magic! I often look at Teri's blog visitors and marvel at all the places they come from so last week I clicked on it, saw it was free, a quick copy paste and voila! I tried a couple of others but they either haven't worked or were unnecessarily complicated to install.
The second reason, is that last year wasn't an easy one and the art suffered a bit. Having to keep the blog updated forced me to keep drawing. Without a meter though, the only way to know anyone is reading is through the comments and I wondered whether it was time to throw in the towel. But the self imposed deadlines from the blog keep me going so that would be counter productive (I think there is a pun there somewhere).
So anyway, I now have a meter, a 'live traffic feed', mostly as a bit of fun but hopefully to find out I do have some visitors! It's been up a day and already it's been a pleasant surprise and a bit of a revelation. I thought my only visitors were from subscribers but many are coming from other blogs that have linked me and many are coming from searches on Google and Google Images. The novelty will wear off soon don't worry, but I think I'd better pull my socks up and make my blog worth hanging around on!