March 12, 2004 in Blogs

I Confess

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One of my favorite authors, Jennifer Weiner links to an article in The New York Observer which talks about the fact that many authors are addicted to checking the sales statistics for their books via According to the article’s author, some “writers will start spending minutes, hours—nay, days, weeks, months and years—tracking its {their books} progress on” I can totally sympathize. I check my sitemeter blog statistics anywhere from 3-5 times a day. That’s borderline addiction if you ask me and it’s sort of pathetic as my blog stats really don’t change much on a daily basis. But, I justify it all by saying that I’m not just looking at the numbers, but more so looking to see how people found me. This is somewhat true as I have found some interesting blogs by checking my referral page. So I’m wondering, is anyone else out there in blogland addicted to checking their daily statistics? And if so, is it time to form our own 12 step group as Jennifer suggests the authors do? Just wondering.


  1. March 16, 2004 at 6:27 pm


    I was pretty addicted to checking my stats for the first 6 months of blogging.
    Then I got tired of being disappointed every day. haha!
    Now I check once a day just to see where I’m at and yes, I do find new blogs that way.
    Funny thing is, once I quit worrying about links and hits, they went up. Sometimes now I wish they would go back down. Grass is always greener…..

  2. March 14, 2004 at 11:10 am


    i just re-started blogging and i am absolutely OBSESSED with checking my hit counter. im hoping that this is just a “phase” that will pass once i get used to bloggin’ again. at least im not in denial… ha!
    does anyone know of a free service that offers blog statistics (as if i need even more reason to check my blog every five minutes)? i wasnt thrilled with blogroll, so i switched back to standard html.

  3. March 13, 2004 at 12:17 pm


    I have no stats to check except for the referrals in my sidebar. I never signed up for the service with my provider.

  4. March 12, 2004 at 11:10 pm


    Hell yeah, I am so addicted to checking my stats! I haven’t put a meter on my new blog yet, so I’m taking a little hiatus from my obsession.

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