Here's a conundrum: One of us mice writes a post that's quite fascinating and educational (like, for example, the recent post on native irises). The other mouse sends an excited and congratulatory email. Then we wait for comments -- surely someone must share our excitement! But maybe not. Maybe noone is reading this! Oh no! We're boring! Noone loves us! -- Ah, relief, a comment. Another comment. Mmmm, must be the holidays.
And on the one hand we honestly don't care that much. After all, it's partly about recording what we buy and plant, and besides, we read each other's post. But it's kind of nice to know someone out there is having a look, and maybe they'll divide their irises now, or order some seeds to benefit pollinators. We were both teachers some time long ago, and that probably sticks.
But how can we know whether anybody is reading? Blotanical and Diane from Elephant's Eye to the rescue. On Monday, I thanked Diane for her pick of the Iris post and remarked that we wondering whether anybody is reading. "Oh, just look at the stats," she replied. "What stats?" And here's her answer:
From your blogspot dashboard you can click Stats (that is a recent development) Blogger stats are immediate, right up to 'Now' which is the last 2 hours. Then I use StatCounter for the long term trend - How is my blog doing?
Amazing! We had so many visitors! And they looked at the Iris post, but also at the post about the dusky-footed wood rat. There are many options to display the information, it's just very exciting. Thank you, Diane, and thank you Google.
(First mouse picture from Wikipedia, the other two from The Baldwin Project, Bringing Yesterday's Classic's to Today's Children.)