A while ago I was messing around and installed some software on a server.
It’s a sort of analytics thing that measures traffic to websites. It’s like a concierge who counts the people entering a house, what rooms they visit, what they nick while they are in there and where they go after. At least it doesn’t flog that information to others like the Google yoke.
It is a lot more powerful than I first thought and as some nice, simple features such as a single list of sites and how popular they are. I hooked it up to a few of the sites that I run. Immediately I saw which were the popular sites and which got very little visits.
I took a snapshot that covers a few days.
Okay, so I host a lot of smudgy sites, but that’s only because I smudged them. Client confidentiality and all that shit.
The first thing that struck me was the traffic to Anna Raccoon’s archives. I was delighted with that.
Next was Martin Scriblerus. Again, a respectable placing in the league, as I suspected it would be.
The surprise was “A Pipe and a Keyboard“. That site is outdated and abandoned. I do use it very occasionally myself to refresh my memory on some point or other but I didn’t think anyone else would. One of the reasons I ran the comparison was to see if I could delete the site altogether. Maybe it should stay?
I was a little saddened at how far down “Smoking – on Ethics” came. I suppose I could merge it with Rambles into the Smoking section? That would release the server anyway.
The sad note was at the bottom of the table. Nisakiman’s site is more or less gathering dust down there. Yesterday it had three visitors and all three shot out of the site as soon as they got in. They didn’t hang around to read anything anyway.
So do I delete the site? It would seem like wiping Nisakiman from history, but it is nearly two years since he went to the Great Smoking Room in the Sky.
To delete or not to delete? That is the question.