Back in the Good Old Days when people started putting up their websites, there were two essential items.
One was for any site owner to call himself [or herself?] a Webmaster. This title was to somehow imbue a sense of power and awe in the readership. No website was complete without an address somewhere – webmaster@whatever. That practice seems to have vanished into the mists of time and I haven’t heard the term in many years.
The other essential ingredient on any self respecting site was to have a little page counter, bragging how many people had visited the site. Naturally a lot of kids set up their site and initialised their new counter to show around 100,000 visits before the site was even launched. It’s a hell of a long time since I have seen one of them.
I must confess that in the early days [and even the not so early days] I used to keep a keen eye on statistics and visitors, Google Analytics was my friend. I watched the numbers climb over the years, but then got bored with it. What did it matter? I was scribbling mainly to amuse myself so it didn’t matter that much if my readership went up or down [provided it didn’t drop below zero?]
A while ago I all but scrapped Google Analytics and installed my own system on a server to monitor “my” sites [Matomo, if anyone is interested]. It’s a lot more accurate and isn’t cluttered with a lot of Google’s nonsense. One of the statistics which does interest me is where my visitors come from. Usually the figures don’t vary much. The UK accounts for around half my visitors followed by the States, Canada, Ireland and Australia in that order. For some reason the Irish never had much time for me, accounting for around 10% of visits.
Lately there has been a change. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a spike in traffic in the early morning hours. China had discovered me! I don’t know [or particularly care] what caused this spike but it became a fairly regular feature.
Then another mob joined up from India. Now the UK still remains at the top but China and India vie for second place.
Today’s visitors –