A blogger who shall remain nameless asked me about the three different stat counters I use. Said blogger is a smart fellow and had his own diagnosis for why, and as a true sci-fi buff was concerned with how I navigate the space time continuum. BTW, he is a good guy and if he wants to identify himself he is welcome to.
It is an excellent question, but before I answer that allow me to mention something that has been nagging at me. I really enjoy using Answers.com, just a ton of information there. I was playing around with providing you non-geeks with a definition of the space time continuum and it made me remember that I wanted to point out the utility of this service.
So check this out and be sure to read down the entire page, there is a lot there. You have to love the translations. With a little work I could start publishing in 13 different languages, imagine how many more people I could bore. 😉
I started using G0stats because I was curious to see how many people were coming to my blog. I found it to be helpful, but I still had more questions. Someone else suggested that I try Sitemeter, so I installed that and found it to be similar to Gostats, not all that pleasing.
And then I installed Statcounter and I have found that to be the most interesting and most comprehensive. I check in periodically to see if the numbers go up or down and to see what the most popular stuff is. I find it interesting, but I don’t write more or less because of what it shows me.
I still blog for me, this is so cathartic. It is an easy, healthy method of blowing off steam. And it is still one of finest methods I have of getting to the meat of my thoughts and feelings on various topics.
The keyboard provides an easy method of transcribing my thoughts down. Sometimes it takes having the words in print for me to realize what my thoughts really are.
Anyway, one of the things I have noticed about the three different meters is that they are not uniform in their tracking of visitors to the blog. I don’t know what metrics they use to define a visit, but since they are different there is a discrepancy among the totals.
Hope that helps answer the question a little.