If you use Blogger, and I guess quite possibly if you use other blog hosts, you can look up various statistics to do with your blog. For example, you can see how many views a particular post has had, and where in the world your visitors have come from. (Some of you travel a loooong way! Thank you! x) You can also check out *how* someone has got to your blog - for example, have they clicked from another blog (and which one), or did they do a Google search, or perhaps they've used a link posted on Twitter or in the forum for an online class.
To access this information you can just go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click on 'Stats'. Have a little play with the different tabs, perhaps change the settings (from 'Day' to 'Week', or from 'Month' to 'All time') - just check it out! It's fun :-)
There are also a couple of sites where you can set up an account (for free) and then instal a gadget on your blog which will track this information for you. I use BlogPatrol, and had my little gadget sitting on my sidebar way before I ever found the Blogger Stats section (quite possibly way before Blogger had a Stats section!) The type of information it stores for you is similar, and just as interesting.
One of my favourite sections to look at in either of these is that which gives you the keywords that people have put into Google, and which have resulted in them finding your blog.
It's unsurprising really that the most common keywords that lead to my blog at any time are 'Melsh' or 'I Speak Melsh'. Makes sense, right?
Perhaps slightly less obvious, recent keywords have been 'jane austen books', 'rome colosseum gladiators "loved the colosseum"' and 'what is a drabbit'. Also interesting was 'wordles answers bag + i'. I can kind of figure out where these have come from though.
I quite liked 'music for the kitchen', 'love scrapbook' and 'mincemeat truffles', all keywords from various times over the past year.
But why on earth would this particular combo lead Google to my blog? No, please, do share your theories - The Doctor really would like to know!
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