Do any of you fellow bloggers have Google Analytics tracking installed on your blog, and if so: do you have any lurkers?
I should probably explain what I mean by lurkers. On my Google Analytics I can see that I get lots of visitors, many more than I should do for a reasonably new blog, although I know a few of you followed me over from an older blog. These internet visitors; if you didn’t already know are called “lurkers.” Wikipedia quotes this about lurkers:
“In internet culture, a lurker is a person who reads discussions on message boards, newsgroups, chatrooms, file sharing, social networking sites, listening to people in VOIP calls such as Skype and Ventrilo, Ventri or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates actively.”
I’m not sure that the term lurkers is very nice, or indeed friendly, given that any visitor that spends a bit of their spare time reading my blog posts is more than welcome; but even if they don’t leave a comment, I would love to know a bit more about them. For instance; I can look at GA, and see the visitors who drop into my blog, and know who a few of them are, especially some of my favourites from around the world. I know that from the USA, Nessa Roo of Words from the Wench visits from Amarillo Texas, and that Jonathon Manor from Evening Revolution comes in regularly from the pickup bars, and clubs of San Diego; and I think William of My Walkabout visits me from Utah - but who is the repeat visitor from Macedonia Ohio, or Forest Park in Illinois?
Way down under, I have lots of visits from blogging buddy Dan of My point being, a citizen of St.Kilda Melbourne, but who are the Ozzies that keep visiting from Sidney and Brisbane? Just a short hop across the water in New Zealand, and I can see that the lovely Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers has dropped in more than a few times – thanks Fi.
Working my way towards home, I hardly get any visitors from the Far East, apart from a few in Makati – is that the same for everyone else? - until I arrive in India where I know that the visitor from Chennai, is Shruthi of The Shh Diaries. Then as I get closer to home there is the excellent Starlight of Crazy Thoughts who resides in Ljubljana, Slovenia, before passing over Torino in Italy where I have a reader who visits regularly, but I have no idea who they are? Out in the
Atlantic Ocean, I get lots of visits from Funchal, and they can only be from Joe, of Bits and pieces, obviously in-between sets at Moynihan’s.
Once in the UK it’s a little easier to tell who my visitors might be. From Reading, Berkshire is Happy Frog and I, and from somewhere near Bristol hails Moments From Suberbia, but who are the visitors from Leeds, Basildon and Lambeth? Another town in the
UK where I receive lots of visitors from is ; where I do have a connection, but I never thought they might visit or read this blog? Hull
So this is your chance Lurkers! Come forward and tell me a little bit about yourself. Who are you, where you are, what do you do, and most importantly – do you have a blog? By the way; if you do have a blog and you’ve listed dickycarter.com on your blog roll, but I haven’t done the same for you, please leave a comment on this post telling me, and I’ll add you onto mine (if you want).