So, my new favourite thing is this cool feature that WordPress offers to show you how people are getting to your blog. It shows you the various links people clicked on to find your blog. Mostly, they come from websites where I’ve commented, or where people have posted a link to my site in their blogroll (some of whom I don’t know at all who are obviously reading but not commenting (don’t be shy, drop me a line!), which always surprises me, but I’m very grateful and offer my sincere thanks! Thanks everyone!) This feature also shows you which posts got the most traffic each day, and the overall traffic your blog received during the last month. I’m shocked – SHOCKED – to discover that several hundred people read my blog each day. Who knew? Amazing.
I’ve been really rather surprised to see what kinds of things people are plugging into Google in order to reach my site. Some of the search terms that bring up my blog are really interesting – like the other day, one search for “how to stop dreams of infidelity” led to my blog, to a post I wrote about dreams. Neat. Then there are all the porn-related searches that bring up my blog, because I write about a lot of feminist issues dealing with embodiment and sexuality. I’m not what they are expecting to find, no doubt!
The newfound obsession I have with checking my blog stats has led me to the discovery of a translation service offered by Google. I clicked on one of the links someone had used to get to my site, and I was blown away when it loaded as a complete French translation of a post I wrote last month or so about female genital mutilation! It’s the coolest thing! And what a great way for me to learn more French – seeing my own words translated, so I know the intention and context behind them! And by the way, it translated all your comments, too!
Anyway, I don’t know if Blogger has a similar service, I don’t remember one, but I thought I’d share a neat thing I learned and am finding very fun and addictive about switching to WordPress.