Sunday, February 8, 2009


A few days ago I added Site Meter to both of my blogs out of curiosity, to see who all drops by to browse through ramblings, view some of my pictures. I did not wager that half of those visits were from... me.

It turns out that, in addition to sitting around in half of my pants, I also enjoy obsessively checking the four buttons in my Firefox browser window: Facebook, Gmail, Korean Saga, and icanhascheezburger.

First, it strikes me as interesting what my priorities are. There is no "news" button or "bank" button. It's 1) chatting, 2) chatting, 3) chatting to an audience, and 4) laughing at silly cat pictures. I think that when it comes time to apply for a real job (in 2 to 12 years, haha), I will have to hide this blog so they can't find it online and discover 1) opinions of previous jobs, 2) location of research for current job (oops), nor 3) incredibly shallow pastimes. Unless I get a job where chatting is what I do, in which case I'm set.

Second, I am a little annoyed by how often I check these four websites. Facebook, I checked eight times today. And just so you know, it has been a very boring Facebook day. Only four status updates, no one added pictures, and there hasn't even been any good dirt on the Soju Friday board. Gmail--did I really expect someone to send me e-mail when it's 4 a.m. back home? Korean Saga--I go here frequently to check out if anyone else has updated, I'm not so narcissistic that I read my blog continuously (although I am compulsive enough to review past articles to clean up spelling and grammar). (Although I hate having periods inside parentheses at the end of a sentence that did not start in parentheses, so that is one punctuation mistake that I accept.) Out of 22 visits yesterday, 8 of them were from Asia, and I'm willing to bet that I'm the only one here checking out my blog. So. That's a little embarrassing. And there's only been one new picture on icanhascheezburger!

So really, I guess the lesson of this is, I need to have more books in my apartment. And tomorrow I need to go out and do something, because I'm not letting myself check Korean Saga without updating anymore! (Anymore tonight!)


Julie (It is.) said...

Rats. I should have gotten up at 4 and sent you email...

James H. said...

Well you're a bit stronger than me. I added the same type of tracking on my flickr page, ( and was bummed that only six of my photos had been viewed.

I'll see if I can't stop by more often to get those ratings from the US up!