Vagaries of the Blogger Profile
It soon became obvious that the "viewed" count bore no real relation to whether anyone looked at the profile, because the count would sit at one number for a month or more and then take a jump. It then stayed at about the same number for the better part of a year before jumping two or three hundred. I knew from Sitemeter, however, that a steady trickle of people do come to the blog via the profile; they've read a comment I left somewhere else, or were looking at all the blogs by house rabbit enthusiasts.
So... I wrote off the profile view count as utterly useless.
Then the other day I ran across a potentially interesting art-related blog. It was a bit baffling because while there were only three posts, the blogger gave no explanations as to what she was doing (most bloggers give some sort of introductory statement, or in some other way rapidly make clear what their purpose is in creating a blog). The thing just started as if in the midst of something long-established, and the three posts each had something like 60 comments. Sixty comments?! Only a few blogs I've encountered attract that level of discussion. Susie Bright, Threadbared, and the Sartorialist all get a lot of comments, but 60? Furthermore, the many comments on this mysterious blog (which was kind of interesting but not coherent enough to go back to) suggested that the blogger had a devoted swarm of readers. Well, fine, many of us have a lot of friends, and some peoples' friends actually comment on blogs (clearly some of my friends comment on blogs, but more of them don't read them, and some of them simply announce that blogs are self-indulgent drivel or that they're afraid they'd catch a virus by reading a blog).
Mildly intrigued, I decided to check out the blogger's profile in hopes of learning what the blog was supposed to be about, as in, art or merely descriptions of strange encounters with co-workers. This was where I was thrown for a loop. The profile said nothing particularly informative about the blog or blogger, but claimed that over 6000 people had viewed the profile. This on a blog begun in 2007 that doesn't advertise it will show you the daily life of Czech porn stars?
All right, perhaps a mild level of jealousy began to operate here--but not a whole lot, as my purpose is not really to bring the entire Blogosphere to my door. Most of the heavily trafficked blogs I've seen get traffic for good reason: they provide ongoing interesting material and lots of people link to them.
That's what I didn't get about the 6000-viewer blog. With only three posts, none of which were that intelligible unless you knew the person (which I didn't), where did the 6000 profile views come from? After all, generally a lot more people see a blog than look at the blogger profile. I had been going on the assumption that everyone's profile view counter worked like mine and was way behind on the stats.
Is the whole profile view counter system broken? Does it show completely random numbers?
Inquiring minds want to know.