Category: logs

Stats for February 2013

Being the first Monday of the month means one thing – time for a quickie stats update.

For the month of February, there were 73 visits from 41 unique visitors. By far, there were more visits from the US than anywhere else, but I had a visit from each of the following countries as well:

Canada
Estonia
France
UK
Jamaica
Turkey
Ukraine

Also, three visitors are listed as “Unknown location.”

By far, the most polular browser used was Chrome, followed by IE, Firefox, Safari, Android Browser, IE with Chrome Frame, Opera, and Uzbl.

The OSes of my visitors were Windows, Linux, Android, OSX, and iOS (in that order).

Until next month…

I’ve recently discovered a website called FavoriteRun which allows you to enter routes that you run and also enter activity. I’ve been using it for about a week now, and it’s certainly a convenient way to log all of your runs. Here are the features of the site I’ve used so far:

Creating a new route

It’s pretty straight-forward to create a new route. You’ll enter a name for the route, which is the only required field, followed by the city, state, and country that the route is in. There’s also a field for you to enter a description of the route into. Following that is a field for the type of route. Your choices are running, cycling, walking, other, hiking, and triathlon. You can also set the route to private or upload pictures.

Finally, there’s a map, centered on the location you enter as your starting point when you sign up. You simply click on the map to create a waypoint. Create a second waypoint to create a leg. Be sure to create waypoints at bends in the road if the route is along one, otherwise the leg will be a straight line between your waypoints. If this the route is a loop, just keep entering waypoints along the way until you’re back at the start. If you want to run a route that takes you to a location then back along the same path, once you’re at the end waypoint, you can click on “Route Back to Start” to do so for you. And if you create a waypoint in error, you can click it to remove it. Once you are satisfied with the route, click on “Save.”

Log an Activity

It’s also pretty straightforward to log an activity. First, you chose the type of activity from a list of the same types available for creating a route. Then, enter a duration. It’s a required field, but you can leave it at all zeros if you’d like. The next required field is the distance, or you can optionally choose a route from a dropdown to fill it in automatically. You can also enter a description, the date and time, and whether to set the activity as public or not.

Log

The final option I’ve used, though there are many more options available with a free account, is option to view my logs. This shows all the activities that I’ve entered in a nice report, including my pace for each activity if I didn’t leave the duration as all zeros when I entered it.

Conclusion

Overall, not a bad site for keeping track of your running (or other activity). There are lots of other features that I haven’t checked out yet, and even more if you upgrade your account to a premium membership. You can upgrade your account for $2.49 per month or $11.95 per year, which includes a bunch of features that look useful. Even with the free account, it sure beats logging everything on paper.

(Update: Please note that this is *NOT* a sponsored post.)

Usage Statistics for July 2006

Up until a few months ago, I used to post interesting information that I’ve seen in my log files on pretty much a monthly basis. Even though it’s a couple of days late, I thought it might be kinda nice to formally make that a monthly feature. So, here’s a quick rundown of from July 2006:

Outside of US .com and .net domains, Israel was the number one country represented in my logs for July. France surrenders (they were second. Go read Fark if you don’t get it). Overall, thirty different domains are represented. Some other interesting tidbits:

My Arpanet visitor is back. I’m curious as to who is surfing the web from an old Arpanet address.

My .mil visitor is back as well. Yes, I bitch about Bush and the “war on terror.” But if you’re not fighting for my right to bitch, then you’re in the wrong profession.

Hello NSA spooks! I know AT&T could just route my packets to you guys, so I appreciate that one of you took the time to visit my site legitimately 😉 (No, I don’t really know who visited, or from what branch. Just that it originated from a .gov address.)

I also had a visit or two from Saudi Arabia this month. Could it be one of my .mil friends visiting from off-base?

Other visits, aside from .net, .org, and .edu users, originated from the Netherlands, China, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Canada (one of my fellow Linux World Net bloggers?), Austria, Germany, the UK, Norway, New Zealand, Finland, Spain, Seychelles, Turkey, Belgium (can I get an award for the most gratuitous use of the word ‘Belgium’ in a blog post? UK DNA fans won’t get it, but US ones should), and Brazil.

Hello to everyone from around the world who took the time to visit in July. I see ya lurking there 😉

Usage Statistics

Over at Successful Blog, Liz mentions “One truth about blogging is that you can never know for sure where a post might take you.” I thought I’d comment here, because I recently discovered how true that is.

It all started not only with my May 10 entry on Links, but with the discovery of Successful Blog. When I discovered it, I did what I always do when I find something interesting; I added it to Bloglines. This, in turn, caused it to show up in my blogroll (which displays the 20 most recently updated blogs that I read through Bloglines via a PHP script I hacked together). Liz graciously acknowledged her addition to my blogroll and promptly heaped a ton of much-appreciated attention on that May 10 post.

In case you’re wondering where I’m going with this ramble, I was starting to wonder too. But to get back on track, after the initial flury of hits to the site and everything has calmed back down (I was up to 10 times normal trafic for awhile!), it appears that my readership has doubled! Looks like I had excellent timing for the site redesign 🙂

Hello Netherlands!

I just checked my March logs, and the number one non-US tld appears to be for the Netherlands, followed not-so closely with India. Norway and Taiwan tie for third. The US Government is again represented, as is the US military. However, my Arpanet visitor did not return this month.

Overall, nothing too strange in the logs. Just a minor drop in traffic from February, but traffic ebbs and flows.

Something strange in the logs…

I use Webalizer to kinda keep an eye on my logs, and while it’s neat to see the non-US sources in the logs, it just re-enforces the fact that the Internet is truly global. However, every once in awhile, something in the logs still surprises me. For instance, when I got my first hits from .gov and .mil sources. Imagine when I checked the report and saw “Old style Arpanet (arpa).” That’s gotta be the most unusual event for my blog yet.