A new Sitemeter: Partly defense, partly curiosity
At the bottom of my RH column, you will see a new little widget, green and white, labelled “sitemeter.” I’ve always been curious about who is visiting my blog, and where they’re from, and why they’re here. But, it’s really wretched that some sickos that have found my blog to view pictures of my dear and innocent children, so I’ve taken steps to keep better tabs on my visitors. That’s right, folks, I’m keeping track of you. (You can visit the Sitemeter website and take a tour to see what I can see about all my visitors. It’s a lot. And, if I paid to upgrade, I could see a whole, whole, whole lot more.)
It’s actually a little scary, how much can be found out about those who think they surf in anonynimity. I feel better knowing that each visitor could be tracked down to a real-life location in relatively short order if that became necessary. To the best of my knowledge, though, this free service provided by Sitemeter is *not* putting cookies or spyware on your computer, nor is it tracking where you go once you leave my blog. But, you know, there are services available that will do such a thing.
I don’t want to discourage legitmate visitors: friends, family members, people seeking gluten-free recipes, or info on their baby’s teeth coming in out of order, or where to take their kids on a drive or a hike. However, I do want to do all I can to discourage those with seriously suspect intentions from visiting here, or at least re-visiting here, once they see that this website is hostile to their intentions.
There is anonymizer software out there for those who are really intent on covering their tracks. But, for every software that comes out, “descrambler” software soon follows. No one is really anonymous, at least for long. For fun, you can try this website to see if a computer can easily track your IP address to your location. (It usually places the user in the right city, but not to your actual physical address.)
I hope y’all understand. Part of me really doesn’t want to spy, even though I’m curious. But the larger part of me feels that, in order to keep blogging freely, I need to take steps to protect my family.