A few years ago I (pretty much randomly) sat down and wrote this great big list of things kids should see, do, learn, etc before they become teenagers. It was just my personal opinion, compiled on a quiet afternoon, and posted to the net. Oddly enough, that silly list has become the most popular (by far) page on this site, gathering regularly dozens (but sometimes even hundreds) of hits every single day. To date, it’s had almost 40,0000 views, many of them from people searching for just that sort of list. Do I know if anyone is following my ideas? I gotta think at least a few people have made use of it in a practical way. But at the very least, I have: I posted a couple more of our check-boxed items (horses and supermarkets) that I’ve been working on during my early morning productive-time, and I’ve got a couple more which should be ready in a day or so… all of them thanks to our Iceland vacation. Someday, maybe I’ll come across someone else who is logging all this stuff from my list (it’s possible, right?) but until then Claire and I have about six more years to work our way through our own.
I don’t know where people are coming from, what is sending them here, or why they are choosing the posts they are choosing, but they are coming. No… that’s the problem. Both sets of “analytics tools” I’m using, Google and the one built into my hosting package, don’t seem to offer much insight. But the “page views” counter on, say “Tilley, Reloaded” is nearly at 3,000 after little more than a month, and “To Experience: Dad Confidence” (an article I pounded out in about 20 minutes lamenting the pains of modern fatherhood) has reached an insane 14,000 hits in a little over two months. But I can’t tell why — or, how or where or when — these hits are being made.