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June 30, 2003

The great ineffability of it all

One of the things I've found oddest about having moved the blog to pair.com, resetting movable type to a (pretty) vanilla template structure in the process, is that I've not got around to reinstating the code for the hit counter.

With pair.com, I get lots of lovely server logs (easyspace did provide this, but it was a bit of a faff to set up and only came along later IIRC) and had planned to look at those instead.

But I just never get around to it.

And as a result I've got virtually no idea how many people read this, where they've come from, and what they were searching for in the process.

This is a curiously liberating feeling. I've sidestepped Clay Shirky's power laws by simply having no way of giving a shit. Nothing to get stressed about. My only measurement mechanism is whether people leave comments, and on my last "user survey" post the resounding opinion was that I answer all of my thoughts anyway. So that's not much use either.

So there you are - a blog that is genuinely for anyone and everyone, but mainly for me. I hope you (still) like it.

My plea to you all: Be brave. Stop measuring for a bit. See how you like it.

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 30, 2003 01:49 PM

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your template just seems to have broken, if that's any help....stuff all over the place (the blogroll now sits randomly at the bottom right for example)


Posted by: simon thornton at June 30, 2003 02:50 PM

no, take that back, the reading list is there, the blogroll has disappeared completely, and your calendar has spaced itself out down the whole LHS....

Posted by: simon thornton at June 30, 2003 02:51 PM

I know. I was playing in my lunch hour and got as far as reordering things but then had to do work. Yuk. Not had a moment to fix the bug to get the current media links from bottom right up to the top.

Posted by: Tom at June 30, 2003 04:48 PM

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