Friday, December 19, 2008

Strange Behavior

I was fooling around with Stonekettle Station's HTML template last night.

Specifically I was adding in Google Analytics code.

Obviously I hosed something up.

You'll notice the 'recent comments' feed is acting wonky. So is the RSS feed. So is the gmail notification feed. This may not bother you, but it bugs the hell out of me.

I've got things to do this morning and no time to play with the code. Please ignore the ill-behaving comments feed until I get it fixed. I'm going to let the GA code run for a bit and see if I like it enough to fix the code compatibility issue, or whether I'd rather just delete it altogether.

So, far I'm not particularly impressed.

I like the analytics software I already use, and GA doesn't appear to give me anything I don't already have - but it does have some pretty graphs. And I like graphs.

If anybody uses GA with blogger and you want to tell me why it sucks, or why it's the greatest thing since BBQ Pork Rinds and Beer, go right ahead. Thanks.

For those of you following along in the discussion on yesterday's post about the auto industry bailout, I've added my comments which basically constitutes today's post and the thread is active. Please feel free to jump in.


  1. I use GA with Blogger, but to be honest that was because it was the first free one I tried and I've been too lazy to play with others. I have no idea if it's the best or the worst.

    But the map overlays are pretty awesome: maybe because they totally remind me of Supremacy.

  2. Jim,

    I just changed the privacy setting on my SiteMeter to let anyone in. If you click the meter at the bottom of my page, it'll show you all my stats the way I see them. (Note: I've got the paid version, not the free one, but the SiteMeter home page will tell you what the differences are.)

    Anyway, installing it on Blogger was really simple and the only thing I don't get that I want is "Unique Visits". OTOH, my traffic isn't that heavy that I really need that.

    I'll leave it accessible for a day or two so you can look around and see if you like it.

    BTW, Shhhhhhhh. Don't tell anyone.

  3. Nathan, I use the paid version of StatCounter and I like that just fine. I watch Google pretty closely though and usually follow their product line as it becomes more more interlinked.

    I figured I'd add GA, just because it was no cost - and just to see what it did.

    I'll check out your sitemeter setup. See what it does.

    Eric, yeah, the overlays are what actually attracted my attention in the first place. ooooo, shiny

  4. Jim,

    Google comments are yacking elsewhere, not just your place.

  5. Yah, I wondered about that. Google was acting strangely last night.

    Google itself, plus blogger which runs off Google was only intermittently available. Same with Gmail.

    Frankly though, I was drinking beer and Bailey's and watching Gangland, so I wasn't entirely sure it wasn't me.

  6. I use GA and I use SiteMeter (free version), and GA gives me considerably more information. The only thing that I do not know if it does is the minute details about every visitor to my blog, but I've never felt that was too important.

    I can't definitively say that GA is the best, but it's quite good for my needs.


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