Last night I happened to be looking through Google Analytics (very nerdish of me, I know, but hey! I like numbers and other nerdly things) before I went to bed. Google, in a rather Big Brotherish sort of way, keeps track of all sorts of information on who's using their services. Blogger, the host site for this blog, is one of a number of Google 'products'.
Anyway, I noticed that as I pulled up the stats for my blog, the number of "unique visitors" stood at 4999. There had been almost 42,000 "page hits", from those 4999 "unique visitors."
Now, I would like to think that *everyone* who stops by this page is unique and unrepeatable -- to use a phrase I learned from reading Nicolai Berdyaev almost thirty years ago when I was studying philosophy in Chicago -- and not just the 4999 identified by Google Analytics. Call me crazy.
As I was perusing other aspects of the site and the statistics contained therein, I returned to that first page, and behold! the counter was now at 5000.
It seemed like a nice round number.
It also reminds me that tomorrow, God willing, I'll have 11100 days-in-a-row of being sober (assuming I don't drink today, of course; Hooray for the Higher Power!). Another nice round number, I'd say.
But who's counting?
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ