KILKENNY -- Egged on by claus meyer and encouraged by a family celebration wrapped in the sanctity of the season, I locked my laptop in my study and spent a day away from the internet. The first thing I did was look to see who didn't by unwrapping the clues left behind by my referrer logs.
The biggest single source of hits was on my primary RSS feed. More than 3000 separate calls for index.rdf were made for my blog's feed, compared to 960 people visiting HTML pages. You cannot expect people to read what their RSS aggregators find.
Even on Christmas, top photographers like Robert Mapplethorpe attract attention. That could also mean that high art is agnostic or that it crosses over to all faiths. More people visiting here are interested in Mapplethorpe than in Bit Torrent.
People came looking specifically for bikinis, a Bit Torrent search engine, the McCormack Sky hack and cracks to Sony Room Link. More people came here looking for bikinis than for weight loss tips. I have written about both.
At least 12 comment spammers visited here, coming from links that exist on blogrotted properties. Thanks to controls imposed by Six Apart and to the 454 IPs I've blocked from commenting, the 1019 visitors who came left no unwanted spam.
If referrer logs point to Christmas gifts, people across the world received mobile phones, Motorola's V710, Onkyo stereo equipment and iPods. The singlemost popular electronic item searched for on this blog on Christmas day was the Sony 700i.
In a surprising revelation, two multimedia students visited my weblog on Christmas. I can tell when this occurs because I can see the referrer string from their Lotus Notes address.