YOU CAN NEVER put your faith in a single metric because if its measuring stick fails, you look stupid. If I believed Six Apart's statistics for this weblog, then I would be watching 388 visitors trample through this space every hour since midnight. I'd also be watching a blog whose average daily visitor count is decreasing. The correct numbers lie in a composite metric.
I opened up the back end of irish.typepad.com around 0630 when my dog asked to go for a walk. It said more than 2600 people had visited since midnight, mostly the stun gun crowd and people wanting to download West Wing using Bit Torrent. I looked at my public stats and saw Geobytes had turned grey which was normal for a big surge of visitors. Statcounter showed the average nightly trickle of 400 page loads. What to believe?