It's weird it isn't just the go to solution.
@yarmo I think its good for motivation, to see if your content actually gets read and could affect people.
My write.as blog tells me the amount of views each post gets. I'm not sure what a view counts as, but when a post has over 11 thousand, its a nice feeling.
@Crocmagnon very useful!
@yarmo Personally I just love watching the live analytics (made them myself) of my site as people visit. It's very motivating in a way.
If it's 1st party and doesn't store any direct identifiers (names, emails, etc.) then I have no issue with it. If it's sold to 3rd parties or tracks me across the web, it's evil.
@yarmo with the privacy-friendly solutions, you're not tracking *users* so much as the general actions (which content is popular etc.) - which is IMO very useful.
Why not use it to know what content are your users interested in? And write more of that :)
I just needed something quick, simple and "privacy friendly" to give me an idea. So far, it has served its purpose. One of my posts has generated far more views than others - so that's obviously the kind of content that people expect to read.
This has resulted in my starting to write a follow-up post to the original.
Perfect solution? No. As @rune mentioned, there are better ways.
@yarmo Sorry to say I got trapped by the shininess of Google Analytics when it was pretty new and thought it was pretty cool to see all the graphs. I've literally not looked at it for years now, and haven't updated the site for ages either. If I get time over the weekend I'll remove it from the site, then there'll be no cookies or anything at all. Hell, maybe I'll start posting to it or something?
@yarmo used to have Jekyll site with tracking on it to see site visits, user engagement but I removed it after some time as It didn't matter to me much. I started using my blog without the worry for hits or engagement better for my sanity.
@null0x0 I do get the other's point about knowing what works best, but… I just don't care. I write the content. Visits anyway don't reflect how good it is. I think…
@yarmo yes! Agree. In the future I will implement Activity pub to my blog If I can.
@null0x0 oh… that's super smart! Your metrics will be likes and shares. I need that on my site!
@yarmo yeah! Comments would be the replies to the toots 🤔
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