I’m currently contemplating adding Google Analytics to this site, for the sake of being able to track visitors. The benefits are straightforward: I love attention, so I’d love to be able to see visitor stats. The detriments are that I’d have to compromise my principles to some extent. I’m a believer in privacy, for myself and others, and feeding my site data to Google’s giant data warehouse seems wrong.
Probably nothing, is the real answer - it’s not like I plan for immense amounts of traffic in any case. But it would make me feel bad personally, and we can’t have that. I think I’m going to hold off for now. I can always bite the bullet later.
Forgive me for the self-referential content for now. I woke up wanting to write and sat at my terminal not knowing what to write about, so I’d rather write a little piece about what’s going through my head than not write anything at all. I’m trying to make this a regular exercise, and I do have several good substantive pieces in the works, but that’s the problem - I’m missing enough of the substance to not feel good posting them until I’m good and ready, which may not be for a while, and I need content in the meantime. I’ll have to take a look at what other bloggers do, and where they find the fine line between filler content and substance.