I have recently added a small plugin to my blog to do simple web-traffic statistics, nothing very advanced, but it gives me an idea of who is visiting this site. Of course, this tool is very simple, and the sample size quite small (a little more than 1000 hits). In short, this data should not be seen as representative of anything.
The most interesting thing for me was referrer information, most people arrive from search engines. Some of the requests are somehow surrealistic, for instance if you search for the word rösti in japanese pages on yahoo, my blog is the first and only hit. On average, this blog gets around 80 hits a day.
The other thing this tool gives me is some statistics about the different types of browsers people use to look at this web-site. The first chart gives a break-down of the different browser engines.
It is no real surprise that Firefox has such a large share. Microsoft Internet Explorer comes second, and in the third positon Safari.
The share of the different operating system is somehow surprising, the 72% share of Windows is large, but we are far from the 95% share that is often touted, no doubt people who read this blog use different operating systems. The Windows version is either 5.0 or 5.1, aka 2000 and XP respectively.
At 18%, Mac OS X is quite strong, but the funny thing is, there is no trace of Linux, instead, I get 4% of BeOS users. I know that some of my readers use Linux, but my tool only keeps track of the 15 most common user-agent strings, and as every distribution will probably have a different string, none made it into the top 15, at any rate, the Linux share is lower than 6%. And I really wonder who the BeOS user is.