It would be nice if at some point @adam implemented simple statistics to show us how many visitors have visited and read our weblog posts. Nothing really sophisticated, just simple, naked visit counts…
I’ve toyed around with simple metrics/analytics in the past, and it was always a bit of a challenge to do it right (especially with so much traffic/activity form bots, crawlers, etc.). I’d love to do this but I almost feel like it should be its own standalone service — something that can work with profile pages, weblogs, and other stuff too (and that can separate the bots from the real people!). I’ll noodle on the idea for a bit and see what happens!
Maybe some way of using a self-hosted Plausible Analytics instance? They’re fully open source, and if you don’t want to manage it yourself, they of course have a hosted version. The code is here, and it seems to be a fairly lightweight solution. I don’t run it myself, so I don’t have any experience with it, but it seems like one of the best solutions.
Just my 2 cents!
I haven’t yet tried setting it up with Weblog, but I am using Fathom Analytics on my profile page (as well as on other sites on the internet) and they are fantastic.
I do know that they also have a self-hosted version, but I’m happy to pay them to take care of it for me.