Wednesday, September 19, 2007
My IP/Your IP
(WARNING – Reading this post may bore you to tears.)
I discovered my IP address has changed. Very weird.
For those of you who track visitors to your blogs via their IP addresses, please note. I am still visiting your blog – just via a different address. I haven’t abandoned you.
I use Site Meter. When I first starting blogging, I checked the stats religiously (i.e. daily) to see if anyone was visiting my blog. Now, I rarely do.
However, every Monday morning I receive an e-mail from Site Meter with a summary of the week’s action. I usually just take a quick peek and delete. This past Monday I noted that on a day I DID NOT POST I had tons of traffic.
(Very telling. People like to visit my blog when I have nothing to say.)
Anyway, I investigated further – went to Site Meter to check things out. That’s when I discovered I had a new IP address.
On a day I had posted I’d had an early morning visitor on my site for 15 minutes!
Wow. I figured that person must really love me. I took a closer look. The person had been visiting at the exact same time I’d been publishing my post. Oh. That would be ME. (Well, I do love me.) An unfamiliar IP address was showing.
Interesting. Talked with my computer savvy son. We both Googled the words “what is my IP address.” Many, many sites appeared and each one we clicked on showed that new IP address.
We went further – clicked on links to show the geographical location of this new IP address. (Specifics such as street name and # are not provided.) One site showed “we” were coming from the border between Nunavut Territory and Manitoba. I don’t think so! My trusty computer and I have never been there.
The rest were correct – Toronto. No big secret there.
Then I got hooked on what IP addresses are all about – started surfing the Internet until that “little person” in my brain said, “Stop! Get a life!”
But if you’re interested, try Googling those words.
You’ll get quite an education. Or a headache.