I use StatCounter to track hits on the site. They’ve got a great interface, and the service is free for a log size of 100. They can pull interesting statistics out of your site that a regular web log analyzer like Analog and Webalyzer tend to obfuscate because they’re just big lists of page hits. Statcounter, by comparison, allows you to track individual visit paths for the records in its log file. It’s pretty slick.
If you want more space than 100 entries, you have to pay $9/mo and up. So far I haven’t needed this, but traffic has steadily grown. Primarily, this seems to be due to growing awareness of the Lazy Image Layout WordPress image plugin, regional restaurant reviews, people trying to kill fleas with Borax, and the sudden popularity of Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi image searches. It’s fascinating to see what people are looking for.
No idea how many people are just reading the blog itself…maybe 10-20? That’s still pretty darn cool…thanks guys!