No sooner have I done yesterday's posting on the 'ambient intimacy' generated by services like Facebook and Twitter than I find on logging in to my Blogger.com dashboard (menu) page a new icon indicating a feature I have been unaware of, 'followers' of the blog. I added the 'gadget' to the left column of this blog (I'll try anything once), and on reading a bit further discover that it appears to deal only with followers who have blogger accounts. They can choose to have the fact that they are following the blog be either private or have their name listed in the box.
I try not to pay attention to the myriad ways one can monitor a blog's traffic, but when the Scientific American people asked me to join their 'Partner's Network' (see the icon in the left column) they asked me to sign on to the quantcast.com analysis site. If you go to quantcast.com and simply enter mindblog.dericbownds.net in the box, you immediately get a detailed demongraphic analysis of this blog's readers: sex, age, income, and how many addicts, regulars, and passers-by there are.