Happier without analytics

Garrett Dimon writes about removing all analytics from his web site and how little he misses it:

What over a decade of number-crunching analytics has taught me is that spending an hour writing, sharing, or helping someone is infinitely more valuable than spending that hour swimming through numbers. Moreover, trying to juice the numbers almost invariably divorces you from thinking about customers and understanding people.

We don’t have page-view stats on Micro.blog because they are incomplete without counting the Micro.blog timeline and feed readers, and I’d hate for someone to be discouraged when just getting started. Newsflash: your blog does not have a million readers. That’s okay! If you really want stats, you can add some custom JavaScript to include Google Analytics or Fathom Analytics, but most of the time it’s a distraction.

Manton Reece @manton
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