I once lamented to an Anchorage Daily News reporter that I needed an editor and the reply was, "You don't want an editor!" I was thinking about someone who would correct my typos and flat out mistakes. The reporter was thinking of someone who made assignments and set deadlines and cut out things the reporter didn't want cut out. I guess freedom from an editor, on the whole, is better than getting my typos corrected.
And I have readers who help with the typos. AKHarpboy leaves comments or sends emails when he catches something. My mom used to let me know about mistakes when she could still read the blog regularly. And others chip in now and then and I just want to say thank you.
I also get some unintentional editors - people who come to the site and get to a page that has a typo or needs updating. Every now and then I'll see that someone went to a page and I can't remember what it was about and I'll look and be appalled to see a glaring typo. (I can tell on Sitemeter where people go. I've left it open for anyone to look at so you can see what computers know about you. It's down on the right side column below Blogs Of Friends Or Acquaintances and above Labels. Just click on the number.)
Here's the page they got me to update the post on people born in 2011. Vietnamese General Giap was, at that time still alive at 100. I'd heard the news the other day that General Giap had died and when I saw this inquiry, I realized I needed to update the post.
Here's what that user looked like on my Sitemeter. (The links don't work because this is a screen shot.) If you click on the Sitemeter link on the right, click on any of the categories under 'recent visitors' and then click on a number, you'll get a page like this. Not every page has all the information, I'm not completely sure why, though I know if you browse through a proxy server - this link offers you some examples - you can clean your tracks to some degree.
Another post I try to keep current is the one on the number of African-Americans in Congress. This time, though, I was aware there was a likely new Black US Senator and made the changes as they were happening.
Visit Length is often a misleading category. I've been told that it only has the time until the last page visited. So if someone only looks at one page, it says '0'. Experts say there is no way to know how long someone has been there unless they click on something else. So, if someone visited only one page but clicked out on a link, it would tell me how long she'd been there until she did the link.
But there is a section called "Who's On?" (left column near the top). That tells me the time they got there. So even if they've only been on one page, but they are still there I can tell they've been there, say five minutes. Why can't trackers use that to calculate how long they've been just on one page? I'm sure it just hasn't been a priority for anyone.
Anyway, to my many editors, THANKS! You make this a better blog. Keep those corrections coming in.