The Meta Letter (Archive)

A now defunct newsletter from Kev Quirk

Meta Letter 15 - Analytics Shmanalytics

📅 09 Jul 2021

G’day! It’s been another 2 weeks, so that means it’s time for my bi-monthly invasion of your inbox. The weather has been beautiful over here in the UK. Add to that the fact that things are starting to open back up, and it has resulted in lots of lovely outdoor adventures with the family.

I hope you’re keeping safe and starting to enjoy some time with loved ones too. And with that, let’s get on with today’s issue, shall we?

📝 From my blog

I’ve published a couple of posts on my blog since we last spoke. I decided to remove analytics from my site as I found I was going down an unhealthy rabbit hole in comparing my site with others.

The second post is about the power of communications and why I think email is far more useful than blog comments. I think both posts turned out pretty good, you can check them out below:

Chasing Visitors – The Web Analytics Rabbit Hole
When I check my web analytics my response is often frustration, or even mild anxiety. It’s not healthy, so what’s the point?

Online Conversations & Website Engagement
Online conversations and the measure of website engagement are broken in my opinion. This post talks about my approach to all this.

🧐 Meta Picks

I’ve found a couple more interesting things for you to peruse. I hope you enjoy them!

By the way, if you have any picks to recommend, please reply to this email to let me know!

Every Second
very Second shows how many “things” we consume worldwide — you guessed it — every second. From buying phones to eating burgers.

Ten years of breaches in one image
Ten years of data breaches in one interactive webpage - it’s VERY interesting if you’re into that kinda thing.

Whoogle
A self-hosted, ad-free, privacy-respecting search engine that uses Google search results.

💭 Meta Thought

There you have it, another issue of The Meta Letter done. I’d like to ask a favour before I leave you though.

If it’s not too much trouble, could you reply to this email and let me know what you think of The Meta Letter please?

I’d like to put a some testimonials on my site, so if you could spend a couple of minutes telling me what you think, I’d be ever so grateful. It will also help me improve things if you think something isn’t quite right.

As is customary, I will leave you with a thought. See you in two weeks!

Superman’s most unappreciated power is his extraordinary fine motor skill. He has almost unlimited strength and can literally move mountains, yet is also able to shake someone’s hand without inadvertently ripping off their arm. 🦸‍♂️