One important thing when you run a blog is to know your visitors. You can of course learn a lot by looking at which of your entries are getting the most comments, or if you use FeedBurner, you can get a peek at your RSS stats. General stats however, are often overlooked.
If you host your own blog, chances are you have some sort of ugly stats software already at your disposal, like Analog, AWStats or Webalizer. Neither of these are made specifically to track a blog, and it shows. This is why I installed Mint a couple months ago. Mint is everything the aforementioned aren’t. It’s pretty, it’s modern and it does exactly what you expect, and a little more.
Mint is not a hosted service, you will need to install it on your own server. The process is pretty straight forward however, and shouldn’t prove to be a problem if you have ever installed any software/scripts before. If you are a bit shaky in this area, there is a screencast to help you through it. And yes, you have to add a little snippet of Java-Script to the header of all pages. This will take you a total of 2 seconds if you use WordPress, be warned.
What’s even more, is that Mint has an open plugin architecture. Adding plug-ins, called Peppers, is as easy as a drag and drop operation. Peppers will let you track things like local searches, or fetch your RSS stats from FeedBurner. I have a few additional Peppers myself, and if your eyesight is above normal, you might catch some of them below. Yes, it’s the paranoia haunting me.
If you are at all serious about your blogging, or your “other” website, Mint should not be overlooked. Is it for you? Maybe, maybe not, but at least check out the demo, screenshots and list of additional Peppers.
Yes, all this leetness comes at a price. And that price my friend, is $30. Definitely worth it in my book.