thanks too Thrall for pointing me towards this very handy plug in script for blogger. it just doesn't count visitors as my basic one does at the bottom of the page but also does a whole lot of analysis of hits and where they're coming from. she also did two new updates to her own blog, one of which is a nice entry on Dollsrealm.
blogging can be pretty lonely so posts in comments and hits are the only real feedback we get. one reason i always ask people i meet in Second Life if they know of this blog.
so now i can see where everyone comes from too.