Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

I’ve Stopped Using Piwik

Speaking of overanalysis, a few months ago, I installed the Piwik analytics package on Pixel Envy. I’ve been using Mint for a long time and, while I really like it, I’ve found that a lack of updates means that it’s not great with recent versions of Mac OS X or iOS. Piwik seemed like a good alternative. It’s lightweight, it respects Do Not Track, and it’s locally-hosted.

For the most part, my test was a success. Piwik was exactly what I thought it would be. However, I quickly came to realize that I didn’t really need all that data. I like seeing how many people visited my site and from what platform, but I don’t need much more than that.

So it’s back to all Mint, all the time for this site. I had fun with that little experiment, and it was nice to see that some of you click the links I post — even when buried several paragraphs down — but I don’t need to know that. I hope Shaun Inman updates Mint one of these days; I would buy 3.0 in a heartbeat. Even without that, it suits me fine.