Sure, I'll admit it - I check my hits, at least once a day.
It's self-affirming, in a way, to know that friends and family are not the only ones stopping in. But mostly I do it out of curiosity. I want to know what led readers to EatingAsia. Another blog? A complimentary blurb in an little-known travel site (exactly one hit, to be specific)? Or is it a direct hit, indicating perhaps an RSS feed, which in turn suggests that said unknown reader is interested enough in my dribble and Dave's photos to want to be informed of new posts?
This morning I clicked an unrecognizable reference and was led to a memo from anonymous to anonymous, subject titled: un blog que tu dois voir de toute urgence. My high school French sucks, but I think that translates to something like "a blog you must see urgently".
How cool! Not that someone somewhere thinks someone else needs to check into EatingAsia pronto, but that there is someone somewhere whose mind (or whose friend's/family member's/colleague's/acquaintance's mind) works just like mine does; someone who obsesses about food, who's curious about what other people in other parts of the world are eating, who wants to know what is delicious where. "My friend, here is a very unimportant blog about FOOD. But of course, because it's about food, this is an urgent matter, something you must look into immediately!"
That I am somehow connected, however ephemerally, with likeminded people is an unexpected benefit of this whole project. Anonymous memo sender or receiver, if you're ever in the neighborhood I'll be happy to treat you to a plate of fine char kuay teow. (And please forgive me for publicizing the memo - you remain anonymous after all, and the subject line was just too wonderful to let lie.)
OK - enough with the lovefest. Let's get back to the food porn.