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why does my private blog have hits???

  1. (this is really ingridcc--loopbraider--on my other blog, now)
    I don't get it, this "mirror blog" that I set to Private (so i could try out different themes) got 79 hits today and shows 27 for TOMORROW (fri 11-25)! It's only 6:34 pm thurs, so that's quite bizarre, but the main thing is I wanted this blog to be private, so who is visiting? I just checked and it's still set to Private.
    I haven't shared it with anyone (am I sharing it here by selecting it as the blog I need help with??? I don't really want forum visitors visiting it since it's just a disarranged version of my "real" blog.)
    Referrers today were 51 from "wp dashboard" and 1 from loopbraider.wordpress.com which is my "real" blog.
    Does that mean all these stats are my own visits? (I didn't even think I had gotten the blog as early as tues, when it lists 9 visits in stats...weird! I coulda sworn I set it up yesterday. I am a known space-case, though...)

    The blog I need help with is crickmore.wordpress.com.

  2. Yes, your own visits are counted on private blogs. I believe all people getting the "This blog is private" notice are also counted, even though they can't see the blog.

  3. Here's the announcement excerpt and link:

    Private blogs, which can be viewed only by users chosen by the administrator, now track the page views of all of their users. Traditionally we have omitted the views attributed to a blog’s own users because stats were meant to reflect the activity of the general public. However, this meant that private blogs had no useful stats reports. This change will be especially useful for private blogs that have many users. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/watch-your-traffic-grow-with-sparklines/

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