kelly@9's Geocaching Statistics
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned
lies, and statistics.
— Benjamin Disraeli
I try pretty hard not to get too hung up on my stats, since they really don't have any direct relation to how much fun I'm having while geocaching. At the same time though, I don't pretend to ignore them and act like they don't exist. There is definitely some interesting and useful info that can be gathered by looking at the numbers.
I think it's pretty clear that I'm not obsessed about my numbers and certainly not in any kind of race to boost my find count. If I were, well, at 250 finds in my first year of geocaching, and on target for the same number in my second year, I'm not really "winning."
To me the more interesting stats are the ones that are a little more esoteric, and perhaps more revealing about what kinds of caches I enjoy finding and what type of cacher I am. For instance, I tend to find a lot of traditional caches, and haven't gone after a single virtual one. Also, for living in the city, I tend to find a lot more regular size caches and less micros than you'd expect in such an urban environment.