Hey Jeffrey! Thanks for the comment!
As I’m sure many bloggers will agree, you’re dead on with calling stat checking a drug. Even worse, I think it’s a drug that has a huge negative impact on the content we produce for our readers, an impact that is often difficult to detect!
I agree that three months is excessive for the long-term. I’m doing three months mainly as a personal challenge — a quitting cold-turkey method of getting me off the drug if you will. 🙂 I think once a month is a good interval to see where your traffic is coming from and what keywords people are searching for.
In case you’re curious where the favicon came from, it’s from Eric S. Raymond’s site.