I loaded the wordpress.com stats counter as a plug in. I've since found out that without a doubt that it is counting my own visits to my blog even though I am logged in as admin. I had my suspicions and tested it. I log in and then select "visit site" - when I return to the dashboard my stats counter immediately records a new visit. My test is also showing under the dashboard referrals. Say what you want my own visits are being recorded.