Is there any way to hide the hit counters on my stories?
If you go into your account and select "My Preferences" on the bottom left, there are options for:
Don't show me hits on my stories.
Don't publicly display hits on my stories.
Eventually there will be an option that lets you turn off the hit counts completely, so that you won't see yours or anyone else's, as well as a means of sorting by hit counts, which will be useful when trying to give love to those stories that haven't been hit as much.
Personally, I hate knowing the hit counts for my stories. Almost as much as I hate getting notifications for everything under the sun... which AO3, to my relief, does not seem to do. When ff.net suddenly started sending notifications when people bookmark you and whatnot, I rushed off post-haste and turned all of that stuff off. No, I do not know when people favorite my stories or add them to communities, and I do not want to know either. It just makes me crazy(er). Same reason why I don't get notified when people friend/unfriend me on LJ. Why would I want to know that? See above re: making crazy. *g* I'm glad the option is there for people who want it, but boy, do I ever not want to know.
I haven't gone and turned off the hit counters on my Yuletide stories quite yet because I'm actually sort of curious and interested at the way that different fandoms have noticeably different hits-to-reviews ratios. But I'll probably do it after the anon period is over, because of the aforementioned crazymakingness.