April – another record month at WUWT

The hits just keep on coming. 1,672,437 page views this month, up from 1,478,801 page views in March.


After posting last months stats, there was some discontent by some angry and somewhat incredulous bloggers that it might be an April Fools joke of some sorts. Sorry, no such luck.

But what was humorous, was one particular blogger (Joe Romm) who said:

It is absurd to publish one’s page views to 7 significant digits without caveats — even 2 is stretching it.

I got a huge chuckle out of that. So just to show that the stats are indeed real, and accurate down to that 7th digit (since they come from the WordPress internal traffic counter), I’m expanding this month’s report.

Joe, this report’s for you. Here is a screencap showing my WordPress internal report page, with all 7 digits, sans caveats. No caveats are needed since the WordPress numbers are actual, not estimated, and not drawn from router statistics.

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Maybe Joe will reciprocate and post a screencap his own internal stats page.

The graph on this page above differs a bit from the headline graph (which is graphically edited to move the title inwards and downwards to fit nicely on the page) because it was snapped after 00GMT (5PM PST) and it shows the new month of May stats also, which are of course quite low by comparison.

So the numbers are real, from WordPress.com (where my blog is hosted) and exact to the 7th digit, despite angry accusations otherwise.

In that blog post, Joe Romm also showed an Alexa graph to prove his point, saying:

Interestingly, there is one independent source that suggests Watts’ page views and mine are in fact the same (and hence possibly around 1.4 million).  If you go to the Web traffic ranking and comparison site Alexa, go to page views, and type in wattsupwiththat.com, you’ll get this graph:

So at best I am just negating the disinformation Watts is spreading.  Sigh.  And lest there be any doubt, WattsUpWithThat is in fact an extremist anti-scientific denialist website, as his recent posts make clear.

Gosh, all that angry prose from a traffic report? I don’t much care whether WUWT beats Climate Progress in traffic or vice versa, but I do care when the proprietor suggests that by printing my own internal stats page I’m spreading disinformation. Of course, I don’t expect an apology, but I wanted WUWT readers to know.

OK, following Joe’s lead, lets look at Alexa this month.

Pageviews: we are still about the same in April according to Alexa.


Though over the longer 6 month term, WUWT is slow and steady while Climate Progress runs hot and cold.


Joe didn’t show the other interesting comparative statistics from Alexa though, so I thought WUWT readers might enjoy seeing them.

Here is Traffic Rank over 6 months:


And here is Reach:


But having been labeled a “spreader of disinformation”, please, don’t take my word for it, visit Alexa and see for yourselves. Here is the link.

Some people might wonder why I post my web stats each month. Some might say I’m tooting my own horn, well maybe a bit, I’m admittedly proud of WUWT.

But there’s a bigger reason. WUWT has thousands of visitors, many of whom are regulars who see this blog as something they relate to and grow with. Many visit daily or even more often. There’s a sense of pride and ownership with all of you, too. Without its readers, content contributors, and those tireless volunteer moderators that keep the snark under control, WUWT would be nothing. I try not to lose sight of that. This is my monthly reminder to myself that this is a team effort.

As this blog expands its reach, it seems only fair that my readers also get to share in seeing the growth. I listen to my readers, who are often more insightful than I am, and they offer wonderful suggestions and topics.

I thank you all for making WUWT one of top science blogs on the Internet today.

And thanks to you to Joe, for bringing up this topic last month.

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Ron de Haan
April 30, 2009 7:59 pm

This is an amazing blog indeed.
Who needs the main stream media?

John in NZ
April 30, 2009 8:05 pm

You have every right to be proud.
I recommend WUWT to anyone and everyone.

Robert Boyd
April 30, 2009 8:07 pm

As one who found your site last summer, I am constantly amazed at the quality of your site and those who frequent here. Thanks for your good work. BTW you didn’t need to prove your stats to me, I trust your integrity simply by the way you run your site. Pure class.

April 30, 2009 8:13 pm

WattsUpWithThat is in fact an extremist anti-scientific denialist website, as his recent posts make clear.
Dude, doesn’t that just give you a warm fuzzy.
Oops I mean…
Bad boy Anthony, no biscuit for you!
Seriously though, I love WUWT keep up the good work.

April 30, 2009 8:15 pm

I’m one of the new people that jut started faithfully reading WUWT after hearing about it on Rush. Great site, keep up the good work. I have since spread the word to anyone that will listen.

April 30, 2009 8:16 pm

I love this site. I am here almost daily. Thank you very much.

Leon Brozyna
April 30, 2009 8:21 pm

Once again, another well deserved good month.
About as I suspected it would be. Now if we can see those total hits top 14 mil next month …
And here’s an Alexa comparison between WUWT and the other also rans, ClimateCrisis.net and RealClimate.org:
Looking at all the measures, WUWT keeps pulling ahead, nice and slow and steady. More reality, less posturing.

April 30, 2009 8:22 pm

This is not only the best climate related site, it may be the best site absolutely.

April 30, 2009 8:23 pm

It is crunch time in the U.S.
I donated $50 to CA a couple weeks ago for some computer equipment.
I will donate $50 to Icecap for his activism.
And I just donated $50 to WUWT, the Best Science Blog in 2009.
I’ve spread the wealth (what’s left of it).
Hope I don’t have to defend Texas (the CO2 capital of the US) in the next few years.
REPLY: Thanks so much Tom! Let us know when you’ve barricaded yourself in the Alamo, we’ll send help. – Anthony

Leon Brozyna
April 30, 2009 8:24 pm

I forgot to mention — you finished the 2008 with over 6 mil – another 6 mil in 4 months. Not a bad piece of work.

April 30, 2009 8:24 pm

Anthony – WUWT has become far and away my favourite blog. I, in turn, would like to thank you, the guest contributors, the moderators and the many remarkably knowledgeable and well-informed commentators.
I don’t comment often (only when I have something useful to add), but I do check in every day.

April 30, 2009 8:27 pm

Congratulations on your continued success Anthony. You deserve it.
[snip – sorry, I know you are defending me, but I won’t allow such labeling of Mr. Romm here – Anthony]

April 30, 2009 8:30 pm

Not the Alamo this time.
It starts will all the Texas refineries going down for maintenance at the same time.

Dave the Denier
April 30, 2009 8:31 pm

Congrats, Anthony!
You seem like a great guy. I found WUWT from a link on Instapundit last June and now visit several times daily to look for new posts and to read comments. I’m a non-scientist (small business owner) and I cannot believe how much I have learned from this site. I also enjoy the increasing presence of Steven G.
Based on WUWT tripling hits since April 2008 at an increasing rate, I predict a 6x increase for the next 12 months and 10,000,000 hits for April 2010! That should mean at least a 20x increase in slanderous comments from the Joe Romms of the warmist world. Hey, maybe even Gore or Hansen will slam Anthony or the blog by name in the next year 🙂

April 30, 2009 8:34 pm

I don’t understand the charts. Percent of what? And why is the Alexa Traffic Rank ordinate inverted? And have you noticed that climate progress’s Reach graph follows a sine curve closely matching the motions of the solar barycenter as influenced by the planet Treblo? I have a chart that I’ll gladly upload…
Just kidding.

April 30, 2009 8:34 pm

I am just a regular guy who wishes he had done better in school. We all have a civic duty to understand the issues that effect us – especially Climate Change! WUWT is a great source of information.
In this field, it is essential to be able to prove any “statistic”; great work.

April 30, 2009 8:35 pm

And while the refineries are down for maintenance, they’ll have to be refitted with some CO2 removers. May take awhile. Might keep one going for in state gasoline use tho.

April 30, 2009 8:36 pm

Anthony, this is the greatest community, the science topics continue to expand, the debate and discussion deepens, and your team of volunteers are amazing. Congratulations and much appreciation to all. Climate science might become science again to a very large population of curious and contented readers.
REPLY: And a special thank you to you also for the nice cards. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 8:36 pm

Congrats Anthony. Your hard work is paying off.
Kudos for the guest posts that you’ve been adding to the blog content. It is helping to make this a world class blog.
I seriously wonder why people like Joe Romm think that skepticism is harmful to science. To me it’s the opposite, blind, unquestioning belief in a scientific theory or hypothesis undermines any scientific value it might have had.

April 30, 2009 8:40 pm

I love this site! Anthony and everyone here should be very proud, and Romm should be very ashamed.
Keep up the great stuff people!

JFA in Montreal
April 30, 2009 8:41 pm

Don’t you think that that graphs looks a bit like an elevated hockey stick when the blade is seen square from the front ? 😀

Steven Goddard
April 30, 2009 8:42 pm

Too bad #1 science blog WUWT can’t be more factual like #2 Pharyngula – which has a lead story today linking church attendance with torture and immorality.
REPLY: Hmmm, he’s also asking his readers to help him win an iPod Touch. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 8:49 pm

So Romm calls this an “anti-scientific” website? His debate with Morano was just that–anti-scientific. I don’t remember him citing scientific studies in any of his arguments. All they contained was alarmist hogwash sprinkled with ad hominem attacks.

Mr Lynn
April 30, 2009 8:50 pm

Congrats; it’s a great site, though the comment threads are so darned long (and interesting!) that I don’t have time to read through them all.
One nit to pick: I know that it would be impossible to police the comments for grammatical infelicities, but the top posts could all use more editing, specifically for the all-too-common confusion of:
its = the possessive of it;
it’s = contraction of ‘it is’.
Not to mention your/you’re, their/they’re, to/too/two, etc., and the chronic use of ‘s for plurals.
After all, no reason for scientists, engineers, and technical folk to give the appearance of being illiterate boobs; it just gives ammunition to the opposition who say, “It’s only a blog; it’s not peer-reviewed.”
/Mr Lynn
REPLY: Guilty as charged. I have compulsive-possessive disorder. It’s an illness that can be treated though. 😉
Part of this has to do with spending the majority of my life speaking to a camera on television. Writing is something I never did much of until I started blogging. Rusty wordsmith am I. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 8:56 pm

Congrats for a great site!
And if you see a sudden trough in the graph watch out for that Draupner wave…

anna v
April 30, 2009 9:04 pm

I have never clicked on climateprogress.org.
I have a theory for the sinusoid increases and decreases in its hits. Maybe I am wrong, but speculation is free:
It is given as a link in courses.
Since main stream academia is in the box of AGW this site will not be in the curricula. Courses give periodic assignments and that is what makes for the large swings in readership.
I am basing this on some very modest statistics I have on a private web page on links that are relatable to courses. Hits fall during vacations and summer.

Just Want Truth...
April 30, 2009 9:07 pm

“angry prose from a traffic report?”
It’s jealousy. Probably insecurity too.
And you’re right, it’s pointless.

April 30, 2009 9:09 pm

Congratulations Anthony!
You’ve left CA far behind in traffic (which I think is probably due to the tougher technical content of CA and the slower posting rate of McIntyre), but I’m sure everyone appreciates both blogs (other than the Hockey Team and Joe Romm)
I’m a daily reader now of both blogs and I’m enjoying the changing of the scientific landscape from where it was when CA began.

April 30, 2009 9:13 pm

Wow, the commenter ‘in denial’ was very effective on the thread you linked at Climate Progress.
[snip let’s leave the labels at home please, but thank you for your continued support – Anthony]

Just Want Truth...
April 30, 2009 9:14 pm

I still wish Anthony would consider an ad on Yahoo’s and Drudge’s front page. I’d donate what I could to help make it happen.

April 30, 2009 9:14 pm

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
~ George Orwell ~
Hang in there, Anthony!

Just The Facts
April 30, 2009 9:25 pm

Solid website that is dedicated to the facts. When history books are written about the folly of human’s preparing for a period rapid and drastic warming, as we entered a period of (potentially rapid and drastic) cooling, they will reference WUWT as one of the primary factors in preventing the folly from going too far.
I dare say that the tide has begun to turn, and WUWT is one of the primary reasons for it.
REPLY: Thanks for the kind words, but I doubt WUWT will even make the Bibliography of history. Compared to other media, WUWT is a flyspeck. – Anthony

Bob Wood
April 30, 2009 9:26 pm

I appreciate this web site! Its like a breath of fresh, pure air blowing out all the politically correct rubbish the media is full of. By all means, keep up the good work!

April 30, 2009 9:39 pm

Hi Anthony,
Congrats from the land down under. Like all the rest I now look at your site several times a day and am very impressed with the content, in particular the diversity of opinion and and the different ways you come at the Global warming/Climate Change debate.
You may or may not be aware that there has been recently launched in Australia a new political party called the climate sceptics ( http://www.climatesceptics.com.au ). Your website along with many others I could mention has been a part of giving us the courage to launch such an ambitious foray in to the political arena.
Australia is blessed with some of the great science minds including Prof Bob Carter, William Kinnonmnoth and David Evans who tirelessly work towards stimulating debate on the weakness of the CO2 induced Global warming hypothesis.
A small plug for Dr Ian Plimer who has recently launched his new book Heaven & Earth -The missing science of global warming. Do yourselves a favour and check it out. http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/PLIMER.pdf
Thanks again from your Australian readers

April 30, 2009 9:43 pm

WattsUpWithThat is an extremist anti-scientific denialist website
Where can I buy that t-shirt? I’m headed to the beach in a few weeks. I can just picture it:
Me in a fold-up lounge chair, kicked back with a frosty beverage, shadowed from the (spotless) sun’s (less-) harmful UV rays by a colorful beach umbrella as I gaze upon the crashing waves of the Gulf, wearing a WUWT denialist t-shirt.
I bet the babes would be draped all over me and my denialist self.

Just The Facts
April 30, 2009 9:48 pm

“but I doubt WUWT will even make the Bibliography of history. Compared to other media, WUWT is a flyspeck. – Anthony”
They often write about the place where the counter-revolution was planned. And WUWT may also be referenced as an example of how alternate media began to override mainstream media as the place where people go to get their facts. The mainstream media has become the place where people go to be entertained.

April 30, 2009 9:49 pm

Congratulations, Anthony!
Nice to see that readers from a small non anglo country like mine can make a significant contribution in the stats besides the large anglo-saxon empire states.
Keep up the good work, Anthony et al.

April 30, 2009 9:52 pm

Nah…you don’t give yourself enough credit, Anthony. Not a flyspeck [nor a sunspeck] at all.
You have assembled some of the greatest minds on here
Thanks for providing a conduit for the free flow of scientific information.
A VITAL contriibution to our species….and to our planet.
Norfolk, VA, USA

Graeme Rodaughan
April 30, 2009 9:52 pm

“extremist anti-scientific denialist website”
Hmmmm…. looking at this from all angles, the best I can come up with is at least the
“website” part is correct!
Excellent work by Anthony and the WUWT team.
Cheers G

April 30, 2009 9:58 pm

I’ve been visiting both WUWT and CP several times a day for almost two years. The difference in tone is striking.

Keith Minto
April 30, 2009 10:02 pm

Yes, this is a great site.
Congratulations Anthony, contributors and moderators for making it open,accessible,stimulating and informative. Above all it keeps to the broad topic of Climate science and minimises personality issues.
The comment that this site is ‘anti-scientific’ is the very opposite of what it actually is.
What a breath of fresh air that such a site can produce so much detailed information and opinion in so short a time.
I know it is time consuming to follow a thread to the end but it is often worth it as thoughts and ideas are digested and some of the best comments are at the end.
Don’t ya just love the Internet!

Graeme Rodaughan
April 30, 2009 10:05 pm

“extremist anti-scientific denialist website”
I have long held a theory that I am an extremist anti-scientific denialist, but I can’t seem to find any independently verifiable, empirical evidence that I am. Consequently after conducting a double-blind study to ensure that my assessment was not inadvertantly biased, I have to conclude that my theory has indeed been falsified.
Unfortunately, I have not yet published my finding in the peer reviewed literature – so I can’t claim it to be “authoritive”.

April 30, 2009 10:07 pm

Tom in Texas (20:23:13) : Hope I don’t have to defend Texas (the CO2 capital of the US) in the next few years.
REPLY: Thanks so much Tom! Let us know when you’ve barricaded yourself in the Alamo, we’ll send help. – Anthony

Tom & Anthony: My Texas Uncle once told me that, since I was a marry’en his favrit Niece, that If’n I eva didt anythin t’hurt her he’d cum ‘n kilt me real gud! (this was in the wedding line after the wedding… honest!)
I take this seriously and I take it to mean that in some small way I’m sort of an honorary Texan by marriage… Given that:
Tom, if’n you be need’n any hep, you jes hollar. I got me some guns an ammo an a truk to haul ’em wit (an a Texas woman nextame what says I’m owenya sumpen) so if Texas needs dafenden, y’all jes holler an a’ll come a runnen!
Honest. It’s a blood oath thing that comes with marriage to a Daughter Of Texas… (If you haven’t married in to Texas you have no idea how real this is… “Don’t mess with Texas” is more than just a slogan … ) So Anthony says we’ll send help, we will!

p.g.sharrow "PG"
April 30, 2009 10:08 pm

A few months ago a Bay area Friend suggested I check out “Watts Up With That”, Wow and after a few readings I realized, an old friend Anthony Watts was the man in charge!
“Anthony Watts” the farmers friend and the best weather guesser in the north valley.
Congrats on your web site. Just one problem, if it gets any more commentors I may not have time to read them all, and the comments are generally a good extension of the articles. And a big thanks to the moderators, this site is a pleasure to read.

April 30, 2009 10:11 pm

Anthony, though you give wind turbines a bad rep, which they don’t deserve, I still consider your blog a sane place i a world gone completely climate mad. We danes have to listen to our “climate minister” blabber about her “important conference” so things are getting even more unbearable here right now…
Soren Copenhagen, Denmark

I actually like wind turbines, but I don’t like the maintenance headaches and the downtime, of which there is a lot. There’s an overreaching by utilities on their reliability in an attempt to “go green”. Maybe in the future we’ll have wind turbines that don’t explode like dandelion puffs in the wind. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 10:23 pm

Don’t underestimate the power of your blog – I often refer people here for exposure to a different perspective. Those that drop by once tend to return again and again. I’m a daily visitor myself – yours is the blog I love to read for education and entertainment. Many thanks to all who contribute!

April 30, 2009 10:23 pm

Congratulations again, Mr. Watts! A most excellent use of the facts to rebut a warmist’s claims. (you are VERY good at that, by the way…)
(or as we say in Texas, Way to fire, son, way to fire!)
I offer a different (perhaps better?) term for the host/ moderators/ commenters*/ contributors on WUWT, compared to that offered by Mr. Romm:
“. . . persons having various qualifications and pedigrees, who hold the opposite view from the global warmists. Known by various labels, my preferred description is knowledgeable climate realist. A KCR is not taken in by bad science, or by unsupportable conjecture, but examines the claims and projections against factual, observable events. Thus, when the warmists claim that rising CO2 causes the atmosphere and the oceans to heat up, a KCR looks at the record. The record clearly shows that the atmosphere sometimes heats up, but many times remains the same, and many times cools down, all while CO2 rises. At that point, a KCR begins to doubt the warmists.”
* – with the caveat that a few of the commenters are definitely NOT KCR’s, but warmists.

April 30, 2009 10:28 pm

I was directed to this website by realclimate. I posted a comment on there pointing out that there was no conclusive scientific proof of global warming. I was predictably abused and told I should go back to WUWT where I belonged. I’d never heard of you, but paid a visit and now I’m an addict. Thanks Gavin.
Two more things:
1. This curve is in lock step with the recent global cooling.
2. Climateaudit should be sent the data and methodologies that produced this curve so they can do a detailed peer review, otherwise you will have realclimate telling the world it’s only an aberration and they had been predicting it, but expect it to take a downward swing in 30 years time.
Well done Anthony.

April 30, 2009 10:41 pm

AEGeneral wants a Watts Up With That? tee shirt.
So do I. Someone who frequents this blog and has artistic talent should design a cool WUWT logo. Anthony, you could partner with one of the web outfits where we could order WUWT stuff (tee shirts, sweatshirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, etc.).
I’d like to proclaim to the world that I am a warming denialist, increase awareness of WUWT, and maybe you could make a few bucks off it to help pay for this site.
If you get more than one logo design, we could vote on the one we like best!
Sounds like fun to me 🙂
REPLY: I’m not much for tawdry merchandising, but I’ll think about it. Do you really want to be known as a “denier” ? Skeptic is the label of choice. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 10:48 pm

Anthony, I view your site several times per day. I just love reading /sarc on/ the rantings of Know-nothings like Goddard, Goklany, Svaalgard, Archibald… etc. etc. etc…. not to metion that troll moderator “charles” also called in his off-hours “jeez”… /sarc off/ I learn something new here every day. Keep up the good work.
Can your statistics differentiate “unique hits” vs. “repeat visits”? I would suggest that a high repeat-visit count would indicate the level people found the site of value….
Reply: 3% of our users qualify as addicts, accounting for 49% of visits. “Regulars”, users who come by at least once a month, account for an additional 40%. The last 11% are passers by.~ charles the troll moderator who in his off-hours is AKA jeez

Graeme Rodaughan
April 30, 2009 10:52 pm

I have devised a computer model to model the rise in extremist anti-scientific denialism.
In accordance with some well know authorities on the subject, the model assumes that such a rise is directly coupled with hits on the famous http://wattsupwiththat.com/ site.
After 100 individual runs of the model, in which an ever increasing rise in hits on the famous http://wattsupwiththat.com/ site, it was found that the initial assumption was in fact “true” each and every time. The fact that all my computer model runs agree with the initial assumed premise have convinced me that the assumption is in fact correct.
The use of such self-referential logic is very much esteemed by the successful practioners of climate modelling, and I would happily recommend it to anyone who is interested in proving their assumptions to be correct.
REPLY: You neglected to factor in feedback. We get feedback here daily. – Anthony

April 30, 2009 11:02 pm

The masses are waking up… keep up the good word… the debate is just beginning.

April 30, 2009 11:03 pm

Unscientifically based on how darned cold it’s been at my house the last couple years and the fact that my garden just doesn’t grow like it used to for lack of sunshine, I think I’m rapidly moving beyond skeptic to denialist…..

April 30, 2009 11:11 pm

BTW, merchandising is only tawdry when you have obnoxious neon ads flashing distractingly and you constantly push your wares to the detriment of the rest of your site. A nice, discreet button that links to a site where we could by a product if we choose to do so, would be fine IMHO.

April 30, 2009 11:18 pm

“Skeptic is the label of choice. – Anthony”
How about realist vs alarmist?

Juraj V.
April 30, 2009 11:33 pm

“..mainstream science is on the verge of being overturned by the efforts of a group of dedicated amateurs” (The Australian Financial Review, April 23)
Congrats Anthony, Steve, McIntyre and many others 🙂

April 30, 2009 11:36 pm

“Too bad #1 science blog WUWT can’t be more factual like #2 Pharyngula…”
Uh…sure. Going to Pharyngula for facts on any science-related matter is a mistake.
It’s borderline amusing to see WUWT introducted as an “extremist anti-scientific denialist website” right off the bat — sort of like being introduced every time as a “silly-pants doodyhead.” The speaker instantaneously comes off as more absurd than the target.

April 30, 2009 11:40 pm

Congrats again, Anthony!
I’m very glad that 1) you created and maintain WUWT, and 2) that I found it early on. I’ve sent innumerable people here, and visit several times a day to keep up. The other day I noticed the owner of my company was browsing around, too, which made me smile.
Personally I’ve cut my commenting back a bit lately since, well, there are others with more important contributions. Also I tend to be very impatient with stupid people. Although I’ve never been “snipped”, I’ve had my fingers slapped a few times so… yeah, I keep that tendency under control.
As others have said, the atmosphere here is polite and pleasant, and that IS because of the moderating. I have little doubt that is the reason people come back and bring their friends. There is much to learn and so little of importance in the mainstream media (who CARES what Tom Cruise is doing???) Even some of the throwaway comments I see on WUWT lead me in directions I never would have gone before… the other day someone posted something about the reservoir in the Ozarks that failed, and I (wasted) spent over an hour reading up on it and studying the pictures.
I don’t know what planet some of the rabid AGW people are living on, but here on Earth this site represents Science. I must have missed the day in school where Science was defined as steadfastly standing by a failed and disproved hypothesis. Every day that you don’t learn something new is a wasted day.

Heraldo Ortega
April 30, 2009 11:49 pm

I’d love to take all the credit for the traffic as I have a link on my own web-page.
But I have only had 2000 hits in 18 months,…. drat.

Another Ian
April 30, 2009 11:53 pm

Anthony, don’t overlook the multiplier effect of the number of discussions resulting from your hits score.
E.M. Smith – as John Steinbeck put it – Texas is not so much a state as a state of mind.
The idea seems to help explain some other geographical places and may also figure with WUWT

Rhys Jaggar
May 1, 2009 12:08 am

Reasons for visiting this blog:
1. Uncensored contributions, provided that threats or foul language are not used.
2. Responsiveness to user interest and queries.
3. Independence from IPCC/Govt mantras.
4. Links to other sources.
5. Specific data to address specific claims/counter claims.
6. Global contributions.
Clearly if you only read the Guardian or were an unreconstructed member of the Labour Party, you’d be taking anti-hysteria pills to keep you calm in the face of imminent armageddon. Or you should be. Or you should be relocating you and your kids to at least 200m above sea level…..and slightly further north, as clearly deserts are going to form as far north as Southern England within a short period of time……..
Mercifully I am a member of neither of those interest groups, so I visit this site, amongst others, and hold a healthy scepticism about what I am told. Because in 44 years on this earth, I can’t ever remember being spoken to respectfully as an adult by a single member of the scientific or political classes about any issue of substance. Because for them, it’s all about ‘edge’, ‘power games’ and ‘status’ via ‘controlling the masses’. Actually it’s about pathetic little spying rings, but that’s getting off topic…
But if you ever tire of this blog Mr Watts, ever thought of setting one up to discuss modern surveillance methods and how they are used against intelligent skeptics – you’d be amazed, appalled and radicalised if you did, I promise you?!

Jeff B.
May 1, 2009 12:43 am

Congrats Anthony and the rest of the KCR team. Humiliy is very noble, but we all need to realize that the Alarmists got to where they are on the backs of most of us who prefer daily humility. Now is the time to loudly proclaim what real science looks like and defend ourselves from the crippling economic plots of the Alarmists.
On other more local blogs I link and reference WUWT early and often. I notice more and more commenters at such sites are becoming KCRs. Word is getting out through the MSM blockade.
Joe Romm and the Hockey Team are scared, and it shows.
Full steam ahead.

May 1, 2009 12:53 am

Can we see a chart of page views vs global temperature anomaly or Arctic ice?

May 1, 2009 1:23 am

Hey – toot your own horn all you want. No one is forced to listen.

May 1, 2009 1:23 am

Congratulations Anthony. Down under (Australian and New Zealand), there are a number of us directing as many people as we can to your site. We are probably making a small contribution at least.
A suggestion: With all of the existing and latent talent at WUWT, is it time to organize a team to take on the infamous, self-appointed climate change twister of the truth, William Connolley at Wikipedia?
Best wishes

May 1, 2009 1:50 am

You should very proud of what you`ve created here Anthony. You have singlehandedly done more than anyone on the entire planet, to bring awareness to the AGW hoax. Yes Climate Audit started it, yes the likes of Richard Lindzen, Christy etc helped. Media like Rush Limbaugh or Andrew Bolt (here in Aus) helped locally, but WUWT has done more than all of these combined to bring awareness to the world.
If the AGW hoax starts to REALLY break, and by that I mean when true stories about the hoax reach 30-40% of the volume that AGW propaganda gets in the media, then the public will start to waken en-mass. I hope you have prepared for that – because you will look forward to millions more viewers per month then. You will probably even take on blogs like Drudge, HuffPost etc.
I’ll throw one out there…. : Nobel Prize in 2013
hehe hope Andrew gets a big head !!

May 1, 2009 1:52 am

I think you’re painting with an overbroad brush on the question of scientists and respect. I have received many kind and thoughtful replies from scientists who subscribe to AGW (but not in its catastrophic form).
The people who you’re really railing at are offensive, arrogant and abusive – but they are a very small fraction of a percentage of scientists in general. I would estimate that perhaps 30-40 of these individuals are causing 95% of the hot air in global warming. They have the attention of the media for the moment (although that is waning as the climate cools).
In ten years or less, everyone will wonder what the fuss was about.

Pierre Gosselin
May 1, 2009 1:58 am

I hope this page reaches 10 million and becomes the Drudge Report of Climate and Weather.

Evan Jones
May 1, 2009 2:00 am

This is an amazing blog indeed.
Who needs the main stream media?

The way things are going, this site may hit a tipping point leading to runaway readership and BE mainstream media.

Reply to  Evan Jones
May 1, 2009 2:03 am

what are you doing up evan?

Pierre Gosselin
May 1, 2009 2:01 am

I think you are over-rating that bozo at Wiki.
I don’t think that many people are fooled by his shenanigans
and he’s just a bit player on the subject.
Believe me, this guy is not going to decide the science.

Evan Jones
May 1, 2009 2:05 am

REPLY: Thanks so much Tom! Let us know when you’ve barricaded yourself in the Alamo, we’ll send help. – Anthony
Failing that, I will write up a site survey using satellite resources.

Evan Jones
May 1, 2009 2:06 am

what are you doing up evan?
Debiasing. (What else would anyone be doing at this hour?)
You got snipped again, kim? Tsk! Tsk!
(And I wasn’t moderating at the time, so I didn’t even get to read it.)
I have long held a theory that I am an extremist anti-scientific denialist, but I can’t seem to find any independently verifiable, empirical evidence that I am.
Even worse, you have to be one for 30 years for it to count as a statistically significant trend.
So do I. Someone who frequents this blog and has artistic talent should design a cool WUWT logo. Anthony, you could partner with one of the web outfits where we could order WUWT stuff (tee shirts, sweatshirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, etc.).
What did I tell you? T-shirts are a must.

Chuck L
May 1, 2009 3:59 am

I guess I qualify as an “addict” finding my way here daily. Congratulations on WUWT, not only is there great information here but as an added dividend, it alway lights up Joe Romm and the Real Climate gang, providing entertainment in addition to information!.

May 1, 2009 4:01 am

Heeeee Watts, Congrats

May 1, 2009 4:18 am

I like this site too,and visit every day.It’s so informative.Thank you.

James P
May 1, 2009 4:40 am

Robert Boyd (20:07:53) :
As one who found your site last summer, I am constantly amazed at the quality of your site and those who frequent here. Thanks for your good work. BTW you didn’t need to prove your stats to me, I trust your integrity simply by the way you run your site. Pure class.

Agree entirely. I also note the contrast with the AGW sites, which are mostly far more hostile to any dissent.
Purely in the interests of research, I clicked on your link to Romm’s site, where some brave soul was defending WUWT and pointing out a few inconsistencies in the AGW platform. He was told to ‘STFU’…

May 1, 2009 4:44 am

I probably commented before, but I want to say that we over at traders-talk are behind you.
I try to send traffic your way when I can squeeze in a link.
Frankly, if we can get a bit more recovery in ad revenues, we’ll send you over some green.
I note that while we kill you on time spent on site (not MY time on site however), you kill us on reach. Reach is imperative and I’m very glad you’ve got it.
Mark Young

May 1, 2009 4:47 am

Yanno, the founder of Wikipedia is an objectivist or is at least objectivist friendly.
I don’t know if that matters, but it may allow for some non-politicized openness.

Bob Shapiro
May 1, 2009 5:05 am

Joe Said:
“So at best I am just negating the disinformation Watts is spreading. Sigh. And lest there be any doubt, WattsUpWithThat is in fact an extremist anti-scientific denialist website, as his recent posts make clear.”
Anthony, you said he published it on his blog. I’m no lawyer, but this sounds like a straightforward case of libel. If there are any attorneys in your fan club who would take this case just for expenses, this could be the perfect forum for the debate the AGW people refuse to participate in.

Roger Knights
May 1, 2009 5:16 am

“How about realist vs alarmist?”
Or cooler head vs. hothead.

Rick K
May 1, 2009 5:31 am

Anthony, heartfelt congratulations on your site! I only found you a couple of months ago and have been back daily ever since.
Like many of the posters here, I appreciate the varied and interesting content along with the valued comments of your readers.
Many things start small so don’t sell yourself short. There are many who thirst for truth and value it when they find it. It is in woefully short supply these days and the impact of your site will probably be greater than you will ever realize.
If WUWT continues to “warm up” like this your site may be a target of some future ‘cap and trade’ effort!
The knowledge gained here is invaluable and your efforts and those of your readers are key to turning the tide toward a more sane world.
Best wishes for continued success!
Carry on!

May 1, 2009 5:35 am

Hi Anthony,
I am one of your French fans since months now, and I dont want to miss this occasion to congratulate you for your success. You deserve it with this fantastic job.
I connect to your site several times a day, up to 10 times when a particularly interesting discussion flows, which happend often !…
There is nothing in France approaching this job, although some sites are interesting, in slightly different style. For the French reading people, I would recommend “Pensée unique” (http://www.pensee-unique.fr/) and “Climat sceptique” (http://climat-sceptique.over-blog.com/).
Since four months, I have created a personal page on “le post” (http://www.lepost.fr/perso/papyjako/), that is the forum of the French newspaper “Le Monde”. The forum is a general one. For my part, I try to concentrate on AGW debunking, and most of my contributions are directly inspired from what I read in WattsUpWithThat.
I have a very modest 150 000 (more or less) hits a month, increasing steadily. I suppose my French readers who read English follow from time to time one of the numerous links to your site to check by themselves and access the raw material.
I like the idea that it may be my very tiny contribution to your success !
We need you, Keep on going !

May 1, 2009 5:35 am

WUWT is my REALITY REFUGE, daily. I can escape the endless media spin and see that others are seeking real science through their questions and meticulous analysis of the numbers. I trust scientific skepticism, therefore I trust WUWT.
The comments are normally full of even more questions, more unique ideas to explore, sound perspectives, and usually free of the personal vitriol that pervades slanted scientific climate sites.
I just wish the archives were easier to explore. There is so much here that I want to reread.

Roger H
May 1, 2009 5:43 am

I learned of WUWT thru Ed Wallace’s Inside Automotive website where he posts his # of hits each month also. However, he also posts I would be interested the # of ‘unique sites’ that visit his site each month, giving what I believe to be a truer idea of the # of people you are reaching. I would be interested in seeing that stat if you can produce it along with the ‘hits’ each month. Either way, keep up the good work because if the opposition is taking the time to dis you on their websites you know you are on the right track. Jealousy can be a good indicator of success.

May 1, 2009 5:45 am

Thanks once more, Anthony, for the high quality and important science education you are providing. Please keep it up.
My only problem is that I need more than 24 hours a day to read all comments…..

Roger H
May 1, 2009 5:54 am

Just a suggestion, if you decide the t-shirt is a good idea, I believe a picture of Hansen, sitting in a boat – prepared for the forecasted drastically rising sea levels, dressed in a parka and with the boat precariously perched on an ice floe would pretty well sum-up my feelings of AGW. 🙂

Peter Plail
May 1, 2009 5:58 am

May I add my congratulations to the many above.
What the stats don’t show, unless I am missing something (not uncommon at my age!) is the time spent on a visit. In my case browsing isn’t the word to use as I’m here often for hours. The thing that strikes me is the breadth of knowledge and good humour of the vast majority of the contrbutors, making it worth reading nearly every comment.
This in stark contrast to the often very nasty comments, lack of humour and high level of personal attacks posted on certain AGW sites.
On a final note, maybe Joe Romm is having trouble reading actual measured values instead of the results of computer modelling.

Mr Lynn
May 1, 2009 5:58 am

REPLY: Guilty as charged. I have compulsive-possessive disorder. It’s an illness that can be treated though. 😉
Part of this has to do with spending the majority of my life speaking to a camera on television. Writing is something I never did much of until I started blogging. Rusty wordsmith am I. – Anthony
. . . Maybe in the future we’ll have wind turbines that don’t explode like dandelion puffs in the wind. – Anthony

“Compulsive-possessive disorder” and “explode like dandelion puffs” tell me that your writin’ gears are pretty well oiled!
All you need is an editor, wife, friend, or colleague. Even compulsive grammar-nags like me need editing. We all make mistakes.
BTW, I also agree that one of the appeals of this site is the civility. The moderators keep the threads from getting overrun with trolls and flamers spouting ad hominem insults and diverting discussion into cul-de-sacs, as happens elsewhere.
/Mr Lynn

May 1, 2009 6:01 am

Despite your reticence for engaging in tawdry merchandising, I hearing the people demanding it. May you should reconsider and establish the Order of the Screeching Mercury Monkeys and print up a bunch of teeshirts. I’ll get he logo creator warming up…

Eric Naegle
May 1, 2009 6:07 am

I love this site! As an unapologetic skeptic of AGW your site is just the thing. Thank you Anthony for all your good work.
A confirmed WUWT “addict.”

May 1, 2009 6:10 am

My congratulations, too, Anthony. I read the site everyday and learn a lot. I don’t even care if things aren’t spelled correctly. (I had an engineering professor once who said “If it’s correct to the nearest letter, that is good enough!”)
I tell everyone I know about the site, and hopefully some of them are adding to your totals.
Keep up the good work!

Gary Lund
May 1, 2009 6:26 am

This site is probably the best there is on the subject. I feel confident in recomending it to others, layperson and scientist alike, due to the balanced and thorough coverage of the subject. It is a daily must visit and I commend you on your dedication and work Anthony.

May 1, 2009 6:30 am

A good “learning opportunity” here. Let’s put several common “curve fitting routines on your ‘hits’..”
It will serve to show the absurd nature of curve fitting what could be a trend, or what could be stochastic, or could be something which has “inherent constraints”. (All of which mimic aspects of curve fitting climate data.)
Like others have said, the VERY BEST comes on your BLOG.
I stand amazed at not only the quality and content of your info, but also the quality and content of those commenting. (Usually the links are par exellance.)

James P
May 1, 2009 6:49 am

Nobel Prize in 2013
But would he want it? I wonder… 🙂

North of 43 south of 44
May 1, 2009 6:51 am

The last I knew Alexa statisitics come only from people who visit your website when they have the Alexa toolbar installed.
As a rough guide it might be within an order of magnitude.
I’ve been done more than a little web site traffic tracking over the years.
I’d also question internal traffic counts until I have seen the logic used.
That all having been said I’d take Anthony’s counts as being closer than Alexa’s.

Pamela Gray
May 1, 2009 6:57 am

I love this site. And I like the idea of tawdry merchandise. Maybe something in leather to go with my black shoes?
Being a gun-owning, well educated, liberal-loving, deeply conservative, anti-religion, democratic naturalist, down-home-tractor-driving country girl, and public school educator, this site provides the context I need to feel at home.

May 1, 2009 7:00 am

Peter Plail (05:58:55) :
What the stats don’t show, unless I am missing something (not uncommon at my age!) is the time spent on a visit. In my case browsing isn’t the word to use as I’m here often for hours.
I just keep the WUWT window open at all times, like an emergency mental life raft, while I read other twisted realities on the net.
Do refreshes count?

Nick Yates
May 1, 2009 7:02 am

Congrats Anthony to you and your team. I guess I must be in the addict category so thanks for all your hard work in creating such an interesting and also important site.
There is a certain satisfying irony that your stats graph is starting to look a bit like a hockey stick 🙂

May 1, 2009 7:02 am

Did I miss it? Do you have a statistic for unique monthly hits?
REPLY: on the righthand panel – Anthony

Bruce Cobb
May 1, 2009 7:05 am

C02 is going up, along with the popularity of this site. Clearly, this site is responsible for the frightening rise in C02, and consequent alarming and potentially catastrophic rise in global temperature currently “in the pipeline”. This will henceforth be known as the “Enhanced Anthony Watts Warming Effect (EAWWE). The debate is over. Now, hand me all your dough.
Great site, Anthony, keep up the good work.
Your site’s success positively rankles the True Believers. They can just stew in their own juice!

May 1, 2009 7:08 am

I would love to contribute to the “anti-scientific” content on this site. It is such a relief to see reality reported on every day! Unfortunately, I must admit that my lunch hour visits include a daily visit to Climate Audit as well (I guess that makes me a true heretic) …
Thank you team (and especially AW) for all your efforts!!!

May 1, 2009 7:12 am

Pierre Gosselin (01:58:00) :
I hope this page reaches 10 million and becomes the Drudge Report of Climate and Weather.
Anthony, you are getting close to 100 seconds to this hopeful motion. You certainly have mine. And thanks to Joe for being the catalyst for more expressions of your humor, gentle prodding, and the-truth-and-only-the-truth instincts.
REPLY: The Drudge Report has no discussion, no learning, no soul. It is only a headline billboard with mondo traffic. There is one new site that mirrors Drudge, and that is Climate Depot. I don’t want to be just a billboard. – Anthony

Mr Lynn
May 1, 2009 7:22 am

Re merchandising:
Nothing wrong with a little tasteful self-promotion. However, I am really tired of T-shirts. For one thing, I inevitably wear them under regular shirts, because T-shirts have no pockets!.
How about real shirts, with double pockets and sturdy cloth, good for the out-of-doors? And Indian Jones hats, too! With logos and slogans: I still like mine: “CO2 is good for plants, good for the Earth, and good for you!”
/Mr Lynn

May 1, 2009 7:23 am

grats on your success i am one of the addicts and will be permanantly no cure wouldn’t want one if there was one.

May 1, 2009 7:26 am

Congrats! I am a confirmed WUWT addict. I look at your site a few times per day to read and catch up on the comments. It is a great break from work while at work. Keep it up! And thank you for all you do.
Trey in Austin, TX

May 1, 2009 7:30 am

The increase in trafic on WUWT is surely caused by repeated daily visits by high-ranking members of the Obama Administration. They keep coming back hoping to find something here to validate their blind faith in AGW. And keep getting disappointed.

May 1, 2009 7:33 am

I’ve been coming to WUWT daily for the past year or so. As a previous poster noted one important stat is the length of visits. I bet I spend an hour a day here at least. I’ve had to give up television just to fit WUWT into my daily routine!

James P
May 1, 2009 7:35 am

extremist anti-scientific denialist website
I read that too, but then Joe Romm hasn’t got the Best Science Blog award, so perhaps he’s just bitter. A good libel case would certainly liven things up though.. 🙂

James P
May 1, 2009 7:39 am

Pamela Gray (06:57:48) :
I love this site. And I like the idea of tawdry merchandise. Maybe something in leather to go with my black shoes?
Being a gun-owning, well educated, liberal-loving, deeply conservative, anti-religion, democratic naturalist, down-home-tractor-driving country girl, and public school educator..

Where have you been all my life..? 🙂

Jan Bjernfalk
May 1, 2009 7:41 am

WUWT is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in this topic. I have become a daily reader, and I especially appreciate the civil and thoughtful manner of posters here.
Keep up the good work!
Jan Bjernfalk
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Just Want Truth...
May 1, 2009 7:43 am

“Joe, this report’s for you.”
This is for you too Joe :
Be afraid Joe, be very afraid.

Just Want Truth...
May 1, 2009 7:50 am

“REPLY: I’m not much for tawdry merchandising,”
For me the idea would not be merchandising but showing people there is another side. I think many are not convinced about global warming. If they knew about WUWT they could see what they are missing.
Don’t think of it as merchandising but as turning the tide.

sammy k
May 1, 2009 7:58 am

congratulations mr watts,
you can only expect your readership to continue to grow as the alarmists’s denial is realized…truth, the scientific method and freedom of speech are the pillars at which your blog is built upon…a solid foundation compared to the emotion, lies and models of the AGW house of cards…although the pieces of the climate puzzle have to yet to be put together, the thought provoking forum at which you provide is to be commended…shame, shame on those who sole motive is to further an agenda…thanks for the good work!!!

May 1, 2009 8:01 am

As a longtime amateur astronomer, contrarian, and loather of political dogma, I was hooked the first time I stumbled on WUWT. I hope this question is on-topic for this thread: How do you get a screen of stats like that on your WordPress dashboard? I have a fairly new WordPress blog and I’ve been poking around the management screens for the last half an hour looking for the controls. Is it a plug-in? Please do let us WP users know. Thanks!

Tim Clark
May 1, 2009 8:20 am

Reply: 3% of our users qualify as addicts,
REPLY: I’m not much for tawdry merchandising, but I’ll think about it. Do you really want to be known as a “denier” ? Skeptic is the label of choice. – Anthony

I take offense at the insinuation that I am addicted to denial. And I deny that skeptic is a better label. And I deny my offensive (snip) behavior. And I deny I wrote:
Great Job Anthony!

May 1, 2009 8:32 am

Another Addict checking in here! Yo!
I would also buy WUWT a t-shirt, were they available.
I think just the call letters big across the front of the tee would be an excellent choice of design.
People will think it’s a radio station promo. You can conversate with that lead-in and explain what it really is! 😉

May 1, 2009 8:33 am

I meant to say I would by a WUWT t-shirt. Typos will be my demise. I predict it. 😉

gary gulrud
May 1, 2009 8:34 am

Climate Progress? Joe Romm? No. No I haven’t heard a word about you, sorry.

May 1, 2009 8:48 am

“It is absurd to publish one’s page views to 7 significant digits without caveats…”
In the matter of reporting annual temperature averages over the last century, given the fact the underlying measurements were taken with devices of less than 1% accuracy, which were not annually re-calibrated, on sites where conditions varied enormously over the measurement cycle [tree growth/removal, new construction of buildings and structures, moving and/or renewing elements of the measurement device and/or its housing, etc.], and also given the fact the results were recorded by unsupervised untrained volunteer, I wonder how many significant digits you need to tag onto the reported result to attain absurdity.
Could the answer be none?

May 1, 2009 9:49 am

Congratulations! WUWT has really impacted and will continue to impact Global Warming and/or Climate Change agenda, as a source of shining light amidst the darkness.

Steven Kopits
May 1, 2009 10:14 am

Here is praise.
I happened to see Energy Secretary Chu present at the EIA Confernce in Washington a few weeks ago. In his presentation, he uses the IPCC hockey stick graph (http://www.eia.doe.gov/plenary/plenary_main.html#DrChu) as his primary support for AGW. Although the graph was not referenced, I immediately knew it came from Mann (1991) and that it discounted the MWP and the LIA. I knew its weaknesses, its data inputs, and its history.
And I knew all that because I read your site, and for no other reason.

May 1, 2009 10:27 am

O/T to Anthony:
This ought to be a really interesting seminar from CARB:
Title: “What Americans Really Think About Climate Change”

“If large segments of the public strongly favor some courses of action, legislators will find it easier to pursue these policies. However, if large segments of the public strongly oppose certain policy approaches, legislators who pursue them may find themselves ultimately undermined.
Are recent newspaper headlines correct when they announce:
“Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply
Over Global Warming”?
Does the public really not accept the opinions of scientific experts on climate change? What does the public want government to do on this issue? Which policy solutions to people favor, and which do they oppose?”


May 1, 2009 10:54 am

Congratulations (yet again) for your fine job promoting open science and a realistic approach to important questions.
Like many others, I instantly felt at home here when I first found this blog, and the sane and reasonable moderation and presentation of respectful views on all manner of subjects hooked me.
I am now somewhere close to your 3% addict catagory:
Hi my name is Larry and I visit WUWT every day to experience intelligent conversation with other adults. I have no intention of treating this additiction.

Mr Green Genes
May 1, 2009 11:13 am

Great stuff Anthony, keep up the good work, many thanks from this corner of the UK.
I came here after reading about it in Christopher Booker’s excellent column in the Sunday Telegraph over here so thanks to him too.
Now, about those t-shirts …

Indiana Bones
May 1, 2009 11:17 am

Humble congrats added. Beyond that, this site provides fact-based science, humor, wisdom and perspective. It is by necessity for many, a replacement for the crumbling MSM that swine-headedly refuses to publish a balanced point of view.
People flock here because it is one of a growing number of news/science sources that question and debunk the cult of AGW and its economic agenda.
This is a healthy place to read and write, and laugh. Thank you Anthony and ALL who contribute!

Larry Sheldon
May 1, 2009 11:47 am

Heh. I too am “Larry”, and not the one that just posted, I think.
But I wouldn’t mind a bit if people thought I wrote that.
But what I came down here to say was this:
“Some people might wonder why I post my web stats each month. Some might say I’m tooting my own horn, well maybe a bit, I’m admittedly proud of WUWT.”
I have long said (including to my attractive, talented and intelligent wife and 3 daughters): If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”
What exactly does Alexa (and WordPress) measure, how to they measure it, and why atre they different?

May 1, 2009 12:19 pm

Hahahaha you give me such a good laugh from the belly, where it’s about truth.
Just imagine what CP will say… what new depths WUWT is plumbing in its anti-science crusade, can’t convince people by science so it’s t-shirts now

May 1, 2009 12:48 pm

This is truly a wonderful scientific site – the stats are wholly reflective of your tireless efforts and especially the way you run the blog together with the outstanding support of the, also tireless, moderators.
Equally I would like to single out Dr Leif Svalgaard who shows immeasurable patience in dealing with my rather naive questions and as a result (even in my later years) has taught me more than he will ever know.

May 1, 2009 1:44 pm

“But what was humorous, was one particular blogger (Joe Romm) who said:
It is absurd to publish one’s page views to 7 significant digits without caveats — even 2 is stretching it. ”
Anthony, I view your site regularly now and find the level of data provided (as well as the depth of analysis) to be refreshing. I also find the above referenced quote to be both sadly humorous and an excellent example of what passes for analytical review on the topic of Climate change.
It seems endemic among those who support the AGW that they disregard the actual content of the report they choose to criticize to get to the conclusion they wish to reach. Mr. Romm finds fault with your data presentation…which requires that he completely ignore both that you listed how your data was collected and that you explicitly stated the purpose for showing your data in that format. He had to ignore the caveats you posted to criticize you for not giving caveats. Truly amazing.
Keep up the good work.

John Michalski
May 1, 2009 1:56 pm

I, too, am an addict. I want to thank Anthony and all who post here. The knowledge I have gleaned from this site is immeasurable. Although I do not post (lack of scientific background/training), the information from WUWT is passed along to my peers in the course of discussions/arguments. I only wish I could contribute as all of the commentators do. Your civility on all threads is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly uncivil world. Thanks to all. Keep up the good work.

May 1, 2009 2:55 pm

I’m another addict to WUWT – no, delete that – supporter of truth and civility and debate and scientific method in a beleaguered science.
The stats count simply does not begin to account for the length of time spent on each page. I doubt Joe Romm scratches the surface there.
A recent attempt to convert me ended up saying that if they were my university supervisor they’d ask me to find another supervisor, to which I said I already had one who gets up at dawn each day.

May 1, 2009 3:51 pm

Why not just humor Joe Romm and report your stats rounded to two significant digits? Then you’d simply be saying that 1.7 million page views in April was up from 1.5 million in March.
Or, if you really want to meet his stated requirement, publish the stats rounded to one significant digit, making Aprils 2 million pages views higher than March’s 1 million.

May 1, 2009 4:03 pm

Congratulations, Anthony.

Emmanuel ROBERT
May 1, 2009 8:47 pm

Congrats for your stats.
This blog is my favourite.
I don’t know wether it’s my decaying English or the high skill of your blog but I sometimes have some difficulties to understand all the comments.
Anyway, I am a speed reading trainer for young scientific people in France (Phd, 1st or 2nd year), and thanks to your blog I am managing to give them convincing informations about AGW, PDO, Sun’s activity, Icecaps situation…
I wend Joe Rommer’s blog and managed to read as long as 14 seconds of time.
I am not a scientific myself, but I need to develop a scientific attitude : I swear I will try to make an effort to probably manage to read a bit of it 14 more seconds. I swear.
Now, as a W = 2U, in order to save energy, so in order to save the world from thermagedon, every commenter and also you Anthony should write “5UT” instead of WUWT.

Just Want Truth...
May 1, 2009 9:26 pm

Steven Kopits (10:14:22) :
You’re right, IT IS THE HOCKEY STICK!! Steven Chu did use the Hockey Stick in his presentation.
Look at page 7 in this presentation :
at this link :

May 1, 2009 11:40 pm

I see a parallelism in how the media drives AWG and other negative news and am truly frightened by the power that the major media outlets have to drive any particular agenda\viewpoint
In short bad news sells. Case in point:
Uninformed Environmentalism (IMO most of the rational (lac) behind buying a hybrid car)
Socialist gov’t policies
Economies (greatly infuences consumer sentiment)
Swine FLU hysteria ( Nancy Grace\Geraldo reporting)
Polarization of U.S. politics (us v. them reporting as if politics were a team sport)
Recent rash of Family-cides (seriously is this NATIONAL news? Why promote it other than for shock value?)
No the “media” is not responsible for100% of the above, but IMO the influence in undeniable.
The point is so much power and influence in the hands of the few is NEVER OK, has proven to be dangerous, and will continue to be dangerous. One of the few democratizers of the mainstream media is the internet and the forum that it brings to opposing viewpoints. The problem is also the forum that the internet brings to EVERYONE and can be hard to sift through the static. SO….
Please support respectable sites that promote real actual sensible discussion.
Whatever. That is as coherent of a point as i make at this time of night;-)
Monies sent. Expect a few central IL weather station surveys in the near future.

Chris F
May 2, 2009 8:36 am

Excellent site you have here Anthony, I visit at least once a day and have for the last couple of months. I think sites like this are so inconvenient for Romm and the rest of the climate deniers that they just naturally lash out with immature name calling and denigrating tactics, doing more harm to their misguided cause than anything else. We know we’re right that the debate isn’t settled and have the raw facts to back that up.
Stay the course, my good man.

Just The Facts
May 2, 2009 8:38 pm

Hmmm, how come when you Google News the phrase: sunspots climate
you get RealClimate’s Monckton bashing article? Why don’t any of WUWT’s articals show up on Google News? We need to work on this.
Also, there should probably be a better archiving system for WUWT, so that it would be easier to find old threads and so all of the threads would be accessible by the search engines. I think transparency is important and there is some very good information captured in many of these threads, which should be made easily accessible for interested parties.

Just Want Truth...
May 3, 2009 1:06 pm

“evanmjones (02:06:54) : What did I tell you? T-shirts are a must.”
I think an ad at the top of Drudge’s and Yahoo’s front page is a must too! I’ve got some money just burning a hole in my pocket waiting to go toward that!
REPLY: What sort of an ad? What purpose do you see? – Anthony

Just The Facts
May 3, 2009 7:04 pm

I am not sure that a banner ad on yahoo or drudge would drive much traffic and it might make WUWT seem over commercialized.
Tee shirts have some potential, but it come down to what’s on the shirt, i.e. the logo/design and that’s really hard to do right. Also, jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, ear warmers, snow shovels, ice scrapers, etc., might be more appropriate than tee shirts…
I think getting WUWT as an approved news source on Google:
leveraging some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on WUPT, adding an archive tab at the top that leads to a solid indexing/archiving/search tool page and issuing a press release that includes a good quote from Anthony, along with several other respected scientists and encourages users to check out the website, might be the best use of our time and resources. I’ll take care of Goggle News by posting their link in a forthcoming thread and encouraging readers to submit WUWT. I will also put together a list SEO suggestions when I have time and will submit a draft press release when the time comes for that.

Just The Facts
May 3, 2009 7:20 pm

Also, Anthony, do you use Google Analytics in addition to the reporting tool from WordPress? If not, you should sign up: http://www.google.com/analytics/. Its free and offers a very powerful suite of reporting, some of which is likely not available from WordPress.

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