WUWT and other climate blogs are 2012 Bloggies Finalists

The 2012 Bloggies Awards final nominations are in, and I’m pleased to announce that climate skepticism is making an extremely strong showing this year. Here is a rundown of blogs you may know.

Given the other finalists in the sci-tech category (which was combined this year) and the amount of traffic they have, I don’t think WUWT has an ice cube’s chance in hell of winning.

But, we’ll give it a go.

In the Lifetime Acheivement category, the blog Pioneer Woman is expected to be the favorite, having won numerous other awards. Again, I don’t think WUWT has much of a chance.

But, we’ll give it a go.

Here’s how:

1. Visit http://2012.bloggi.es/ for the main voting page,

2. Locate the category thumbnails for the categories you want to vote on (you need to vote at least three categories to submit a vote). Here’s what the Sci-Tech Category looks like:

3. If you want to vote for WUWT (or any of the blog categories), click on the little grey circle in the lower right of the icon, and it turns into a checkbox and greys out the other thumbnails. Note the contest rotates the thumbnails for fairness in placement, so it may not look like the image order above.

4. Scroll up/down. Vote for any other blogs you like in any other categories the same way. You don’t have to vote for all other blog categories, as the system doesn’t require it, but please check out other categories. These other bloggers work very hard to deliver a quality product. Reward them if you feel they deserve it.

5. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page: (notedon’t use cursor keys, it will change your vote!)

6. Complete the captcha by typing the words displayed in your browser (not the ones above), put in a VALID email address. Press the yellow SUBMIT button. Note- you won’t get spammed by doing so. See the fine print under the email box.

7. Wait for an email in your inbox. That email contains a link to verify your vote. If you don’t get it within a half hour, check your spam filter.

8. Click on the link in your email to verify your vote. It will take you to the verification page on the website and you’ll get a success message.

9. Spread the word! Twitter, Facebook, mailing lists, friends, comments on other blogs, and most importantly, if you run a blog, I’d welcome a posting on this topic.

You know that some others who dislike what we do here will try to create anti-vote campaigns as they have done in the past. Success depends on whether there are more people who view WUWT as a science resource versus those that simply want to haul out the hate, and slap on the “denier” label.

10. Remember, while winning is fun, the way you play the game is just as important. Don’t cheat. Don’t encourage cheating, and simply let the chips fall where they may.

Also, there are a couple of other blogs worth noting.

In the Political category, American Thinker is up against the propaganda blog Think Progress (Joe Romm’s Center for American Progress outfit) and the Huffington Post. Another David-Goliath battle. I on occasion cite American Thinker for some of the great articles there. I usually mock HuffPo and Think Progress, for the flaming articles there, that should tell you something.

In the Humorous category XKCD, hands down, though too bad Josh isn’t there.

Thanks for your consideration – Anthony

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130 thoughts on “WUWT and other climate blogs are 2012 Bloggies Finalists

  1. I found the contest through TallBloke’s web site, and already voted for this site (and Joanne’s and his). However, I did miss Steve Mcintyre’s, so thanks for that notification! I have corrected my error.

  2. Good luck Anthony. I am a frequent visitor here, though I rarely comment as so many others have usually got here before me and said anything I might have said. I think your blog is a great resource.

  3. I’m going to try and stat this as delicately as possible, I DO NOT want to convey the wrong message.. BUT…
    Given that fact that anywhere Al Gore visits for an AGW talk, it gets extremely cold there..
    And that Ice cube that Anthony mentioned needs some help..
    Forget it… never mind…
    (Mods, feel free to delete if you feel so..)

  4. BTW, is this the Hell Anthony was talking about?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Michigan
    Because that is what I was referencing earlier….
    Because if an AGW road trip is planned for there, cold weather can be assured… That ice cube may have a chance, even without Al visiting Michigan…
    Best of luck Anthony and Co..

  5. I voted for Jo (tough choice there, both deserve it, will probably split the Aussie vote), CA, Tallbloke and WUWT in both its categories.

  6. Well deserved nominations, whether you and the others win or not. I voted based on which ones I visit. No brainer wrt WUWT. Interestingly, I use that once a year award site to visit some places I haven’t visited before, even if I don’t go on to vote for them. Great way to expand my blog awareness.

  7. I voted for this blog in both categories. I could not help but notice the other categories tended to be dominated by left-wing leaning blogs mostly, whether humourous feminism, LBGT, or just plain left wing political blogs, there did not appear to be much in the way of right of centre blogging in the shortlists.
    And yes I saw who wattsupwiththat is up against. Merging science with tech to freeze this blog out? Not much chance of a win against those big tech names, but best of luck anyway.
    Best of luck with this anyway.

  8. I voted! Good luck.
    (I just looked at Pioneer Woman, first time. Lovely blog and lots of fun. But, not in the
    “important” class of WUWT.) ….Lady in Red

  9. When the Al Gore Jr.’s Climate Reality project asked to take control of supporter’s Facebook accounts, did they put a time limit on access?
    Not that the climate alarmists would ever engage in any nefarious activities to manipulate opinion on the Internet, but I still have my concerns about zombie robot voting.

  10. Mailman says:
    February 2, 2012 at 5:16 am
    How come real climate isn’t in the running? 🙂
    —————————————————————————–
    You may find their entry under “Surreal Climate”…

  11. At least one of the blogs I nominated in each category became finalist.
    Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog
    Best European Weblog
    Best Canadian Weblog
    Best Science or Technology Weblog
    Most Humorous Weblog
    Lifetime Achievement
    Having more than one of my favourites appear a category forces a tough choice. Decisions made. Vote sent and confirmed.
    Good luck to all. I know that most don’t blog for the accolade. But it’s nice to get some feedback in a form other than a hit counter.

  12. @ Mike H…. As a displaced Michigander… I should also note the Michigan is the only state (that I know of) where “Hell” (MI) can talk to “Paradise” (MI) on the telephone. Paradise is located about 10 mi S of Whitefish Point (on the western shore of Whitefish Bay) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

  13. I’ll vote for you if I can have a cut of the oil money your rolling in.
    /sarc
    Oh wait my hands seem to of already voted, never mind.

  14. I was wondering when this was coming up. Done and thanks for your incredible work. This is the winner – when I looked at several other blogs on the voting lists I could hardly find one that was as good as the climate science blogs.
    – except the Norse Mythology blog under Religion. That was beautifully done. Just too narrow a focus for me.
    – and American Thinker under Politics got my vote.

  15. Gilbert K. Arnold says:
    “@ Mike H…. As a displaced Michigander… I should also note the Michigan is the only state (that I know of) where “Hell” (MI) can talk to “Paradise” (MI) on the telephone. Paradise is located about 10 mi S of Whitefish Point (on the western shore of Whitefish Bay) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”
    Gilbert, as a born and raised Yooper (from Sault Ste Marie but now being forced to live elsewhere), I can attest that Hell, Michigan is far less likely to freeze over than Paradise.
    Good luck Anthony!

  16. I was going to vote for RealClimate but they didn’t seem to make it into the Religion or Political finalist lists. Never mind, there is always next year.

  17. OT but the real climate story (no pun intended LOL) of the moment is the incredible freezing over of Europe and Russia etc. You see its freezing in Europe but boiling in the USA. Its about time these fraudsters were pursued legally when will it stop who will hold them to account for damages caused everywhere?

  18. Anthony, you have my permission to leave this post at the top for awhile! I’m glad I didn’t miss it and I am sure there are others who would want to participate.

  19. Bloody hell, “Lifetime Achievement”.
    I hope all is well Anthony, we usually see those handed out at the Acadamy Awards to old and respected industry veterans feared close to popping their cogs!

  20. Hmmm. Categories merged, yet “Lifehacker has won this category three times”. Smells a tad off. Tough opponents there but WUWT seems to be the only pure science finalist.
    Put the crosses in the boxes.
    I fancy your chances in the LA category Anthony.

  21. movielib says:
    February 2, 2012 at 6:02 am
    I voted for Jo (tough choice there, both deserve it, will probably split the Aussie vote), CA, Tallbloke and WUWT in both its categories.
    Ditto.
    Thanks again Anthony and team.

  22. Anthony, maybe you should have a Best Post of the Year on WUWT comp. You’ve carried some great stories and conversations over the years.
    What would I do without WUWT?
    Finish writing that book… 😉

  23. Anthony.
    I’ve finally got round to making my promised contribution to the funds to mark your 100 millionth hit. Paypal/credit card issues. I’ve added in a few more beer tokens in appreciation of the historcal work you are doing. So have a beer on me.
    I’ll get round to voting next…

  24. I’ve sent the link to this article to everyone in my Address Book, asking them to vote for WUWT. It’s easy, and it only takes a couple minutes.

  25. Rick K is right: make this a sticky, leaving it at the top of the heap for a while.
    In my view WUWT is already at the top of the heap, of course, especially for lifetime achievement.
    Good luck to you, to Climate Audit (yes!), to Tallbloke (yes!}, to JoNova (yes!), and to American Thinker.
    Wish I could have voted somewhere for Lucy Skywalker, but she might have needed a special category comprising just her.

  26. Richards in Vancouver, hey, I didn’t expect this or deserve this! but thanks anyway. Really, the prize goes to all the bloggies who work so d**n hard I still don’t know how they manage. Anthony and the team here, especially.
    Well, now I shall trundle back to developing the climate science wiki. If you are interested, contact me. And promises, there is not a word about homeopathy on the wiki… and will not be…
    ..that’s another fight for another day and another wiki perhaps… but at least I’ve now found a pretty recent Nobel prizwinning scientist who supports it, and has just emigrated to China to head up a laboratory there named after him, to research it further in China, seeing it’s like another Galileo situation in the West at present…

  27. Done.
    Good luck with the tough competition!
    FD
    PS: by the way, your feed was non-functional for a few days here in the UK.

  28. Done!
    * Even if you come “last” in a category, you can claim (rightly) to be in the top 5. So, congrats on being in the top 5 in two important categories.
    * Interesting that Real Climate, Bad Astronomy and Pharyngula did not make it to the shortlist. Indded, WUWT seemed to be the only recognisable science member of the 5. Maybe top of the science blopgs already
    * Josh and the Beagle would have been excellent additions to the humorous category.
    To anyone not voted yet, be patient with the captcha. I failed on the words. Went on to try the sound version several times but couldn’t get whatever answer they wanted. Finally, I went back to the ID words and needed several tries. Beware. The collections of letters do not necessarily look anything like English (US or UK version). Also, seem to be case sensitive. The system does allow you to make several mistakes. Got there in the end. And confirmed!

  29. Richards in Vancouver says: February 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Addendum to the above: there has GOT to be a better way to do captchas.

    I have to second the captcha comment. When I voted (for WUWT of course!), the first captcha that was presented included a word written in the Hebrew script. Now I’m a pretty resourceful guy, but all I could think was “HUH?” It took 5 or 6 captcha refreshes until I could find one that I could actually decipher.

  30. Congragulations on your nomination!
    I use this as my home page, Anthony Watts /WUWT is at the top of the climate links list

  31. Best of luck! it’s good to see Rogers “Tallbloke’s Talkshop” up for Best European blog there this year.

  32. Alan Bates says:
    February 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm
    Alan has a point Anthony…
    you are already one of the top 5 blogs in the world in two categories… not too shabby !
    A “top 5 in the world” emblem could be posted right under the others in the column on the right, win, place, or show…

  33. “It took 5 or 6 captcha refreshes until I could find one that I could actually decipher.”
    Same here, wermet. 🙁

  34. Best thing for me was that in the relevant categories I found no conflicts of loyalty; but thanks to AW for the other Oz site, American Thinker and XKCD, none of whom I’d heard of before but have now ‘bookmarked’ for the future.
    Pleased to learn I’m not the only one with problems with ‘captcha’, I’d assumed it was either my eyesight or old-age, or both.

  35. Congrats. On a related note, why do you still display the wikio badge in the sidebar when they no longer maintain the rankings?

  36. “In the Political category, American Thinker is up against the propaganda blog Think Progress (Joe Romm’s Center for American Progress outfit) and the Huffington Post. Another David-Goliath battle. I on occasion cite American Thinker for some of the great articles there. I usually mock HuffPo and Think Progress, for the flaming articles there, that should tell you something.”
    I am curious how this poll is going to split for WUWT et al voters. I guesstimate around 65% American Thinker to 35% Huffington Post.

  37. “Given the other finalists in the sci-tech category (which was combined this year) and the amount of traffic they have, I don’t think WUWT has an ice cube’s chance in hell of winning.
    But, we’ll give it a go.”
    ========
    Damn right we’ll give it a go.
    (made my votes, 8 hours later no email confirm), I ain’t done yet 🙂

  38. Of course I voted 4 WUWT…. :-]
    Got & acted on my confirmation email in just a couple minutes after hit SUBMIT.

  39. Done…
    And thank you again Anthony for all of the work you put into your blog. It shows.
    You all might want to check out some of the other blogs in the various categories. They have done an awesome job of finding some great sites. I’ve got a dozen or so brand new bookmarks 🙂
    Cheers!

  40. Hope the fact that this vote opens on Groundhog Day (the most preeminent annual event for weather forecasters in North America) is an auspicious sign. Anthony, you have a lifetime achievement award already for what you have accomplished with this doughty blog, whether or not the Webbies recognize this!
    Speaking of Groundhog Day, there was a lack of consensus this year internationally. Both Canadian groundhogs, Shubenacedie Sam and Wiarton Willy failed to see their shadows, predicting an early spring in Eastern Canada (this would not be surprising given the warm winter we’ve been having.) But Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania did see his shadow. Does he do a kind of US average that accounts for what is happening in Alaska?

  41. I adore Pioneer Woman, she certainly isn’t ‘left leaning’, she’s an awesome gal and has a great blog… (my hubby loves her too because her recipes are delicious) but her blog won’t change the world we live in. WUWT has been making a true difference, changing minds, engaging in the struggle for actual science, the work that is hard and often disheartening. So, that vote is no contest. A shame that they merged science and tech… that was a big weird. Oh well, you have our vote and our thanks, and that comes every day… not just once a year.

  42. Hey Anthony,
    Considering the occasion, it would be fun if you created a post on how to write a good blog. I’m sure you have some insights that many people would enjoy hearing.

  43. Dunnit once again, good luck Anthony, a voice of common sense in the wilderness.
    Two trips this week on Branson’s trains, not good. Perhaps he’ll stay in the Antartic, OTOH, he might be checking out a new air route to spread some more CO2 around.

  44. Voted the straight party ticket, but still (after almost a day) waiting for confirmation mail. Will chase it up.

  45. Those not finding their return email, have you looked in your junk folder? That’s where I found mine in my hotmail account.

  46. Bin there – done that …
    Thanks for the hint about checking the spam filter.
    That’s exactly where I found the authentication message.
    Would’ve been a shame to have missed voting for ‘The Ticket’!

  47. I thought I had voted but I found that last verification/confirmation step in the spam box.
    Voting has to finish from your own email account.
    I almost missed that important step.
    Now my vote has been counted.
    The comments here were very helpful and got me to double check.
    Thanks.

  48. Richard deSousa says:
    February 3, 2012 at 8:09 am
    “Voted for WUWT, Climate Audit, Tallbloke and JoNova.”
    Me too. Always wishing the best for Anthony and his friends.

  49. There are some things I do every day on the Internet:
    Check my e-mail
    Check Andrew Bolt’s Blog (yes I am an Australian)
    Check Watts Up With That Blog (and usually most of the associated links and papers)
    Check Tom Nelson’s Blog
    Even if I miss a day on the other two blogs Watts always get checked.
    Voting was a no-brainer 🙂
    The tide is slowly starting to turn so please keep up the good work, it appreciated by all those who bother to do the slightest amount of research.

  50. Tried twice to vote over the last three days (leaving a suitable period between each time to make sure I wasn’t being impatient. Both times I got the message that I should now check my email to confirm my vote and both times nothing arrived. Not in my junk or spam folders either. 🙁

  51. vigilantfish says:
    February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    “Speaking of Groundhog Day, there was a lack of consensus this year internationally. Both Canadian groundhogs, Shubenacedie Sam and Wiarton Willy failed to see their shadows, predicting an early spring in Eastern Canada (this would not be surprising given the warm winter we’ve been having.) But Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania did see his shadow. Does he do a kind of US average that accounts for what is happening in Alaska?”
    The vernal equinox is on March 21. Do the math.

  52. Hey Anthony, time to appologize to potholer and expose your hero Monckton:

    Or will you delete this post? Or keep ignoring the facts? Will you just ignore that Monckton lied about pretty much everything? Of course you don’t have the backbone to stand up for the truth. You are just as dishonest and manipulative as Monckton is.
    [Reply: You are an idiot. ~dbs, mod.]

  53. And of course you don’t dare to allow my comment. Because you have something to hide and can’t allow anything to prove your manipulative, one-sided “commentary” wrong. Come on, you KNOW Monckton lied, you just can’t admit it because you blindly agreed with him because it matches your agenda. You have long ago stopped caring about the truth, just like Monckton.
    [Reply: Your comment is approved, because WUWT does not delete even the most ridiculous comments. Lord Monckton has every right to respond. That is not following an “agenda”, despite your own warmist beliefs. ~dbs, mod.]

  54. I’ve voted for you in the two categories, for Mc Intyre, for Tallbloke, ( and, I confess, for The Sartorialist ). And I advised all the people I know, to go and vote. We owe you at least that.
    Pity not having been able to vote for Josh.
    Best of Luck, now

  55. Voted and glad to. LOL at the troll showing up. Not good politics for their favorites to come to try to trash the opponents site for sure.
    hard choice in the Australian blog but we are very much agreement down the line.
    Lady in Red it also voted for pioneer women good blog there.
    a Yankee admiral once said “Damn the torpedoes full steam ahead.” That is how I feel about this site. Keep the boilers hot Anthony.
    Bill Derryberry…

  56. It’s been almost a day and I haven’t received my confirmation email. 🙁 I think I’ll try voting again, but I’ll use an email address that takes a less-filtered route.

  57. Voted over a day ago, no confirmation e-mail. Not in spam folder.
    [Reply: Send them an email. I did, and they responded. ~dbs, mod.]

  58. [ Jen says:
    February 4, 2012 at 5:12 am
    Come on, you KNOW Monckton lied, you just can’t admit it because you blindly agreed with him because it matches your agenda. You have long ago stopped caring about the truth, just like Monckton. ]
    The TRUTH! You can’t handle the TRUTH.
    (Jack Nicholson)

  59. I tried to enter using Chrome and no confirmation email. Tried again using Firefox and confirmation email came by return. It was, however, redirected to my spam folder.

  60. I’m disappointed. I was hoping Pharyngula had been nominated so I could ignore it even more. Bonus would have been it being listed in the Religion/Spirituality category. Oh well.
    I remember it since it used to beat WUWT in the Wikio rankings. I recalled it when it was mentioned above that you still have the Wikio thing in the right sidebar. I checked, it’s now an “ebuzzing” thing.
    And the link for it is now 404. Since it no longer works at all, and as mentioned “Wikio” doesn’t track the ratings anymore, why keep it?
    (For myself, I’m putting it back on my AdBlock list as it had loading problems and caused pages to hang.)

  61. Done. Err…not that there’s anything wrong with it but I noticed that your category is right above the best GLBT blog ballot. Sorry, that’s not funny oops pressed the send button Oh Noes.

  62. Ye Gods!
    Watts needs to give a line by line instruction on how to vote for his “science” website.
    What IQ level does he believe his readers have?

    REPLY:
    This site has everyone from grade school kids to Ph’d’s that read it daily. It wouldn’t be nearly as successful if I only wrote for the PhD’s now would it? One thing I learned a long time ago in broadcasting – NEVER talk down to your audience as if they are know-nothings and speak/write to everyone, not just a select few. What you see as a weakness is actually a strength, and my numbers prove it. – Anthony

  63. Thanks for the February 4, 2012 at 10:24 am, suggestion that solved my no confirmation e-mail problem: [Reply: Send them an email. I did, and they responded. ~dbs, mod.]
    Received “I’ve confirmed your ballot for you.” e-mail today.

  64. Voted for WUWT*2, Climate Audit, JoNova my Jo, and Tallbloke.
    Thank you for all your diligent work.

  65. Voted on the ones I know and trust; you, you, McIntyre, Tallbloke, Jo and a couple of others.
    No problems whatsoever with Chrome.

  66. SkepticalScience didn’t make it either.
    Of course as well as not being skeptical, it’s not science either.

  67. Along with the whole thing which appears to be building within this subject matter, all your opinions are actually somewhat refreshing. Even so, I beg your pardon, but I can not subscribe to your entire theory, all be it exciting none the less. It would seem to everybody that your remarks are generally not totally validated and in actuality you are generally your self not entirely certain of the assertion. In any event I did appreciate looking at it.

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