WUWT at 200 Million Views

200million_viewsWhile the WUWT counter number on the right sidebar will likely hit this mark while I’m sleeping, I just wanted to give a short notice to everyone that we’ve reached this milestone. This post is automatically publishing at a time that is my “best safe guess” (4AM PDT) for when we’ll have reached that number. If it hasn’t yet, it soon will. For those who might have been refreshing the page to see if you can capture it at 200 million, you won’t; the counter display only updates every 15 minutes to save resources, and doesn’t update in real time, though it does track every “hit” (but does not count reloads).

I wish to thank everyone who has helped make this possible, the readers, the contributors, the moderators, and most importantly my long suffering family who has dealt with dad being distracted in his study far more than he should be.

For all of my detractors, who send hate mail, publish snide attack pieces, have attempted to dig through my trash, shouted “denier” in my ear on the telephone (and then hung up like the cowards they are), launched Twitter attacks, claimed I “have sex with farm animals” (thanks Mike Roddy), or ruminated rants from their parent’s basement, I thank you too. Because love it or hate it, you all read WUWT anyway and are part of the success.

My sincere thanks to all of you for making WUWT “…the world’s most viewed climate website” – Anthony Watts

P.S. The recent site upgrades I have made have resulted in significant increases in views – thanks to everyone who made suggestions for improvements and for being patient while we worked out the kinks in the new format.

P.P.S The next big thing here will be announced in a couple of days, watch for it.

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184 thoughts on “WUWT at 200 Million Views

  1. Well done.
    Congratulations! It is well deserved. Thanks to our host and all his helpers.
    Especial thanks to the Moderators who have applied our host’s rules which make WUWT what it is.
    Richard

  2. 200 million views is testament that this Climate site is the best there is. (Jo Novas site is pretty good too)
    Congratulations to AW and the team 🙂

  3. Congratulations and thanks for all the effort.
    This is probably more significant than the 400 ppm “threshold” in that it will only happen once 😉
    .. and it matters.

  4. This is quite an accomplishment. I greatly appreciate the years I have used this site to have sanity brought to this argument.
    Thank you Anthony!

  5. An amazing accomplishment in only 7 years. When WUWT started, 2 – 3 comments were normal. Many times there were none. Now, a MILLION reader comments! And the 3-time winner of the internet’s Best Science & Technology website. Awesome!
    Congratulations, Anthony. You make this site what it is: most excellent.

  6. Well its 21:30 Wednesday 10, Sept here in Canberra. A big congratulations from Australia. Must admit I am a WUWT junkie. Check it out first thing in the morning before my run, at work during lunch and when I get home. Absolutely the best.

  7. Congratulations Anthony. If you’re still coming to Bristol for the Cook chinwag , I’ll stand you a beer to celebrate.

  8. Congrats Anthony and all that have contributed over the journey.
    Remember, 97% of all Climate sites.. aren’t a rounding error compared to WUWT visitor numbers!

  9. 399,14 ppm of those 200 million page views from my computer… Well, not exactly, that would have been more than 36 page views per day since Climategate broke. I guess some people here might approach that number. They are to WUWT what CO2 is to the atmosphere…
    Congratulations!

  10. At 0842 hours in the Chilean morning: 200,007,904 views – and counting. Congrats to you, Anthony. Great work – you have created a unique ressource! All the best,
    Matt

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  12. So what counts as a “view”? I check this site nearly every day, so I must have racked up well over a thousand views myself – correct?

        • No, reloads do not count as a new hit. This question has long since been settled. And as a measure of your competence in such matters, do you really want to put your email address up as your name? I’ll happily fix that if you don’t want it that way.

    • Watch out for “hits”. Some shady operators like to use that metric. 25 “hits” can be one page view plus 24 1×1 px transparent pixels.

  13. I can absolutely relate to this.
    “…and most importantly my long suffering family who has dealt with dad being distracted in his study far more than he should be.”

  14. Not a day goes by without me visiting your site, and I learn something new every time I do. Thanks again to you and all the other excellent contributors.

  15. Congratulations! This is certainly one site on which I can happily post that its been a beautiful day today in Hervey Bay, Qld, Australia. Probably 25c where I live and that’s just the start of another great warm year.
    Fortunately for us we are half a world away from your cold crazys over there. Here you can almost plant a broomstick & when it grows it will give you mangoes, custard apples, mandarins or papaya depending upon the season.
    WUWT is a site that allows people to give expression to the joy that feel for living in a naturally warm world. Thank you for giving so much voice to those who so strongly reject the CAGW nonsence/non-science.

  16. I first encountered WUWT in 2009, probably via a link in another forum, and first commented on 18Feb09: “I’ve just spent way too much time reading through this extraordinary thread. . .” I’ve continued to spend “way too much time” here (I’m sure my wife thinks so, looking at all the chores put off), but it’s been worth it, even (or especially) when some topics are way over my head. WUWT provides an education for anyone willing to read, and its open (but moderated) Comments are a model that other blogs should emulate.
    Congratulations on the 200-million milestone, and thanks for standing up for scientific integrity in a world seemingly captured by an increasingly nasty form of Lysenkoism, under the rubric of “climate change.”
    /Mr Lynn

  17. Not only a fantastic climate resource but a window into peoples of other countries and parts of the world.

  18. Thank you Anthony and your family.
    Also your great team of mods and contributors, especially Willis and Lord M.
    200 million and counting! You deserve to feel very proud.
    You are a classic example of ‘work like you dont need the money’.

  19. You have almost single-handedly brought the AGW alarmists to their knees. Congratulations on your success. This is a truly remarkable achievement.

  20. This place feeds the quirky questioning nerd in me. The weather nut. Sea hag. Star gazer. Loaded toter. Trout taker. Data diva. Devil’s advocator (Got a theory? Prove it.). Have hit the counter a few times myself. Thanks Anth***, moderators, guest posters, and commentators. Keep dishing it up.

  21. Heartiest congratulations to you, your long-suffering family and your dedicated band of helpers and contributors who make this site the go-to site for Climate Science. It is revealing that no warmist site has an audience anywhere near your numbers. What was started as a candle in the Darkness is now a blazing beacon shedding the enlightenment of real science across the World. Long may it continue.
    My funds are flung. 🙂

  22. Memo to all those alarmist bloggers secretly reading this:
    WUWT is successful for all the reasons above, but most of all, because uncomfortable comments are NOT deleted. Whereas ALL of you “purify” your blogs by deleting any difficult questions, any unfortunate facts etc. And readers know it, so you have a small coven of friends and gullible fools still reading – yes, even those of you with government-funded blogs and big dollars.
    But I would ask: why? Why delete the difficult comments? If you believe your story, then you should be confident that you can answer them. The fact that none of you do tells me that you all know in your hearts that you are wrong. So why are you still pushing a falsehood? Come on, save your integrity while you can, before the world wises up and you are held in contempt in the judgement of history.

  23. CONGRATULATIONS!! I know I have contributed more than a few of those views myself, and learned something every time.

  24. It owes a lot to the excellent design and hard work of the host. Many of us visit several times a day. Congratulations.

  25. Well done Anthony and everyone that makes WUWT ‘happen’.
    A truly outstanding achievement.
    “And they said it wouldn’t last”… LOL

  26. Thank you Anthony from the bottom of my heart, for giving me a place to assuage my anxiety that no one is succeeding in pushing back on the insanity that is climate alarmism. I have lost some of my best old friends over this argument. Sometimes I think of this as a kind of civil war we are fighting. The clarity and energy you bring to the battle keep us encouraged enough to battle on. Thanks again.

  27. I am astounded at the amount of articles that come out of this website- magnificent.
    200,020,815 views as i write from the UK.

  28. To commemorate this historic date and achievement, everyone should send a link to their favorite article here to at least one person in their address book. Don’t be stingy! Share the wealth of knowledge here with everyone you can!
    Great Job and continued success to you Mr. Watts!

  29. Forget my girlfriend; you’re my rock, A-tho-y. 🙂
    In all seriousness, you are built of remarkable strength, courage, and fortitude. I salute you and this remarkable site. You have brought me, and millions of others, sanity. Thank you 200 million times over. 🙂

  30. This just in… Gavin issued a press release. It seems that Realclimate broke all usage records this past week too… 15 people accessed the site.
    Congrats Anthony… I hope your family is as proud of you as we are!
    It is quite rare that a single individual with limited resources can have such a tremendous impact on so many. I especially like how you invite everyone to the party, including those on the AGW bandwagon. Even though their comments can be maddening, you always seem to entertain dialog with them… unlike Gavin and little Mikey Mann. Taking the high road in this debate reflects positively on you and I believe is at least partially responsible for the success that you’ve achieved.
    Bravo Zulu!

  31. Thanks for providing a place to view ideas on climate. On a daily basis I visit the site to read the articles and comments. Keep up the good work!!

  32. Sadly there will be no time for Anthony to rest on his laurels with the UN organising a meeting later this month ahead of the 2015 ’21st Climate Summit’ in Paris next year. Happy to help out with travel tips if anyone connected with this site is thinking of attending (like volunteering to have a tooth pulled…) and would be delighted to host a drinks night.

  33. Congratulations. Thank you for all the effort and for creating a wonderful resource while always maintaining an open, polite and constructive environment. I have learnt a great deal about climate science and fruitful debate. Thank you.

  34. Wonderful milestone Anthony. A lot of interesting subjects covered, just like you header says.
    Congratulations.
    George

  35. Fact Center aka Wattsupwiththat. Truth is life.
    Thank all who make it possible.
    Nice weather fact this morning.
    Snow on the trees in Glaicer Park, see the Two Medicine web cam for the best view.

  36. Congratulations, and best wishes for continuing success! It is the quality of the articles – along with the beautiful typefaces – that makes WUWT my daily first call, rather than any number on the view counter.
    I was already a skeptic before I found WUWT. In addition to gaining new knowledge, sometimes it is nice just to hear the choir sing!
    200,029,073

  37. Let’s see,… (0.97)(x) = 200,000,000 so x = 200,000,000 / 0.97 = 206,185,567 so we have just a little over 6 million AGW trolls needing to understand science! /missapp off

  38. Seems only yesterday that WUWT reached the then-heady total of ten million views, Many thanks to all concerned, and best wishes. Dave.

  39. Congratulations.
    On this blog there is a highly vigorous and wonderfully argumentative marketplace for open and free ideas . . .
    A poem for you.

    Where are you going, once little blog, once little blog,
    Where are you going, my favorite blog?
    Turn around and you’ve views 100 mil
    Turn around and you’ve views 200 mil
    Turn around and you’re the best blog on the hill
    Turn around, turn around,
    Turn around and many of your viewers start blogs of their own
    (apologies to song writer Malvina Reynolds)

    John

  40. Congratulations and best wishes to Anthony and your moderators. This is a great site. Perfect mix of science, climate policy issues, and climate war shenanigans (with a little humor mixed in now and then).

  41. WAY — TO — GO, ANTHONY!!!

    You are fighting on the front lines for TRUTH and LIBERTY.
    The world needs you. So grateful for you.
    Keep up the great work!
    Warm regards,
    Janice
    #200,037,720
    #(:))

  42. Congrats AW. I’ve been a daily viewer since 2007 after reading “State of Fear” by Crichton. May sanity win out, Cheers!

  43. The success was well (and I suspect) hard earned. Congratulations and enduring thanks to you for assisting an honest conversation regarding climate science.
    Regarding the changes to the website, they have vastly improved the readability of the sight from good to outstanding. You honor us with your dedication and the following you have simply shows the value you give to the public.

  44. 200,000,000 views? OK, that sounds about right for me, plus or minus a handful. How many views for everyone else? ;o)
    Congratulations to Anthony and The Mods(Doo-wop, do-waaaah…). Here’s to the next 100,000,000.

  45. Thanks Anthony and thanks to the moderators, contributors and readers who make WUWT a great place to learn!

  46. Congratulations Anthony. A big thanks to you and the moderators. I got turned on to your surface stations project when you had less than 100 stations and have been a regular reader but seldom commentator since then.
    MJPenny

      • I made a conscious decision to remove gravatars for two reasons:
        1. Only about 1-2% of commenters have one. Even many wordpress.com registered commenters have not bothered to put one in.
        2. The sea of greyed out gravatars simply cause useless visual clutter in the thread.

  47. Great job Anthony, I’m so glad I found this site. I knew those money-grabbing alarmists were up to no good and this just proves it! Thanks!

  48. Anthony,
    Yours is the blog where those climate activists who are unconvincible can expect the unceasing spotlight of open dialog.
    I hope your energy level is keeping up with all that you did and are doing.
    John

  49. Mr. Watts. Congratulations are definitely in order! Should I have the power, I would also nominate you for the next round of Nobel Peace Prize. In my estimation you are much more deserving of the honor than those that have been “given” the award in the recent past. Personally, I have found your site a welcome outlet for my internal views on the subject of the politization of the climate issue, that given my work location I may not always be able to openly express. Your work we openly see here as well as behind the scenes has allowed the opening of many eyes through this site (including my own), and the value-added brought to the subject of CAGW/Climate Disruption/Insert Lastest Warmist Word Here and for the future of our democratic way of life cannot be underestimated. Please convey my (our collective?) thanks to your family for thier patience as you continue to work dilligently into the wee hours to provide this outlet to the masses. I come along to read the posts at least daily, and find your site a diurnal neccessity.
    Again, Congratulations!
    Michael C. Roberts

    • Pay more attention to your spell-checker! You’ll look more informed.
      politicization
      Latest
      their
      necessity
      and the appropriate expression here is “cannot be overestimated”.

  50. Climategate brought me here – and I’ve never left. I prodded a local newspaper columnist to come here to understand the skeptical side – he did, and now no longer files rabid alarmist posts.
    You’ve flung a stone into the “pond” of climate science and the ripples continue to spread to an unknowable extent.
    I thank you!
    Murray

  51. Just a note to help it bump to 300 mil.
    Anthony, thank you. The site is wonderful and the changes are great. WUWT is an oasis of insight and information in a desert of inanity.
    Special thanks to the Watts family for loaning us Anthony while he truly… “saves the planet.”

  52. P.P.S The next big thing here will be announced in a couple of days, watch for it.

    and
    A

    A.W. (abbreviated to avoid automatic filtering)
    September 10, 2014 at 11:02 am
    Soon, I hope to do far more than annoy them. I plan to challenge them at their own game.

    You have piqued my curiosity. Waiting with great interest!

  53. Not to disparage you anthony, or any of your posters, but I’d like to give a shout out to your commenters – the reason why *I* started watching this space was because the discussions here are vastly superior to the other heavily censored and poorly moderated comment spaces in warmist websites.
    That being said, congratulations, anthony, for providing a space for a diverse, vibrant, intelligent community that nobody else has been able to match 🙂

  54. Congratulations Anthony.
    More importantly – thanks to you, the moderators & contributors for providing this excellent forum for the presentation and discussion of these important scientific issues.

  55. Been following your blog more or less since… 2006? Hope to watch you for at least another 8 years!

  56. “P.P.S The next big thing here will be announced in a couple of days, watch for it.”
    You tease!!
    Oh well I’ll manage to wait. Like I have a choice?
    Anyway congrats on the 200 million hits and onwards to “1 beeeleon”

  57. Yes, echo the congratulations to Antony, all the contributors, moderators and commenters. Fantastic site – well played all.

  58. Presenting the 2-millionth WUWT viewer with a rain gauge filled to the brim with BV Private Reserve would have been a nice gesture.

  59. Anthony, and the whole gang at WUWT, CONGRATS. You guys and gals are THE voice of reason in the whole global warming scam. Thank you for having a GREAT site.

  60. congratulations , a well deserved reward for all the hard work you put into the site and the huge effort in sorting the wheat from the chaff in the climate debate.

  61. “P.P.S The next big thing here will be announced in a couple of days, watch for it.”
    Seriously??
    Following today’s announcement by Apple, this can only mean one thing: The WUWT planet-saving CO2-powered bio-watch!!!

  62. 200,112,394 views now – gonna hit 250,000,000 sooner than expected.
    Congrats from (a sunny, warm – for now) down underer.

  63. Well done Anthony. I couldn’t go a single day without my wattsupwithat fix. Thank you from here in the Australian tropics….Cairns.

  64. WUWT actually looks pretty good – and it’s all thanks to our huge whinge binge about the font, and our whining and complaining about the top graphic! (; Just messing with you all. Thank you for a wonderful 5 years.

  65. From Rick Werme’s timing list:
    Time per 50,000,000 views – to the nearest month.
    3 yrs, 7 months
    1 yr, 6 months
    1 yr, 3 months
    1 yr, 5 months

    • I mentally figured that out and nearly commented in a reply to someone who referred to exponential growth. However, Alexa seemed interested in giving me the site rank over the last year, so I passed. IIRC, WUWT grew exponentially once it settled into its climate skeptic focus, and flattened out for a while. After a big spike for Climategate, WUWT’s rank stayed significantly higher. I think Climategate brought a huge increase in climate skepticism and likely is a significant part in the public’s lost of concern over climates change. (Of course, failure to meet the doomsday scenarios must be the major reason.)
      Ideally, WUWT readership will decline over time as more people and more news media realize it just isn’t happening. Then maybe it will pick back up as we enter a new Maunder Minimum if that brings a new Little Ice Age. 🙂
      It looks like the new continuous lengthening home page is bringing more views to older posts and has produced a new step up in the view rate. It will be interesting to see how that settles out.

  66. If WUWT wasn’t worth it, we wouldn’t keep coming. 200 million views speaks for itself.
    Beauty bonzer, Anthony – all the way from Down Under.

  67. Like many other commenters above, may I send sincere congratulations (both to yourself and the Mods) on reaching the 200 million count. This is a tremendous achievement, which I am sure represents many years’ hard work (perhaps should I say daily grind!) in establishing what is now the go-to “Team B” forum for alternative views and arguments to the climate science GAGW “consensus view” (whatever this actually means), so widely reflected in the political arena as well. All this – and a lot of plain good sense and humour too!
    I sent through a modest donation earlier today – please accept with my grateful thanks for the truly invaluable (and worldwide) resource that WUWT has become. And I am sure we all hope to hear from you soon as to your forthcoming visit to this side of the pond …

  68. Hey! I just realized that during WUWT’s existence, no major hurricane has hit the United States.
    Is there any limit to the power and influence of WUWT?

  69. Thank You and Congratulations, Anthony. You have earned every bit of it. I say to my husband… “If we get truly angry and depressed about climate change propaganda being pushed by rotten lying academics and politicians, how must people like Anthony and Joanne feel?”

  70. @ Brian H: September 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    Upper right, just below the Search box.
    ——————
    Thank you Brian, ….. but, ….. not on my monitor …. via this url: http://wattsupwiththat.com/
    Ever since the “update”, ….. no “sidebar” data …. or said counter is visible to me.
    But I did find it, ….. at the lower-left bottom of this page …. below the “Leave A Reply” text box.
    So, the server software must insert it at the bottom of each “article” page, also.

  71. As I write this there are now over a quarter of a million additional views 200,251,411) on WUWT.
    Are we coming out from the woodwork in mass as an army of ones? You better believe it!

  72. Always a great site to visit for a bit of sanity. Appreciate all the effort and sacrifice to present the volumes of interesting articles. Sincerely, Congratulations to everyone involved. Onwards and upwards.,

  73. Anthony,
    Congratulations to you and your crew! Been hanging out here just about every day since I discovered WUWT after Climategate 1.0.
    And when I first got here, I didn’t really know the topology of Skeptic Blog Land at all, but I remember thinking to myself, “this must be the work of a very dedicated grad student” because my first impression was a blog powered by youthful enthusiasm for science and truth, and just a vivacious, freshness. I was surprised, delighted, and I have been coming back ever since.
    Keep it up!

  74. I like Forums that display an “activity counter” because it permits me to “estimate” the number of individuals that are potentially reading my posted commentary.
    It is the ole ….. “Be careful what you say …. because the walls have ears” ….. and they will remember if you are not (scientifically) honest and truthful in all of your posted commentary.

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