As of today, Tallbloke’s Talkshop has been running for two years. A moment for reflection and also for looking forward. Firstly I want to express my gratitude to the people who are the main reason this blog is still running – that’s you. Without the encouragement, admin assistance, guest authors and comment contributions, the talkshop wouldn’t be a talkshop, but a silent tomb of stillborn thought. I thank you all for your interest and involvement.
Some milestones have been passed this last week:
- Total site views have risen to just over 1/3 of a million
- Over 300 articles have been posted
- Over 9000 comments have been published
- Over 40,000 visits in November, our biggest month yet -thanks largely to a brief comment from ‘foia’ I should add.
Looking at the list of most popular articles in the last 24 months, I can see that there is real interest in the primary motivation for starting this blog. The first post was about a so far unexplained correlation between the motion of the Sun relative to the centre of mass of the solar system, global temperature, and changes in Earth’s length of day. We still don’t have a definite explanation, but we have uncovered more and more interesting related phenomena in the course of trying to discover the underlying mechanisms and principles which govern the secret life of the near cosmos.
The blog has also widened it’s scope, especially with articles on datasets from Tim Channon, on SST’s and climate from Roger Andrews and Stephen Wilde, and atmospheric physics from several guest authors.
Fun though ‘Climategate 2′ is, WUWT is leading strongly on it’s investigation, and so leaving aside our current FOIA2011 thread, here is a short list of the most popular articles here over the last two years:
As you can see, the success of this blog has been largely due to the high quality articles, contributions and suggestions from you. In recognition of this fact, the blog should henceforth be known simply as ‘the talkshop’, because it belongs to all of us. To this end I have used some of the funds kindly donated to purchase the domain name ‘thetalkshop.info’ which will be live and resolving here in a couple of days.
I hope your participation will continue into the future, and that you’ll be staying on board to help keep the sails trimmed and the tiller pointed the right way on this fascinating voyage of scientific discovery.
Right now, raise a glass of whatever is to hand and lets toast each other, all of us, and ourselves