It has been an exciting and eventful year at The Talkshop. This is reflected in the site stats, which show strong increases in traffic, especially around the Lisbon conference back in January, the scientific work done mid year and obviously Climategate 2 and the aftermath. I want to emphasise though that it is the solid contributions from our guest authors and my co-mod and contributor Tim Channon which are the backbone of success here, not my flash in the pan PR stunts! For this reason, I have changed the site title at the top of the page to be simply: The Talkshop, though the url will remain as tallbloke.wordpress.com for reasons of the way we are embedded in the internet’s search systems. The domain I bought at thetalkshop.info currently does a simple web-forward to wordpress, but I’ll be doing some nifty DNS work so that we can host currently unsupported filetypes such as excel spreadsheets for download.
Obviously it would be uncharacteristic of a talkshop post to be without some graphs and analysis, so here are the monthly page view stats since the blog started just over two years ago:
As you can see, there has been an unprecedented increase in visits recently. According to my PCA analysis, and by checking the tea-leaves at the bottom of my cup, I have been able to determine that this is due to a strong upsurge in scepticism regarding the Anthropogenic Global Warming Hype-othesis. The way this correlates with the number of Christmas presents bought over the same period is strong evidence that Santa Claus exists and hasn’t sunk through rotten ice after all, despite David Suzuki’s best efforts to remodel himself as the Grinch who stole Christmas by scaring children into thinking otherwise.
Due to recent interest we have made it onto the Alexa graphical stats system too. here’ a comparison with Andrew Montford’s excellent site at bishop-hill.net
Obviously, things will calm down a bit once the excitement over the police raid drops away, but for now we can enjoy the moment of fame notoriety infamy. Infamy! infamy! they’ve all got it infamy! :)
I wanted to add realclimate.org to the graph but these days Alexa doesn’t bother to hold graphical stats for them anymore. Their rank in the US is currently 73,088 – a whisker behind the Talkshop which is currently at 70,588. :) :)
So there you go, the Talkshop, keeping it real-er than realclimate. It’s all thanks to your support that we are still here and rockin’ forward into 2012. Keep those guest posts and comments coming and let’s have a good one!