The Talkshop: End of Year Stats Report

Posted: December 29, 2011 by tallbloke in Blog

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 for reasons of the way we are embedded in the internet’s search systems. The domain I bought at 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

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 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!

  1. Aussie says:

    Congratulations on your blog statistics 🙂

  2. Roy Martin says:

    This must be some consolation after the recent events. The breadth and depth of support you have received since your privacy was so rudely and crudely violated is surely a reflection on the integrity and spirit you (and Tim C.) bring to the Talkshop. Keep up the good work, we all appreciate it.

    I wish you and Kath, and all of the kindred spirits who contribute or just visit here, the very best for 2012 and into the future.

  3. tallbloke says:

    Roy, as they say, it’s an ill wind that only blows hot air… or something 🙂

    Thanks for your support and kind words, and have a great New Year yourselves.

    Post updated with scientific findings below the monthly views graph.

  4. adolfogiurfa says:

    Dear Rog:

    I find absolutely wrong to change your blog´s name from Tallbloke Talkshop to just “Talkshop”.
    Do you think “Coke” would change its trade name?….Put it back, please!

  5. tallbloke says:

    Adolfo, I’m flattered, but unmoved. Anyway, it’s not just ‘a’ Talkshop, or even ‘the’ Talkshop. It is

    The Talkshop


  6. Michele says:

    The first graph remembers the solar flux SC24 ….

  7. Tenuc says:

    The Talkshop – UWT??? 😦

    Too impersonal – restore TALLBLOKE’S TALKSHOP, to it’s original branding at once please.

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Without your personal endorsement upfront this blog just won’t seem the same friendly place. Watts in a name??? – Everything!

  8. tallbloke says:

    Uh-oh, rebellion in the air. 🙂

    I just want to give Tim C and other guest posters a fair crack of the whip. Let’s see what other opinions are given and we’ll reach a consensus…

  9. A. C. Osborn says:

    I agree that Tim and others have made significant contributions this year, but it is still Tallboke’s Talkshop and should keep the name everybody knows and loves/(hates – for Solar & warmists alike).
    I have said it before and will say it again, this is the best forum for new and different scientific research on Climate and understanding the earth in general.
    Cheifio’s forum is another site that offers “different” approaches to the science, but is less scientific, if that makes sense.

    I hope you have a happy and prosporous new Year.

  10. colliemum says:

    Crikey – is it really that long ago since the Lisbon meeting? Here I thought it was sort of yesterday-ish.

    Nice stats, but count me in with the ‘rebels’: revert to the original tallbloke’s talkshop!

  11. Stacey says:

    Oh no! Why oh why have you posted up a Hockey stick graph?

    Shame on you 😉

  12. Stacey says:

    Then you go and spolil it all again “we’ll reach a consensus”

    Has this blog now morphed into UnRealClimate?


  13. Brian H says:

    I agree with the other posters. Calling it “The Talkshop” is far too egotistical. Go back to being merely Tallbloke(‘s) Talkshop.



  14. p.g.sharrow says:

    I’m afraid I will have to stand with the rebels. Tim does good work but it is not the same without your personal banter. “Tallbloke’s Talkshop” is where we visit. “Tallbloke’s” is the brand, anyone can have a talkshop. pg

    [ this is correct, I don’t do the social stuff which gives character but other stuff which adds rounding, precious few can pull off the lot — Tim]

  15. Jockdownsouth says:

    Tenuc & p.g.sharrow sum up my feelings. Watts in a name? Tallbloke is the brand.

  16. Congratulations on your success. That you have surpassed Realclimate with their hidden government subsidies and highly paid experts is a tribute to the absurd idea that Truth will eventually triumph.

  17. tchannon says:

    Trust a Jock!

    Handling mistaken identity is no big deal with plenty of workarounds including ignore it, rarely matters, more a matter of trying to save personal embarrassment for the person who had finger trouble (see, fob it off as a silly mistake we all make)

    An alternative is accept Tallbloke’s as a brand, notice I am tall (quick zoom 150%, although actually I am) and Rog perhaps considers posting as Rog. It’s more a matter of regulars getting used to a variety of contributors. The guest post idea tends to be awkward and puts too much focus on the person instead of the article, unless person matters (in which case to whom and why?)

  18. Zeke says:

    Cheers to the success of Tallbloke’s Talkshop and the steady stream of illustrious contributors (including foia), commentors, and readers.

    As we see in space (redshift) and at an atomic level, change often comes in discrete steps. In biogic systems also, many species undergo metamorphosis. So I think you should go with the change to the talkshop as it is likely the system is moving to a new energetic level. (: (: Zeke Happy new year, all.

  19. Tenuc says:

    Please don’t take this the wrong way Tim, as I enjoy your posts and contributions. However, the reason I visit this place is because Tallbloke seems to have the journalistic knack of keeping his pulse on what’s topical and relevant to the issues surrounding climate science and this is a winning formula which takes a special talent. Anthony Watts of WUWT fame also has this same ability, but keeps things on much on a much stricter footing on his blog, which can often stifle wilder ideas which can have great merit – barycentric cyclomania springs to mind here… 🙂

    Please keep posting,Tim, as I find your more technical pieces often give me food for deeper thought, which is a valuable contribution. I find no confusion in seeing your posts along side Tallbloke’s and I enjoy reading the odd guest post if the topic is relevant and well written.

    I don’t think us ‘regulars’ are trying to start a rebellion, we would just like things to carry on as they always have done, with Tallbloke hosting a talk shop where everyone regardless of technical skill can have there say on any topic, even if they contradict mainstream ideas.

    Long-live Tallbloke’s Talkshop and all who sail in her… 🙂

  20. adolfogiurfa says:

    Tallbloke´s Talkshop has spoken!

  21. Tenuc says:

    adolfogiurfa says:
    December 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    “Tallbloke´s Talkshop has spoken!”

    Yes Adolfo – crusty old bunch of misfits aren’t we… 🙂

  22. u.k.(us) says:

    We may be in different battalions, fighting the enemy or holding the flanks.
    Our advantage, is by being underestimated.

  23. Roger Carr says:

    “Tallbloke” is the critical word.

    (Before I bookmarked it I kept searching for “Lofty” — but I guess that was due to we colonials tending to name our tall friends such.)

  24. tallbloke says:

    Ok Ok, I caved. 🙂

    Tim, we’ll just have to accept the will of the people on this. There is a clear majority.

    However the management reserves the right to change their minds.

    A nicely ambiguous statement. Heh. 🙂

  25. AusieDan says:

    Congratulations on your success.
    And I admire how you are “keeping on” after what must have been a very stressful time for you and your family.
    And Mrs. Tallbloke, if I can address you as such, you have my sympathy and thanks for giving him support.

    Tallbloke, what I really like about your site is your individual look at areas of astromony and climate that I don’t see elsewhere.
    Keep going on.
    Regards and compliments of the new year.

  26. adolfogiurfa says:

    Tallbloke´s Talkshop has reborn! , Long live Tallbloke´s Talkshop!

  27. Tenuc says:

    tallbloke says:
    December 30, 2011 at 10:19 am
    “…There is a clear majority.

    However the management reserves the right to change their minds…”

    Excellent news Rog, it is never wise to rock the boat when things are going well.

    Good to see business continuing as usual at Tallbloke’s Talkshop… 🙂

  28. adolfogiurfa says:

    Just get the glass beads and start a new game Magister Ludi!

  29. Tom Harley says:

    Reblogged this on pindanpost and commented:
    Tallbloke is the only blogger so far, targeted by police, who took away some hardware for analysis, since returned, in trying to find out the identity of FOIA, who left a link to a Russian server on his blog.of the #Climategate 2.0 e-mails.
    He has since had to take legal action against others who have tried to paint him as the ‘culprit’. Tallbloke is not FOIA, but both should be lauded for their stance on climate pseudoscience.