High on the WTFIUWT? list of experiences, a close encounter with ASS.
Earlier, I cruised on over to WUWT and noted that he’s claiming WUWT hit 40 million — that’s MILLION — hits.
I swear, reading some of the commentary at WUWT reduced my IQ by several points. Yeah, sure, I can afford to lose a few points but still. It’s disheartening.
Luckily, I cruised over to Climate Progress, a must-stop on my daily surfing of climate blogs and sites and what do I see?
He set me straight:
Memo to Watts: “Hits” are what people use when they want to hype or inflate their webstats. I don’t know anybody who touts hits anymore, other than Watts. They don’t really mean much.
A typical explanation of just what Hits are, “Hits, Page Views, Visitors and Visits Demystified,” concludes “It is evident it does not make a lot of sense to count Hits.” So, of course, it is the perfect metric for the top anti-science website in the country. It’s interesting that not one of his commenters have bothered to tell him this!
Of course, as someone who writes a blog, I know the difference between hits, visitors, page views, and visits since it’s summarized quite nicely by the org that manages my counter.
I admit to feeling a temporary sense of defeat about the collective intelligence of the internet at the thought that Watts had so many hits but I guess that in the battle of hit counts, sheer idiocy triumphs over intelligence.
When we look at actual eyeballs on pages and reading content, Climate Progress clearly wins:
Of course it does. There’s real honest to goodness science and policy content and news there rather than just denialist anti-science blather.
I just visited Alexa and note that the top science blogs on climate change / global warming are Real Climate, Tamino and Rabett Run. Part of my daily intake of high fibre vitamin and anti-oxidant rich climate science information and news and commentary to keep the old neurons firing! You know, to fight A.S.S. – Anti-Science Syndrome.