A Blog Around The Clock

Thank You to my commenters

In 50 days of its existence, this blog has received 636 comments. The SEED sciencebloggers already promote each other a lot, so I want to give a shout-out to my most regular commenters who are NOT themselves SB bloggers or SEED staff (or myself – after all I posted the most comments while responding to others). I happily include people who I disagree with here – spam and trolling has been deleted long ago and is not counted in the totals.

Plus, at some point in the future (perhaps on December 31st), I will do this again and the person with the greatest number of comments will get to choose the topic of my subsequent post!

Here are the current leaders of the pack:

greensmile 18
Bill Hooker 14
tng 11
Dendroica 10
CFeagans 9
Peter Wilson, PhD 9
etbnc 8
Deep Thought 8
John McKay 6
theRidger 6
Jenna 6
Tulse 6
Elayne Riggs 5
Brandon 5
Kristjan Wager 4
nbm 4
scout 4
Kevin 4

…as well as a number of people with three comments (cross the magic barrier and I’ll include the link next time!)…:

Carel 3
Phil Plait 3
Left_Wing_Fox 3
Julie Stahlhut 3
Jane Shevtsov 3
Madison Guy 3
Hsien Lei 3
Erin Monahan 3
J-Dog 3
Karl 3
Dave S. 3
David Boxenhorn 3
Craig Pennington 3
wheatdogg 3
Babe in the Universe 3
Paul Decelles 3
JacquiG 3
Coffee Mug 3

…and many with 2 or 1…


  1. #1 John McKay
    July 30, 2006

    Now you’re just tempting us to be bad. How many comments will we send just to say, “this is number seven.”

  2. #2 John McKay
    July 30, 2006

    Now you’re just tempting us to be bad. How many comments will we send just to say, “this is number eight.”

  3. #3 coturnix
    July 30, 2006

    LOL More the merrier! Sooner or later you’ll get tired of counting and you’ll post something smart – I know you cannot resist!

  4. #4 CFeagans
    July 30, 2006

    I almost had an even ten! πŸ™‚

  5. #5 scout
    July 30, 2006

    haha, what a great thing to do!!! now…..if you’d only offer a prize πŸ™‚

  6. #6 jessica kardon
    July 30, 2006


    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I always look for blogs with great content such as this one. in fact, if i were you i would go to http://www.autosurfmonster.com and submit this blog and let thousands of others see it for free..
    well, i look forward to all the updates. thanks again’


  7. #7 Phil Plait
    July 30, 2006

    Yup. This makes the fourth one.

    Actually, there are any number of ways I can make this more than a “me too” post. I could implore you to comment on my stuff, for example. That would be pandering, however.

    So nevermind.

  8. #8 Abel Pharmboy
    July 30, 2006

    Hmmm…a blabbermouth like me didn’t even break two? Or did you exclude SiBlings/SciBlings.

    I haven’t yet had the pleasure of being visited by greensmile, but Dr Bill Hooker and etbnc have been among the most thoughtful commenters at Terra Sigillata. And, heck, I just love Erin Monahan on principle!

  9. #9 Abel Pharmboy
    July 30, 2006

    Well, as Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, “Never mind.” I finally just read the text instead of just jumping to the list and learned that you excluded SB’ers and our Seedy compatriots.

  10. #10 Hsien Lei
    July 30, 2006

    Rats. I thought I’d commented more often than that. This is certainly a motivation! πŸ˜‰ BTW, tell me you didn’t do the counting manually….

  11. #11 Elayne Riggs
    July 30, 2006

    So, if I comment two more times I move into ninth place? πŸ™‚

  12. #12 coturnix
    July 30, 2006

    This was a semi-manual process. There is a list of comments on MovableType -you can search it, scroll through it and click on names to get counts, then click on inidividual comments to get URLs of homepages, etc. – it certainly took some time and that is why I gave up on finding URLs for people with 3 or less comments.

  13. #13 Dendroica
    July 30, 2006


    I enjoy reading this blog. The sleep articles are always interesting.

  14. #14 cfeagans
    July 30, 2006

    I must say, you have to admire Corturnix’s consistency and honesty. He didn’t let the Bad Astronomer’s celebrity status influence his decision to leave Phil without a link to his site! πŸ™‚

  15. #15 Madison Guy
    July 30, 2006

    Number four hereοΏ½

    Sorry, just couldn’t resist. More politics than science here, unless one sweeps linguistics into the fold, but what the hell, it seemed like an invitation:

    Leftover neocon mischief — Were Martin Amis and John Updike taken in by blowback from an anti-Muslim disinformation campaign that’s been littering the internet ever since the buildup to the Iraq war?


  16. #16 greensmile
    July 30, 2006

    what a coincidence. In a fit of idleness Friday afternoon, I compiled stats on what domains my hits came from over the last two months:

    The top 17:
    18 mumonno.blogspot.com
    19 diogenes999.blogspot.com
    21 expert-opinion.blogspot.com
    22 crookedtimber.org
    22 google.ca
    22 google.co.uk
    22 uncrediblehallq.blogspot.com
    27 blogsearch.google.com
    31 haloscan.com
    37 theatheistmama.com
    49 pandagon.net
    81 search.yahoo.com
    82 mikesweeklyskepticrant.blogspot.com
    145 search.blogger.com
    224 google.com
    227 sciencepolitics.blogspot.com
    272 scienceblogs.com

    Some of the scienceblogs.com is from PZ and some from Dr. Freeride but most of the top two places are guess who.

    So the e-cquaintance has been mutually profitable and mutually present…thank YOU, Bora.

  17. #17 g
    July 30, 2006

    uh, mutually pleasant

  18. #18 coturnix
    July 30, 2006

    Wow – I can’t believe that you get so much traffic from my OLD blog which is supposed to be pretty much inactive.

  19. #19 Jenna
    July 30, 2006

    I didn’t think I was that much of an extrovert. But now that there’s motivation..! I especially love the sleep stuff, and seeing your views on different areas. Not to mention you’re a *great* source of links.

  20. #20 John McKay
    July 31, 2006

    This is number nine. Take that etbnc and Deep Thought.

    Dendronica, you’re next.

  21. #21 Deep Thought
    July 31, 2006

    Why, I hardly know you!

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