PZ’s Blog-Fu is strong…

Just when I think I’m starting to get a lot of regular traffic, leave it to PZ to show me that I’m still a bit of a peon. Normally, I get around 1,500 visits a day, but what happens when PZ links to me, as he linked to yesterday’s post about RFK, Jr. and his conspiracy-mongering?

Nearly 4,000 visits, and the spike still hasn’t subsided.

Nothing like that to show a guy his true place in the blogosphere, eh?

Of course, if that had happened six months ago, it would have been a ten- or twenty-fold spike in my usual readership; so I guess I’ve made some progress in shamelessly promoting myself.

ADDENDUM: It’s been pointed out to me that PZ’s Blog-Fu is so strong, that some skeptics even seem to think that it was he who wrote yesterday’s takedown of RFK Jr.’s paranoid rant, not me. PZ just linked to it.

Geez, that hurt the ol’ surgeon’s ego…

Since my blog appears directly below PZ’s on the ScienceBlogs main page, it makes me wonder how much of my traffic is due to people looking for Pharyngula accidentally clicking Respectful Insolence.


  1. #1 BronzeDog
    March 3, 2006

    One thing that probably doesn’t help: Your templates look similar.

  2. #2 Left_Wing_Fox
    March 3, 2006

    Oh I wouldn’t worry about your hits and respective blog-fu. This is, after all, the internet. And nothing here can compete with porn.

    Even the mollusc variety. 😉

  3. #3 potentilla
    March 3, 2006

    Well here’s some anecdotal evidence for my speculation about competitiveness in the comments to the post about the Skeptic’s Circle. Maybe someone would like to get some data?

  4. #4 PZ Myers
    March 3, 2006

    Nah, no competition on my part at least. I will be very happy when everyone else passes me by, and I’m just another blogger in the stable.

  5. #5 idlemind
    March 4, 2006

    Hey, if it weren’t for PZ, I’d never have discovered Respectful Insolence. In fact, most of the science blogs I read I discovered through his site, or through Panda’s Thumb.

  6. #6 Graculus
    March 5, 2006

    I think it was through ratbags Millenium Project (not a typo) or the View From 80 that I discovered Respectful Insolence, before I discoverded Pharyungula via the Panda’s Thumb, although I haven’t been a regular visitor.

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