End of term report

When Number Watch was launched in the middle of July, it was a bit of an experiment to see whether anyone reacted. By the end of the year it had reached nearly one thousand hits a week, half of them coming from the USA. This may seem modest by many standards, but was way above expectations.

It has been wonderful to make so many friends, none of whom I have ever met. I particularly value the encouragement and support I have received from some of the giants of the pro-science movement in the USA – in no particular order Steve Milloy, Alan Caruba, James Randi, Bob Caroll, Michael Fumento and S Fred Singer.

There were two main motivations for starting Number Watch. First was the difficulty of winding up the writing of the book Sorry, wrong number! as sillier and sillier stories kept appearing in the press. I became a reluctant self publisher as the only means to get round the covert PC censorship that seems to operate in the British book industry, so the second motivation was to try to provide in Britain the sort of alternative commentary that the above named produce so effectively in the USA.

It is encouraging that American readers tend to find British lunacy as entertaining as their own, quashing the European myth that Americans are insular, but a little discouraging that relatively few of the British are interested in being told about it. On the other hand, regular visits from thirty different countries around the world suggest that, though small, the resistance movement is universal.

There has been a little gentle criticism that Number Watch shows a political bias by concentrating on the misdemeanours of the Government and not of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. The main answer to that is “What opposition?” Number Watch abhors a vacuum – there is nothing you can write about it; besides which, governments do things and oppositions don’t. There is an old Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”. Now that the USA appears to have moved away from the leftish consensus that has ruled the West in recent years, we may be in for very interesting times. How will the Europeans act when they find that their myths are not automatically accepted by the world’s largest democracy?

Seasonal greeting to all readers and many thanks to those who have provided feedback. It would be pleasant to think that there will be nothing to write about in the coming year, but more realistic to accept that “Insanity rules, OK”.

Here are a few statistics about visits to Number Watch for the last month of the year:

 
Analysis for the Month of Dec, 2000.
 Total sessions served during period :  3369
 Total search engine referred sessions :  105  (3.12%)
 Total referred session :  2019  (59.93%)
 Total blind (no referrer) sessions :  1245  (36.95%)
 Total referring domains tracked during period :  11

 

Top 10 most active referring domains during period:
  numberwatch.co.uk   with   983   referrals made   (48.14% of all referrals)
  junkscience.com   with   578   referrals made   (28.31% of all referrals)
  skepdic.com   with   118   referrals made   (5.78% of all referrals)
  yahoo.com   with   97   referrals made   (4.75% of all referrals)
  dcn.davis.ca.us   with   60   referrals made   (2.94% of all referrals)
  google.com   with   47   referrals made   (2.30% of all referrals)
  anxietycenter.com   with   42   referrals made   (2.06% of all referrals)
  metafilter.com   with   23   referrals made   (1.13% of all referrals)
  telegraph.co.uk   with   13   referrals made   (0.64% of all referrals)
  consumerdistorts.com   with   8   referrals made   (0.39% of all referrals)

 
Top 10 most active referring search engines:
  yahoo.com   with   99   referrals made   (94.29% of all referrals)
  altavista.digital.com   with   2   referrals made   (1.90% of all referrals)
  lycos.com   with   2   referrals made   (1.90% of all referrals)
  excite.com   with   1   referrals made   (0.95% of all referrals)
  looksmart.com   with   1   referrals made   (0.95% of all referrals)

 

Breakdown of American Traffic by State 
Virginia, USA.   with   585 sessions.     (17.36 % of traffic)  
California, USA.   with   254 sessions.     (7.54 % of traffic)  
Florida, USA.   with   55 sessions.     (1.63 % of traffic)  
South Carolina, USA.   with   50 sessions.     (1.48 % of traffic)  
Georgia, USA.   with   43 sessions.     (1.28 % of traffic)  
Washington, USA.   with   30 sessions.     (0.89 % of traffic)  
New Jersey, USA.   with   29 sessions.     (0.86 % of traffic)  
Arizona, USA.   with   29 sessions.     (0.86 % of traffic)  
Massachusetts, USA.   with   21 sessions.     (0.62 % of traffic)  
New York, USA.   with   19 sessions.     (0.56 % of traffic)  
Pennsylvania, USA.   with   15 sessions.     (0.45 % of traffic)  
Colorado, USA.   with   15 sessions.     (0.45 % of traffic)  
Connecticut, USA.   with   12 sessions.     (0.36 % of traffic)  
Maryland, USA.   with   11 sessions.     (0.33 % of traffic)  
North Carolina, USA.   with   9 sessions.     (0.27 % of traffic)  
Kentucky, USA.   with   9 sessions.     (0.27 % of traffic)  
??, USA.   with   8 sessions.     (0.24 % of traffic)  
Oregon, USA.   with   8 sessions.     (0.24 % of traffic)  
New Mexico, USA.   with   8 sessions.     (0.24 % of traffic)  
Texas, USA.   with   8 sessions.     (0.24 % of traffic)  
Washington DC, USA.   with   6 sessions.     (0.18 % of traffic)  
Ohio, USA.   with   6 sessions.     (0.18 % of traffic)  
Minnesota, USA.   with   5 sessions.     (0.15 % of traffic)  
Missouri, USA.   with   4 sessions.     (0.12 % of traffic)  
Illinois, USA.   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Utah, USA.   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Oklahoma, USA.   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Alabama, USA.   with   2 sessions.     (0.06 % of traffic)  
New Hampshire, USA.   with   2 sessions.     (0.06 % of traffic)  
Armed Forces   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Idaho, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Louisiana, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Wisconsin, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Iowa, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Tennessee, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Delaware, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Alaska, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
South Dakota, USA.   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Total U.S. Traffic   1261 sessions.     (37.43 % of traffic)  

 

Breakdown of Traffic by Continent 
North America   with   1360 sessions.     (40.37 % of traffic)  
South America   with   0.00 sessions.     (0.00 % of traffic)  
Europe   with   555 sessions.     (16.47 % of traffic)  
Asia   with   59 sessions.     (1.75 % of traffic)  
Australia & Oceana   with   120 sessions.     (3.56 % of traffic)  
Africa   with   7 sessions.     (0.21 % of traffic)  

 

Breakdown of Traffic from the continent of Europe 
United Kingdom   with   272 sessions.     (8.07 % of traffic)  
Netherlands   with   159 sessions.     (4.72 % of traffic)  
France   with   38 sessions.     (1.13 % of traffic)  
Germany   with   19 sessions.     (0.56 % of traffic)  
Italy   with   13 sessions.     (0.39 % of traffic)  
Czech Rep.   with   9 sessions.     (0.27 % of traffic)  
Norway   with   9 sessions.     (0.27 % of traffic)  
Finland   with   6 sessions.     (0.18 % of traffic)  
Croatia   with   4 sessions.     (0.12 % of traffic)  
Hungary   with   4 sessions.     (0.12 % of traffic)  
Austria   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Ireland   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Sweden   with   3 sessions.     (0.09 % of traffic)  
Bosnia, Herzegowina   with   2 sessions.     (0.06 % of traffic)  
Greece   with   2 sessions.     (0.06 % of traffic)  
Russia   with   2 sessions.     (0.06 % of traffic)  
Iceland   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Portugal   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Poland   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Slovenia   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Belgium   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Switzerland   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Spain   with   1 sessions.     (0.03 % of traffic)  
Total European Traffic   555 sessions.     (16.47 % of traffic)  

 

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