In any successful enterprise, there will always be people that want to tear down that success and of course WUWT is no exception.
I certainly can’t deny that Watts Up With That (WUWT) has been remarkably successful but, in my case, it’s certainly not to tear it down. I simply address some of the things that are said on WUWT and have, on occasion, actually been complimentary. It’s a free world and WUWT is free to say what it wishes and I’m free to write what I wish (within reason).
Anthony goes on to say
They say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but these imitators just don’t seem to have what it takes to hold an audience, as their view numbers are in the low 100′s per day where WUWT typically has 100,000. Still, I find it amusing that these people devote so much time and effort to stalking/satirizing what goes on at WUWT.
Again, he’s quite correct. His readership is certainly much greater than mine and the 100’s per day is probably about right in my case. There is a quantity versus quality argument that one could make, but I certainly wouldn’t do that. He’s also right to find it amusing that these people devote so much time and effort. I sometimes shake my own head in wonder; as do my family, to be honest.
The only thing he says about this blog is
feels he needs to rebut everything on WUWT by making clever counter-titles with “Watt” in them.
Don’t think it’s everything on WUWT. It was more in the beginning, but I’ve toned it down a little recently (what with having to actually do some real work and slightly running out of things to say). At least Anthony thinks using “Watt” in the title is clever.
The only real issue I have about his new Blog Spawn page is that he outed the person who writes HotWhopper. Anthony does say The information about each is freely available on the Internet. This may be strictly true, but Sou had chosen to write anonymously and there is no obvious/easy way to link the person Anthony claims writes HotWhopper to HotWhopper itself. As far as I’m aware, it wouldn’t have been possible to do so by simply searching the internet, but I could be wrong. I believe that Sou has acknowledged that he has correctly identified who she is and I’m not suggesting he’s done anything fundamentally wrong, just that it seems unnecessary and unfortunate. There’s no obviously positive reason for identifying who writes HotWhopper, so at best it’s neutral and at worst negative.
Anyway, at least I know Anthony must have read some of my blog and maybe his new page will enhance my readership. Having said that, I’m not convinced that that will necessarily be a good thing.