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.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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