If this blog were primarily or even exclusively a blog dedicated to the climate, which is the case of all the colleagues and competitors listed below, I would find the results mediocre. But because it's primarily a theoretical particle physics blog, the results are OK. ;-)
Mapping the climate sceptical blogosphere (full paper in PDF)by Amelia Sharman, The Reference Frame is the 10th "most central" skeptical climate blog on this blue, not green planet, tied with 3 more blogs.
The author analyzed the links inside a network of 171 climate blogs by two methods, Freeman's approach and Bonacich's approach. The latter produced some unknown blogs at the top. The former, Freeman's analysis had two versions: rating blogs by their outgoing links and by the incoming links. Of course, I am a thinker, not a linker, so I only had a chance with the incoming links. Needless to say, the rating by outgoing links produces some relatively unknown blogs, too.
So here is the only relevant table of results – Table 3 from the paper (Freeman's method applied to incoming links):
- 1. Watts Up With That
- 2. Climate Audit
- 3. Jo Nova
- 4. Bishop Hill
- 4. =ICECAP
- 6. Tom Nelson
- 7. No Frakking Consensus
- 8. JunkScience
- 8. =Science and Public Policy Institute
- 10. Climate etc.
- 10. =Climate realists
- 10. =Roy Spencer
- 10. =The Reference Frame
Congratulations to the other blogs for their better spots, I think that they deserve it. I am a bit baffled by the complete absence of Climate Depot in these tables – except for a list of "web references" at the end – but I won't attack the author's methodology just because I find a result surprising (yes, I do consider Climate Depot to be an important source – and "a central source" could be even more accurate – of news about the climate debate).
Hat tip to: Anthony Watts' blog, for it to become even more central. ;-)