Today, it is three years since the Debunking Denialism website was created.
Posts and views
During the past year, a solid 70 posts have been published. The vast majority have been original, substantial and detailed refutations and covered a wide range of topics including genetically modified foods, cystic fibrosis, debunking Holocaust denial and revealing the tactics of alleged psychics. Debunking Denialism has taken on anti-GMO celebrities like Roseanne Barr, publicists and authors like Howard Bloom and writers like Stasia Bliss (who has spread nonsense on everything from cystic fibrosis to dark matter).
The average number of visitors per month has climbed to around 4000 from 1600 during the second year and 100 during the first year. Debunking Denialism recently passed 80k views in total and will probably reach the 100k mark before the end of the year.
A number of new blog categories have been added, including debunking alleged psychics and crank claims about physics.
Debunking Denialism has also expanded onto the social media scene with a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The Facebook page has around 540 likes at this point and the Twitter account has a little under 90 followers. Most of the traffic to the Facebook page has come from other pages sharing the updates posted. Without question, the most supportive and share-generous Facebook page has been Skeptics; Atheists; Realists; Agnostics; Humanists managed by SARAH.Skeptic. Thank you so much for your unwavering support. I am in great debt.
Throughout this last year, Debunking Denialism has slowly started to make an impact in the wider online world. Blog posts debunking Holocaust denier’s quote mining of Holocaust historians have been linked by Expo (a Swedish foundation exposing racism and xenophobia) and recent post about investigative skepticism has been linked by Fallacy Files.
Debunking Denialism has also gotten some attention from proponents of pseudoscience. The members of an Internet forum promoting Holocaust denial has posted not one, but two, posts about me personally. The second one apparently upgrades me from a mere “believer” to a “true believer”.
Many posts on genetically modified foods posted during the last year has been reblogged at the Genetic Literacy Project.
For the next year, Debunking Denialism plans to continue to post original and timely refutations of pseudoscientific content posted by denialists. Also, the success of the article series “The Scientific Ignorance of Stasia Bliss” has been an inspiration to writing more series like that in the future.