As I pointed out in the thread, Statcounter uses the nomenclature of Absolute Uniques. Perhaps we are getting bogged down in semantics and a little technical ignorance here?
After all, it wasn't until eight months after I started blogging that your humble Devil realised that there were any Statcounters (I was getting 250 Page Views a week back then), and I have certainly used the Absolute Uniques because Statcounter told me that they were.
However, I was also aware that they were possibly slightly inflated (bots and the suchlike) so I have always taken them with a slight pinch of salt. For the record, I am proud and grateful that people read these ramblings: certainly I never expected to get the traffic that I do. I would carry on even if I were not being read (catharsis, you see) but it is immensely encouraging to know that people are reading nevertheless.
For my part, I know of several people (in fact I met a good number at the Reform bash on Monday) who only read Iain and Guido (or even just one of them) and never click through to other sites: I don't think that that is the fault of either of the bloggers, more the lack of curiosity of some readers.
UPDATE: whilst I was writing this post, Iain has sent me his "Unique Visitors" stats from Extreme Tracking (and as named by Extreme Tracking).
Part of the reason that I am happy to host this debate is that I happen to share Toque's sentiments about all of this.
To be frank you're—all four—too talented and opinionated to be wasting your time with this sort of thing when political life in the UK is at such a low ebb.
It seems to me that bloggers should not be at each others throats: I feel a greater kindred with my fellow bloggers, even those I have never met (and I know both Iain and Paul reasonably well, and Tim and I have spoken on a couple of occasions), than I do for all of the politicians and other assorted idiots that we attack.
I have, in you like, always viewed it as "we bloggers versus the world." Or versus the politicos, at any rate. Mind you, I'm confrontational like that. I mean, I would add in "me versus the socialists" too, but then I have a lot of respect for many of the left-wing bloggers too (Justin (a fine writer who was also the first blogger to link to me), Unity (whose exhaustive research abilities have been a great deal of help), etc.).
Whatever you think of the various methods, we have made notable advances. Iain and Guido have, unquestionably, advanced a greater public knowledge of blogging (whether you think it's the "right kind of blogging" is, at this point, moot).
Tim, of course, has made himself such a fucking nuisance to the government that they are (hopefully) about to repeal the Act against demonstrating near Parliament. Which is, frankly, a fine achievement on any level.
I would say that this is good work all round and that we shouldn't be having these destructive kinds of wars, fun though they occasionally are. I mean, obviously, I'll carry on calling people "cunts" and will, as such, never be given my own exciting newspaper column, but you big boys should carry on packing those punches.