Wednesday, March 21, 2007

An auspicious anniversary…

Today is the 451st anniversary of His Grace’s sad demise, yet the glory of the Gospel is that out of death comes new life, and this day also marks the first anniversary of the conception of His Grace’s august blog of intelligence and erudition. He would like to thank all of his communicants for their observation of and participation in his analyses of religio-political concerns, and he thought it appropriate to indulge in a little birthday fest.

This blog was never meant to be a source of news, nor of comment on matters politically Conservative. It was never conceived to break a scoop, but to offer a platform for erudite and intelligent comment upon that dimension of politics which is increasingly ignored or completely sidelined in today’s ‘secular’ sphere. Sadly, politicians have not noticed that the Western World is entering its most ‘spiritual’ phase since the Reformation: the Enlightenment manifestly failed to usher in an era of scientific rationalism, with assurances of the end of human conflict and promises of eternal Utopia, and now a postmodern era of inviolable human rights and environmentalist tree-hugging is sweeping across the known world, promulgating a new uniformity of pluralism which presents its own unique set of dangers.

On this first anniversary, Cranmer would like to share a few statistics:

In one year, he has received in excess of 113,000 unique visitors, mostly through Google.

His principal blog referrers are Mr Iain Dale, with 1083 unique visitors; ConservativeHome with 639 unique visitors, and Mr Croydonian, with 529 unique visitors. The statistics for other referrers may be observed in the right-hand bar, but (Google aside) these three have contributed most significantly to His Grace’s presence in the blogosphere.

His Grace featured in Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the UK. He not only made it into the Top 100 Conservative blogs, to his great surprise Cranmer entered in the Top 10, and was ranked No 8.

On average, His Grace receives more than 450 hits from around 325 unique visitors each day, now from 68 countries.

There are some 544 links to Cranmer’s posts, from around 172 blogs.

The longest thread to date, and the topic which most captivated communicants, was 'Catholic Church blackmails Government', with 180 comments.

Many have commented on the quality of His Grace’s blog, but his favourite is the observation from one Mr Guido Fawkes, who finds His Grace ‘boring and bigoted’. This is by far the greatest compliment that he has ever been paid.

His Grace would like to thank all of his communicants, but in particular those whose erudition and intelligence are evident in the comment threads, and make this blog what it is. These are frequently a dialogue of iron sharpening iron, and offer an undoubtedly rich source of pooled wisdom for future generations.

Blessings upon you all.


Blogger Croydonian said...

Congratulations Your Grace, and my apologies for having become an increasingly rare communicant. I will endeavour to remedy this.

21 March 2007 at 08:46  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

I love this blog. Don't always get time to contribute as much as I'd wish, but it's a rare example of a thinker's blog. Thanks for the efforts, and congratulations!!

21 March 2007 at 09:41  
Anonymous Chris said...

Happy birthday, Your Grace. I have been an avid although hitherto silent communicant for some time. Keep up the good work!

21 March 2007 at 10:28  
Anonymous bob said...

Ad multos annos!

21 March 2007 at 10:32  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

Happy Birthday Cranmer.

Well done for such an erudite and at times, entertaining blog.

21 March 2007 at 10:34  
Blogger Man in a shed said...

Your Grace,

There's always something to think about here, and often something to learn. Well done.

21 March 2007 at 10:35  
Anonymous Oiznop said...

An excellent year.

Thank you.

21 March 2007 at 10:45  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

Your living proof that there is an after life.

Happy birthday!

21 March 2007 at 11:40  
Anonymous Voyager said...

WEll we shall consider whether those at St John's or Balliol do full reverence at Martyrs' Memorial today.

I cannot believe this Blog is but 12 months old, it seems such a fixed and certain place to discuss issues more important than the pornography of politics; the essence being the purpose of life and how we wish it to be lived rather than the competing brands of vanilla hawked by snake-oil merchants

21 March 2007 at 11:49  
Blogger dearieme said...

Congratulations. Lang may yer lum reek. Or is that perhaps indelicate?

21 March 2007 at 11:58  
Blogger botogol said...

happy birthday, and congratulations. This is a very interesting blog (and I say that as a secular non-believer) you successfully put your finger on a bumber of important issues and ideas that (so far as I can tell) are not covered anyway else, either in the MSM or in the blogosphere.

My only request - less about palestine, please. Your Grace is much more authoritative on matters British.

21 March 2007 at 12:00  
Anonymous The Recusant said...

Congratulation on you 1st year in the blogosphere. Also on this day in history:

1804 - The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth.

1871 - Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1960 - Police fired on demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, after which the African National Congress was banned. 25 years later, a march marking the anniversary was also disrupted by police fire.

1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed.

1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

21 March 2007 at 12:56  
Anonymous Observer said...

oh we are playing that game.....

1681 Charles II's Oxford Parliament with offer to appoint William of Orange as Regent for James II.

21 March 2007 at 13:26  
Anonymous M.D. said...

Well done Cranmer,

One year eh?... perhaps less 'making nookie' with the Israeli flag in the future?

Well done though.

21 March 2007 at 13:58  
Anonymous M.D. said...

Well done Cranmer,

One year eh?... perhaps less 'making nookie' with the Israeli flag in the future?

Well done though.

21 March 2007 at 13:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I congratulate His Grace most heartily, yet urgeth him most earnestly to pay little heed to those who appear little concerned for God's ancient people. Rather, I refer His Grace to a verse with which he will knoweth well:

Genesis 17:8

"And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."

Methinks this does not speak of Hagar's offspring.

21 March 2007 at 14:34  
Anonymous Wolsey said...

Happy Birthday!

Keep up the good work.

21 March 2007 at 14:37  
Blogger recyclist said...

Could you please post a link to the "His Grace's ... blog of intelligence and erudition"? I can't find it on the web anywhere!


21 March 2007 at 15:01  
Anonymous Colin said...

His Grace is guilty of stealing many hours of my life by making me addicted to his blog.

Congratulations for the perseverance, erudition and intelligence of its host.

May I humbly propose the publication of a Festschrift in Honour of Cranmer II with Iain Dale as editor and all communicants as contributing authors?

Happy Birthday, His Grace !

21 March 2007 at 15:38  
Anonymous St George said...

A brilliant blog. I read it most days, but don't make comments. I'm probably one of hundreds, but it doesn't mean we don't appreciate it. Thank you. You're doing an immense service.

21 March 2007 at 17:06  
Anonymous Chris Cummins said...

Congratulations, your Grace. I thought you had been going longer than a year.

Like St George said I don't or rarely make comments, but find your blog an interesting and thought provoking read.

I wish you every sucess for the future.

21 March 2007 at 21:57  
Anonymous Northwing said...

Many Happy Returns. His Grace must be congratulated on a fantastic, topical website - moreso considering his Grace's death several centuries ago. How his Grace manages this from the grave continues to be a marvel beyond extinction.

Like most who tarry here, I regale in his Grace's epistles, and their rare moral clarity and spiritual value.

If one might say so, His Grace's website is not unlike a gas lamp, flickering brightly, in the atrium of a modern but oppressive block of flats, where all the electricity has suddenly gone off.

21 March 2007 at 22:52  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Northwing,

You cause His Grace to chuckle somewhat.

Blessings upon you all, and thank you for your birthday greetings. His Grace is humbled and honoured to be of service.

21 March 2007 at 23:11  
Blogger tim said...

Happy anniversary, your grace! Both for your martyrdom and your "birthday." I understand that the Jews and early Christians had a common belief that the great sages were born and died on the same day. Your Grace has managed the same, but the othe way around!

Thanks for a wonderful blog.

22 March 2007 at 11:05  
Blogger Tom Tyler said...

Happy Anniversary, Your Grace.
Your blog has taught me much about the history and the present of Protestantism, both directly (from reading what you say) and indirectly (I'm not one to read history books for the sake of it; there has to be some connection with current affairs to interest me. So I've often found myself doing some online research as I read your posts, in order to understand the background to what you're talking about).
Thank you for contributing to my lifelong process of self-education!

23 March 2007 at 01:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

had a common belief that the great sages were born and died on the same day.

William Shakespeare managed that too

23 March 2007 at 15:38  
Blogger Cato, author of said...

On this anniversary of Your Grace's martrydom, may I thank your Grace not only for what you did in life to defend the Faith, but for what you continue to do on these pages through the electronic ether. May Your Grace rest in peace an rise in Glory! Amen.

23 March 2007 at 17:53  
Blogger Hettie said...

Congratulations Cranmer.

I started to read your blog during last summer's war. I for one appreciate the Israel-Arab angle.

23 March 2007 at 22:56  
Blogger SamuelCoates said...

One of the very best blogs I know, keep it up!

28 March 2007 at 19:08  

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