Cranmer’s Pulpit (and trivial statistics)
Cranmer is delighted to announce that another milestone has been passed upon his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political. The month of February was a record, recording 57,543 unique visitors from 163 countries, representing 83,044 page views. It is all the more surprising to have achieved this during the shortest month. A further three days would have easily surpassed the 60,000 threshold.
February 2009 was 123 per cent up on February 2008, and 26 per cent up on last month.
His Grace was not long-listed for the Orwell Prize, for he has manifestly not sufficiently contributed to making political writing an art. The Orwell judging panel instead favoured inter alia two BBC blogs, two blogs from The Times and The Guardian, and the UK’s leading bloggers Tom Harris MP and Iain Dale. Only three out of the final 12 could be described as right of centre.
Given the manifest and long-established dominance of the 'right-wing' blogosphere, the preponderance of 'left-wing' blogs on this long list gives a hint of something a little... Orwellian.
Or perhaps His Grace has simply misunderstood the meaning of ‘art’.
Cranmer has drawn solace from Mr Dale, who judged his blog to be one of the ‘Ten Best Written Political Blogs’, with the citation: ‘His Grace is fluent and erudite and always entertaining whether or not you agree with some of his more dogmatic meanderings. There's no doubt he deserves a column on the Catholic Herald!’
Cranmer would refer to porcine aviation, but he has no desire to offend gratuitously his Muslim readers and communicants.
Cranmer has learnt from Mr Dale that the only reliable visitor figures come from Google Analytics, which records 33,416 ‘Absolute Unique Visitors’. But His Grace is damned if he can understand the difference between ‘unique’ and ‘absolute unique’.
One cannot qualify a superlative.
His ‘top landing page’ has been Lord Ahmed threatens Parliament into submission, with 4,911 views.
His personal favourite of the month was Quantitative easing - Mammon from heaven, but no-one else thought so.
He shall not waste hours of his life again on such artistry. Especially since he fails to understand the meaning of art in any case.
Cranmer is concerned to note that 3,886 people have visited between 101-200 times over the past 28 days. And he is profoundly concerned to learn that 3,851 people have visited 201+ times, which is in excess of 7 times a day.
He exhorts these most loyal readers and communicants to reconsider that from which they are abstaining during Lent. His statistics are as nothing to the state of their soul.
In celebration of this record month, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole, His Grace is pleased to offer this ‘Cranmer’s Pulpit’ to his communicants for the raising of whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish (intelligently and eruditely, of course).