Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Archbishop Cranmer breaks through the 100,000 threshold

When, on 21st March 2006, His Grace first conceived of his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political, he had no idea that it would go on to receive more than 2.5 million page-views over the next five years. Before the advent of Google Analytics and other more accurate mechanisms of data analysis, His Grace used ‘Extreme Tracking’, which is still affixed to this blog (as it tended to be to all blogs of the 2005-6 era). His Grace’s first posts were viewed by 20-or so each week. A year later, he was attracting about 1000 per month. This soon became 1000 every week, then two, and then three. The monthly figures have been steadily rising ever since, especially over the past six months. This time last year, Extreme Tracking gave a ‘unique visitors’ reading of around the 70,000 mark. More recently, this has been in the high-90,000s. But in May 2011, His Grace is delighted to announce that he passed through the 100,000 ‘unique visitors’ threshold for the first time (102,739 to be precise). This represents (on Google Analtytics) 101,739 Visits and 123,291 Pageviews from 168 countries, the top ones being:

1. United Kingdom 68,032
2. United States 13,317
3. Australia 2,824
4. Canada 2,690
5. India 1,372
6. Ireland 1,228
7. Germany 997
8. New Zealand 788
9. France 680
10. Norway 458

His Grace remains, of course, a humble minnow compared to the very big fish that swim in the increasingly-expansive ocean known as the Blogosphere. But (to mix metaphors) he continues to hold his head above water only with the dedicated support of his faithful readers and loyal communicants, whom he wishes to thank most profusely and sincerely for their intelligent and erudite comments over the years. There are quite a few who have journeyed along the entire five-year path, and His Grace would particularly like to thank Mr Len who has doggedly been quoting Scripture and faithfully preaching the gospel, often against some quite unpleasant opposition.

His Grace would also like to thank those many blogs which link to him and generously share some of their traffic, permitting him to bask in a little of their reflected glory. The top ones include:

1. Iain Dale’s Diary 2,429
2. ConservativeHome 1,903
3. EUReferendum 1,640
4. Spectator Coffee House 1,419
5. Stand Firm 958
6. The Church Mouse 910
7. Daily Telegraph Blogs 812

Your reward is in heaven.

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’ (he hasn’t hosted one for a while) to his communicants for the raising of whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish (intelligently and eruditely, of course).


Blogger Rubati said...

Your Grace,

Do you believe that your beloved Prayer Book ought to be used more widely in the Church of England's public liturgy?

1 June 2011 at 09:41  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Err... yes.

1 June 2011 at 09:44  
Anonymous len said...

Congratulations Your Grace on the figures, also I would like to thank you for your thought provoking articles, and your patience.

1 June 2011 at 10:11  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

Your Grace,

Congratulations; it is nice to see that your erudite and singularly well-worded insights are receiving the attention that they merit.

I look forward to congratulating you on breaking the 200,000 barrier in the coming years...

1 June 2011 at 10:17  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Stout work, Your Grace, well done indeed.

Your communicant can imagine you looking out from your rooms above the cloisters and across the water-meadows as evening falls. You should smile and feel well pleased.

1 June 2011 at 10:52  
Anonymous nimblehippo said...

On the question of liturgy

but your grace - what about the data that shows that an absence of liturgy is the the common denominator in the churches that are growing. Having just written a presentation for my colleagues on a RE PGCE course on the changing face of Christianity I am aware of this- McGrath points out that liturgy may not be helpful. Growth is in the churches that are either charismatic, pentacostal or evangelical (or a combination of them)

1 June 2011 at 10:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Your Grace. Your sacrifice on the stake has finally been recognized. Always a thoughtful and profound thing to say, and you tick off the editor of the new statesman, you should be sainted. I am still surprised your Grace has not been made a lord. After all you would be technically the Lord's Spiritual in more ways than won. One question however, As myself a Northern Irelander, I wonder do you support the Union with Britain?

1 June 2011 at 11:46  
Anonymous Jonathan Stuart-Brown said...

Praise God. Let us rejoice and give thanks to His Holy Name. His Grace has added salt and light to the religious and political debate in the UK and beyond.
May I add, can we pray that His Grace reaches 500 souls in Norway ! I was surprised the Norwegian readership is lagging behind. Perhaps a more Norwegian flavoured tone to a few posts is in order.
If not then just keep up the magnificent work standing up for Jesus Christ, The Bible, Israel and Jerusalem.

1 June 2011 at 12:28  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

nimblehippo said...
"On the question of liturgy ...
McGrath points out that liturgy may not be helpful. Growth is in the churches that are either charismatic, pentacostal or evangelical (or a combination of them)"

Sign of the times that people want to 'do their own thing'. Not really a sound argument for abandoning liturgical prayer based on a theological understanding of God developed over centuries. Worshipping God isn't all about feeling good although it should be joyful.

1 June 2011 at 12:50  
Blogger English Viking said...

JSB is on the right track! Heia Norge!


As well as scrapping the liturgy, why not go the whole hog? Rip out the pews, install a massive, flat-screen TV, screening football, obviously (Man U getting utterly humiliated and being a national embarrassment against Barca will do fine). a nice big bar serving cheap lager and a few dancing girls, the place will be packed.

Obviously, there will be no need for all that Gospel nonsense either. Who cares, so long as numbers are up?

1 June 2011 at 13:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I believe that it is not liturgy that is the problem, but the failure to uphold the fundamental truths of the scriptures.

While the charismatics/pentecostals/evangelicals have their music and free worship, often being inspired by God to pray that which comes from the heart and not parroting the same lines in a ritualistic fashion, there are plenty of fine anglican churches that do grow. I think that you'll find in each of these growing groups, a man of God leading the way, and faithful prayer and obedience to scripture along with a firm grasp of scripture without overcomplicating the issues. They tend to refuse to compromise too.

1 June 2011 at 13:33  
Anonymous nimblehippo said...

abandoning liturgy does not necessarily mean abandoning sound theology - one of the increasing trends in growing and theologically sound anglican churches (which would fit under the evangelical banner - mcgrath categorises themas being orthodox but espescially big on the bible, cross and telling others) is that communion only happens once a month or so, and there is less of the call and response style of worship. The liturgy is surely only there to guide to solid theology - my point is merely that in a religiously illiterate age, liturgy seems to provide a barrier to engagement.

1 June 2011 at 14:44  
Blogger English Viking said...


I can see why you make your points, but I disagree with them.

Instead of dumbing everybody down to the level of the religiously illiterate, why not raise everybody up to highest levels possible?

1 June 2011 at 15:14  
Anonymous len said...

"God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."

I must admit that some church services look more like a 'rave'than worshipping God.
And the 'higher churches 'look more as though the were conducting funerals than worshipping God.
Surely the thing is to get some sort of balance?

1 June 2011 at 16:04  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Congratulations, Your Grace. And thank you - for the intelligence and erudition (humour and humanity, too!).

Glad you mentioned, Mr. len; I always appreciate his posts, too.

1 June 2011 at 17:40  

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