On His Grace's 6th Birthday - thank you
His Grace's blog is six years old today. The idea for a platform offering intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political was conceived on the 450th anniversary of his burning, on 21st March 2006. After faffing around with concepts and fiddling around with various designs, His Grace's first post was made during the first week of April of that same year. The blog has been through a few stylistic changes since - not to say ecstasies and traumas - and won numerous accolades and awards. Nothing major, of course: ephemeral trinkets and a few flattering comments, not to mention a few unflattering ones. He has been judged to be the best religion blog in the UK, and remains still the only one dealing with the interplay between politics and religion.
Astonishingly, this blog has been visited by 3,392,745 people across 207 countries. And that is excluding the entire first year, when no stat counters were attached. Since April 2007, there have been more than 5 million pages views, the highest day being the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton on 21st April 2011, the reporting of which made the top slot on Sky News. Unsurprisingly, 66.54% of the blog's traffic has come from the UK, and 14.33% from the US. Perhaps more surprisingly, 3,688 people have visited from Saudi Arabia, 815 from China, 495 from Iran and 161 from the Vatican. His Grace is particularly proud to have attracted a single reader from each of Antarctica, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Cuba. They did well to get through. He is also proud that together we managed to raise £2,400 for Aaron Biber in his hour of need.
His Grace would like to thank you, his readers and communicants, for making this blog the success that it has undoubtedly been. He would also like to thank those who have linked to it over the years (especially Iain Dale's Diary), and those who continue to do so, in particular ConservativeHome, Guido Fawkes, the Spectator's Coffee House , Anglican Mainstream, Dr Richard North at EUReferendum, Daniel Hannan MEP at The Telegraph, and John Redwood MP. There are many others, but when it comes to referring traffic, the first shall be first.
And thanks be to God also, and to His Son Jesus Christ, because ultimately it is He who inspires His Grace's ashes to get up in a morning, and it is stories of man's continuing encounters with Him which continue to provide content. God bless us, one and all.