Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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.


Blogger Gawain Towler said...

Have a spiffing one YG

4 April 2012 at 09:47  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Many happy returns of your erudite and finely ground mortal remains, Your Grace.

4 April 2012 at 09:56  
Blogger David B said...

Happy Birthday from me, too.

I enjoy reading the blog, which often contains much common sense, and much I can agree with. Yesterday's post from HG, being a case in point.

The toleration of dissenting views in the comments is admirable.

Today being a birthday, it is an occasion for congratulations and applause, and to accentuate the positive.

Tomorrow, or another day, I shall doubtless find something to disagree with, but for today I shall just offer my best wishes and thanks.

David B

4 April 2012 at 10:15  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Cordial congratulations on a wonderful blog which, I'm sure, is a passion.

Mine certainly keeps me out of mischief!


4 April 2012 at 10:18  
Blogger God and Politics in the UK said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for your excellent blog. No one elase does it as well as you do on this subject matter. It's inspired me greatly and gives me a level of quality to aspire to.

4 April 2012 at 10:30  
Blogger IanCad said...

Congratulations and many thanks Your Grace.
You are a voice in the wilderness.

4 April 2012 at 10:33  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace

Happy Birthday and best wishes from Old Ernsty and Tiddles.

As the song goes for my nemesis and equally applicable to your good self..Nobody Does I better. Makes you feel sad for the rest,. Nobody does it, half as good as you.
Cranny you're the best!

E S Bloffeld.

4 April 2012 at 10:53  
Blogger non mouse said...

Happy Birthday, Your Grace; thank you for the blog. It continues as a beacon of good writing and inspiriation.

4 April 2012 at 10:56  
Blogger Flossie said...

Happy Birthday dear Crannie, and may you have very many more. You are truly an inspiration.

God bless.

4 April 2012 at 11:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace


161 visitors from the Vatican?

What the blazes do they want from you?

4 April 2012 at 12:06  
Blogger C.Law said...

Congratulations, YG, and long may you continue to provide your thought-provoking commentary on religious and political issues of the day.

4 April 2012 at 12:07  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

(Numbers 6:24-26)

And as Pope Paul VI once said:
“The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.”

With best wishes from "the most tedious communicant upon His Grace's blog.”
(You do say the kindest things!)

4 April 2012 at 12:50  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Forgot to add all my polynominal guises are as one in sending this greeting!

4 April 2012 at 13:37  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Thank you for keeping going, especially through some of the dark times — ad multis annos

4 April 2012 at 14:11  
Blogger Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Thank you for keeping going, especially through some of the dark times — ad multis annos

4 April 2012 at 14:11  
Blogger Oswin said...

Congratulations, Your Grace. I derive great pleasure from reading your articles; you write superbly. Your syntaxical structure alone, is a joy to behold. I believe I would still read your work, even if I disagreed with what you had to say; which mostly, I do not.

That, together with your prolific output, must place you amongst the very top tier of writers of the English language today.

God bless you and keep you, Your Grace.

4 April 2012 at 14:52  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Never mind the cordial greetings, have some spiritual congratulations. With a little ice or tonic.
My only regret is that I only found you last year. Am trying to make up for that.
Trusting you will have many more.
Bless you.

4 April 2012 at 15:08  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Your perseverance is a shining example, Cranny. Well done (and of course that's not a reference to the state of your over-cooked ashes).

4 April 2012 at 15:11  
Blogger Shakassoc said...

Doctor Cran, I note that several entities describing themselves as Dodo publish comments on your blog. Are you/they aware of their starring role in the recent Aardman film 'The Pirates in an Adventure With Scientists'? Maybe the next movie will include the illustrious Cranmer. Who knows? I'm sure you deserve to be immortalised thus.

4 April 2012 at 15:29  
Blogger Owl said...

YG, for two years now I have been suffering greatly with the sin of envy.

Envy of your writing ability.

I hope that I will carry on suffering for a long time to come.

4 April 2012 at 15:53  
Blogger Kennedy said...

Many Happy Returns. Like many of the other commentators I came late to your blog. It is very stimulating and thought provoking. I'm sure I'm one of your many RC admirers.

4 April 2012 at 16:16  
Blogger Jocelyn Knockersbury said...

Congratulations. A phenomenal success whatever one's viewpoint.

4 April 2012 at 17:20  
Blogger Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

Happy Birthday, Your Grace!

4 April 2012 at 17:35  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Jolly good show Archbishop. A time for single malts, music and dancing girls, what !

4 April 2012 at 17:47  
Blogger Tanfield said...

Your Grace
Congratulations. I follow your celebrated blog every working day and very occasionally add my twopennyworth to the various subjects discussed, many of which are set out far more eloquently that I could ever do.
Please continue to offer a beacon of hope to us all in these degenerate times !!
Best wishes

4 April 2012 at 17:57  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Archbishop Cranmer

So, now that you are an important figure who strides the halls of power with quiet confidence. Now that you are a force who can with a single sideward glance freeze an MP in his tracks. Perhaps now we should discuss the gross systemic class-based injustices inflicted on the toiling oppressed proletarian masses who each day labor without recompense to fill your weblog with comments. The weblog-owning class has exploited and crushed the proletarian commenter and deprived him of the fruit of his intellectual labor.

We demand comment pay!

Vanguard of the Exploited Proletarian Masses

Oh, and a shrubbery. One that looks nice. And not too expensive.

4 April 2012 at 18:56  
Blogger Shakassoc said...

A shrubbery? For the proletariat? Surely something a little less bourgeois -- say a coop for t'pigeons, or a kennel for t'whippets.

4 April 2012 at 19:07  
Blogger Oswin said...

Ah but, Carl suggests the 'aspirational prol' at his best. After all, one does so admire a pleasing shrubbery.

4 April 2012 at 19:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

{AHEM} Carl. No shrubbery until this outstanding tax demaand for tea duty sorted, plus compound interest of course...

4 April 2012 at 19:23  
Blogger Shakassoc said...

Alright then, Oswin; maybe a bit of privet. I'll grant you privet.

4 April 2012 at 19:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many Happy returns Your Grace.

'May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.'

(And to all communicants and readers.)

4 April 2012 at 20:14  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

carl: you say 'labor' and we say 'labour' - let's call the whole thing off!

4 April 2012 at 20:45  
Blogger bluedog said...

Well done indeed, Your Grace.

Your ability to find something unexpected to say about the mundane as well as the extraordinary never ceases to amaze and provoke. Your blog is a great joy and it is wonderful to know that such an intelligent and very Anglican voice has become so influential. A force for good, indeed.

4 April 2012 at 22:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

Your allies in the Alpha Draconis Imperia send you swift greetings today! And to advise you that we have named our latest Battle Cruiser "SMS Cranmer".

A beacon of liberty and justice to the 23rd century!

4 April 2012 at 22:27  
Blogger anna anglican said...

go your grace!

Gays 4 Cranmer!

4 April 2012 at 22:52  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

anna anglican said...
Gays 4 Cranmer

Is someome going to tell the gal?

4 April 2012 at 23:11  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


I believe that unfortunate tea incident was (according to eye-witnesses) attributed to Indians who were not US citizens at the time. That unimpeachable testimony would indemnify me and my co-nationals from any liability for the alleged loss suffered.


4 April 2012 at 23:25  
Blogger David B said...

David B

4 April 2012 at 23:28  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

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4 April 2012 at 23:37  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Oswin said ...
"After all, one does so admire a pleasing shrubbery."


"Mr Rushworth," said Lady Bertram, "if I were you, I would have a very pretty shrubbery. One likes to get out into a shrubbery in fine weather."
(Mansfield Park)

5 April 2012 at 00:12  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Happy Birthday Your Grace

Hot Chicks 4 Cranmer

Best wishes to His Grace and all
his non tedious communicants.

5 April 2012 at 00:12  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

David B

A little girl was asked by an athiest is she wanted to talk about why God did not exist.

Little girl:
"OK, that could be an interesting topic but let me ask you a question first.

A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps.

Why do you suppose that is?"

Atheist: "Hmmm, I have no idea."

Little girl: "Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God when you don't know shit?"

5 April 2012 at 00:25  
Blogger Oswin said...

Hahaha - very good Dodo! :o)

5 April 2012 at 00:34  
Blogger Dick the Prick said...

Dear YG

Bravo! Held the centuries well and many thanks for that. I like the buildings - bit too cheeky asking for an entrance fee but can usually create a distraction. Thankyou very much indeed.


5 April 2012 at 00:35  
Blogger David B said...

You pulled that out of your bottom, Dodo.

I'll have to add argumentum ad fewmet to the list of arguments for god

David B

5 April 2012 at 07:41  
Blogger The Gray Monk said...

Long may Your Grace continue.

5 April 2012 at 09:21  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

David B, true to form, you miss the point.

5 April 2012 at 17:22  
Blogger AnonymousInBelfast said...

God bless you Cranmer.

Same to everyone else. Happy Easter to all of you, and if you don't know Jesus as your Saviour, may you meet Him soon!

5 April 2012 at 22:08  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

And a long life to you too, Belfast !

5 April 2012 at 22:13  

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