An auspicious anniversary…
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.