Thursday, July 16, 2009

The most influential blogs on religion

The excellent St. Aidan to Abbey Manor blog has compiled a list of the UK’s most influential blogs dealing with religion, based on Wikio’s monthly ranking.

His Grace is delighted to learn that he remains the No1 blog in the UK, a position he has now held consistently since his reconstitution / resurrection / reincarnation three years ago.

The list is as follows (including Wikio ranking):

23 Archbishop Cranmer
91 Holy Smoke
93 Heresy Corner
95 Bartholemews Notes on Religion
141 Bishop Alan
154 Anglican Mainstream (though not a blog)
172 Mediawatchwatch
182 SPCK/SSG News Notes and Info
194 Virtue Online (though this is a US site)

Cranmer thanks and blesses his loyal readers and communicants for their faithfulness.

For those who do not rate Wikio, there is a further Anglican-orientated list compiled (Top 10 only displayed here) by the also excellent Rev Peter Ould, based on Alexa rankings (whatever they be):

1 Episcopal Church Official Site 179,668
2 Stand Firm in Faith 213,348
3 Titus One Nine 264,542
4 Church Times 326,621
5 Virtue Online 340,803
6 Archbishop Cranmer 355,424
7 An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy 441,518
8 Episcopal Café 484,611
9 MidWest Conservative Journal 502,333
10 Sydney Anglicans 515,484

This is a global list, and indicates that the No1 slot in the UK is occupied by The Church Times.

Cranmer is not sure how or why this is, or why the excellent Ruth Gledhill appears nowhere. But he is encouraged to note that this places him as the 2nd most influential Anglican blog in the UK and 6th in the world, way above the present incumbent of See of Canterbury.

And a campaign has emerged demanding that Facebook 'Bring Back Archbishop Cranmer'.

It appears that His Grace’s altercation with Facebook’s ‘computer-says-no’ geeks has attracted interest from all over the world. Being Ayatollah Cranmer might just confirm to those who insist that religion and politics should be kept separate that Archbishop Cranmer is infinitely more benign.


Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,


It's true, as a dove on my window-sill sings: Tom Harris MP is jealous of you.

16 July 2009 at 14:47  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Well done, Your Grace. May your wit and erudition continue for many years to come.

16 July 2009 at 15:28  
Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

Your Grace - I extend my sincerest congratulations to you for a job well done....I only hope that your day jobs don't otherwise suffer too much by the amount of time you must of necessity now spend on maintaining your (non corporeal) presence in cyberspace. (That presence, or otherwise, in Facebook is entirely another matter, and I look forward to joining the Protest movement in due course)

16 July 2009 at 16:01  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Well done your grace , your expert insights and love of god and the liturgy , have reached a wide and important audience and made the quality of debate more important to a world of dumbed down for state control that wants to dismiss jesus as a Bah Humbug to ecnomic new world order.

We must still pray and follow in his ways , jesus is still pre transitor age for very important reasons.Somthing i fear will be a long time in understanding when the age of mass electronic logic is questioned.

16 July 2009 at 16:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

Very well deserved - congratulations.

You provide an invaluable service to humanity and trust you will continue to do so for many years to come.

16 July 2009 at 16:58  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Congratulations - you're head and shoulders (and beard) above any other blogs dealing with religion and your success is well deserved.

16 July 2009 at 17:09  
Anonymous len said...

Congratulations your Grace,
Your blog stands as a beacon in a darkening world!

16 July 2009 at 17:42  
Blogger Peter O said...

His Grace is right to point out that Ruth Gledhill is missing from my list. However, unfortunately Alexa does not hold a separate record for Ruth from the overall Times Online Blogs section.

His Grace's servant has attempted on a number of occasions to be listed on Wikio, but so far without any response. He suspects that were he to do so he might appear someway up the list.

16 July 2009 at 17:55  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Reverend Peter,

His Grace shall importune Wikio on your behalf.

16 July 2009 at 18:43  
Anonymous Bethel said...

Are we talking about religion here or christianity??Actuqally they are not the sme thing...
There's a distinct lack of interfaith calibration. And all that with Rabbi Rosen's mugshot opposite the piece!!

16 July 2009 at 21:35  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Bethel,

His Grace does not compile the lists: they are a mystery to him.

16 July 2009 at 21:55  
Anonymous Fran said...

Many congratulations to Your Grace! As always, entertaining, erudite and informative.

16 July 2009 at 22:40  
Blogger dmk said...

Bethel: the Wikio list is the blogs in the top 200 Wikio 'general' category that regularly comment on religious topics. So Heresy Corner is on there, even though that blog covers a range of topics as well as religious ones, and Mediawatchwatch has a fairly anti-Christian perspective.

D. Singh: That's the reason Tom Harris is not on the list - though a Christian, he rarely refers overtly to religious topics, so he didn't make my list. Otherwise, at no.11 in the overall Wikio list, he would be above the Archbishop.

I would guess that there are significant religious and atheist blogs which are missing, as you have to register/be registered to get onto the Wikio rankings.

16 July 2009 at 23:35  
Anonymous John Knox said...

This goes to show that people appreciate views more than nondescript day to day political patchwork.

17 July 2009 at 03:52  
Anonymous Frank said...

Congratulations Your Grace.
I always enjoy visiting this site.
Your communicants cover the spectrum from the deranged to the esoteric with a mixture of the vicar of dibley and monty python thrown in.Is this your Grace's concoction or do these people actually exist?

17 July 2009 at 04:51  
Anonymous Bethel said...

Oh Frank, I'm so real...

Your Grace-I'm a girl.

17 July 2009 at 23:33  
Anonymous George said...

That's fairly obvious Bethel.Your
spelling is atrocious!

18 July 2009 at 04:42  
Anonymous Bethel said...

George-it's not my spelling that is the problem, it's my reading glasses.

18 July 2009 at 10:48  

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