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A Semi-Anglican Blog Moves On Up, and Some Thoughts on the Bishop of London and Redundancy

Peter Ould’s piece on Anglican Blogs – How do they stack up – Part the Second is an interesting comparison of the Alexa ranking of various Anglican blogs.  There’s no surprise that Stand Firm in Faith is the first and Titus One Nine and VirtueOnline are in the top five.  The conservative blogs and news sites certainly dominate, as is the case with U.S. talk radio (which is why the liberals are hankering to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.)

So I thought I’d check things out and see where this site came in.  Much to my surprise, it came in with a traffic rank of 2,100,706.  That’s not a world beater, but according to Ould it’s higher than George Conger, The Ugley Vicar, Brad Drell and–PTL–Integrity USA.

I think the reason why this is so is because of the broad nature of the site, dealing with not only the Anglican world but with Roman Catholicism, social and political matters, and of course things of interest in the Evangelical world.  But don’t underestimate the Anglican component.  As I’ve said before, the one event that really took the stats of this site to a new level was my 2004 posting of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.  The rest is, as they say, history.

This is also gratifying because I was just removed from the featured feeds of MissionalCOG.  Although I certainly got visitors from there, fortunately it’s not even in the top 10 sources of traffic for this site.  (For COG people, it’s also interesting to note that this site’s Alexa rating is higher than even Actscelerate.)

I want to take this opportunity to thank my Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox visitors for visiting and hope I’ve been a blessing to them through the years.

While on the subject of Anglicans, the I cannot let pass the following:

Redundancy could be a blessing in disguise for City workers who have fallen victim to the credit crunch, the Bishop of London said yesterday.

The Right Rev Richard Chartres, speaking in advance of a debate at the Church of England’s General Synod on the financial crisis, said that it was difficult to know whether to sympathise more with those who had lost their jobs, or those who were left carrying even greater loads with higher targets and fewer colleagues.

Redundancy (to use the delightful English term for being laid off) may be good for the soul, but it’s bad for the wallet.  And that can lead to family breakups (if you’ve had the bad taste to marry an opportunist) and other serious consequences.  On the other hand, it can force people to rethink their priorities (especially spiritual ones, which have eternal consequences) and, in some cases, lead to new and better careers and sources of income.

I’m also inclined to think that, in both CoE and TEC, there are too many bishops relative to the number of both parishes and communicants in their dioceses.  This leads me to think that some redundancies in this field are called for, too.  Perhaps this in turn would lead some prelates to rethink their priorities, and that would be good for the Anglican world and the rest of us, too.


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