Number 8?

Here’s a blogger who has done us the service of devising some software that determines the most popular Catholic blogs. OK, he’s done it through some Google search thingamabob, and I’m pleased to see that ‘Hey Wow!’ Standing on My Head is the eighth most popular Catholic blog. Fantastico!

This is pleasing to my already massive ego, but it does seem strange that I’m ahead of people like Damian Thompson who, according to the number of comments he gets, must have massively more readers than I do. Can I possibly be ahead of my pal Shea-uman–Mark Shea–who blogs relentlessly and cheerfully and seems to have muchos more readers than I do?

I’m skeptical. But it’s pleasing nonetheless and encourages me to keep on blogging. Most of all I keep going because I get fantastic emails from people saying that the blog helps them in their Catholic faith; has helped them return to the Church; has helped their teenaged children believe that there might be some good Catholics out there who actually have a sense of humor;  or that the blog has helped a potential convert or someone discerning a vocation. Others say that it helps cure their insomnia and that it has helped them to realize that somebody else in the world is even more egotistical, bigoted and unkind than they are…

Most of all I’m going to keep on blogging because, well, Mantilla the Hon, Caitlin O’Rourke, Duane Mandible, Todd Unctuous and the Vicar need a voice.

  • http://openid.aol.com/akira0238 akira0238

    So.. Are you telling us that Fr. Clairemont is NOT AT ALL loosely based upon another epicurean Traditionalist Catholic Priest with fine liturgical sensibilities who shall remain nameless ;)-Chris M.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr Longenecker

    Fr Clairemont and Fr Randy are types. As such they are amalgams of various priests I have known both in UK and USA.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11081757519772226348 Lindsay

    They sound like a hoot! If you discover there is some sort of ceremony which will undo the sacred vow (perhaps ritualistically rinsing the heretics eyes out with blessed saline solution?), I'm sure you will have a host of readers waiting. (Though, I can see how mocking even imaginary priests is likely a difficult line to walk).

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p00d83451ced869e2 Ryan Ellis

    There already is an iPadre!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06859238970975262922 Jennifer

    Fr. L – as Ryan said, there is an "iPadre" already in cyberspace with a blog, iTunes app, etc… his website is http://www.iPadre.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02416179882756576300 Pebbles

    There actually is a priest on Twitter who calls himself iPadre. I don't think it's you but he does exist.I should also let you know your blog has helped me a great deal as well … stay distracted from a nagging thesis. If I don't finish I'm going to blame you and all the other Catholic bloggers out there. Maybe I could even sue. (I should probably let you know the last was a joke, since I'm sure there are people out there who would get angry and sue over that kind of thing).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00997766157711823147 the owl of the remove

    Damian Thompson seems to have taken rather a dislike to this latest post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04315105493443923507 Paul

    Well, as one of the commentators on his blog put it, "Fr D seems to have touched a nerve".

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05118747216132040457 Ismael

    I think the classification involves only the number of people whoi have subscribed to the blog, rather then the average number of readers or average number of comments left on the blog for each post.These two numbers would be more representative of the popularity of the blog.Many people (like me for example) follow blogs but do not sunbscribe. Damian is probably the most followed one.Unfortunately the large number of followers also attracts large numbers of trolls and morons… but this is a disease that every blogger has to deal with, no matter the subject.