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.