This blog, set up in January 2012, is nearly four years old. My statistics page informs me that it has had 585,742 views and 7,075 comments. It contains a total of 1,072 postings excluding this one.
My peak day was 14th March 2013, the day after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s election to the Papacy. There were 1,281 views by 306 visitors. Just having had a look at those articles I wrote that day, I see that I was not particularly negative about the election – somewhat detached. This was exactly a month before I was received into the Anglican Catholic Church.
For comparison The Anglo-Catholic, of which I was a co-author from 1st December 2009 until August 2010, extended from 18th November 2009 to 13th November 2013. I have no access to the blog’s statistics, but I would say that it was widely read and made my reputation as a blogger for good or ill. I was more or less booted off the blog by its moderator for what he considered was disloyalty on my part. A part of that “disloyalty” was setting up a blog with the title The English Catholic, which I closed down in the early months of 2012. Most of my postings concerning the TAC from August 2010 until early 2012 are contained in The TAC Archive for historical reference.
This blog has been largely free from the polemics which surrounded my previous incarnation in The English Catholic. There are 50 e-mail and IP addresses on my moderation list of commenters who gave me trouble in the past (a new one had to be added yesterday after a long time of having had no trouble), but many of those addresses are probably now obsolete. In this way, many lessons I have learned and gratuitous rudeness is kept at a distance.
The fourth anniversary of this blog will place on 17th January 2016.