Ranking Preludium amongst the stars.

Peter Ould has been looking at Anglican Blogs and how they rank. There are two parts to this series so far. You can read them HERE and HERE. 

Technorati, which ranks blogs on the basis of how many links from unique sites, gave the following:

Blog Technorati Influence Comments
Virtue Online 371 Love him or loathe him, David Virtue is  top of the pile when it comes to Anglican blogs that are linked to. Some say that’s a good thing, others start turning their Bibles to Genesis 11. Interestingly, David Virtue appears absolutely nowhere on the Telegraph list of the 50 most influential Anglicans. Perhaps Technorati rankings aren’t all that…
Episcopal Café 349 Whereas Thinking Anglicans used to be the site of choice for liberals, that mantel has now fallen to Episcopal Café, resourced by the Diocese of Washington. ECafé has become the hub of all things TEC on the web, easily outstripping the official ECUSA website.
Church Times 308 Not to be mistaken with the Church Times blog, the Church Times website is widely quoted and accessed.
Ruth Gledhill - Articles of Faith 250 Ruth Gledhill of the Times has developed a blog on Anglican and general religious affars that is second to none. Absolutely the place to find the most important and influential stories and comment.
CaNN 195 They started it. Seriously. Binky and the elves were blogging away way before any of the rest of us had even heard of CMS or PHP. Not as active as it used to be, CaNN is still way up the list, a tribute to the huge impact it has had on the rest of the Anglicans who are now on the web. Undoubtably the original, if no longer the best.
Titus One Nine 174 In the beginning was the word, and the word was “Kendall Harmon”. OK, so that’s actually two words, but such has been the influence of Kendall on the Anglican blogosphere and the conservative wing of the church that we can stretch that far for him. An eclectic blend of church news with a particular emphasis on things Anglican, as well as economics, politics and culture. And the Superbowl. If his team is winning.
Stand Firm in Faith 156 Known by its detractors as Viagraville, Stand Firm is probably the leading conservative site on the web. It’s strength is the coming together of all streams of conservative Anglicanism, whether Sydney or Fort Worth style, in a fusion of wit and incisive comment.
Thinking Anglicans 139 TA is to the liberals what Stand Firm is to the Conservatives, but with less Pfizer product witticism potential.
Anglican Mainstream 108 Once upon a time, the grand-daddy of conservative websites, now fading fast. A mixture of Anglican and culture-wars news, spearheaded by the well connected Chris Sugden.
Bishop Alan Wilson 98 All Alan Wilson ever wanted to do was be a suffragan bishop in a green and pleasant corner of Oxfordshire. That all changed when he started blogging and picked up a growing band of followers. Charming, provocative and thoroughly English. Hurrah!!!!!
Preludium 90 Mark Harris, member of TEC Executive Council and scourge of conservatives. Rumour has it, he has a collection of cat-o-nine tails hanging in a closet. We cannot confirm….
BabyBlueCafe 54 “Am I blue? Am I blue? Are these tears in my eyes telling you?” - Mary Ailes has done a fantastic job of producing her little corner of the Anglican web. News from Virginia and beyond, with a healthy dose of Bob Dylan for company.
Covenant 46 “We are evangelical and catholic Anglicans, and fellow travelers from the wider household of God, assembled and summoned to a common labor in the ecumenical Church of Christ, not least through the present struggles and gifts of our communities.”
Church. Deep. Reading Covenant you get the impression it’s where C S Lewis would be hanging on the internet…
George Conger 43 Apparently only slightly more influential than yours truly, Uncle George’s blog simply records electronically his pieces for various papers, but in doing so demonstrates the strength of his journalism.
An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy 42 Should be much higher up the list (and all the people said “Amen”). Do something about that folks.
The Ugley Vicar 39 U G L E Y, He has got an alibi, ‘cos the extra E stands for Evangelical as in “Conservative”. John Richardson’s blog provides food for thought and content for his regular appearances in New Directions.
Anglican TV 30 Kevin Kallsen has worked hard to provide video coverage of major Anglican events. Still fairly low down the table, despite this he is increasingly seen as a vital resource.

So PRELUDIUM comes  in the lower third  on this one... I like the comment, "Rumour has it, he has a collection of cat-o-nine tails hanging in a closet. We cannot confirm…."  
The second posting on Anglican Blogland is different, using something called Alexa traffic rank. Peter says about this, "The Alexa traffic rank lets us know on a day to day basis who is reading what. The lower the value, the further up the table a site gets."  Remember, here LOWER NUMBER IS BETTER NUMBER. 
My sense is this is a bit more to the point re popularity. I gather this is a daily read, so it matters if the reading is taken at a time when particular bloggers are going strong or not.  Still it's an interesting ranking. Again PRELUDIUM is still in the pack, althoug further down the list. Here it is.

Blog Alexa Traffic Rank
Stand Firm in Faith 194,238
Episcopal Church Official Site 197,222
Church Times 261,437
Titus One Nine 299,087
Virtue Online 309,816
Ruth Gledhill - Articles of Faith 321,192
Perpetua of Carthage 370,959
Sydney Anglicans 540,455
MidWest Conservative Journal 564,978
BabyBlueCafe 581,828
Episcopal Café 591,850
Anglican Mainstream 768,690
Anglican Curmudgeon 773,136
Thinking Anglicans 799,061
Bishop Alan Wilson 814,519
An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy 1,049,767
Northern Plains Anglicans 1,057,283
Fulcrum 1,649,747
Covenant 1,665,361
Gentle Wisdom 1,728,848
Preludium 1,808,601
George Conger 2,393,795
Susan Russell 2,506,270
David Ould 2,533,572
Anglican Continuum 2,731,356
The Ugley Vicar 3,073,343
Brad Drell 3,264,695
Anglican TV 3,415,551
Integrity USA 4,090,326
Integrity Blog 4,392,905
Changing Attitude 7,503,840

Sometimes I wonder if this work is useful or interesting to any at all.  At leat the statistics in Anglican Blogland seem to indicate that PRELUDIUM is in the mix. 
Thanks Peter for compiling this. 


  1. After a quick check on Technorati, nice to see MadPriest and OCICBW outranks Kendall Harmon and the T19 crowd, heh heh...

  2. Mark - I check your blog about twice a day. On the other hand, I check SFIF about eighty-thousand times a day. I've come to the conclusion with them that it's like watching a train wreck. It's a horrid fascination. I know I shouldn't want to look, but I just can't help it.

  3. I think there's a real desire on the part of the progressive wing to engage in the kind of high-volume, sustained back-and-forth (and on the part of the few troublemakers like myself to throw the occasional wrench in the works) that went out with "Father Jake Stops the World." I suspect, therefore, Mark, that if you were to remove comment moderation, your rankings would soar - not that there aren't good reasons for the former and not that the latter is your goal in the first place. Just an observation.

  4. Of course a lot of us little folk don't make the rankings at all.


  5. I visit your site not for news but for analysis. Please keep the good work.

  6. "... if you were to remove comment moderation ..." Please don't.

  7. Peter Ould updated his second table to include the Perpetua of Carthage blog. Its traffic rank on Alexa puts it right after Ruth Gledhill. Would you please update your table as well?

  8. Not that anyone asked, but here's the JCF ranking (done in the approximate order I begin surfing):

    [1&2: if you can believe it, have NOTHING to do w/ Anglicanism! ;-)]

    3) Thinking Anglicans {*}
    4) MadPriest (aka "OCICBW")
    5) Episcopal Cafe/The Lead
    6) Friends-of-Jake
    7) The Three Legged Stool

    The above are my "every days" (as you might guess, I experienced---and still experience---considerable grief since "Fr Jake Stops the World" {formerly #4} left us. Fr Terry's site, in contrast, I visit only infrequently.

    The alternates, visited several times/week

    8) Susan Russell's "An Inch at a Time"
    9) Elizabeth Kaeton's "Telling Secrets"
    10) Preludium
    11) Grandmere Mimi's "Wounded Bird"
    12) Tobias Haller's "In a Godward Direction"

    Less often:

    13) Counterlight's site (love his art)
    14) Toujoursdan's (love his music, and his incisive Canadian perspective)
    14) Father Terry
    15) Padre Mickey's Dance Party (love his site, but it's so multimedia intensive, it sometimes crashes my dial-up)
    16) Louie Crew (one of the oldest, and still a fave)
    17) Anglicans Online (on Sunday night, when their front page is updated)
    18) FranIAm: an RC sister-traveler!
    19) Lisa's "My Manner of Life"
    20) Katie Sherrod (to catch up on how the {newly-liberated!} captives in FW are doing)

    As for Peter Ould's list: most of those sites I wouldn't visit if you PAID me (and boy, could I use the money!). DV I've NEVER visited, Praise God! T19 only if I HAVE to see some document posted only there. SitLimp are some sick, sick puppies (I pray for their healing---God, grant us ALL More Light!)

    {*} I think it's utterly ridiculous, to draw an equivalence (as Ould does) between TA's fair and moderate perspective, and BlogViagra's egregious hyper-conservative slant. Give me a break!

  9. No sign of the Cartoon blog, which has a Technorati authority of 242, and which often talks more sense than most of the rest put together.


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