Monday, 6 May 2013

A Few Additions...

Checking through my blog stats is something I do very rarely these days - my posting has become so erratic that my readership has plummeted, and  it's depressing. However, every now and then I trawl through to see the blogs from which people are visiting.

If I ignore visits via Google and shameless self-promotion on Twitter and Facebook,  most of my traffic comes through blogs by priests - His Hermeneuticalness, the inimitable Fr. Z, Fr. Ray Blake, Fr. Michael Brown, Fr. Simon Henry, Fr. Seán Finnegan and Fr. Bede Rowe make up the lion's share, mostly through their use of the movable blogrolls (except for Fr. Z) which promotes blogs according to how recently updated they've been. The most frequently referring non-clerical blogs are by Kate Edwards, Charlie JBruvver Eccles, and Ttony, again via their blogrolls rather than direct mentions.

These regular blogs are already on my own blogroll. When I trawl through my stats, what I'm really looking for are blogs or sites that I don't recognise - and then I click through to see if anything interesting pops up...

So, in no particular order, I'd like to highlight the latest additions to my blogroll...

Mary's Little Garden by Amy Johnson. She is a recent convert to Catholicism, and also writes a blog on religious vocations - for women as far as I can see - called Sursum Corda.

Nesciens is a blog dedicated to chant and other church music by Ben Whitworth. One of Ben's other blogs, Catholic Orkney, is already on my roll, but this new one has very different material on it.

Catholic Coffee appears to be a very new blog - there are only two posts on it so far, both pictures. There also doesn't appear to be an RSS feed enabled, which is frustrating. I wondered if it was a new version of Coffee Catholic - a blog I used to follow but which appears to have been taken over by a most unsuitable site showing tattoos... and THAT, my friends, is why I always plead with people not to delete blogs when they're finished - just disable comments and leave it to lie dormant.

Fr. Brendan McGrath writes on all things Catholic from the Great and Glorious Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It looks as though he's been blogging for a while, but I hadn't spotted him until now.

And finally, Sally Thomas writes Castle in the Sea - though, as a wife, mother, home-educator, poet, free-lance essayist, laundress, dog-walker, glasses-wearer, dinner-burner, porch-sitter and confession-goer, I'm not quite sure how she manages to fit it all in and keep her blog going too. Having said that, I'm not quite sure how she's managed to get from her blog to mine, because I can't find any direct link. There is a mystery to ponder!

5 comments:

Eccles said...

Thanks for the mention, Sister Fortis! Always happy to link to your blog....

Catholic Coffee said...

Thank you for the mention - no, Catholic Coffee is not a new version of any previous blog. Until about a month ago there were 11 posts up on topics ranging from liturgy to New Testament Greek but then I temporarily closed it and it will stay closed until I find a satisfying answer to what purpose, if any, the blog (or a blog) actually serves.

Ben said...

Thanks for the links, Mac. "Catholic Orkney" is mainly written by Michelle Therese; I chip in from time to time. I had a blog for some years called "Gregorian Chant in Orkney". It started out as an online noticeboard for the schola I direct, but I started riding some of my various hobby horses on it. Now the schola housekeeping is done on a separate blog, and "Nesciens" has all the stuff about adaptations of the Propers, the Office of St Magnus, &c., &c. Some days I want to speculate about recondite aspects of medieval Scandinavian plainsong; but other days I want to post a link to an article about Allan Sherman, so it's a bit of a mixed bag. Like Catholic Coffee I am having a bit of an existential crisis about blogging, but I shall take your advice about not giving up the URL!

Fr Redman said...

You are always welcome to include a link to my blog if you want. I probably get even fewer visitors than you.
Fr Redman
http://lmsclifton.blogspot.co.uk/

Sally Thomas said...

Belated thanks for the link! And I don't remember how I found my way here, either. But I'm glad I did.

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