As I write, the number of those who have subscribed to receive my blog post by email has surpassed 100.
This means they will have their email “in” tray cluttered with my posts whenever they omit to check their account for one or two days, and I don't even want to think of what happens when they haven't checked it during their holidays. They will also receive an email every time I click the “publish” button by mistake (it happens more often than you think), so that when they click the link they find an error message. In all cases, some of those who are in the right time zone will be among the first to read my posts, which means they will be ruthlessly confronted with all the typos that have managed to go past my dyslexia, and generally requiring successive correction readings if and when time allows.
Now, I happen to be a person very jealous of what lands in my email “in” tray, and if you have followed my comment box for a while you have certainly noticed that as a person I am fairly easily nerved. For this reason, I do not subscribe by email to any blog; not one; not even mine.
Allow me, then, to express some words of sincere appreciation for the (at last count) 101 subscribers confronted daily with my blog blunders, typing mistakes, and general “in” tray cluttering.
You pay me a compliment even I do not pay to myself, and God knows I am not the self-effacing type.
Thanks. You make me proud.
Today is our Jubilee extra festivity and I have a lot of time to waste. Therefore, I have decided to write something about the curiosities of my statistics tables. Take it seriously, because it isn’t.
Like (I think) every blogger, I can’t avoid sniffing my statistics at times. Besides the obvious human curiosity, I am intrigued by the degree of penetration of Mundabor’s politically incorrect message in any particular country, that is: how many pageviews per, say, 1,000 inhabitants I get in, say, 30 days. Let us see, then, how things stand as we write the 5 June 2012.
Unsurprisingly, English-speaking countries top the absolute numbers list: in the last 30 days I got (as I write) 14,232 pageviews from the United States, 9,170 from the United Kingdom, 1,786 from Canada and 1,667 from Australia. If we calculate this per 1 million inhabitants in 30 days I get: 45.4 for the United States, 152.8 for the United Kingdom, 51.3 for Canada and 72.4 for Australia. This means Canadians and even Australians are more likely to be followers of your humble correspondent than those living in the Home Of The Brave, and the loyal subjects of the Queen solidly lead the provisional table of the Mundabor-clicking countries.
But then, the surprises begin: Germany has 8.55 pageviews per million inhabitant and 30 days. In part this is due to many Germans mastering English rather well (well: “vell”), though I wonder whether British expatriates do not play a role here. Even more surprising is Italy’s 9.11, as not so many Italians speak English well (including myself, of course) and the expatriates’ presence is certainly not very big; though there are still, I think, some American soldiers.
More surprises: Sweden has a staggering 38; which – considering Christianity is almost unknown over there, and Catholicism basically resting on the odd immigrant – leads me to think they are either looking for pictures, or else they think “Mundabor” is the title of some indecent film. They can’t be clicking whilst drunk, though, because this would be far too expensive.
Belgium is, with 30.7, also a big surprise. I have written a couple of times about Belgium (see my shocking experience in Bruges), but I have decided to put this extremely good number down to frustrated Belgians who have the pockets full of paedophile priests and stupid prelates. They make wonderful chocolate, too.
Other countries disappoint: Russia has a dismal 0.87 pageviews per one million inhabitants every 30 days and I am really, really angry at them. Of course, this might be due to poor English and scarce internet connections in their immense countryside, but I truly think they should drink less vodka and click around more sensibly (I am fully unconcerned about this, mind, as I have already told you they barely ever click my pages).
Pleasant surprises come from some rare Muslim countries, probably because of the numerous expatriates living there, or perhaps because they are attracted by my beautiful depictions of the child-rapist bloody bastard they keep calling “prophet”. What shall I say: it’s a good thing this blog is anonymous. Let us see the numbers: Qatar has a more than respectable 11.6, the United Arab Emirates 13.9 (which puts both of them ahead of Germany and Italy), and the “Abode of Peace” (this is how Brunei calls itself) a rather staggering 282.5, which puts them solidly at the top of the provisional ranking of Mundabor-loving (or at least: clicking) countries. Please compare with the 1.15 of Saudi Arabia, and I thank those courageous (probably expatriates) people who risk losing the odd limb in a dirty dungeon after being found clicking my blog whilst the Foreign and Commonwealth Office invites the Saudis to negotiations (the US citizens must be, on the other hand, rather safe…). Please delete every trace of your visits here, folks, and use a proxy if you can.
Venezuela also disappoints with exactly 1, which is a pity considering all the beautiful women they have, and must be due to Chavez making of them such paupers they can’t afford the fast internet connection my image-laden site requires. Talking of beautiful women, the Czechs behave rather better with an excellent 20.4, certainly helped by the good knowledge of the language.
Israel fares rather well with 14.4, whilst their soon-to-be-bombed friends in Iran disappoint with 0.03 (zero point zero three) pageviews per 1 million inhabitant and 30 days. This lets Saudi Arabia appear a modern democracy, and I suspect my blog isn’t much loved by the local internet watchdogs. Take this, you bastards…
Speaking about angry Muslims, Denmark has a surprisingly high 40.9, and in the absence of any widespread Catholicism there I do think many of the clicks come because of the (yes, you got it right) paedophile bloody bastard…
But I am boring you, and you will have been wondering for a while (if you are still here, of course) which country is the winner of this extremely relevant, heart-stopping, planet-changing competition. I will not leave you in this unbearable state of suspense anymore, and the winner is……
The Stato della Citta’ del Vaticano, or Vatican City State, with all of 10 pageviews in the last 30 days out of an official population of…. 832, including the valet and all the leakers. This gives our friends, if my calculations are correct, the staggering number of 12,019.2 pageviews per 1 million inhabitants per 30 days. This is – statistically – the same as having 3,762,009 pageviews from the United States in 30 days. My thanks go here to the Duce, whose far-sightedness was decisive in allowing me the achievement of such an astonishing statistical number.
That’s it, folks: I have given you a glimpse of the statistical life of a minuscule, but bravely fighting blog, and hope I haven’t bored you too much.
One day we will conquer Iran, too.
I had opened a facebook account some time ago, but I had never really used it other than to post my posts to the – I think it’s called – wall.
I have now decided to explore the world of facebook a bit better, and have therefore started to look around and to do stupid things while I learn how to use it properly.
In time, I might (unless this goes beyond my blogging pay grade) have one of those little thingies on the right hand column with “join me on Facebook”, or the like.
In the meantime, whoever finds facebook a more useful way to follow my blog (there will obviously be much more there, including links I liked, & Co.; again, I am just learning how it works) feel free to look for “Paul Eddington” and choose, among the many which will pop up, the one with the familiar Pope Pius XII photo.
Other than in real life, on facebook I have a very liberal “friends” policy and invite you to consider it as you would if you would follow me on Twitter; as a consequence, unless you are a self-professed atheist or otherwise unsound I will certainly accept you as “friend”, and you will then be able to follow on your facebook page what happens with my blog and my facebook activities.
Needless to say, I will not use this as a “private” activity of any kind, so you don’t need to be afraid to find the usual messages about “drinking a coffee now” (who cares a straw) and “feeling kinda happy” (ditto). The page will be used exclusively as an extension of the blog activities.
I sometimes – nay, rather often – wonder what is the use of a layman’s Catholic blog. I mean this not in the figurative sense, but in the literal one: what contribution can the blog of a layman give?
Take, for example, my little effort.
At the beginning, I though a blog could win new Catholics. I didn’t think this was the main aim, but I though it would be a somewhat interesting weapon. I saw it as an outlet where people more or less vaguely seeking would stumble, be intrigued at what they read, and bring home with them one or two seeds of, perhaps, one day, a future conversion.They would, I though, be shocked or even angry at first, but if they are moved by a sincere search they would gather the nerve to continue reading and bring home more and more contributions to a better perception of the hard, but beautiful Catholic Truth.
Twenty months later, I wonder.
This blog has grown very slowly but very steadily over the twenty or so months of its existence. When I started, the pageviews were counted in dozens. Nowadays, one thousand pageviews a day aren’t news anymore, and are rather an almost daily occurrence when I have time to care for the blog. At first sight, it would look like the contribution given by this blog would grow; that it would, as the saying goes, “make a difference”. But does it? Let us look at things with a bit of realism.
1) The blogosphere grows. Soon every child will be able to go on the internet from everywhere using his iPhone. Growing pageviews do not necessarily mean a growing interest, rather a growing pool of people clicking your blog by mistake. Every blog grows its pageviews. It must be so. If it didn’t grow, it would mean it is going backwards. Very simply, the tide of clicks lifts all blogs, and the tide of the blogosphere is growing fast.
2) Many – I do not know how many, but many – of my clicks probably come from people searching for images. Not very flattering I know, but I think the reality of most blogs who use photos. I like a photo in my blog post, I just do not flatter myself there won’t be people visiting not my blog, but the photo.
3) Some other clicks come, I suppose, from people who are curious in a very superficial way.They care for religion as much as I care for feng shui. Still, it goes in the statistics.
4) Lastly, a majority of the clicks – I dare to think this, at least – come from sincere Catholics, who already think as I do.
So: many readers don’t care at all; others aren’t really interested; the majority do not need to be persuaded. As to the sincere seekers who are slowly approaching Catholicism, I am more and more persuaded they would rather go to blogs written by religious, of which there are many excellent ones. I think it is a reasonable assumption and it is what I would personally do, instead of clicking Mundabor. With all due respect for Mundabor, of course. Capital fellow.
Why, then, a layman’s blog? I’d say for the following reasons:
1) My “about the author” page states as follows:
This blog’s aim is to allow true, traditional, unadulterated, strictly orthodox Catholic doctrine to be made available in a world suffocating more and more in political correctness and “feel-good”, “everything goes”, “let us not upset anyone” so-called Catholicism.
I allow myself to think this is important, or at least useful, even if I were to exclusively “blog to the converted”. It gives ammunition, some adrenaline here and there, a sense of urgency in the battle, that might otherwise not be so keenly felt. The trumpeter in the midst of the battlefield might not be decisive, but he is certainly not superfluous, and he might not manage to give courage to the pavid, but he will give some encouragement and spirit to the brave. This blog is particularly aimed at the brave, and tepid Catholics will soon feel encouraged to click somewhere else. I see myself as an anonymous smuggler of politically incorrect Catholic weaponry for the Catholic warriors out there.
2) A blog like mine gives one the confirmation that one is not alone. A blog written by Joe Bloggs gives the reader clear evidence that normal, fully common people, like your baker or butcher or the person sitting near you on the bus have had enough of this, big time. I’d find it reassuring, even if I were already “converted”. There’s strenght in number, and security in counting one’s own side’s numbers before the battle.
3) As the ways of the Lords are infinite, you never know whether a layman’s blog might still be one of them. An idea, a sentence which remains impressed, one or two arguments the readers ruminates about after he has left the blog, are always within the realm of the possible. With growing visitor numbers, they become rather inevitable.A small effect I know, but with the time it adds up…
4) The echo effect. Reader A might be already perfectly persuaded, but reader B who reads his retweet perhaps not, and reader C who talks about it with B at the pub might become curious. He will look for blogs of religious of course, but a seed is valuable even if very tiny.
5) Peace of mind. Perhaps is the advancing age but no, I think it is that I now write a blog. When something makes my blood boil, in the past my blood would happily boil away with all the consequences, sleepless nights not excluded. Nowadays, I simply think “I will write a blog post about this” and (almost always) feel already better. When you know you’ve done all you can, the sense of raging impotence is much lessened.
6) (shameless plug). I blog, my dear reader, also for your prayers, of which I am in need. Do not think for a second that just because I write a blog I am less of a sinner than most others are, or less in need of prayers than everyone else is. My being a sinner is, in fact, a main motivation for me to write. If I were to be surprised by death tomorrow, knocked down by the new (and very beautiful) London bus, the around 1060 blog post already written would, I hope, be of some help, and so would the prayers you have hopefully said for me.
Please, dear reader, if you like this blog do not deny me a short Hail Mary every now and then.