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So I got an email from WordPress about last year on this blog. I’m not sure how they gauge some of this data, mind you – they seem to think my Blog is ‘Wow’ healthy.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 135 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 299 posts. There were 86 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 31mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 4th with 1,180 views. The most popular post that day was Resurrection Day: Memories of Mark Ashton. Many people came to share their memories of Mark, a wonderful Christian leader and godly, humble pastor.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, cranmercurate.blogspot.com fatprophet.blogspot.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for orange puffle, where the wild things are, bible, puffle, and club penguin orange puffle. This is because I have a picture of the Engineer looking like an orange puffle and puffles are a great subject of interest to youngsters who spend too much time on Google. Where the Wild Things are was out as a movie in 2010, so it’s not very surprising that the YouTube clip of the Joker reciting the story was popular. I think people who search for ‘bible’ are just looking for an image.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Resurrection Day: Memories of Mark Ashton April 2010


The Bible and Literature February 2009


Where the Wild Things Are – Black Country Version July 2009

People are also interested in my ‘About‘ page, Clergy News (which I only update intermittently, sorry) and How to Cope as a Vicar’s Wife: The Top Ten Tips. The blog ticks along at around 150-250 pageviews a day and in January ranked in a mighty 40th place in the Wikio religion blog rankings. I now have 28 followers. Thanks for all your support in 2010. I’m looking forward to continuing to think through the inner city, family, faith and food in 2011.

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Happy is our new lodger. He’s also the Vicar’s new apprentice (aka the ministry trainee). Yesterday he went to a training event about our area. It was laid on by diocesan missioners with input from speakers from the local council and other taxpayer funded bodies.

We live in Sandwell, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Happy came back with lots of bumf and today I thought I’d just share a few choice statistics on our area:

  • 8% of people in our borough are on Jobseekers Allowance – twice the national average.
  • House prices round here are below the national average by 35%.
  • There is not a single bookshop in the borough (though this does not include the W H Smith in our high street – I guess they mean independent booksellers or Waterstones and the like).
  • There is no cinema in the borough.
  • Most of the famous people from the area appear to be comedians (although the folk at the session kept on talking about Bishop Asbury, who neither Happy nor we had heard of before, but Wikipedia has enlightened me).
This place needs Jesus

Where we are

Happy came back with a lovely poster with photos of all the local councillors, including the three who represent the ward we live in. Sadly, when I contacted them by email more than a fortnight ago to ask about an issue that has been bugging me for a while, I received no acknowledgement and no reply. And not a single councillor showed up to a controversial meeting about a new local housing development last night. So I don’t think I’ll be putting the poster up any time soon.

But if you would like to start a business with an eager workforce, or commute to Birmingham City Centre in 15 minutes, you like to laugh a lot, you’re happy to use a library or The Book Depository for reading matter, you don’t mind watching your films on dvd a little after release, you want to buy a cheap house and get involved a local church which wants to make a difference, this is the place to be.

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I’ve found this UK government statistics site very interesting.

If you put your postcode into the ‘summary’ section on the right of the page, it gives you a snapshot of where your neighbourhood falls out of 32,482 in the country. The factors considered include health, crime, education, housing etc.

Our church is located in an area which is in the bottom 2000 neighbourhoods and falls on the first line away from the right (red) hand side of the nifty swingometer.

How about your postcode?

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