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I had a fun week last week tweeting on behalf of the Church of England as @OurCofE. I managed to capture my tweets on Storify, so if you missed it, you can check it out over at Storify (I can’t upload it on here because WordPress block it). There are lots of pictures from the parish and tales of day to day life here. It was a great experience to try and share a little of our Vicarage life and what the Church of England looks like in action in the multicultural inner city. The @OurCofE project continues every week with a Christian from somewhere in the CofE tweeting. It makes for a fascinating insight into the wide variety of parishes and ministries within the church.

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We’ve slowly been souping up our rather basic church website over the past few months. The best thing we did was get our kind computer-literate friend to change it to a WordPress platform, which was familiar to us from blogging. The old site used Joomla and was just too difficult for us to get our heads around.

We try and update the site a couple of times a week to keep it live, and it seems that people are beginning to use it a little. Most of our congregation aren’t on the internet, but we think that the website is especially important for those who aren’t yet in church.

In our quest to make the site friendly and useful, a video of the Vicar has now been produced by Capable, a church member, and Compassion, who is a great friend of our congregation. I think they’ve done a great job and we’re hoping it’ll be a good introduction for people visiting the website. At least they won’t be surprised by the Vicar’s Scottish accent!

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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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