The Wikio 'top blogs' for October (which actually means September) were published this morning. Here are the blogs in the top 250 which deal wholly or partly with religious/faith themes. In case any of us are tempted to take ourselves too seriously, all but one of these are outranked by a blog on cupcakes.
16 Archbishop Cranmer
67 Heresy Corner
97 The hermeneutic of continuity (worth a look at this post as an alternative to some of recieved wisdom about the papacy)
123 Gates of Vienna, but I'm not going to link to it.
126 What does the prayer really say?
130 Thinking Anglicans
136 Bartholemew's Notes on Religion
137 St. Aidan to Abbey Manor
162 Anglican Mainstream (for the 50th time, it's not a blog!)
178 Catholic and Loving it! that's their '!', not mine.
200 John Smeaton, SPUC director
202 Islam in Europe
222 The Ugley Vicar
229 Virtue Online (not a UK blog, so still not sure what it's doing here)
240 Of Course I Could be Wrong,
the Wikio blurb says: The position of a blog in the Wikio ranking depends on the number and weight of the incoming links from other blogs. These links are dynamic, which means that they are backlinks or links found within articles. I still can't work out why blogs with twice my readership and links in, like Church Mouse, Clayboy, and Bishop Alan, aren't on this list.
The main trends seem to be a general falling off in blogs which focus wholly or partly on Anglican infighting, and the discovery of wikio by parts of the Roman Catholic blogosphere. Some of the first trend could be explained by a good month for cupcakes and home crafts, who could soon be challenging Dale and Guido for the top spots.
in other ranking news......
Church Mouse has his latest list of top twitterers in the CofE, so if you're trying to find out if your vicar is tweeting their sermons, that's the place to go.
Peter Ould has compiled the a list based on the slightly odd Alexa rankings, which has evolved into a top 40, and gives some indication of the breadth of Anglican blogging. Some of the juxtapositions are quite amusing: MadPriest is new into the chart, 1 place above Rowan Williams, or the 'Grand Tufti' as MP likes to call him. He's currently on a recruitment drive amongst Roman Catholics. Don't blame him: see above.
Unlike the two chaps above, I don't bother doing original research, I just crib from someone elses!!