Last June I created a program to rank the most popular Catholic blogs by Google subscribers. I made a number of disclaimers about my ranking system, but all in all it was a pretty accurate way to gauge a blog’s popularity compared to other Catholic blogs.
I decided to update the list, for a number of reasons:
First, I wanted to see the increase in subscribers for the most popular blogs. I was surprised at how many new subscribers some blogs received. For example, the #1 blog – Fr. Z’s What Does the Prayer Really Say? – went from 4,841 subscribers to 6,738 subscribers. That is a 40% increase in just over 6 months! It seems that Catholics are really taking to the New Media.
Second, I wanted to see if any blogs made a big jump (or fall) in the past six months. It actually stayed pretty close to the same – the only big leaps being made due to some changes in my program (see my next point).
Third, after running the program last time, a few people noted that there were some discrepancies between their Google subscriber number and what I posted. This happened in a few cases where Google’s “default” feed for a blog was different than the main feed for the blog. The most egregious case was The Curt Jester, who wasn’t even on the list last time (having only 14 subscribers in his “default” feed), but is #4 now (with over 4,800 subscribers). Mark Shea’s blog also was effected by this discrepancy. I tried very hard to find any of these “missing” feeds and incorporate them into the updated list, but it is possible I missed a few again.
Also, I’ll repeat the disclaimer from the last time:
Big red disclaimer: this list is based on Google Reader subscribers only. I imagine that this is a good indicator of a blog’s popularity compared to other blogs, but it does not measure actual traffic to the site or the total number of subscribers across different feed readers. Furthermore, it doesn’t gauge a blog’s current popularity as much as its popularity over the full history of the blog.
Without further ado, here is the updated list, with number of subscribers listed after the blog name:
Top 25 Most Popular Catholic Blogs by Google Reader Subscribers
(1) What Does the Prayer Really Say?: 6738
(2) Whispers in the Loggia: 6386
(3) Catholic and Enjoying It!: 5154
(4) The Curt Jester: 4858
(5) Charlotte Was Both: 4319
(6) Conversion Diary: 3195
(7) New Advent Blog: 2005
(8) Creative Minority Report: 1632
(9) Patrick Madrid: 1507
(10) Damian Thompson: 1486
(11) Standing on my Head: 1419
(12) The Hermeneutic of Continuity: 1345
(13) Rorate Caeli: 1125
(14) The New Liturgical Movement: 1093
(15) Ask Sister Mary Martha: 1043
(16) First Thoughts: 1035
(17) Mere Comments: 916
(18) Ignatius Insight Scoop: 915
(19) Catholic Cuisine: 836
(20) By Sun and Candlelight: 832
(21) Nadafarm: 828
(22) Testosterhome: 779
(23) The Crescat: 763
(24) Happy Catholic: 745
(25) La Bella Vita! Bella’s Beautiful Life: 740
The updated Top 200 can be found at my main website.
(I’m also happy to report that my own blog cracked the Top 200 this time, coming in at #184 – not bad for a blog only two years old. You can subscribe to this blog here).