Saturday, July 12, 2014

That Was The Week That Was

... was the name of a comedy show on British television in the 1960s, a tongue-in-cheek review of world events lampooning the establishment and political figures. There was also an American "copycat" version around the same time with the same name. But, that's another story.

As you can see, we're pretty excited around here at The Black Hat Corral.

This week saw the largest audience in one day in the twelve-year history of his venue. On Monday, we commemorated the seventh anniversary of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum with a link to our most popular work ever from September of 2012: “The Latin Mass: Why You (Still) Can’t Have It.” We received 1522 visits on that day. But it didn't stop there. The next day was even bigger, as in the wake of that reprise, there was published a recent event of yours truly, “My ‘Almost An Emcee For The Pope’ Moment.” (Yeah, I broke down and wrote something original rather than relive past glories. Go figure.) On that day we got an all-time daily record of 1865 visits! As this is written, we are at over 5000 visits for this month so far, making it already our second biggest month -- EVAH!

Now, for a guy who a) is not on the Patheos Catholic Channel, b) does not have a gut-wrenching conversion story parlayed into a book deal and earning Catholic celebrity status, c) has to keep his day job, d) is not a priest, and e) is not Mark Shea ... that's not too shabby.

This writer's thanks go out to the many people who wrote very thoughtful comments at these entries, and a number of priests (and one bishop, by the way) who gave kudos to the Latin Mass piece. Thanks also to Kevin Knight at New Advent for giving us a bit of double-header of a boost this past week.

Because occasionally, we have something to say, as opposed to having to say something, don't you think?

Or don't you?

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