Liam’s analysis of the NLM:
“perhaps NLM generates more traffic because it has a marginalized niche audience that is less able to have real instead of virtual conversations than those outside its base audience.”
Draws the ire of John Heavrin:
Ah, the freaks-in-their-Mom’s-basement insult. The traditionalist “niche” is growing all the time, friends; it now includes the Holy Father. Poring over the minutiae and felled forests of the last forty years, now there’s a niche.
But I don’t think Liam levels insult here. People who have been marginalized by liturgical changes have never had very big numbers. Certainly many of those who are occasionally bothered by the antics in their parish just keep attending Mass because of other good points of the Church. The internet has enabled many people who found few or no allies in their parishes to find them on blogs and other internet media. Good for them.
Liam, just maybe NLM’s just a more attractive blog.
Well, they do put more effort into pretty pictures and they do a darn fine job with layout. Too many darn books in their blogroll.
As for Fr. Z: now he does have a niche. He understands translation and he is expert in both Latin and Chanceryese. He is applying these skills to the various screeds and misinformation, as well as the better offerings, from official sources like Bishops and their staffers, and also unofficial ones, like publications. He’s wired in with a lot of the important Ecclesia Dei types in Rome and what he’s doing is very important. You don’t like it, so it becomes “pathetic.” I hope he keeps it up; there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent Summorum Pontificum from being strangled in the cradle, and he, unlike most, is in a good position to do it.
Father Z has been an internet presence for at least ten years. I don’t think he’s as expert as people think. He has a thin skin and the internet medium seems to work well for him. His medium of the fisk is more of a modernism than many would care to admit. The one thing it does have going for it is that it’s independent of video, and it works best as a written medium.
I wonder what his numbers are…
I’m sure they’re darn good. But neither he nor NLM have the range of the commentariat of this blog. You guys trump his posse every day.