A "secret" that might easily be figured out about the Catholic "blogosphere" (meaning, all the various Catholic blogs online) is that most of us are small-time, but we get lots of "hits" when we are linked -- or even better, featured in a post -- on one of the big hitters.
One of the big hitters is Amy Welborn's Open Book (see links at right), but there are others, again, many linked at right, who in turn, link here.
It isn't of any great moment, but it is one of my vanities (fit for the Bonfire) that I like to know who is visiting my site, and how many "hits" I get. Whenever one of the other sites links a post here, I get a nice "bump." Every so often, something I post seems interesting enough to get several links around the "blogosphere," and I'm king for a day! But vanity of vanities, it all fades away.
Some time back, I saw a permanent bump, and wondered why. It turned out the fair Amy had actually listed me as a "holy blog of obligation"; as a result, I get a good supply of golden crumbs (a literary reference, do you get it?) day in, day out.
Alas, Amy appears to have fled the jurisdiction, gone underground in her secret work for the NSA, or perhaps merely gone on a trip; she hasn't posted for over a week, and alas, the supply of golden crumbs is a little thinner.
Vanity of vanities!
Update: it seems that a new source of golden crumbs has chosen to shower goodness on me: Father Zuhls... Zools...(Zuzu's Petals--no, that's not it...)...ahem, Father Z's excellent blog, What does the Prayer Really Say? Do stop in and show him how many hits I can generate!