Daily Archives: April 16, 2015

Latest Vatican Statistics For Catholics Show Non-Stop Growth Around The World.

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by Anura Guruge

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* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

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† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
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Francis says the darnest things 
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Search on ‘pope‘ for many other posts >>>>


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) original.

Click here to access the original
‘Vatican Information System’ (VIS) coverage.

Well these statistics indubitably contradict the anecdotal ‘evidence’ that more and more people, especially the young, are adopting a ‘non-affiliated’ lifestyle. However, what is key and interesting in these annual numbers from the Vatican is that the BULK of the growth is coming from Africa and Asia. What these numbers do not state is church attendance. A lot of these Africans and Asians are but Catholic in name. If questioned carefully they will also admit to other affiliations. So the only real accurate measure is how many of these so called ‘Catholics’ regularly attend Mass. That the ‘number of priests, diocesan and religious’ increased, albeit just by a 1,000, while ‘candidates to the priesthood – diocesan and religious – dropped’ is difficult to reconcile at the moment. But this makes interesting reading.

WordAds by WordPress.com Are Much More Effective Than Other Tired Alternatives.

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by Anura Guruge

Related Posts:halfmillhits
>> Accepted for WordAds.

>> 1/2 million.                >> 350,000 hits.
>> 250,000 hits.                 >> 200,000 hits.
>> 150,000 hits.                 >> 100,000 views.


wordadssideasdasI just saw the statement for my first week with WordPress.com’s new “WordAds” Ad sharing program. I was impressed and pleased.

From the get-go I could tell that the WordAds format, approach and style was going to be much more compelling and engaging than that of Google’s — and as such prove to be more effective and beneficial to bloggers. That at least based on my first statement would appear to be the case. To me the key word here is ‘engaging’ and that is what you want with a program like this. The Ads have to engage and entice the viewer — and the WordAds sure seem to do that.

Bravo, WordPress.com. You have done it again. You have pulled another winner out of the hat and done so against the might of Google.

I am no stranger to Google’s AdSense for well over a decade but have never done well with it. And before you start saying that it had all to do with my content, let me please remind you that the ‘Popes and Papacy’ blog that does sport AdSense has had over 600,000 views and many days of over 4,000 hits a day. But very few people, if any, were captivated by the Ads — and you can’t just dismiss that by saying that it has to be a reflection of the readership. If the Ads were engaging people will stop and engage.

Google AdSense has now got tired and lethargic. I think that it is so huge that Google just can’t deliver the necessary Ads in time or in a manner that makes sense.

That is where WordPress is excelling. WordAds are quick [i.e., they appear on the blog, ASAP] and ‘easy on the eye’.

I am delighted. I was honored that WordPress let me have WordAds and now I am grateful.

I am a veteran of TypePad, Google Blogger and WordPress FREE blogging (as well as hosted WordPress as in the ‘Popes and Papacy’ blog).

The superiority of WordPress.com over Google Blogger is like cheese and chalk. And here is a supreme irony that many would find hard to credit. Google INDEXES (i.e., recognizes) WordPress.com blog posts quicker than it does those on Blogger! This has been the case for years. Doesn’t make sense.

But, UNTIL the advent of WordAds there was ONE KEY distinction between WordPress.com blogs and Google Blogger blogs. You could have Ads with the later. That is, thankfully, no longer the case. WordAds hasn’t just leveled the ‘Free Blogging’ playing field, it has tipped it, inexorably, in WordPress’ favor.

Bravo. If you, like me, are a WordPress.com blogger – REJOICE. Say ‘Thanks’ to WordPress.com. They are THE Cat’s Meow.

Thank YOU, WordPress.com.

Thank YOU, WordAds.

‘Start of Asparagus Season 2015’ Google Doodle for Germany [But Not For Sinhala New Year].

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by Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodle:
>> Pony Express game.
Eiffel Tower 126th.

∋∋ “12 Online Safety Tips” Google Footnote — Jan. 9, 2015.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (sidebar)

++++ Search ‘Spring‘ for a boatload of fun & interesting Spring-related posts  —>>> (sidebar)

I kid YOU NOT.

April Fool’s was over a fortnight ago.

Well this will show Sri Lankan’s where they are in Google’s food chain.
Not sure why this is SPECIFIC to Deutschland?
Don’t they grow asparagus in California too?


Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

The Germany-only nature of this Google Doodle.
(use link above)


New Traffic Patterns In Concord, N.H., Starting April 16, 2015 — Mainly Around North Main Street.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘New Hampshire‘ for other related posts >>>>


Click to ENLARGE and study here. Use link below to access official Website. These traffic patterns scheduled to be in place until end of June, 2015.

Click here to access “Concord Main Street Project” Website.