Once a month I iterate my list of the top disability blogs by traffic ranking. This is the results for the start of March 2014. It’s also the first post were I went down as far as 40 (previously I’ve gone as far as 20).
As I mentioned last time, this has got steadily more automatic, so I’ve been able to spend some extra time on it going though more sites to make sure that unsuitable ones were weeded out. I had to remove about ten more sites that weren’t blogs, sadly this includes wonderful work like shift.ms.
For those unfamiliar the rules are these:
To get on this list, there are two conditions: first of all you must be regularly (but not exclusively – many of these bloggers explore a range of topics) posting about some aspect of disability.
The second is pragmatic. For fairness, the blog should be the reason that most people come to your site, not the only reason, but it should be the main one. I have no doubt at all in my mind, that Ouch, is probably the world’s most read disability blog, but I also have no doubt that the main reason that people go to bbc.co.uk is probably not for that blog. So I can’t really use the Alexa bbc.co.uk ranking as a good measurement. Plus I’d like to highlight, independent, unpaid, grassroots blogs. A recent casualty of this has been that I’ve had to remove www.wrightslaw.com from the list, but I think they’ll understand (Disabilitynow is *just* on the right side of this I think, comments welcome…)
I use this list of blogs as the source list. It’s growing more and more and it’s now up to 374 different sites. If there is a website that should be on that list, please let me know. I’m keen to make this as broad as possible.
It’s interesting to see how many of the bloggers maintain pageviews even a while after they stop blogging – http://disabilityblogger.blogspot.com/ for example is at 24 but hasn’t posted anything since august.
And so the Table. A note of caution, the ‘placing last time is accurate for any numbers below 23ish, but for the rest it includes a bunch of ‘companies that happen to have a blog’ that I’ve now pruned out, so they might not have gained as much as you think. My pick of the month is actually timetolisten.blogspot.com for being really quite refreshingly angry. Highest risers were, embarrassingly enough, me, and also specialeducationadvisor.com which has risen on every iteration of the list. Most of the other bits of big movement are actually just the list settling down a little, most of the people going down this time went up last time…