Top 60 disability blogs by traffic ranking – April 2014

I wrote this article in April 2014 – later that year I made the process automatic. So this article is now only of interest for historical purposes.  Please visit the new version here.

Once a month I update my list of the top disability blogs by traffic ranking.  These are the results for the start of April 2014. It’s also the first post were I’ve gone down as far as 60 (last month was 40, previously I’ve gone as far as 20).

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. (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 and shrinking as the process goes on and it’s now at 364 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.

So – movement this week. Some fairly big changes. As expected Limpingchicken.com dropped a few places this month – much of their recent ranking was due to the Nelson Mandela interpreter scandal,  and that’s now outside the three month ranking window we use. There might be some more settling next month, but not as much of a drop for their (excellent) site.

It’s astonishing to find that there are still new blogs coming out of the woodwork. Four months in, there are three entirely new entries in the top 12. For me this says a lot about how poorly mapped the space is – there are quite large support communities that are entirely invisible to each other, even when they are talking about the same subjects. There are clearly thousands of people reading blog A, and thousands of people reading blog B, and yet both tribes are completely unaware of each other, with the result that we get missed opportunities and duplicated efforts.

I think it’s worth pushing on this – I’d like us to be in a state where we could at least see where the different communities are, and if we keep building this ranking, then maybe it could begin to serve as a kind of map. So if there is anything you think should be in the list, please comment (and if you see someone in the list, then please let them know – I’d struggle to track down all 60 email addresses). I can’t believe that I’ve got all of the major sites/blogs yet – I’ve got three sites in the UK giving disability news before any in the US – and I’m really struggling on sites from AUS and NZ. I’ve got UK disability campaigners but nothing from other countries and I can’t believe that’s an accurate reflection of reality.

Lastly, because 60 is quite a number of sites I’ve added rough categories. Please let me know if you would like your category changed (within reason).

Placing Site Alexa Rank Placing last time Category
1 kellehampton.com 103,481 New Parent blog
2 withalittlemoxie.com 175,332 1 Parent blog
3 lovethatmax.com 293,787 3 Parent blog
4 noahsdad.com 511,447 4 Parent blog
5 differentdream.com 604,139 9 Parent blog
6 limpingchicken.com 614,874 2 Deaf news(UK)
7 adiaryofamom.wordpress.com 626,609 6 Parent blog
8 thinkingautismguide.com 700,797 New Autism News and Chat
9 joereddington.com 739,314 11 Me! Sibling/Technology
10 disabilitynow.org.uk 756,342 10 Disability news (UK)
11 mostlytruestuff.com 773,247 7 Parent blog
12 stephstwogirls.co.uk 774,935 New Parent blog
13 disabilityhorizons.com 781,057 13 Disability news (UK)
14 specialeducationadvisor.com 812,518 5 Parent blog/news
15 thinkinclusive.us 822,329 New (Special Ed.) Teaching professional blog
16 joashline.com 997,900 27 Parent blog
17 samedifference1.com 1,055,400 14 News/Campaigning (UK)
18 leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk 1,058,826 8 Autism news (UK)
19 specialneedsjungle.com 1,080,416 19 Parent blog
20 praacticalaac.org 1,130,017 12 AAC professional blog
21 parentingspecialneeds.org 1,183,879 New Parent magazine
22 donaldandlisasorensonfamily.blogspot.com 1,265,654 26 Parent blog
23 downssideup.com 1,291,014 21 Parent blog
24 janeyoung.me.uk 1,377,898 22 Disability Campaigner (UK)
25 specialmompreneurs.com 1,430,963 15 Parent blog
26 diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk 1,526,341 17 Disability Campaigner (UK)
27 douglascootey.com 1,598,637 18 ADHD & Depression
28 catsandchocolate.com 1,604,131 23 Deafness and deaf identity
29 lizditz.typepad.com 1,617,610 16 Parent blog
30 disabilityblogger.blogspot.com 1,901,235 24 Disability News (US)
31 adderworld.com 1,918,056 20
ADD / ADHD
32 schuylersmonsterblog.com 1,944,950 25 Parent blog
33 theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com 2,104,630 30 Church blog
34 childrenwithspecialneeds.com 2,225,818 70 Parent blog
35 adventuresinautism.blogspot.com 2,344,299 39 Autism Vaccine Campaigner
36 theadventuresofwheelchairboy.blogspot.co.uk 2,523,077 59 Wheelchair User
37 supportforspecialneeds.com 2,640,942 43 Parent blog
38 assistivetek.blogspot.com 2,683,764 47 Technology
39 justbringthechocolate.com 2,706,138 40 Parent blog
40 autismandoughtisms.wordpress.com 2,817,787 42 Parent blog
41 media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com 2,905,537 33 Disability news
42 timetolisten.blogspot.com 2,910,959 35 Disability culture
43 disabledentrepreneurs.co.uk 2,954,988 55 Business news
44 mamalewis.com 2,964,753 79 Parent blog
45 stimeyland.com 3,043,338 36 Parent blog
46 hopefulparents.org 3,077,289 35 Parent blog
47 adventuresinaspergers.com 3,134,943 41 Parent blog
48 mdbeau.blogspot.com 3,136,396 46 Parent blog
49 crackedmirrorinshalott.wordpress.com 3,201,715 48 Disability culture
50 myaddblog.com 3,371,933 65 ADD/ADHD
51 davehingsburger.blogspot.com 3,379,670 78 Disability culture
52 agirlandhertube.blogspot.com 3,457,929 52 Parent blog
53 hearingtimes.co.uk 3,566,552 56 Deaf News (UK)
54 18channels.com 3,624,136 54 ADHD
55 inclusivelondon.com 3,701,629 130 London
56 specialedlaw.blogs.com 4,068,521 68 Law
57 specialneedsplanning.com 4,186,666 76 Finance
58 autisminnb.blogspot.com 4,264,697 71 Autism
59 betzfamilycolumbus.blogspot.com 4,357,220  86 Parent blog
60 blacktelephone.com 4,651,444  83  Disability Rights

46 thoughts on “Top 60 disability blogs by traffic ranking – April 2014

  1. My UK deaf blog (ATR), has 580,000 current reads, its a matter of who you know, not facts ? Unlike many others my blog is NOT based on ‘hits’, but, genuine one on one readers, any blog that includes hits is suss, or I’d be claiming 1.68m up… it is only because this listing is based on dot,com blogs not blogger. When is a blog not a blog ?

      • There is no active word press BLOG, it is via blogger, on an USA aggregate called Deaf.read, but the only way to respond to you was to use my old WP addy. Too many sites restrict responses by demanding you are members of sites you don’t wish to belong to ! I gather they do that for security purposes, or don’t make provision for posters from other areas. hence why ATR a UK deaf blog is virtually unknown IN the UK, despite considerable following.. If you ask anyone in the UK deaf area regarding ‘MM’ all your confusions will cease. I get more coverage than Limping Chicken at this aggregate.

          • I’d like to see a listing dedicated more to the UK deaf and HI bloggers, we wouldn’t BE in the USA aggregate but for the fact the UK cannot run one ! Are you ensuring ‘Hits’ are NOT included in the blog count ? initially at the USA aggregate you weren’t able to ‘bump up’ an audience by logging back in more than once. It had to be individual and separate people logging in. Limping chicken claimed 1 million hits ! Deaf.read logged only……..220K I doubt any of the blogs listed here are truthful.

  2. thank you great list………
    you now whats the relationship of search engines, google with webmaster, how to improve this………http://educational-notes.com/Seo-bloging-tips/webmaster-and-google-plus-relationship-in-Seo.html

  3. Have sent you a tweet about other bits and pieces, but I would love to be included next time too.
    I blog at http://aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/ and my alexa ranking is 183,484 worldwide 🙂
    I blog about my physical disabilities and my sons Autism (though a little less so now he’s a teenager – more Autism in general) 🙂 xx

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