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|
|8||thinkingautismguide.com||700,797||New||Autism News and Chat|
|10||disabilitynow.org.uk||756,342||10||Disability news (UK)|
|13||disabilityhorizons.com||781,057||13||Disability news (UK)|
|15||thinkinclusive.us||822,329||New||(Special Ed.) Teaching professional blog|
|18||leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk||1,058,826||8||Autism news (UK)|
|20||praacticalaac.org||1,130,017||12||AAC professional blog|
|24||janeyoung.me.uk||1,377,898||22||Disability Campaigner (UK)|
|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|
|30||disabilityblogger.blogspot.com||1,901,235||24||Disability News (US)|
ADD / ADHD
|35||adventuresinautism.blogspot.com||2,344,299||39||Autism Vaccine Campaigner|
|53||hearingtimes.co.uk||3,566,552||56||Deaf News (UK)|