Disability Blogging Drought, or Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

Broken FlowerI’m subscribed to dozens of blogs in my RSS reader related to disability. Most of them haven’t been updated in a very long time. Has everyone moved to Facebook and Twitter?

Of course, I’m the last one who should talk, since I manage about one post per month.



  1. The Goldfish

    I think Twitter and Facebook have changed this a lot. I think a lot of people who would have sat down and written full posts years ago, now make brief comments on social networking sites. Increasingly, it’s only people who really enjoy writing who keep blogging.

    Commenting has changed a lot too. Often a post receives no comments on my blog, but I know others approve because of tweeted remarks or retweets on twitter. Makes the community more disjointed though, and I’m rather nostalgic for the old days. ;-)

  2. Katja

    I have the same impression. I guess this means I’m going to have to figure out Twitter (I feel so old). I use Facebook, but for whatever reason have pretty much limited my Facebook friends to people I am related to or have met in person. Unless I change this strategy, Facebook won’t work as a platform for talking about disability in general.

  3. linda

    I was so thinking the same thing! Having jsut spent the last hour searching – I can’t find any current MS bloggers! xo L.

  4. Katja (Post author)

    Linda, check out Brass and Ivory. Lisa has a list of bloggers under MS Blogging Community. Marc at Wheelchair Kamikaze doesn’t have a list of blogs that I’m aware of, but he has a lot of commenters, and many of them have blogs as well.

  5. Elizabeth McClung

    You can also have your twitter or tweet comments at the top of your blog, if people want to check the latest on that. I think there are a lot of subscribers but not a lot of comments. Also, economically, there was more leisure time before, and now many people I know are underemployed, unemployed or otherwise focused, and blogging is in some ways the ‘room of ones own’ which requires stability to do.

    Also, for me, the new blogging HTML takes me 3 hour to do what used to take me 25 minutes. Whee, I love new blogger (not).

  6. Spashionista (Alicia)

    Some of us are still plugging away. My blog will celebrate it’s one year anniversary this coming week. I, too, am finding it very difficult to find other disabled bloggers or even followers that are interested in my POV. But there are a few among many other wonderful followers and I’m happy to have each and every one of them.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  7. Katja (Post author)

    Welcome, Alicia, thanks for commenting! Congratulations on your upcoming blogiversary.

  8. stephen

    some of us would write more often, but just don’t the energy – physical, psychic, emotional, mental – to manage it.

    1. Katja (Post author)

      I hear you on that!

  9. Rachel

    Hi Katja,
    This is my first time on your blog. I just tried to subscribe but the link wasn’t working. I have MS too and that’s one focus of my fairly new blog. I posted a recent article (not the one which comment luv has linked) on MS which you may be interested in. It’s called “Walking the MS walk” and is the previous post to the one linked by comment Luv.
    I see that there are a lot of people on Twitter. Quite a few do have blogs too. Like was previously mentioned, I think it depends on whether people like writing longer posts or not. Twitter can be an effective way to build up relationships with people that might be interested in your blog. There is a lot of MS chat going on there. Also, you could have a facebook page as well as your personal account. That’s what I do. It’s not complicated to set up. Then my personal account is just for people that I know but the facebook page is for connecting with others that I don’t know, or am getting to know through blogs etc. I look forward to reading more of your blog, Rachel

  10. Katja (Post author)

    Hello, Rachel, thanks for commenting and sorry about the subscription link. That’s actually a link for the RSS feed (What the Heck is RSS?). I’ve updated the text to make that more clear.

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog as well!


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