For this last week of the new year, I'm going to take a little time looking back over the old year and the things that most interested readers here on About.com Parenting Children With Special Needs -- the articles that you looked at the most, the topics that drew the most comments, the Readers' Respond pages that gathered the most stories. To kick off today, I'll be listing the top 12 blog posts and the top 12 new blog posts of the year almost past. Click through and remember those topics that got your attention, from Readers' Choice Awards finalists to a little girl's quest for a transplant to evergreen topics like papoose boards and (still) Mady Gosselin.
Top 12 New Blog Posts of 2012
Of all the blog posts I've written this year, these are the ones that got the most readers. While you can no longer vote in those RCA topics, it's worth clicking through to view the galleries of the finalists and see the great work being done on the topic of parenting children with special needs. The date of the post is indicated in parentheses.
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs Regional Resource (February 22)
- Vote for Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book (February 22)
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs App (February 22)
- Vote for Favorite New Special-Needs Children's Book (February 22)
- Hospital Denies Kidney Transplant Because of Girl's Intellectual Disability (January 13)
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs Parenting Blog (February 22)
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs Online Community (February 22)
- Boy on Touch Loses Autism Diagnosis (January 25)
- NBC: 5,000 Hours for Olympics, 0 Hours for Paralympics (July 12)
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs TV Show (February 22)
- Vote for Favorite New Special-Needs Memoir (February 22)
- Actors With Down Syndrome Featured in Entertainment Weekly (February 24)
Other much-noticed posts of the year included ones on a patent war over a communication app (April 6), Ann Coulter's use of the R-word (October 24), and a movie version of a favorite book on special education (January 24).
Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012
So viewed and re-viewed were those RCA ballots that they took many of the top spots in the list of posts written in any year that got the most readers in 2012. There were plenty of places for popular topics from years past to fill in, and a couple of posts that get a lot of visits because of some search-engine word-combination mojo I can never quite figure out.
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs Regional Resource (2012)
- Vote for Favorite New Special-Needs Parenting Book (2012)
- The Middle Actor Has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (2010)
- Vote for Favorite Special-Needs App (2012)
- Does Mady Gosselin Need Discipline, or a Diagnosis (2009)
- Vote for Favorite New Special-Needs Children's Book (2012)
- Setting Up an iTunes Account Without a Credit Card (2008)
- Smart Wives, Misled Mothers, and More of Your Comments (2007)
- Hospital Denies Kidney Transplant Because of Girl's Intellectual Disability (2012)
- Papoose Boards Make Child Restraint ... Easy? Inhumane? (2007)
- TV, Teaching, and More of Your Comments (2010)
- Autistic Kids, Violent Adults (2009)
Other popular older posts this year included ones on posting your child's medical history (2005), scholarships for students with special needs (2007), Ritalin for autism (2005), and Colin Farrel's son having Angelman syndrome (2007).
For more of the tops of 2012, follow my blog posts here over the next week, and keep an eye on my month-by-month tallies taking shape at 2012 in Review. I've got three months done so far, and will continue to put up monthly lists through New Year's.