PositiveLite.com: 13 in the world?

Published 23, Jan, 2017
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

The social media hub Feedspot has just placed PositiveLite.com high in its “Top 50 HIV Blogs and Websites on the Web” list. And that's globally. Bob Leahy explores what this means

PositiveLite.com: 13 in the world?

Let’s get this out first. We were thirteen in the list. That puts us just behind CATIE at number 11, so we like that. Feedspot says their process has resulted in  the most comprehensive list of best HIV blogs amongst many on the web, with rankings based on the following criteria: 

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review 

How they weight these various metrics is not explained, but they do list each organization’s number of Facebook fans, Twitter followers and “Alexa rank”, the latter a commonly used measure of website traffic.

Top of the list is the venerable POZ.com. They have been around for years, very well read, very well staffed and in print magazine form was the first information source I turned to, post-diagnosis. Beta Blog from San Francisco AIDS Foundation is number two. It’s a good one and as editor of PositiveLite.com I have often coveted  their articles. Third is AIDS United, another information source; that’s been around for decades and indisputably well read.

The first Canadian name that appears on this list of global resources is CATE at 11. PositiveLite.comes in at 13, Toronto’s Kenn Chaplin at 22, the B.C. Centre for Excellence at 25, then Peel AIDS Network at 32. That is it for Canada and the top 50. Canadian sexual health sites that address HIV – I’m not sure they were looked at – tend to be static with limited followings, but would inevitably not score highly using Feedspots’ metrics.

But there are odd things about the list. TheBody.com, an industry behemoth, for instance is only 27. Mark S King's My Fabulous Disease is 16. One would expect much higher placings of these and others if the process was closer reflective of popularity and influence in the community as I see it. 

Bottom line is we here at PositiveLite.com welcome any award – it’s not our first by any means - and so we will gladly use the nifty little icon that came with this one.. The real value here is that what Feedspot has done is to provide a list of resources which is invaluable for those who want to follow HIV news and views. That list, including links to all the sites I’ve mentioned, is here.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.