It’s been too long since we’ve updated this list. Pinterest wasn’t even a thing back in 2011! Congratulations to everyone who made the list below. Rankings are just for fun but your real ministry with kids is eternally important. I hope this list will affirm and encourage you in some small way. Here’s a badge if you want to recommend this list on your site.
The giveaway related to this post is complete and the winner “Nicole” was notified by email. Thanks to all who left their feedback and supported all these wonderful blogs.
Fun Challenge: I would also be super impressed if anyone clicks out to visit all 100 blogs on the list. Even more impressed if you leave comments telling those people that you appreciate their dedication to children’s ministry…. There’s no prize for that, but it would be the best New Year’s present ever.
And now for your reading pleasure….
The Top 100 Blogs of 2013
Others Under Consideration (Bonus!)
How did I make this list? It began with a spreadsheet listing all the active children’s ministry blogs I could locate. Then I used several public metrics to estimate the blogs popularity. THese included Open Site Explorer, Shareaholic Toolbars, and Alexa rank. Each of these numbers were weighted according to my estimation of importance and reliability. For example, the figures from Open Site Explorer (link popularity) account for over 65% of the score for most blogs.
The idea was to look at three different types of signal: Link popularity, social media popularity, and traffic estimates. None of these are perfect, but give a general sense of what blogs are building an audience compared to others.
Factors not included: RSS readership, Years blogging, Email subscribers, Design, Reader engagement through comments. Those type of numbers would give a much better picture of blog popularity. However they were beyond the scope of this list.
For this listing, I only included blogs that were obviously focused on children’s ministry or written by a children’s minister. Non-blogging websites, general ministry blogs, homschooling blogs, and others were beyond the scope of this listing. It’s possible I missed some sites that should be included, please leave a comment below to make a suggestion.
When a blog was hosted on a well known website, for example “What’s in the Bible.” I used metrics from the blog page rather than the homepage of the site. While this will suppress their ranking, it wouldn’t be fair to attribute all numbers to their blogging activity. In those cases, the domain level traffic data was not used.
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