2017 in review

We here at DPSN can hardly believe it’s December already!  After what feels like a bit of a marathon through the last few months, we’re finally starting to wind down and will be taking a well earned break from the blog until February 2018.

This year has been the sixth year that DPSN has been running in it’s current format – we can’t quite believe it!  Over 2017 DPSN has only grown, reaching over 30,000 readers – nearly 200 of you following the WordPress blog – and almost 1000 liking our Facebook page.

We’ve also now posted over 430 blogs, which is an amazing achievement for our dedicated core team as well as our generous guest bloggers.  A huge thank you to Nikki for her contributions to her guest blog Nikki’s Natter this year – we hope you’ve enjoyed her blogs as much as we have!

Of note our most popular blog since of all time is “It turns out my partner is genderqueer, so what does that make me?

Through 2017 we continued our blogger themes, covering everything from change to obsessions, pressure, connection, image…and even a month on death and decay!  The favourite original posted blog of the year, in terms of reader views, was Sam’s vlog on Language – where he interviewed Gabby about the importance of AAC.

In second place was “Celebrity, media and social influence” and our third top post for the year was another vlog, this time on change and aged-care facilities.

This year there were some other significant posts as well.  In August we talked about Sam’s awesome social media campaign, We Are Beneficiaries, which has ended up with international attention!  Head to the link and then over to the Facebook page to read more about this project.  

2017 also marked the sad passing of an old DPSN crew member, Kelly Griffin.  We commemorated by sharing some of our memories of Kelly in May.

Finally, a big thank you to our readers – DPSN would be nothing without you!  We love hearing from you, so don’t forget to like, share, comment and subscribe to keep the conversation going.  And if you’re interested in guest blogging for DPSN in 2018 (either a one-off or if you’d like a regular spot) just email our DPSN Content Manager barbara@diversitynz.com for details.

We’ll be taking our usual break over the summer, but we’ll still be around on Facebook and by email (we’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as we can, but there may be delays if we’re at the beach for the day!)

For now, the whole team at DPSN wish you a happy and safe holiday season.  See you next year!

– Barbara, Anna, Sam and Philip


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