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Top 10 for 2016: Ramp Your Voice!’s Year in Review

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This year has been one where the Ramp Your Voice!’s blog broke its pageviews record by having 76,809 views, which is over double that seen last year (which was almost 30,000).  In keeping with record-shattering trends, the blog had 1,148 views in one day on February 4th, which beat last year’s record of 470.  This was also the year where the blog has become the space where I have expressed my unapologetic disabled Blackness.  I am so proud that I wrote many articles that targeted the Black disabled experience, and the effects and presence of white privilege and racism in our community,  2016 was when I felt comfortable in writing about what mattered to me without fearing being pigeon-holed by those within and outside of our community.  

As I did last year, I want to highlight the articles that received the most views and shares in 2016.  These works are some of my best features; a lot of my advocacy passions were evident in 2016.  It is a humbling moment when readers respect your voice, understand the emotions that are present, and support what you do fervently.  

Without further ado, here are the top 10 articles of 2016 on the RYV! blog:

 

10)  That’s The Way Love Rolls:  Online Dating Adventures of a Single Black Disabled Woman

9)  There Is No Such Thing As Transcending Disability  

8)  The Black Disabled Body, Assisted Suicide, & the “Me Before You” Connection

7)  #WeArePulse:  Members of the Disabled PoC LGBTQ+ Community Speak Out

6)  Being a Black Disabled Woman Is An Act of Defiance:  Remembering #KorrynGaines

5)  #GetWokeADA26:  Disabled People of Color Speak Out, Part 1

4)  White Privilege & Inspiration Porn

3)  Appropriation in the Disability Community:  We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

2)  Little Known Black History Fact:  Elizabeth Suggs, Early 20th Century Author with Brittle Bones Disorder

1)  Black Disabled Woman Syllabus:  A Compilation

 

Final Thoughts

2016 was incredible, but I am eager to see what 2017 has in store.  I am currently working on 2 blog series that will occur during the first quarter of the year, and am geeked about what will inspire my writer’s heart that must be shared.  

As always, I appreciate each and every one of you who have been here since day one and those who found me this year.  This work is for you; I am simply the writing vessel.  

Lastly, Happy New Year!  Let’s make 2017 unforgettable.

(Featured headlining image:  Courtesy of Pixabay.)

About Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization she created to establish herself as a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate. Ramp Your Voice! is a prime example of how macro-minded Vilissa truly is, and her determination to leave a giant "tire track mark" on the world.

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