Nov. 8, 2012 – A blog produced by University of Houston Law Center students devoted to child-related news and analysis ranked in the top 1.0 percent of the blogosphere, according to Technorati, a tracking website.
The site is written and maintained by Irene Merker Rosenberg Scholars working in the Center for Children, Law & Policy. Subjects vary widely, ranging from the juvenile justice system and child welfare to alternative educational concepts and sports. “The site is aimed at anyone interested in children’s issues, but particularly lawyers, policy makers, and educators,” said Ellen Marrus, director of the center and George Butler Research Professor of Law.
Marrus described the site’s goals as twofold: to serve as a sounding board for child advocates to discuss the complex legal issues that arise continuously when working with children; and to make more people aware of the many issues children face in today’s society and the way these factors interconnect.
The site recorded nearly 10,000 visits and 31,951 page views in the past year. Readership is growing fast as 77 percent of the visits were new. Students have posted 83 items since August 1 and an added feature this year is a News Roundup that features child-related news stories from around the nation and the world.
Technorati’s rating system is based on a blog’s readership, standing and influence on other sites based on the number of citations, how well the site covers the subject, and other factors.