It’s a new season (autumn), and time to update the HBD 23:  The authoritative list of the World’s 23 most popular HBD blogs.  Time to find out,

Who’s up?

Who’s down?

Who’s gone?

And why 23?  Because that’s the number of pairs of human chromosomes and thus a good number for humanbiodiversity blogs.  It also happens to rhyme with HBD.

One change, from last season’s rankings is this time I decided to use similarweb.com instead of alexa.com because the former provides an estimate of readership in addition to global ranking.  

This season it took an astonishing 15000 monthly readers just to make last place on the HBD 23.  Several blogs (including this one) were tied for 23rd place with 15000 monthly readers, so I decided the only objective way to break ties is to look at Global ranking, which meant, sadly, I still have not made this incredibly prestigious list despite the fact that my readership has nearly tripled since early June.  Whenever you see several blogs with the same readership, the one with the higher Global rank is ranked higher on the HBD 23.

This season, we welcome six incredibly popular newcomers to the HBD 23, which means sadly, that six excellent blogs were pushed off the list from last season, to make room for the class of Fall 2015.  But that’s Darwinism: survival of the fittest.

So without further ado, here’s the HBD 23 (Fall 2015 edition):

hbd 23 rank blog/website estimated number of readers per moth (sept 27, 2015) change in hbd 23 rank from last season
1. unz.com 580,000 up
2. spring.org.uk 450,000 new
3. takimag.com 360,000 down
4. vdare.com 260,000 no change
5. geneticliteracyproject.org 260,000 down
6. dalrock.wordpress.com 180,000 down
7. robertlindsay.wordpress.com 180,000 up
8. mindhacks.com 120,000 new
9. theoccidentalobserver.net 100,000 down
10. forumbiodiversity 95,000 down
11. xenosystems.net 65,000 new
12. emilkirkegaard.dk/en/ 50,000 down
13. westhunt.wordpress.com 30,000 down
14. epjournal.net 25,000 new
15. violentmetaphors.com 25,000 down
16. isteve.blogspot.com (inactive for over a year; most of Steve’s readers followed him to what would become the #1 HBD blog: Unz.com) 25,000 down
17. lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com 25,000 down
18. infoproc.blogspot.com 20,000 down
19. rationaloptimist.com 20,000 new
20. dienekes.blogspot.com 20,000 down
21. akarlin.com (this blog has been inactive since he got promoted to join the #1 HBD blog,  Unz.com, so most of his readers have followed him there) 20,000 new
22. evoanth.net 20,000 no change
23. hbdchick.wordpress.com 15,000 down

Dropouts

Staying on the HBD 23 is almost as hard as getting there in the first place.  As competition grows, we sadly had to say goodbye to these six excellent blogs which made the list last quarter, but didn’t make the cut this time around:

blog/website estimated number of readers per month (Sept 27, 2015)
anepigone.blogspot.com 15,000
jasoncollins.org 10,000
parapundit.com 9000
jaymans.wordpress.com (recently got promoted to join the #1 HBD blog,  Unz.com, so most of his readers have followed him there) 8000
educationrealist.wordpress.com 5000
mangans.blogspot.com no data

Near misses

The following blogs did not make the HBD 23, but they’re within striking distance:

blog/website estimated number of monthly readers (Sept 27, 2015)
pumpkinperson.com 15,000
humanvarieties.org 10,000
martinsewell.com 8000
brainsize.wordpress.com 8000
polishgenes.blogspot.com 8000