ChicagoNow's best posts of March, 2013

Top 10 posts of the month, in no particular order:

Art In Its Own Terms: From Cave Walls to Cell Phones

Cook's County: Urban Stories of Food and Life: Dear Chicago Tribune, I'm not sure Barbara Byrd Bennett is listening, will you?

Creativity Connects Chicago: When Did you realize that you wanted to express your creativity?

Feminist Christian: Does banning marriage equality represent Christ?

Green Tech ChicagoChicago, America's Largest Sustainable City

Hammervision: Why the Facebook Equality Avatars DO Matter

Mayor DailyHow I butt-pucked myself by "outing"  an NHL player

Swirleytime: What you might call "hell," I call "Thursday" -- A Gallery

Waiting 4 Cubs: In memory of a Cub Fan. A tribute to Brian Meissner 1971-2013

When You Put It That Way: I'm a Jew, not a JAP, so stop the ethnic slurs

 

Third place:  Cook's County: Urban Stories of Food and Life: Dear Chicago Tribune, I'm not sure Barbara Byrd Bennett is listening, will you?

Why: I also appreciate well-written, well-reasoned arguments, and this is a great example of how to structure an opinion post. Methodically working through each argument was an extremely effective way of getting the point across.

 

Third placeWhen You Put It That WayI'm a Jew, not a JAP, so stop the ethnic slurs

Why:  It's hard to get more plain-spoken than Teppi is in the post. Also, it's hard to get more effective. She went right at biggots and took them down hard.

 

Third place:Feminist Christian: Does banning marriage equality represent Christ?

Why:  Marriage equality and religion are two topics that are tought to discuss on the internet. Trolls come in from both directions, and, usually, everything soon devolves into screaming and name-calling. Not so here. Abigail managed to navigate these treacherous waters with grace and intelligence.

 

Second place: Mayor DailyHow I butt-pucked myself by "outing"  an NHL player

Why: A perfect example of the right way to say "I screwed up" on the internet. This thoughtful, humble post swayed even the Mayor's harshest critics over to his side. I know that his self-effacing retraction and apology was appreciated by many people.

 

First place: Hammervision: Why the Facebook Equality Avatars DO Matter

Why: Here's an example of a post that went viral for all the right reasons. It didnt' have a lot of bells & whistles; no galleries, no lists, no embedded videos. Instead, it was just a heartfelt response to an issue everyone happened to be talking about. Great example of how to seize the moment and capitalize on it.

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