Judging this months best posts was an absolute honor and privilege. Not only were there a lot of great posts that blew up and got a ton of readers, but there were so many wonderful posts that deserved a much, much bigger audience than they got. Kudos to all our bloggers for a job well done.
- Bloggers may submit up to two posts: One of their own posts / One from any other ChicagoNow blog.
- The post must have been published during the month of July.
- We look at the quality of content, quality of writing, overall creativity, quality of headline and presentation.
- We don't consider how much traffic a post has received, reader comments, responses to reader comments or the number of Facebook "likes" or times a post is sent out on Twitter.
All that said, here are the 10 best posts of July, 2013:
Quilting! Sewing! Creating! Only a teacher
No Bags to Check: Moving on from the new Rolling Stone cover
Mary Tyler Mom: Coming out of the closet
The Blue Streak: Babies do not belong in movie theaters
Hockey Noob: Eight perils of the public skate
Mom, I Think I'm Poignant! Tony Rezko's 62 acres of land and me
The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny and Pip: Stay-at-home moms: Why you should jump at the chance to hire us
Bon Bini Y'all: Why I won't stand for the Star Spangled Banner
Chicago Sports Hub: The sports page lives on
Third place: The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny and Pip: Stay-at-home moms: Why you should jump at the chance to hire us
WHY: For brilliantly, hilariously, and beautifully making the case for the terrible undervalued skill set women acquire only as a result of wearing kids. Bonus points for it all being true.
Third place: Hockey Noob: Eight perils of the public skate
WHY: I can't even being to convey how much I loved this post. The hilarious categories. The pictures. The mental imagery. Did I mention the pictures? I actually sent this post around to everyone I know who either plays hockey or figure skates. I give this post my highest rating ever - seventeen thumbs up.
Third place: The Blue Streak: Babies DO NOT belong in movie theaters
WHY: Jimmy and I decided this was possibly the world's most perfect blog post, and I still think we were right. It incited a huge debate that was split almost 50/50 down the middle. That's what great blog posts do: Tap into ideas and issues that people feel passionately about.
Second place: Mary Tyler Mom: Coming out of the closet
WHY: One of the many things I love about Sheila is how she is able to share all the ways Donna touches her life on a daily basis. As a result, Donna touches all of us. This was a heartbreaking and beautiful piece, and a reminder that love between a mother and child never ends.
First place: Quilting! Sewing! Creating! Only a teacher
WHY: Maybe I'm biased because my mom and father-in-law are both teachers, but this post needs to posted at the door of every schoolhouse in America. Kathy did an amazing job of taking a negative comment and turning it into a positive post that was widely beloved and circulated by teachers. A perfect example of how the littlest moments in life can become great posts.
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