ChicagoNow's best posts of August, 2013

One of the hardest things we do as community managers is try to pick from among all the incredible posts nominated each month to our best post contest. This month was no different, so many posts to choose from and only 10 spots to fill. Here now are the top 10 posts by ChicagoNow bloggers last month, first in alphabetical order and then followed by the top five:

The Rules
- 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 June.
- 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.

Cheaper Than Therapy: "If my son wanted to dance, I would kill myself"

Chicago Public Fools: Dreaming in the face of CPS reality

Chicago's Real Law Blog: Crappy parents of criminal kids should go to jail

Daily Chicago Sports Tab: Javier Baez vs. Teuvo Teräväinen: Who Is Chicago's Top Prospect?

Hitz & Mrs.: What Happens When You're Not The Pretty One

I Want A Dumpster Baby: When the Drinking Doesn’t Stop

Listing Toward Forty: I sexually harassed my NSA polygrapher

Old Single Mom: A Mom's first 15 minutes after dropping her only kid off on his first day of Kindergarten

Sick and Tired of the World's Fair: Riley Cooper and Racial Slurs: Why a Word Shouldn't Make One a Racist

So You Have A Girlfriend: 12 Things Miley Cyrus Could Have Done Differently at the 2013 VMAs


Third place
: Sick and Tired of the World's Fair: Riley Cooper and Racial Slurs: Why a Word Shouldn't Make One a Racist
Why: You can easily argue that using the "N" word makes one a racist. This post asks for a more measured look, something a web video rarely permits, and argues it doesn't always mean that. I really liked how in the post the blogger doesn't try to merely shout louder than those who may disagree with him.

Third place: Chicago's Real Law Blog: Crappy parents of criminal kids should go to jail
Why: Tremendous headline you can't help but click on. Michael never shies away from his main point, which is parents need to take responsibility and if going to jail is the answer then so be it. The post uses specific examples to make its case, doesn't go on too long, and perfectly sets up the ensuing discussion. Just a great example of what a blog post should be.

Third place: I Want A Dumpster Baby: When the Drinking Doesn’t Stop
Why: This is a cautionary tale that tells the sad story of a life wasted due to alcohol, and how Kathy eventually moved on. As the title suggests, not every alcoholic survives. The part about finding the body is just awful, a must-read for anyone trying to find a reason to fight a terrible disease.

Second place: Listing Toward Forty: I sexually harassed my NSA polygrapher
Why:
This post is incredibly funny and the pace of the story Kim lays out is just perfect. I'm not a big fan of changing font sizes or bolding text but see how Kim made the most important line of the post bold to set it apart and play up its significance. I don't think I've ever laughed harder or cringed more at any line in a ChicagoNow post and that's saying something.

First place:: Cheaper Than Therapy: "If my son wanted to dance, I would kill myself"
Why: This is such a tremendous post, it's written so well and the story leaps off the page. I've heard some people say the headline was the only part they didn't like or didn't work, this couldn't be farther from the truth. The headline was perfect. Not only did it make you want to click, it was the line that the entire post was born from. Jill does a tremendous job of recognizing the moments in her life that can make a great post and that can serve as teachable moments for her readers.

 

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