ChicagoNow's best posts of October, 2013

We don't keep records on this kind of thing, but I think there were more submissions in October than in any other month yet. That was largely due to so many people taking advantage of the rule that allows not only submitting one of their own posts, but one from their fellow ChicagoNow bloggers. Took awhile to winnow it down to a manageable number, then picking the top 10 was even tougher. Here now are the top 10 posts by ChicagoNow bloggers last month, 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 October.
- 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.

Without further ado, the top 10:

Chicago Bears Huddle: Cutler’s contract: The point Bears fans may be missing

The Ginger Philes: Looks Matter: How to Be Attractive

God Is My Running Partner: Another Funeral For a Friend With Cancer

I Hate My Developer: Trayvon Martin As A Halloween Costume

I've Got The Hippy Shakes: Breakfast with Social Security

Interesting Chicago: Kuma's Ghost Burger brings out the haters

Raising Hell Or Raise Them Well: Gang fight: Six Against Two

The Self-Aware Parent: It's time to waste some time

Tomfoolery: Take me back to Thomas A. Edison

What Would Royko Do?: John Kass and the Art of Hypocrisy

And the top five:

Third place: I Hate My Developer: Trayvon Martin As A Halloween Costume
Why: Lyletta's response to a wholly inappropriate Halloween costume wasn't to trash the people involved but to look at them as human beings, something they clearly didn't do when selecting their choice of costumes. This is a great example of how to write an extremely compelling post without writing very long, and it's also a great example of react to a story in the news and understanding that using screen captures and images really enhance the storytelling.

Third place: God Is My Running Partner: Another Funeral For a Friend With Cancer
Why: Steve refer to this post as a rant, which is something I'll disagree with. This was an extremely raw, honest look at how cancer can just wear you down. It reminds me of the famous Network speech, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!" What's so difficult when reading is understanding that in so many cases, cancer patients don't have any choice, they have to play the hand they're dealt. Just a terrific post.

Third place: The Ginger Philes: Looks Matter: How to Be Attractive
Why: Don't hate this blogger because she's beautiful, hate her because she wrote a really funny post that helps all of us average-looking people understand what it's like to be beautiful.

Second place: What Would Royko Do?: John Kass and the Art of Hypocrisy
Why: Christine didn't meant to get into a blog war with Tribune columnist John Kass, but when he used part of a blog post she wrote to try and make an example of her in a column, she defended herself. And quite well. Read it for yourself, but what it comes down to is this: Blogger 1, Newspaper Columnist 0

First place: Interesting Chicago: Kuma's Ghost Burger brings out the haters
Why: The Kuma's Ghost Burger story resulted in our top two stories of October, and this one by Peter Bella was awesome. It was more of a post about the reaction to the Kuma story than the Kuma story itself, with one line nailing it: "You cannot have tolerance or acceptance without mutual respect. Disagreeing by being disrespectful and disagreeable is the new national pastime." That was exactly what was needed to be said, so happy Peter chose to say it on his blog.

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