ChicagoNow's best posts of November, 2013

We had a terrific month in November, and there were so many good posts, I probably could have chosen a top 25 list, rather than a top 10. Alas, the rules are the rules.

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:

Your Doubting Thomas:: The challenge of the gift of life

Geek Girl Chicago: In defense of Han Solo getting the girl

Plant Strong Diva:What the holidays were like with an eating disorder

Hot Dog Blog: The real Charlie Trotter was a sweetheart

Show Me Chicago:Chicago holiday events 2013: The top 10 things to do in Chicago this holiday season

Neighborland: My dad survived a plane crash and now he's 90: WWII veterans and courage

Listing Towards Forty: Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program

Inside Chicago Improv: Rebuttal to Jon Stewart's Chicago rant

In the Loop:: Women are having anal sex for all the wrong reasons

Living in Interesting Times: The day Kennedy died

And the top five:

Third place: Hot Dog Blog: The real Charlie Trotter was a sweetheart
Why: We read a lot about what Charlie Trotter was like in the wake of his death, but I don't recall reading a story that was as intimate, as personal, or as sweet as this one. This wasn't a long or particularly involved post, but it talked about a side of Trotter that few people saw, and it was a hidden gem among all the other Charlie Trotter stories out there. Proof positive that good blog posts tell great stories.

Third place: Living in Interesting Times: The day Kennedy died
Why: It's no secret that I love these throwback posts Shirley writes. This post about her 8th grade class' reaction to the Kennedy assassination is not exception. It's not always the big moments of history that we remember, but the small ones. This beautiful post is chock-full of small-but-poignant memories from that day.

Third place: Geek Girl Chicago: In defense of Han Solo getting the girl
Why: There's so much to love about this post. I love that Lauren is still arguing with people about a movie that came out when I was in second grade. I love that a woman wrote it. I loved the reaction is provoked from Lauren's readers and the internet in general. The lesson here? There's no such thing as a stale topic. You can always put a new twist on things.

Second place:Neighborland: My dad survived a plane crash and now he's 90: WWII veterans and courage
Why: This short-but-sweet post came in as part of November's Blogapalooza and quickly became one of my favorites. In relatively few words, Liz manages to convey a story of strength and courage, not just in times of trauma, but in facing the every day when one's mind and body have been inexorably altered. A beautiful tribute to Liz's dad and to the Greatest Generation.

First place:Listing Towards Forty: Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program
Why: I'll admit, I hate that stupid Elf on the Shelf, and I thank God every day that my kids were too old to be interested in that thing when it blew up. That said, Kim's post was funny, whimsical, seasonal, and definitely struck a chord with readers. This post is among the most shared last month, and continues to make the rounds among ChicagoNow readers, and was also the most nominated post this month, proving I'm not the only one who loved it.

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