ChicagoNow's best posts of January, 2014

Thanks to everybody for the plethora of submissions to our monthly "Best Post on ChicagoNow" contest. To go back and read the last 2 1/2 years worth of winners go here and here.

Here are 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, this month's top 10 ChicagoNow posts:

The Vociferous Envoy: Why closing Catholic schools is devastating
Swirleytime: Cold weather survival tips
Getting Real: San Francisco's Google bus protests and the myth of affordable housing
Geek Girl Chicago: Five movie characters who scarred me for life
I Want a Dumpster Baby: The scent of sadness
Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom: I am never, ever going back to Bikram Yoga
Show Me Chicago: The Butler Speaks book review: Is housekeeping an art?
The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny, and Pip: The Mommy Wars: So so useless and short-sighted
Interesting Chicago: Why I live in Chicago
Raining Cats and Dogs: The myth of a Chicago puppy shortage

And the top five:

Third place: The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny, and Pip: The Mommy Wars: So so useless and short-sighted
Why:  It's doubtful that any single post will end the on-going battles between mothers on the internet, but if everyone read this post, we might be a little closer to doing so. The post reads like the only adult in a room full of children.

Third place: Show Me Chicago: The Butler Speaks book review: Is housekeeping an art?
Why: All credit to Carole for making what could have been a really dry subject really, really interesting. From the photo she used to the book review, I was mesmerized by a post about housekeeping. Seriously.

Third place: Raining Cats and Dogs: The myth of a Chicago puppy shortage
Why:  This was a beautifully written post about an important issue, and I love the way Kathy interspersed photos of shelter dogs throughout the whole thing. Really powerful and beautifully done.

Second place: Interesting Chicago: Why I live in Chicago
Why: This post answers the question everyone in Chicago has been asking themselves, which makes it the most timely post of the month.This post is chock full of warm and fuzzy Chicago feelings, and it reminded me (and no doubt many others) why we put up with the weather in this town in the winter months.

First place: I Want a Dumpster Baby: The scent of sadness
Why: I never cease to be amazed by the honestly in Katy's writing, as well as the matter-of-fact way she talks about her life.  And I adore how thoughtful she is about small moments in life. Moments that others barely notice set her to writing, and she's always incredibly thoughtful in what she says. This post is a perfect example of what Katy does so well, and was well-deserving of being named the Best Post of January, 2014.

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