This is the fifth month we've held a "Best Post" contest on ChicagoNow and it was easily the most difficult to pick from the many submissions. The bloggers can submit one of their own and one from another blogger, that's been the best way for everyone to acknowledge their own work as well as that of their co-bloggers without giving me too many posts to review.
Still, I read every submission and then separate into "could be Top 10" and "probably not Top 10" lists then see where I'm at. The "could be" list was as large as it's ever been and I spent a few minutes just staring at it wondering if I could ever pare it down. Then I got to work and the result, finally, is below.
Here's the criteria that went into making the picks:
"We will look at the quality of headline, quality of content, quality of writing, overall creativity and presentation. We will not consider how much traffic a post has received, reader comments, your responses to reader comments or the number of Facebook "likes" or times a post is sent out on Twitter."
Anything Goes: It's not a "Mexican thing"
Chicago Chivalry: My Chicago Holiday Wishes
Easy as Riding a Bike: A Cyclist's Resolutions for 2012
Getting Real: My Mother's Hospital Bill Reveals The True Cost Of Medicare
It's Never Just Black and White: Ultrasound Now in 3D and It's Freakin' Me Out!
Mary Tyler Mom: In My Heart, I am a Muppet
Music Mom: Ladies and Gentlemen: Introducing Your 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Relationship Diva: Three Reasons Tim Tebow Is Dateworthy
White Sox Observer: Goodbye, #56
Your Doubting Thomas: Giving thanks over the holidays
Third place: Your Doubting Thomas: Giving thanks over the holidays
Why: I loved this post for Brian's brutal honesty about his past, his health and the upcoming birth of his child. This is a reminder that it's powerful to lay it all out there and share your story without holding back.
Second place: Getting Real: My Mother's Hospital Bill Reveals The True Cost Of Medicare
Why: Gary is an unsung writer on ChicagoNow, largely because his posts can be a bit more technical and he often uses graphs to illustrate his points. This post stayed true to those tendencies as he used his mom's hospital stay to share information he learned about Medicare and explain why the system is broken.
First place: It's Never Just Black and White: Ultrasound Now in 3D and It's Freakin' Me Out!
Why: It was funny, sentimental, self-deprecating, thought-provoking and I never knew exactly where John was going with this post until the very end. It read like a terrific short story to me. And as some one whose youngest kid is five years old, I had no idea they used 3D in ultrasounds now. Very strange, indeed.
Filed under: Best posts of the month