One question I get frequently when someone wants to start a ChicagoNow blog is, "What do you need me to post about?"
And the answer I always give is, "Whatever you are most passionate about. You have to love your topic."
The bloggers whose posts were selected as ChicagoNow's top 10 of January love their topic, love blogging and, to put it bluntly, they give a shit. What they wrote about mattered a great deal to them, whether it was politics, family, baseball or the CTA.
It's not easy picking out the cream of the crop each month, I left about 20-30 posts just sitting there mocking me for not selecting them. But it is easy to separate the posts that should at least be considered from the ones that aren't quit there. They're the ones that move you, teach you and make you want to come back for more.
Hope you enjoy these excellent posts from these wonderful writers, and if you do please make their blogs a part of your reading habit. They won't let you down.
A City Mom: I will not go quietly into the long dark night of short hair for woman over forty five
CTA Tattler: Big CTA Red Line rehab project could start this year; 7 stations at north end subject of RFP
Easy As Riding A Bike: Best of Luck Navigating in the Dark Tomorrow
Families in the Loop: A Door Opens, and the Past Swooshes In
Fitness at Home: Superhero In Training...
Goat Riders of the Apocalypse: The free agent the Cubs ARE frontrunners for: Yoen(n)is Cespedes
Ignorance is Bliss: “I Have a Dream” Speech 2012
Mary Tyler Mom: Barbie v. Cancer
Parenting Without a Parachute: A Birth Story, Part One: 1 Lazy Cervix, 4 Epidurals and a Spinal Headache
Pimps, Preachers and Politicians: Why I'm a Republican in my head but a Democrat in my heart: A Love Story
Third place: Ignorance is Bliss: “I Have a Dream” Speech 2012
Why: Reggie modernized Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, showing the impact of King's legacy while at the same time making it clear he feels there are still quite a few challenges left to conquer. He's a shown himself to be a powerful writer and this was just the latest example of an eloquently written post.
Second place: Fitness at Home: Superhero In Training...
Why: Not being really into the "superhero" genre I went into this post trying hard to shed my bias and I'm so glad I didn't let that get in the way. Melanie's post teaches anyone can be a superhero, and you quickly discover she's not really writing about "superheroes" at all. Very hard to leave this in second place because it was so wonderful.
First place: Pimps, Preachers and Politicians: Why I'm a Republican in my head but a Democrat in my heart: A Love Story
Why: First of all, phenomenal headline. Gives the post an air of mystery and you can't help but click on it. In the post, Kay writes about how her lifelong political persuasion is both complex and, ultimately, easy to figure out out. It accomplishes the tricky task of leaving both Democrats and Republicans affirming and questioning their positions, while being respectful to those with whom she disagrees. This was Kay's fourth post on ChicagoNow, by the way. Can't wait to see where she goes from here.
What a great way to start 2012. Thanks everybody for a tremendous month.
Filed under: Best posts of the month