ChicagoNow’s best posts of February, 2014

Thanks to everybody for the amazing 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:

Chicago’s Real Law Blog: If you are anti-gay, sing it proud!
Hitz & Mrs.: Losing My Valentine To Cancer Taught Me Five Lessons About Finding Love
Lipstick & Lollipops: 7 socially awkward moments I embrace
Live Your Dream: Sail Lake Michigan: African American Sailors in Chicago – Really? Really.
Moms Who Drink And Swear: Chicago Edition: It’s okay that my kid’s friend’s parents aren’t my friends
Neighboring The Neighborless: Fear and Strength (How I Survived Losing Everything)
Parenting Without A Parachute: Food stamps, Oprah and the 2014 Listen To Your Mother Chicago Show
Portrait of an Adoption: 11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help
Tween Us: Thank you, Shaun White, for not medaling in the Olympics
Uncommon Sense: Gold Star Mothers Address Wisconsin National Guard (Dis) Honor Guard

And the top five:

Third place: Chicago’s Real Law Blog: If you are anti-gay, sing it proud!
Why: Michael often combines his outrage with a great sense of humor, and when it works this kind of post is what you get. The headline is intentionally misleading, which works because that’s what the entire post is about.

Third place: Hitz & Mrs.: Losing My Valentine To Cancer Taught Me Five Lessons About Finding Love
Why: Tracie honors her brother, who recently passed away, with a beautifully post about what he taught her. Your really come away from this understanding the impact he had on Tracie’s life, and how that will live on.

Third place: Parenting Without A Parachute: Food stamps, Oprah and the 2014 Listen To Your Mother Chicago Show
Why: Crystal writes a brave post about a situation she never thought she’d find herself in, and does it with great passion and honesty.

Second place: Uncommon Sense: Gold Star Mothers Address Wisconsin National Guard (Dis) Honor Guard
Why: Denise’s reply to the soldier who posted a selfie during a funeral for a fellow soldier is calm, angry and justified. It’s also at all times thoughtful and dignified. Wonderful post.

First place: Neighboring The Neighborless: Fear and Strength (How I Survived Losing Everything)
Why: If you need one post to teach you how to look on the positive side of things, this is it. What an incredible job Kelley did to tell her story, and keep in mind this was written in an hour during March’s “Blogapalooz-Hour.

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