2011 bizchickblogs.com Top Chick Bloggers and Top Women’s Blogs

in Editor's Corner

2011 is quickly coming to a close, and before the year is out, it’s important for me and bizchickblogs.com to recognize and congratulate a few women who have managed to stand out among their peers in blogging. bizchickblogs.com has always been pro-chick in just about every way, and an annual awards post is long overdue.

I’m beyond excited to finally announce the 2011 bizchickblogs.com Top Chick Blogger and Top Women’s Blog awards for the nominees who stand out among their peers.

Top Chick Blogger

Top Women's Blog

Definition of “Stand Out”

Apparently, Google is a dictionary now. Either that, or they steal definitions from somewhere and do not give credit. Nevertheless, I like the definition of “stand out” according to Google, and that’s what I used to come up with the winners here.

It would be really easy for me to pick all of my friends. I know many, many bloggers who are women. It would also be easy for me to go on my feelings or gut or something else that is difficult to explain. Instead, I went with something that, while it is not 100% black and white, is clear enough:

Noun: A person or thing of exceptional ability or high quality.
Adjective: Exceptionally good: “he became a standout quarterback in the NFL”.

Exceptional people are hard to miss. Exceptional blogs are no different. With just ten slots for Top Chick Blogger and just five slots for Top Women’s Blog**, I want to point out that I wouldn’t even have selected myself! It’s so important to lift up the bloggers who exemplify high quality and ability, so that we have somewhere to look when we need ideas on how to take our own blogs and blogging to the next level.

My #1 question going into every blog that I opened and deliberated was, “Yes, but can they write/podcast/vlog better than everyone else?” The most important thing, above design, marketing, and social media followings, is the ability to communicate ideas exceptionally.

Thank you all for your nominations. To be clear, I only selected from the list of nominees, rather than adding my own nominees and then choosing them. All readers were given the opportunity to nominate themselves or someone else. Those who were not nominated were not eligible for the awards.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to do this again next year!

**The number of top women’s blogs was changed from 10 to 4. It was more important to me to choose the most exceptional from the list of nominees, rather than fill a pre-determined number.

The 2011 Top 10 Chick Bloggers

The following ten ladies demonstrate exceptional blogging skill. While their subject matters differ from one another, the single thread is that each has found a way to communicate ideas exceptionally well, far above many others in their niches. Whether the blogs they write for are for fun, business, or both, these bloggers make it look easy. In no particular order, here are your 2011 bizchickblogs.com Top Chick Bloggers:

Brankica Underwood – http://live-your-love.com/

Ana Hoffman – http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/

Farnoosh Brock – http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/

Lakesha Brown – http://uncommonchick.com/

Sarah Arrow – http://www.saraharrow.co.uk/

Tess Marshall – http://theboldlife.com/

Ileane Smith – http://basicblogtips.com/

Ashley Ambridge – http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/

Evelyn Parham – http://evelynparham.com/

Eren McKay – http://www.embracinghome.com/

The 2011 Top 4 Women’s Blogs

A good women’s blog is hard to find. While there are many blogs out there claiming to be women’s blogs, few can hold a candle to the following, which were selected from our list of nominees. Only four were selected this year; I am looking forward to seeing this list grow big time by next year!






Congratulations to all of the winners! Please feel free to right-click the badges above, save them to your computer, and put them in your sidebar.

Here is code for your convenience!

Top Women’s Blog Badges – Pink or Light Grey


Top Women's Blog

Light Grey:

Top Women's Blog

Top Chick Blogger Badges – Pink or Light Grey


Top Chick Blogger

Light Grey:

Top Chick Blogger

Badges were designed by Dan Northern of Tilted Square.

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uncommonchick December 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Tia, this is such a great honor! I am so happy for your doing this, the recognition, and am so humbled for those who nominated me!!

Happy holidays and many hugs!

~Kesha (uncommonchick.com)

Evelyn Parham December 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Hi Tia,

Wow! This is indeed an honor and I don’t take it lightly. Thank you!

Congratulations to everyone, and I’ll be sure to pay you a visit.


Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm

@Evelyn Parham Congratulations to you, Evelyn!!

StevenHealey December 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Congratulations to Sarah and the Birds on the Blog team , a fantastic award recognising talent , hard work and creative flair . @SarahArrow birdsontheblog

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm

@StevenHealey@SarahArrowbirdsontheblog Yes. Congrats to them!

SarahArrow December 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Wow Tia, thanks for thinking of us and honouring me twice, once personally and once as a group with Birds on the Blog. You have just made my weekend – thanks you

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm

@SarahArrow You’re welcome. You deserve it!

jackiewalker December 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations everyone and what fantastic choices for us all to indulge in – I love the inspiration and motivation 🙂

Jane | Problogging Success December 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Congo to my favourite ladies @Brankica @Ana | Traffic Generation and @Ileane Kudos!

John Garrett December 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Great job on this contest, Tia! You’re all very impressive ladies who I’ve learned a ton from.

I’m very proud of all you chicks! 🙂

I can’t wait to see where you all go in the future. All the best to everyone and congrats!

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

@John Garrett Look forward to yet another reincarnation of bizchickblogs com 2012!!

Brankica December 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

OMG, I am soooooo honored! And to be on such a list with these awesome gals. THANK YOU!!! The coolest badge ever :)))

I think I have come a long way this year, I mean a year ago, I just started my blog and this has to be the coolest achievement 🙂 I learned so much from Ileane, Ana, you and all these other great girls.

What a great ending to a great week 🙂

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

@Brankica Yay! Glad you are happy with it, Brankica. You deserve it.

Ana | Traffic Generation December 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thanks so much, Tia – I am truly honored to be on your list; I know how much work you put into this.

It’s been a while; looks like your blog is doing great!

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

@Ana | Traffic Generation Thanks, Ana! It has indeed been awhile! Hope we can catch up at some point soon!

MariaMuir December 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

Well done ladies, congratulations to all. I now bow to your awesomeness 😉

Ileane December 2, 2011 at 5:51 am

Sweet!! I’m so honored to be on this list. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together. I really appreciate being in such fantastic company. Woot!

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

@Ileane You’re welcome, Ileane! You are well-deserving. Thank you for keeping such a great blog and online community going.

BuySellWordpress December 2, 2011 at 2:54 am

That’s marvelous that women are doing their best and have such extremely interesting and absolutely tremendous blogs!

MelanieKissell December 2, 2011 at 1:23 am

You were faced with an exceptionally tough challenge, Tia. You’ve picked some downright fabulous biz chick bloggers!

Congratulations, ladies!

Revel in the glory of being in the winner’s circle and celebrate to the max! 🙂

Tia Peterson December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

@MelanieKissell Hi Melanie!! It was tough! So happy with the turnout, though! Thank you for all your comments!

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