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.
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 Chick Blogger Badges – Pink or Light Grey
Badges were designed by Dan Northern of Tilted Square.