Tips For Writers By Mary Jaksch Click here to check out the winners of the 2014/2015 Top 10 Blogs for Writers! When we asked you to nominate your favorite writing blog as one of the top 10 blogs for writers, we got over 1,100 nominations! Wonderful to see how passionate readers are about their favorite writing blog. It’s great to see some very interesting new blogs amongst the winners! Of note is that quite a few blogs in the top 10 are associated with author platforms. Make sure you visit all the top 10 blogs to get to know the new crop of top writing blogs. How were the winners selected? Initial qualification: A site must have been nominated more than once by multiple individuals. If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted. Valid nominations needed to include the URL and give a reason why the nominated blog should be considered. Contest criteria: In order to be considered, a blog needed to be a writing blog. In order to qualify, at least 50% of posts needed to be about writing and not about freelancing, business, publishing etc. Blog-based analysis: Reader involvement: Comment numbers per post account for 15% of the total score. The number of nominations accounts for 15% of the total score. Number of shares on social media per post account for 15%. These three blog-based factors make up 45% of the final score. Quality of posts: Educational, useful, engaging, and discussion-creating posts were rated higher than self-promotional posts. The quality of posts accounts for 55% of the final score. And the winners are … Writer Unboxed This blog was started by Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton, and is an excellent source of tips and information for writers of fiction. Tara Lazar: Writing for Kids This is a very interesting author platform that Tara Lazar has turned into a hub for picture book writers. Helping Writers Become Authors K.M. Weiland’s blog offers useful advice for fiction writers. Make a Living Writing Carol Tice’s much-loved blog for freelance writers is a previous winner of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers contest. Terrible Minds Chuck Wendig’s site is an author platform. He has added a spirited blog with many useful tips for writers of flash fiction. Live Write Thrive This blog by C S Lakin is a winner of the 2012 Top Blogs for Writers contest. She runs a very personal blog for writers of fiction. Men with Pens James Chartrand’s blog focuses on useful tips and information about copywriting, with some great stuff for fiction and non-fiction writers. Kristen Lamb’s Blog Kristen Lamb’s animated blog is part of her author platform. The Renegade Writer Linda Formichelli’s blog for freelance writers is a previous winner of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers contest. She offers great advice for budding freelancers. Fiction Notes This is Darcy Pattison’s author platform to which she has added a blog for fiction writers. Congratulations to all the winners! Please add your congratulations in the comments. The badge of distinction: If you are a winner, display the badge you see above on your blog and link the badge back to this page. Here is a link you can use (with a smaller badge): <a href=”https://writetodone.com/top-10-blogs-for-writers/“><img src=”https://writetodone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/top-10-blogs-for-writers-2013-116×150.jpg”></a> Readers, be sure to check out these awesome blogs!