Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013 – the Winners

    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.

    Writer unboxed

     

    Tara Lazar: Writing for Kids

    This is a very interesting author platform that Tara Lazar has turned into a hub for picture book writers.
    Tara Lazar

     

    Helping Writers Become Authors

    K.M. Weiland’s blog offers useful advice for fiction writers.

    helping 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.
    makealivingwriting

     

    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.
    terrible minds

     

     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.

    live write thrive

     

    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.

    men with pens

     

    Kristen Lamb’s Blog

    Kristen Lamb’s animated blog is part of her author platform.

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    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.

    renegade writer

    Fiction Notes

    This is Darcy Pattison’s author platform to which she has added a blog for fiction writers.

    fiction notes

    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):

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    Readers, be sure to check out these awesome blogs!

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com. Grab a copy of her free report, How to Create an Irresistible Lead Magnet in Less Than 5 Hours. In her “spare” time, Mary’s also the brains behind AlistBlogging.net. and GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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    • Jeff Goins says:

      Congrats to all! Well deserved. A special “amen” to Linda F. Well deserved.

    • Thank you for this honor!!!! Sorry for the delay in responding, but this is SUPER appreciated and a fabulous way to finish out any year. I am honored.

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    • Ivan Izo says:

      Thanks for the top 10 list Mary. Some familiar sites and an interesting crop of new ones. I’m checking them out now.

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    • Congratulations to Make A Living Writing and The Renegade Writer. Both blogs I follow and have learned a lot from.

    • Melissa Lewicki says:

      I couldn’t get through my writing day without Kristen Lamb! Glad she was honored.

    • I forgot to congratulate others, so here’s my congrats to everyone else on the list. I know just Carol and Linda, but I’ll be visiting each of the other blogs to know more about you all.

      And, a Merry Christmas to everyone too!

    • Great winners, one and all! This list never fails to include blogs I’m already following and ones I’ve not yet explored. Thanks!

    • Mary, that’s great. Congratulations to all the winners.You deserved it. An indication that people react to what you write positively. You have the audience work to impress them.

      Ready to read more of your work in the few coming days.

    • Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Top 10 Blogs for Writers. This is indeed an honor since according to Mary Jaksch over 1,100 writers nominated their favorite blogs.

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    • Thank you for this list. I know I’m going to have fun exploring these blogs.

    • I knew Carol and Linda’s blogs were, no doubt, going to make it.

      I celebrate with all the winners…big congrats!!!

    • Shah says:

      Great job everyone. Congrats, happy Christmas and best of luck for 2014!

    • Great job. Congratulations to the winners. I’ll be adding a couple of these to my blogroll.

    • Mary, thank you and congratulations to all the winners. Looking ffwd to spending time over holls browsing and reading these blogs. Am inspired and happy for you.

    • Good choices, one and all. Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved. Now, like Richard, if I could just find more time to read more and write at the same time. 🙂

    • Thank you for the recognition! I’ll pass the news along to the WU team. And thank you to everyone who nominated Writer Unboxed; we’d be nothing without our fantastic, engaged readership.

      Happy Holidays, everyone!

      • Congratulations to the team at Writer Unboxed! Fantastic work and advice always at my fingertips.

    • Richard says:

      Only one problem, I do more reading these great blogs when I should be writing. Go figure?

    • Well now, that’s a very cool holiday surprise – just found out now! I also see I’m in fantastic company this year, with a few new faces. Congratulations to all, and my sincere thanks to all the readers who nominated us this year!

    • Thanks so much for the honor of being chosen! I thank all my readers and supporters for helping make Live Write Thrive an active and supportive community of writers helping and encouraging other writers. And I am humbled to be among such terrific bloggers on this list. Writers, be sure to check out all the blogs and subscribe to them to become a better writer in 2014!

    • Debra Eve says:

      Congrats to all! A great list of resources (can’t wait to check out the ones new to me). And thanks, Mary, for running this contest every year!

    • What a wonderful group of websites for writers this year!

      I see some familiar names, faces, and logos — and some brand new sites to check out, too.

      Happy holidays to all of you, with wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year!

    • Wow! This is always such an incredible honor. Thank you, Mary! And thank you, Wordplayers, for the nominations and general enthusiasm!

      • Congratulations! Love your blog and so happy your among the winners! See you in 2014.

    • Tara Lazar says:

      Wow! I am so honored! I must thank all my blog readers who nominated me. Congratulations to all the other winners, too. It is inspiring to be among your company. I am a regular reader of many of these winning blogs!

    • pj reece says:

      Always good to know the best places for a writer to e-hang out. Thanks, Mary. Two years ago I picked three of your winners to become acquainted with. They’ve been a source of inspiration ever since. Cheers.

    • I’m honored to be among the top 10. Thank you to everyone who nominated The Renegade Writer! And congrats to all the other winners.

      • If I could, I’d have nominated Carol too, but the rule was to nominate only one! Congrats. I had forgotten the date for the results and jsut happened to check my feeds. Great to see both you and Carol on this list once again. 🙂

    • Linda Formichelli just called me to let me know we won — so excited!

      Congrats to all the new winners — look forward to getting to know your blogs better in the weeks to come.

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