Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex HurstAs a writer, I am always on the lookout for inspirational sources, charismatic people, and knowledge. Blogging, and following other blogs, is one of the ways I do that.

There are thousands of blogs across the Internet. Many are beyond exceptional, balancing content and community in ways that are to be admired. And some deserve more love.

With all of that in mind, I have created a new blog award with the badge pictured on the left. This is not a chain-mail award: there are no questions to answer, no people to nominate, and no blog posts to write. It is a badge of recognition, which also includes a very small monetary award. I am the only person that curates the List, though I do accept suggestions.


The idea for this award came about during the Blogging in April A-Z Theme Reveal and Reflections posts of 2015, where a compilation of around twenty blogs turned out to be wildly popular among my readership. At the end of April, I decided that I would enjoy continuing the feature, highlighting blogs with exceptional authors and content.


One of my goals in creating this award is a return to quality over quantity in blogging. Though this is personal preference, the award’s criteria are gleaned with that in mind:

  • The majority of the blog’s post are original content. Interviews and reviews are included in this. Blog tours and blog hops are not.
  • The blog’s posting schedule does not matter. Blogs with a twice a day, once a day, or once a month schedule are all eligible. The focus is on the quality of the posts, overall.
  • The blog owner is active in their own personal community, AND/OR on other blogs. One of the elements I look for in a Must-Read Blog is engagement. This translates to discussions in the comments, on their own blog, or in the comments sections of their followers’ blogs.


  • If I select your blog for this award, you are under no obligation to do anything. If you do not want your blog on the List, you are also free to tell me to remove it. The link on the List directs people to a ‘typical’ post that I enjoyed on your blog, ‘typical’ being understated as ‘they really are this awesome all the time.’
  • I think great blogs deserve something when they get an award. Though it’s not much, any blog on the List is eligible for a $10 monetary gift. This is meant to help with blog hosting or domain name fees, but can be used for anything. The money will be sent by either PayPal or Amazon GiftCard. You do not have to accept the money, but it is there. Email me at info[at] to claim your award.
  • Once your blog is on the List, you are free to place the badge on your site. Link it back to this post. If a blog is not on the List, it has not been officially curated, and is abusing the badge.
  • I follow a lot of blogs, but I don’t follow them all. If you think you’ve found a blog that is deserving (even your own), feel free to leave a comment here directing me there.


  1. Peak Perspective – The blog of Shelley Sackier, a witty blogger, author, and certified life-explorer. Each post on Shelley’s blog includes hand-drawn comics by Robin Gott. I am always entertained by this blog. As of this nomination, Shelley’s blog has received four Freshly Pressed nominations, and it’s not hard to see why.

    I knew I would be nominating Shelley’s blog the moment I began this award because she has been the most vibrant, original, and engaging blogger I have come across on WordPress. She makes it look effortless. No matter what your interests are, her posts can speak to you.

To keep up with the permanent page for this award, visit the award’s link under my about header, or follow this link:

The Must-Read Blog Award: Curated by Alex Hurst


    1. Thank you, Susan! I’m looking forward to showcasing some really awesome blogs, as well. 🙂


    1. Thanks! I was trying to tie the badge back to an element of my own blog and found some pretty graphics for it. 🙂


    1. People seemed to enjoy my choices in A-Z, and I had fun compiling… I hope you’ll enjoy my picks!


    1. Thank you very much, Lillian. I’m hoping that the list grows overtime, and that people suggest blogs too, since I know I haven’t even scratched the surface of interesting blogs! 🙂

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  1. What a wonderful way to recognise, share and celebrate the blogs you enjoy. That is so lovely. I’ll look forward to discovering the blogs you recommend, staring with Shelley 😀 You rock!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I’ve been pretty blown away by the support this has gotten so far. 🙂 It’s a small thing for me to do, in the end, but it’s fun! And I wanted the award to really “give” something to the blogger who gets it. 🙂

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  2. That is a fantastic idea, Alex! I did discover a lot of fantastic blogs during the AtoZ Challenge, and some were your recommandation, so I’m looking forward to explore your list as it unfolds.

    Will you grant this awrd on regular basis, or just when you come across a new blog you really enjoy?


    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, I’m planning to give out one award every month, roughly, (that’s what I can afford!) but it will depend on the blogs I find over time. I have a list to draw on right now, but I could run out within two years at the proposed rate. So, I’m hoping people will recommend the blogs they enjoy, as well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sara! (BTW, love your new profile image!) Shelley’s blog is really fun. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 She’s also an author! So all of her stories have great narrative voice.

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  3. Alex, I’m … feeling rather speechless, but as I’m here up on the podium I suppose I should thank my agent and the two publicists who are working tirelessly on my behalf when not watching College Humor Youtube videos. I’d like to thank the guy who did my hair and makeup on that one day when someone stopped me in the grocery store and told me that it finally looked like I’d gotten a good night’s sleep. And I’d also like to thank the small squishable mascot from my daughter’s university that sits on my desk which has been the recipient of all my volatile anger the last three and one-half years of blogging failures and frustrations enabling me to carry on and keep posting.

    Lastly, I really just want to thank you for your kindness, your generosity, and your beautiful internet friendship. If I could make you into a solid gold plastic trophy, you’d be sitting on my mantel.
    ❤ ❤

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    1. XD Oh, Shelley, you are more than welcome! Your blog deserves this, and I just think everyone on WordPress should be reading your posts. I don’t know what you’re talking about regarding your makeup though. The two photos I’ve seen of you, you’ve looked stunning. I imagine that’s just your natural look. 😉

      ❤ Keep being awesome, and I hope your book launch goes awesomely!


    1. Right? She makes the whole thing look so effortless! I know that it all comes from hard work and perseverance for her, but its the mark of a great wordsmith to make it look like the words just spilled right out of her mouth. 🙂


    1. Yes, I wanted to make sure the award was actually an award, haha. No need to do anything. 🙂


    1. Thanks, haha. It actually came out of a comment discussion on another blog, and because of the sheer amount of people I saw roaming the blogs I’d recommended on my A-Z Theme Reveal that had commented on that very post…. I realized I could actually have some reach with this. 🙂

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  4. I’m sorry I’m always gushing at you, but this is so cool! The award is a lovely design, and reading your criteria made me so happy. Although I’ve written a blog for a long, long time, I’ve never felt like I fit in. I felt such relief when you said “quality over quantity” and that posts occur as often or rarely as seems right …. this has broadened my definition of what a blog can be … or maybe helped me clarify what my blog goals are. You’ve got me thinking about my community and what that means. PLUS, I love that you created your own award to give away. You’re always inspiring me. Thanks!!!

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    1. That’s very sweet of you, Trista. I’m so glad the criteria made you feel good. And yes, a blog should always be what YOU feel is right. There is a large community that takes on the challenge to post every day (or several times a day!) and sometimes that works for them, but other times it doesn’t. I love blogs that put thought and care into each post. Posts that I know I’ll never skip over because the author has something of value to say.

      I follow some blogs that only post once or twice a year(!) but they are so interesting that it makes me excited to see them pop up in my feed. I follow others that post twice a day, but I can’t get enough of them. The point is definitely the quality and care of their posts.


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