Must-Read Blog Award: Sara Letourneau

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.

Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex HurstOctober is a busy time of month for writers; with NaNoWriMo around the corner, scribes are in a flurry to prepare outlines, develop characters and refresh their memory on the various aspects of writing craft. There are a few writing blogs I follow religiously for analysis and craft, and the blog of Massachusetts-native Sara Letourneau is one of them.

Sara’s blog has many interesting, ongoing features, including a literature and tea pairing adventure, Chronicling the Craft, and my personal favorite, the Character Evolution Files. Sara creates worksheets and does in-depth analyses of character arcs and writing techniques. I am continually impressed by the amount of dedication that goes into her posts, and in addition, she’s just simply one of the friendliest, charming people you can find. Conversations on Sara’s blog are always energetic and thoughtful, and as a blogger, Sara upholds the best practices – if you’re looking for ways to improve your blogging game, definitely pay attention to her organization and communication skills.

Sara’s series on character evolution only has just started, so feel free to get caught up, and then follow this amazing blogger and author!

Chronicling the Craft:
Draft #2 Revisions – 30% Complete

The Character Evolution Files, No. 1

Tea Time at Reverie:
Inspired By Jane’s Pemberley Green & Herbal Tea


thelistThe Must-Read Blog Award is not a chain 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. Click the banner above to learn more about the award and learn about other recipients.

Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex Hurst

Must-Read Blog Award: Doorway Between Worlds

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.

Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex HurstEvery author, at some point, will cross paths with an editor. Experiences vary, and editors’ personalities run just as diverse a gamut as any group of creative, intellectual individuals. For this month’s award, I’d like to talk about Sue Archer at Doorway Between Worlds, a wonderful editor and blogger based in Canada, who writes anecdotes and essays on clear communication, while waiting for her “doorway” to another world to open.

I have been an avid reader of Sue’s blog for well over a year now, but found myself voraciously consuming her posts this year, after her amazing series on Rogue Words for the 2015 Blogging in April A-Z Challenge. She is kind and courteous, with a fun and soft touch to her editing tips, teaching many, but never preaching. When I have a grammar concern, she is the first person I turn to for advice.

In a recent interview she conducted with me for her Conversation Corner, I learned a lot more about her, and also myself, and about how I communicate. More importantly, I would say I made a long-term blogging, professional, and casual friend. Sue’s blog is a safe, stimulating environment for any who love to talk (I’m assuming that applies for anyone reading this!) and if you need an editor, she’s a wonderful woman to work with. You can hire her here.

As always, with any blog I showcase with this award, I offer a few of posts that have grabbed my attention and have never really left my mind. Have a look, and be sure to start a conversation – Sue is more than ready for it!

Rogue Words from A to Z: The Merits of Morale
Night of the Apostrophe Ninja
Conversation Corner with Lori MacLaughlin


thelistThe Must-Read Blog Award is not a chain 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. Click the banner above to learn more about the award and its other recipients.

Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex Hurst

Must-Read Blog Award: The Task at Hand

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.

Must Read Blog Award, presented by Alex HurstThis month, I would like to introduce Linda Leinen, from The Task at Hand. Linda has been writing on her blog since 2008. Her posts are sparse, in comparison to others in the blogosphere, but there has not been one since I started following in 2014 that I’ve skipped. I’ve read blogs about the history of the traditional Mardi Gras, the Liberian postal service, and amazing essays on the sometimes bizarre and often forgotten history of the United States.

Linda’s writing style carries in it that spark of curiosity and awe for the subjects that makes even the most mundane sounding topic a treat to learn about. There is no fluff in her archives. Each post has its own weight, its own life, and its own obvious care. She doesn’t have “Likes” or “Reblogs” available on her site, yet the community in her comments thrives.

Recently, Linda finished a blog series on the history of camels in America. I highly encourage you to check them out:

The Ghosts of Camels Past – Part I

The Ghosts of Camels Past: From Tunisia to Texas

The Ghosts of Camels Past: From Winsome to Weird


thelistThe Must-Read Blog Award is not a chain 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. Click the banner above to learn more about the award and learn about other recipients.

INAUGURAL MUST-READ BLOG AWARD

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.


HISTORY

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.

CRITERIA

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.

NOMINATION & AWARD

  • 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]alex-hurst.com 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.

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  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