We decided to find out which posts are most often read -- or simply best loved, regardless of numbers -- by initiating a new prize, the "Best of the 49 Writers Blog 2012." We need your help. Here's how it works.
We started a long-list by finding the 2012 posts that got the most views. Some trends are clear: bloggers writing about certain much-asked-about-practical-issues get a lot of readers. For example: David Marusek's post about ebook conversions, or Amy Houk's guide to mastering the MFA. Our readers also seem to like interviews, as well as thoughtful and personal posts about craft or genre considerations (see Lucian Childs "Why I write short stories" and Nicole O'Donnell on the subject of poetry readings). Our readers enjoy philosophical and literary musings: witness how many stopped by to read Kathleen Tarr on Salman Rushie, and Jonathan Bower on Montaigne. You can draw more of your own conclusions by scanning our link list below. Note that some of these bloggers may also have gotten high view-counts because they shared their posts via FB and email. That's great -- and a hint for our 2013 featured authors and guest-posters.
Putting this list together was a pleasure because it reminded me of how many great posts we've had, even in just the last year, and what a truly community effort this blog is. This list should also provide some inspiration for people who are thinking about applying to be 2013 featured authors. The call is still open, with most open slots in late 2013. If you're ready to slip a toe in the water without taking the full plunge, we're open to individual guest-posts anytime. Questions about the contest or this post? Email email@example.com.
More about the contest itself:
1. We may have missed some of your favorite posts. Please add to this long-list by adding a comment with the name of the author, post, and date, and we'll update this page.
2. We excluded from this list anything written by our founding bloggers, Andromeda and Deb, or our Director, Linda. We want the focus on the featured authors and guest-posters who keep new ideas flowing through this community space.
3. Many of the writers below had more than one highly-viewed post. To keep things simple, for our very popular bloggers, we picked just one of their posts. If you favor a different one, add it in the comment box.
This is the start of the long-list. We need to grow it. And we also need to get "seconds" on these nominations, so that we can compile a short-list. Just write a comment, "I second nomination of the post by (blogger name)." Only seconded nominations will continue to the next stage.
From the short-list we'll make a poll. The blogger who wins the poll will get a $25 bookstore giftcard donated by Andromeda, and more thanks from all of us at 49 Writers!
Most-viewed posts of 2013
Rich Chiappone: The Windup and the Pitch 11/19/12