Congrats to the Bloggers Named Voices of the Year!
Congrats to all the bloggers nominated as 2014’s BlogHer Voices and Photos of the Year — especially to the 22 of you blogging on WordPress.com.
Each year, BlogHer — a 100 million-strong blogging community, and home of NaBloPoMo — chooses 100 outstanding bloggers and blog posts as its Voices of the Year (this year, they’ve added 10 Photo of the Year nominees as well).
They announced 2014’s honorees last week, and we couldn’t be more excited to see all the WordPress.com bloggers on the list. Some are long-time community favorites, some are exciting new voices, and all published insightful, incisive, honest, and powerful posts that stopped us in our tracks.
We’re thrilled for all the incredible bloggers being honored this year, and especially for these 22 members of the WordPress.com community (listed along with their nominated posts):
I have obviously come across this bottle before, but today, I was organizing the drawer, and I spotted it, and as I was organizing, I absentmindedly picked up pieces of a popsicle mold, and as I held these in my hands, it hit me so hard: I had a boy. I had a boy, and he died.
“i had a boy“
There are still days I think I see something scurrying away in my peripheral vision. Days where I wonder if the roach who had slept a night on my arm found someone else who could treat him the way I never could.
Maybe he’ll write.
“Once Upon a Time in New York“
My teacher walked us to my locker. It was smashed, with terrible words written across it. I could tell he wasn’t surprised, but the truth of it hit me slowly.
Of course. The new girl. The brown girl. The non-Christian. The anger and its brittle crumbs scattered all over the world. You couldn’t take a breath without inhaling someone’s exhaled rage and the crumbled remains of their broken-hearted humanity.
“I was small“
Three-years olds of the world: You know when adults ask you “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
You should say, “An adult”.
It can only get better from there.
“All I Wanted Was to be Rich and Famous“
Our students are paying attention. They do care about what is going on in the world. They do listen and are capable of advanced thought. I am done selling out the ninth-graders that traipse through my room every day. The news will no longer invade my classroom, instead I will invite it.
“The Day I Taught How Not to Rape“
I once spent an entire day at a child’s birthday part with a matchbox car in the left cup of my bra, under my boob, and I didn’t even know it. I haven’t seen the underside of my bra without a mirror since I stopped wearing training bras, but I’m fairly sure that the outside world would have noticed the faint outline of a 2002 Volkswagen golf protruding from my breast. Even my boobs can’t afford luxury cars.
‘My Boobs Are Full of Surprises“
There are also three WordPress.com bloggers who will be on the main stage at the conference, reading some of the nominated posts:
For more great reads, check out the full list of 2014’s Voices and Photos of the Year. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!
BlogHer’s annual conference takes place in San Jose, California, on July 24, 25, and 26. WordPress.com will be there too — our space features a Happiness Bar where you can get one-one-one help with your WordPress.com blog, as well as a series of mini-workshops with our editors, Happiness Engineers, designers, and developers and a panel with some of the awesome bloggers highlighted above to help you make your blog exactly what you want it to be.