Every year, the team of editors behind Discover scours the web to find the most compelling WordPress sites and blog posts to share with you here. We look for diverse and compelling voices that cover a wide range of topics, and it’s always fascinating to see which items resonate the most with readers around the world. This year is no exception.
Here are the 15 most-read Editors’ Picks of the past year, which include web comics and pop-culture criticism, personal essays, and reflections on identity, travel, and mental health. If you’re looking for writing and blogging inspiration for the new year, reading (or revisiting) these posts is a great place to start.
K.C. Wise’s post at Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom. is nominally about her changing attitude towards her Moleskine notebooks — but it’s also a meditation on writing, self-acceptance, and staying level-headed and grounded in a rapidly-moving digital world.
Ah, grammar! Everyone loves a heated debate about pet peeves, creative license, and unforgivable offenses. At Literaty Hub, June Casagrande takes a well-aimed shot at self-appointed grammar referees, pointing out how constantly in flux English is — and always has been.
If someone tells you that it’s wrong to X, where X is something native English speakers do regularly, you can be pretty sure the rule is bogus.
How do we heal from past pain? What do we remember — and what do we try our best to forget? Kalee, writing at Sincerely Sassy, reflects on how hard it is to sum up our messy lived experiences in neat, memorable quotes, and why so much of the advice we get often sounds like empty, if well-meaning, platitudes.
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Writer Nathaniel Tower frequently shares insights into the nitty-gritty process of stringing words together (and finding an audience to read them). In this post — published right at the end of last year — he applies some much-needed pressure on what has become a writing cliché: the need to sit down and put some words on the page (or screen) every single day.
Angela Noel blogs about topics ranging from the personal to the political on her own author’s site; in this post at Open Thought Vortex, she talks about the narratives and social constructs that shape gender roles and expectations, and offers ideas for moving the conversation forward.
Our world focuses on the looks of girls and the accomplishments of boys. Despite the best efforts of individual parents, the community begins this indoctrination practically from the moment a child is born.
Lisa Lim’s MUTHA Magazine comic about her Chinese immigrant grandmother is both funny and poignant. It pays tribute to a woman who’s had an outsized role in the author’s life, but who also propagated (in ways big and small) her culture’s tendency to privilege young boys at the expense of girls.