Top Articles on Writing, Ideas, & Making a Difference from 2011

Top 10 Blogs for WritersIt’s been a good year. This site has blossomed from a tiny little writing blog to a thriving community of writers, artists, and difference-makers.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Because of your support, has won a few awards, including the Top 10 Blogs for Writers award from WritetoDone.

I also signed my first book contract and made some new friends.

As a writer, I grew a lot, as well. I developed some new habits that I intend to continue in 2012. I also networked with other bloggers, did some public speaking, and guest-posted all over the place.

I have big plans for the new year, which I’ll be sharing soon. But today is a day of celebration and appreciation. I’m grateful for all your support, encouragement, and friendship.

So let’s take a moment to look back at 2011.

Top 10 posts from the blog

In case you missed any of these posts, here are the top 10 most popular articles on writing, ideas, and making a difference from this blog:

Best guest posts

In addition to posts published on this site, I also wrote for several other sites; here are some of the best of those pieces:

Feature writing

I don’t just write about writing, you know. This year, my writing was also featured on a number of online magazines and websites. Here are a few of them:

Best articles from around the web

Lastly, and most importantly, I wouldn’t have grown as much as I did this year, had I not spent some time reading other people’s work. So I put together a list of some of my favorite articles from around the web. I didn’t write these, but I wish I had:

There are many, many more I could have included in this last list, but I had to stop somewhere.

Again, thanks for reading and making a difference. You’ve given me one of the best years of my life. I hope yours was great, too.

Now, let’s have another.

It’s your turn: What did I miss? What were some of the best articles from 2011? Include your own lists in the comments (feel free to link back to your own content, if you think it’s worth reading).