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.


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  1. Eli Pacheco

    Outmanned Mommy is one bad mama jamma. Honored to be among these amazing writers!

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  2. Little Miss Menopause

    Congrats to everyone! Thanks for featuring all of us, Michelle! I wanted to leave a comment just because everyone knows me as “Little Miss Menopause,” (rather then The Quote Gal) at least I hope they do when I start sweating profusely. ;-) I also wrote a follow-up post about the type of food bloggers will be served at this conference which someone might find amusing…. http://.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/what-do-bloggers-eat-at-a-meet-greet/
    Looking so forward to visiting the WordPress booth!

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  4. theworldoutsidethewindow

    Congrats to all, will be checking these posts out :)

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  5. Kylie

    Thank you for the nod! I’m excited to get around to read all the awardees.

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  6. You'll Soon Be Flying

    Congratulations to all of the nominees! Some of these are already in my Reader, and soon all of them will be!

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  7. anolivedaily

    This is awesome! I have a feeling I will find some new favorite blogs after I read through these.

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  8. Matthew Taylor

    This is going to sound like a dumb question, but is BlogHer only for women? What about men who blog?

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  9. tenaciousbitch

    CONGRATS, Michelle! Excellent work, and you’ve got an awesome blog! :)

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  10. JLForbes

    This is exciting! Congrats to all the nominees. I look forward to reading these posts too!

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  11. August McLaughlin

    Thanks for the lovely shout out! This is such a huge honor. Congrats, all winners!

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  12. Her Royal Thighness

    How come I’m not

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    • Michelle W.

      Looks like you’ve got a self-hosted WordPress site; this is highlighting bloggers on WordPress.com. But our congratulations go to all the incredible nominees!

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  13. T

    Thank you so much for the mention. I am still so humbled by this honor and then to be mentioned here too?! Wow. Congratulations to all of the other VOTY/PHOTY bloggers! I can see from the posts I have read already that I am listed among some pretty stellar writers.

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  14. josephjdeluca

    Congrats to everyone

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  15. Second Chance to Live

    Congratulations All!

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  16. ithinkweareallnuts

    Congratulations everyone!

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  17. mangocage

    Woohoo! Thank you so much for this. It’s so exciting seeing my name in the list. I’ve had a quick read of some of the posts (and will thoroughly enjoy reading through the rest tomorrow). It is a roll-call of mightily talented folk, and I’m feeling honoured to be up there too. Congratulations everyone, and thanks again Michelle.

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  18. Mr Blogtastic

    That can’t be right, I mean I never got a notification of my nomination…

    Seriously though, well done to everyone on the list, I guess.

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  19. mangocage

    Erm, sorry, as we’re on the topic, anyone know how I can get the VOTY ‘badge’ onto my sidebar?

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  20. thetarotman

    I never need to be Re-Minded how badass WordPress is, but I love the Re-Minders, nonetheless. And I did not know about this award. Something to which to aspire…

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  21. photravels

    Great to know. I love the community aspect of WordPress, so hearing about this is another great way to find like-minds.

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  22. Easter Ellen

    Congratulations to all and what an achievement.. certainly an inspiration for us all!

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  23. Tutu

    Congrats to all! I am a new blogger and reading through these post has encourage me to continue! LOVE it!

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  24. theatricsoverloaded

    Congratulations to all Bloggers!! :)

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  25. INDOWAVES

    Congratulations to all of the nominees :-)

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  26. aidaapajko

    Congratulations to all the nominees!

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  27. Darshan Gajara

    A Hearty Congratulations to these Voices :)

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  28. gluestickmum

    Congratulations to the WordPress bloggers! I’m also patting myself on my back for having found some of the nominees for myself – I’m over the moon for their oh so deserved nominations – and excited that there’s even more brilliant writing being pointed out for me to follow.

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  29. littlemisswordy

    Thank you so much for the mention, but more so for the friendly platform you provide, the endless tips on blogging, and a bloggerhood I’m happy to call home!

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  30. Campaign be heard

    Look out for me in the up coming year. Congrats to the winners!

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  31. Baddest Mother Ever

    I’m late to the party! Thanks for the mention. It’s cool to see this list. I am beyond excited about reading my post at the conference–now if I could just remember which one I submitted! I can’t wait to see y’all in San Jose!

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  32. Samreen M Khan

    Congrats to all nominees! I read some of the posts and they are indeed fantastic. Well Done

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