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Confident Writing Is a Top 10 Writing Blog

The winners of this year’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers have just been announced and I made it!

Yep, Confident Writing is up there in the top 10, which means I get to wear this badge, with pride.

Congratulations to Brian Clark of Copyblogger fame on making it a hat-trick (he’s won three times in a row) and all the other winners.

Here’s the full list of winners with Michael’s narrative:

Copyblogger: As the undefeated champ, this blog has held the number-one spot for three straight years! The baby of Brian Clark, this blog keeps winning because of its excellent and educational articles.

Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod are the dynamic duo who continue to deliver rich content and community discussion.

Freelance Writing Jobs: Founded by Deb Ng, this site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).

Write to Done: This blog delivers a steady stream of excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.

Confident Writing: Looking for encouragement? Joanna Young will help you take your writing to the next level.

The Renegade Writer: Linda Formichelli and Dianna Burell, authors of a book by the same name, help freelance journalists find inspiration.

Remarkable Communication: One part writing, one part marketing and one part selling, this excellent blog by Sonia Simone will help any writer succeed.

Writing Journey: Looking for a great stop on your writing journey? Bob Younce’s blog will refresh and energize you.

Freelance Parent: Two moms, Lorna Doone Brewer and Tamara Berry, provide excellent perspective on writing while balancing time with little ones.

Urban Muse: Susan Johnson covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.

Of special note: The top 3 blogs in this contest were within 1 percentage point of each other, making this an exceptionally close race. I have been impressed at the quantity and quality of blogs for writers that have emerged since we began this contest three years ago. I encourage all bloggers to take a close look at what the above blogs are doing.

Thanks to everyone here for your support and encouragement, for your comments and contributions and for your silent readership :-) Thanks a million to Jon and Becky for the nominations, to Michael Stelzner for running the competition… and I’ll stop there before this starts to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech!

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  1. Bo says:

    Congrats. You’re in with some mighty fine company. Well deserved!

    Bos last blog post..Obscurity

  2. Robert Hruzek says:

    Congratulations, Joanna! Way to go, and may I say, you’re in GREAT company!

    Robert Hruzeks last blog post..Way to Go, Guys!

  3. Ulla Hennig
    Twitter: ullahe

    Congratulations, Joanna!

    Ulla Hennigs last blog post..Friendly Waters

  4. Rosa Say says:

    Ho‘omaika‘i ‘ana Joanna – Congratulations, a well-deserved honor for you. Your writing and your coaching is absolutely stellar, however it is your aloha spirit that shines so brightly above all else. We are all so lucky that you have chosen to do what you do; Ho‘ohana.

    Rosa Says last blog post..Writing a Ho‘ohana Draft part 1: Your Intention and Your Personal Values

  5. SpaceAgeSage says:

    Sweet! Looks like you had some tough competition, so I’m betting the honor is even more meaningful. Congrats!


    SpaceAgeSages last blog post..Can wisdom contradict itself?

  6. Alina Popescu
    Twitter: alina_popescu

    Congratulations, Joanna, it’s a well deserved recognition of the wonderful things you do on this blog! And judging by the competition, you couldn’t have faced a tougher one :)


    Alina Popescus last blog post..A Book A Week: John Fowles - The Collector

  7. James Chartrand - Men with Pens says:

    Well done, Joanna, and congrats!

  8. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Bo, Robert, Ulla, Lori and Alina! It’s a stellar list right enough - feels good to see my blog’s name there

    Rosa, thank you. Your comment about aloha means a great deal to me.

    James - thanks, and congratulations big style to you and Harry. Expecting to see you at top spot next year!

  9. Brad Shorr says:

    Way to go, Joanna! You sure deserve it.

    Brad Shorrs last blog post..Blog Design Features You Can Love

  10. Karen Putz says:

    Whoohoooo congrats!! You rock, Joanna!

  11. Jeanne Dininni says:

    Many congratulations, Joanna! You unquestionably deserve this! And you’ve made a fabulous showing! Bravo!

  12. Janet says:

    Congratulations! This is my first visit to your blog (through Bo) and I will definitely be back! Thanks for a great blog … one could believe that writing has become a lost art.

    Janets last blog post..With Much Sadness & Disappointment …

  13. Angela Esnouf says:

    Well done, Joanna! You are so deserving of this honour. Congratulations.

    Angela Esnoufs last blog post..Time for Friendship

  14. Shari Smothers says:

    Congratulations Joanna! Your recognition is quite well deserved.

  15. dinu says:

    Congrats :)

    dinus last blog post..Child Themes in WordPress 2.7, and Copyblogger theme

  16. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Brad, Karen, Jeanne, Angela, Shari, Dinu :-)

    Janet, thanks & welcome to confident writing - hope to see you again soon

  17. Ricardo Bueno says:

    And just so you know, sometimes I’m one of your silent readers :-/ I’m not trying to hide…just don’t have the right words to say at the moment you know? Anyway, congratulations! (Well deserved).

    Ricardo Buenos last blog post..Back from Blogworld Expo 2008!

  18. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Ricardo and no problem re the silent reading… Me too, with you :-)

  19. Deb Ng says:

    Congratulations - but I knew I’d see your name on this list! As you know, I’m a big fan of the Confident Writing blog. This is a great resource and you’re more than deserving of a place on the list.

    Thanks for all you do!

    - Deb

    Deb Ngs last blog post..Greetings from BlogWorld

  20. Karen Swim
    Twitter: karenswim

    Joanna, congratulations! It is a badge that is so very much deserved. You consistently provide valuable, printable tips that help the professional and non-professional writer (and reader) to communicate in words. Every month I think that theme is my most favorite ever and then you do it again the next month. I am so happy for you! Well done!

    Karen Swims last blog post..Truth or Madness Monday

  21. Lillie Ammann says:

    This is indeed well-deserved, Joanna. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

  22. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Deb thanks, and congratulations to you too!

    Karen, thank you, for all your encouragement. I wouldn’t be able to go on if it wasn’t for readers like you :-)

    Lillie, thanks :-)

  23. Jamie Simmerman says:

    Congrats Joanna! The badge looks good on you!

    Jamie Simmermans last blog post..9 Steps to Clearer Writing: Cutting the Fat and Choosing Words Carefully

  24. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Jamie :-) I’m looking forward to getting it up on my sidebar.

  25. Susan Johnston says:

    Congrats, Joanna! I’m adding you to my feed. :)

    Susan Johnstons last blog post..This Year’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers

  26. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Susan, and likewise - the congratulations and the feed :-)

  27. Karen Wallace says:

    Congratulations Joanna! It’s almost an ‘of course’ you’re on this list for me, for I do see you way up there with those big guns.

    You inspire us to be better with every word you write, you encourage us and believe in us and show us the way. I am so proud of you, my friend. Well done!

    Karen Wallaces last blog post..Clearing Space and Expectations

  28. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Karen, what a lovely thing for you to say! Thanks :-)

  29. Barbara Swafford says:

    Hi Joanna - Congratulations and best wishes. Your writing is awesome!

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..NBOTW - Her Spirit Will Move You

  30. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Barbara, thank you :-)

  31. wilson says:

    I knew it you will made it to the top 10 Writiing blog, Joanna coz you have what it takes here!

    Congratulation, my friend and hope you will keep posting very high quality and informative blogposts in the future ;)

    wilsons last blog post..The Untold Benefits of Eating Fruits Before Your Meals!

  32. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Wilson, thanks very much indeed :-)

  33. Robyn McMaster says:

    Let the speech begin, Joanna, you need to celebrate and I want to join this party of folks congratulating you.

    Thanks for the amazing writing tips you provide along with the “encouragement,” which propels the rest of us as we hit the keyboard. :-)

    Robyn McMasters last blog post..Don’t fear the pauses!

  34. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Robyn, thank you, and thanks for all the support and encouragement you’ve offered me since I started blogging. It has helped to boost my confidence on so many occasions.

  35. Laura Spencer says:

    Congratulations Joanna! It’s a well-deserved honor.

    These others are some of my favorites too.

    Laura Spencers last blog post..Breaking the Rules (And Loving It)

  36. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Laura, and for the stumble :-)

  37. cat says:

    Joanna, I’m not surprised at all :-)

    cats last blog post..Recording Thai Lessons With a SnowBall

  38. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thank Cat, for everything. Hope you’re surviving.

  39. Debbie Yost says:

    Congratulations! How exciting. I’m not surprised, though. You are in with some good company.

    Debbie Yosts last blog post..Good News - Bad News

  40. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Debbie, and for all your support in helping me get to here