Monday, January 19, 2015

Social Media Monday—The 2015 Excellence in Blogging Awards

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As promised, today is when I announce the winners of the first annual

Excellence in Blogging Awards!

I really appreciate everyone who took time, either through commenting or through email, to nominate their favorite blogs. When we share information like this it helps us and it helps other bloggers. 

If your blog is mentioned, please email me (ediegmelson (at) gmail (dot) com) and I'll send you your winner's button.

Category 1 - Established Blogs
Regency Reflections -
Alton Gansky’s My Christian Writers Conference –
Lori Stanley Roeleveld, Deeper With Jesus in Rhode Island -
Jennifer Dukes Lee’s blog, Dispatches from a Good News Girl,
K.M Weiland’s Helping Writers Become Better Authors -

Joe bunting’s, The Write Practice -

Category 2 - Up and Coming Blogs
The Artistic Christian by John Mark Miller -
John Holton’s blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing -
Michelle Griep’s Writer off the Leash -
Jenny Bravo’s Blots and Plots -

Category 3 - Blogs for Readers
Nan Jones’s, Morning Glory -
Third Scribe -
erin Elizabeth Austin's Broken but Priceless Ministries -
Cathy Baker’s, Fragrant Inc -
Heather Kopp, Sober Boots -
Gail Purath’s 1-Minute Bible Love Notes -
Karla Hanns, Quiet Quilter’s Blog -
Susan Gourley and susan Kelley's Susan Says -
Lincoln Michel’s Electric Literature -

Today I'd also like to include my personal list of go-to sites for writers. I didn't include them in the lists above because I really wanted to see which ones you all would pick. There are some of my go-to sites that were nominated in categories 1, 2 or 3 and I deleted them from the list below to prevent confusion. 

No matter which category and/or list you're on, you qualify for a winner's button!

Edie's List of Go-To Publishing Industry Sites

I'd still love to know if there are any sites you'd add to the list, and which of these are some of your favorites! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Don't forget to join the conversation!



  1. Anne R. Allen’s blog is another good one. She posts once a week and has contest information at the end of each post. Lots of links within the post too.

    I was pleased to see that many on your list are on mine too. In fact, I had so many that over Christmas break, I made another page to my blog called Writing Chitchat. I wanted others and myself have easy access to them. I still have links on my main blog page, but my list was too long, so I moved some to the chitchat page.

    Kidlit is another good site. She provides great examples in her teaching that could apply to more than just middle grade or young adult. I'll provide one more for others to check out. The Fiction University blog analyzes a piece of writing once a week based on the writer's questions.

    Looks like later today, I’ll go through your list and have to add more to my Writing Chitchat page! Thanks, Edie, for compiling the list.

    1. Melodie, thanks for the additions! I'll definitely be visiting your blog and adding to my list. thanks so much for stopping by, Blessings, E

  2. I'm so excited to see Michelle Griep's blog - Writer Off the Leach - in there!!

    1. Ane, me too! She has an outstanding site! Blessings, E

  3. Proud to see both Michelle's and Katie's (KM Weiland) blogs listed here. WTG, ladies!

    1. Linda, I agree - some great resources here for all of us to expand our knowledge base! Thanks for stopping by, E

  4. Wowzer! Thanks everyone! I'm honored to be on the list. And a huge thanks to you, Edie, for compiling this information in one easy to click on place.

    1. Michelle, you already know what a fan I am of yours. I'm glad others also feel the same way! Blessings, E

  5. Oh my goodness!! What a warm hug from heaven. Thank you so much for this honor. I'm speechless.

  6. You've got all my favorites here, although I'd like to add Jody Hedlund's blog:

  7. I'm both stunned and incredibly honored to be mentioned among such talented bloggers! Thank you. I look forward to visiting the other blogs you shared. Blessings! You've just made my day. :)

  8. Thank you for mentioned Regency Reflections -- I've been blogging monthly there for three years.

  9. What a great idea for sharing some great sites. Congrats to all involved. I will enjoy lots of great reading!

  10. Looks like a great list! Thanks for all the suggestions here. I appreciate all your resources for writers and bloggers.