Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Story Wrangler, WordPress.com. Senior Editor, Longreads. Not to be fed after midnight.
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  1. Whatever Happened to ______ ?

    “Being a mother, a woman, a wife and a writer is different from being a writer-writer. It’s possibly more precarious.” This Longreads essay by an anonymous writer — which has gone viral — is about the struggle to write as a woman, a mother, and as the wife of another writer who is jealous of […]

    Abuse
  2. 5 Content Tips for Fresh Start in 2020

    A bit of digital housekeeping goes a long way! Here are 5 content tweaks to give your site a fresh look.

    Design
    Photo by Bich Tran
  3. Pick a piece of sky

    “Reluctant to give up the exclamatory joy of seeing, I have built a life at the untranslated point of an outstretched finger.” Roxani Krystalli writes about exploring the Scottish landscape and learning to see differently.

    Essay
  4. 5 Design Tips for a Fresh Start in 2020

    Hello, 2020! Here are five design tweaks to give your site a quick makeover.

    Design
  5. Women’s Global Leadership Initiative

    Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) trains women around the world to become leaders in their communities through courses, leadership programs, and mentorships. WGLI was founded by Diana Ruiz, who left the corporate world to work on social change projects and connect with nongovernmental organizations.

    Diversity
  6. In the Age of Social Media Self-Promotion, Do Creatives Still Need Personal Websites?

    “You have freedom and control with your website. It stands out far more than a 3 x 3 grid of expandable pictures.” Professionals in the design industry discuss the pros and cons of a website in the age of Instagram.

    Business
  7. The Statesider

    “We’re only selling one thing: the idea that our country is immense, diverse, and infinitely interesting.” Co-founded by travel writers Pam Mandel and Andy Murdock, The Statesider newsletter compiles the most interesting stories about U.S. travel, culture, food, landscapes, and more.  

    Culture
  8. The Slow Traveler

    Carolyn at The Slow Traveler is a UK-based photographer and blogger. She writes about photography, books, and the inner-workings of social media (especially Instagram).

    Books
  9. Building a Dream Community: Daybreaker and Its Inclusive Global Dance Floor

    Social entrepreneur Radha Agrawal launched a morning dance party, Daybreaker, that celebrates wellness, self-expression, and inclusion.

    Business
    Photograph by Scout Lab
  10. To What Place

    At To What Place, expat Jaughna shares stories about food and travel from destinations less commonly explored. Her blog won the Saveur Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice awards for “Best Culinary Travel Blog” this year.

    Cooking
  11. Ladybird Education

    Ladybird Education is an international resource of teaching materials to help school children learn English. The large library of Ladybird books can each be unlocked to access more teaching resources and ebook versions of each publication.

    Academia
    Photo by Lina Kivaka (via Pexels)
  12. Readers Respond: What Has WordPress.com Helped You Do or Achieve This Year?

    From keeping them accountable to providing a platform to amplify their voices, readers share how their sites have helped them soar in 2019.

    Inspiration
    Photo by Bich Tran
  13. Planted Table: A Sustainable Way to Deliver Delicious Vegan Meals

    Two sisters wanted to make it easier for busy families to eat tasty plant-based meals. So they launched a zero-waste vegan delivery service called Planted Table.

    Business
    Photo of Planted Table founders Megan Scott and Lauren Mahlke by Drew Bird.
  14. ArabLit

    The blog Arabic Literature is managed and curated by M. Lynx Qualey. She also oversees ArabLit Quarterly, a magazine published four times a year, and co-hosts BULAQ, a book-centric podcast. Together, these projects focus on Arabic literature, art, news, and much more.

    Academia
  15. How do I defy my gift-loving family?

    From Eve Andrews, at Grist: “Modern Christmas as its best self, I think, is a celebration of security and abundance and love, but that all takes place against a pervasive background fear that those things might be impermanent.”

    Family