Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Story Wrangler, WordPress.com. Senior Editor, Longreads. Not to be fed after midnight.
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  1. Don’t Be Like Me: Take the Help, Dummy

    “Soon enough—a few weeks, a few months—and the poem seems to me like a cardboard cutout of a puppy: inauthentic, inflexible, lacking in depth or life. I don’t know why this is, but I hate it.” At The Gloria Sirens, Katie Riegel encourages other poets to be humble and willing to accept help.

    Inspiration
  2. A Dose of Inspiration: Three Perspectives on Writing

    Love to write but sometimes need a boost? Read fellow writers’ insights on the craft.

    Inspiration
  3. Columbia Journalism Review

    Columbia Journalism Review is a respected voice on press criticism. It offers analysis and reporting for journalists and professionals in communications, tech, academia, and other fields.

    Academia
  4. Abridged Classics: Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read (But Probably Didn’t)

    Wrong Hands illustrator John Atkinson blends cartoons, literature, and humor in his new book, Abridged Classics.

    Art
    All images courtesy of John Atkinson at Wrong Hands
  5. The Problem with “Great Schools”

    “Why do ratings in general, and Greatschool.org’s ratings in particular, perpetuate segregation and resource hoarding?” Ali McKay at Integrated Schools take a closer look at the school ratings website, GreatSchools.

    Data
  6. How to Highlight Your Content with Category Pages

    Use category pages to showcase posts grouped together by theme or topic.

    Business
    A category page of recent reviews at We Close Tonight, a music blog based in London.
  7. A Hermit’s Journey

    “I do not live alone, I live with myself.” At Photo Sociology, photography student Richard submits his coursework, writes, and shares photo essays. Here, he shares a very personal narrative about his mental health — and how photography is essential to his life.

    Exploration
  8. A Comic About My Bad Ass Grandmother

    Lisa Lim creates a comic about her favorite matriarch in life, her grandma. It’s about a long Chinese tradition of loving boys over girls just because they’re boys. “It’s about a woman who scares the sh*t out of me, and the world, but who inspires me every day to be just as bad ass.”

    Comics
  9. The Book of Life

    The Book of Life, an offshoot of The School of Life, is a resource about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, and your anxieties. It’s meant to be read bit by bit, as it continues to evolve — a site to return to over time.

    Exploration
  10. Set Up a One-Page Website or Multi-Panel Homepage

    These homepages made up of panels show off a unique look.

    Design
    The websites of Jia Tolentino (laptop) and Evelyn Gentry (phone).
  11. Nature Boys from the ’Hood

    “Mountain Buddha” at The Buddha Blog profiles Pierre and Jon, two hikers from the city who have fallen in love with the mountains. The current adventure takes them through an isolated stretch of New England’s back country.

    Exploration
  12. Showcase Your Best Work with Portfolio Projects

    Highlight your best work in a visual way with the portfolio feature.

    Design
    The WordPress.com portfolio feature on the website of author Richard Hoffman.
  13. Paula Stone Williams

    Paula Stone Williams, a pastor in Longmont, Colorado, writes on her personal blog about religion, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and her own transition.

    Gender
  14. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

    Authors
  15. Heretics, Plagues, and Forbidden Art

    At Two By Tour, Yvette Benhamou and J. Endress explore the sites and streets of Cuenca, Ecuador. In their latest adventure, they wander the El Museo de Cultura Prohibido, a museum of sacrilege with dubious “artifacts,” see graffiti and street art, and explore a Belgian brewery in the Andes Mountains.

    Art