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  1. Mondro: Archiving the Work of Queer Artists in Bangladesh

    “We welcome every queer individual of Bangladesh to express themselves.” The founder of new website Mondro talks about the need for a platform for the queer Bangladeshi community.

    Culture
    Illustration courtesy of Mondro
  2. HeyMama: Building a Community of Working Mothers

    Through HeyMama, Amri Kibbler and Katya Libin have created a community of career-driven mothers.

    Business
    Photography courtesy of HeyMama.
  3. Crutches and Spice

    “Disabled. Loud. Proud.” Imani Barbarin writes from the perspective of a black woman with cerebral palsy. On her blog, Crutches and Spice, she shares her thoughts about the world around her and the life she and others live daily.

    Diversity
  4. Earn Money on Your Site with Ongoing Subscriptions, Monthly Donations, and More

    Now you can collect ongoing donations, membership and subscription payments, and more on WordPress.com.

    Business
    Photo by Anthony Delanoix
  5. The Power of One: Cleaning Up the Coastline, One Person at a Time, with Barrel Bag

    Environmental activist and teen founder Tucker Grooms created his nonprofit, Barrel Bag, to make it easier for people to clean up trash at the beach. His website has grown into the online hub of the organization.

    Business
    Barrel Bag founder Tucker Grooms at Stinson Beach, CA. Photo by Drew Bird Photo.
  6. What Has WordPress.com Helped You Do or Achieve This Year?

    Share your blogging or website-building journey with us.

    Inspiration
  7. _southstart

    _southstart 2019, a festival in Adelaide, South Australia, will “gather disruptive ideas, unlock curious minds, and unleash the sharing of real-world experiences from the business and technology frontlines of the future.”

    Business
  8. Serving Dumplings

    Born in Krakow and now living in Belgium, Anna Chwistek perfects the art of food photography at Serving Dumplings. Her recipes are seasonal and varied, and in the summertime, she operates a food truck. Anna’s blog is a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist in the “Most Inspired Weeknight Meals” category.

    Cooking
  9. Cooking with Granny

    Video journalist Caroline Shin created her web and event series Cooking with Granny to highlight the special culinary moments we have with our grandmothers. Cooking with Granny is a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist in the “Best Food Videos” category.

    Cooking
  10. Storyboard 75: The Big Book of Narrative

    “Storyboard 75” compiles some of the most popular posts from the archives at Nieman Storyboard, a resource for exploring the art and craft of storytelling. Writers: bookmark this page and return to it again and again.

    Authors
  11. Isabel Eats

    At Isabel Eats, a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist, explore hundreds of Mexican-inspired, Tex-Mex, and traditional Mexican recipes that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Oklahoma City-based food blogger Isabel is nominated in the “Most Inspired Weeknight Meals” category.

    Cooking
    Photo via Isabel Eats
  12. The Not-So-Slow Leak

    “Some are tired. All are broke. Some are gay or trans and suffer for it. All have professional ambitions beyond what they can achieve on a blockaded island.” At Here is Havana, Conner Gorry reflects on emigration, loss, and Cuba.

    Exploration
    Photo by Bibhash Banerjee
  13. ALAMORE

    “Putting the two sets of letters together – 96 in total – with my diaries, I realised I had invaluable source material which covered social attitudes of the time together with national and international events…. Throughout there is a love story and the building of a relationship.” At Alamore, Maureen Blake publishes letters and diary […]

    Current Events
  14. For National Novel Writing Month, Two Vital Reminders

    “A novel is hard because it needs to be hard, and the novel is hard because it’s yours.” On his blog Terribleminds, Chuck Wendig offers advice to writers at the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

    Authors
  15. Omnivore’s Cookbook

    Beijing-born, Austin-based blogger Maggie Zhu writes about modern Chinese cooking, from street food to restaurant dishes. Her blog, Omnivore’s Cookbook, is a 2019 Saveur Blog Award finalist in the “Most Inspired Weeknight Meals” Category.

    Cooking
    Images via Omnivore's Cookbook