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Tania is currently the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker, and Senior Editor at the Nashville, Tennessee based PopCulture.com. With past writing and editing credits with Womanista, Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and NBC Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists — one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and giving back to those in her community. She is currently studying at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Celebrating 5 Years With The Hudsucker

Today is an especially amazing day because our team is celebrating five years since The Hudsucker’s creation. It’s an incredible milestone and one that wouldn’t exist without the team we have.

As the Editor-in-Chief of an online magazine that aims to empower readers through lifestyle, entertainment and news, it’s extremely humbling to know one seedling of an idea between two good friends one night could flourish into something that brings ample opportunity for creativity and meaning to so many. While I’ve said in the past this idea for The Hudsucker stemmed from personal heartbreak, it became so much more than that today — all thanks to a smart, savvy and fresh team that really value their fervor for writing.

In these five years, I’ve learned the value of social communication between a team and how coming together is just the tip of victory. When it comes to leading a team, it’s never been easy, but it’s made me appreciate the minds behind the words so much more. It’s also made me understand that leadership is a privilege, not a right, and one that makes me focus so much more on who this team is and how they feel every step of the way.

From 2012 to 2017, we have had more than 20 writers at our site who believe in making a difference through their writing. But as we celebrate this unbelievable milestone today, it’s important to recognize the minds behind what makes this site great. Not only is it an honor to read their work every day, but it’s amazing to see everyone mature so wonderfully in their writing styles and specific contributions. Their admiration for life and the written word doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.

In honor of this half-a-decade milestone and our writers sharing their #Top5for5 all this week, here are a few of my favorite articles from our active team of writers since 2012. What have been some of your favorites from our dedicated team?

To My Mother, For Mother’s Day by Katherine Hernandez

Katherine’s style of writing is one that has always amazed me. Because she is in love with a variety of subjects, she’s one of the greatest people to talk to. Naturally, that makes her writing so interesting as well. But while she’s a shining nugget of creativity, her personal piece to her mother was one that has always been a favorite of mine. Not only is it beautifully written and so eloquent, but it tugs at your heartstrings.

Building Resilience and Moving Ahead Through Tough Transitions by Elizabeth The

With someone who has a remarkable passion for life and a staggering wanderlust, Elizabeth’s articles are a deep reflection of who she is. From concert reviews to travel essays, her desires for a life well lived speak for itself. But amid all the fun, one of my favorites of hers is a recent one that encourages readers to strengthen character in difficult times. It’s smartly written and voices a maturity, proving she’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Country Singer Michael Sarver is Ready to ‘Begin Again’ by Andrew Rogers

Writers who are often stuck in a specific beat might find difficulty in transitioning out, but never Andrew. Though he has been our American Idol expert for years and covered a lot of TV with recaps, his passion lies in music and getting to know those behind it, as seen in his interview with country singer, Michael Sarver. It’s a fun read, showcases a new side of Andrew’s writing and proves passion points you in the right direction.

Live Below the Line: An Epic Challenge by Nicole Drum

She might recap TV shows on a weekly basis, but Nicole is very creative and loves putting herself out there in the name of good journalism. While she’s covered TV and beauty for quite some time on the site, her article investigating the “Food Stamp Challenge” was one of my favorites as it was incredibly eye-opening and helped raise awareness on a subject so important. It also proved Nicole is always up for a challenge when it comes to making readers more responsive to causes.

Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon by Meg Quinn

As our resident foodie and recipe guru, Meg’s articles usually amp up our appetites — and we all have favorites, depending on our hunger. But sometimes you need a break from all the cooking and Meg knows that. Her travel guide to Portland, Oregon was a phenomenal one that allowed readers to take a trip with her to the west coast. Snapping photos of her food journey and sharing mini reviews of places she loved, it’s one that puts you right there with the writer.

Marvel’s Wil Traval Discusses ‘Jessica Jones’ Taking Over Netflix by Jessica Fritz

Jessica is a phenomenal writer and her passion for film, music and TV beams in every article she’s published. Seeing her blossom in the entertainment field with a variety of interviews has always been a pleasure to read. From the first feature she’s done to the most recent, you can see she is well versed in what it means to write an engaging interview for readers. So many of her interviews are favorites and read like features from magazines, but this was a fun one.

Before It’s Too Late: A Precautionary Tale on Concussions by Alex Keobke

Alex knows a lot about relationships and has been covering them since he first joined, but getting to read his work outside that subject matter is always refreshing. With his research, the NFL article was an important topic to discuss and bring awareness to. Being able to take a trending news story and apply it for a broader audience made it a great read and proved he can move outside his realm of passion to strengthen his voice in a variety of ways.

Dearest readers, we thank you greatly and appreciate all your feedback over these past five years to make this site your favorite spot for lifestyle, entertainment and news. Stay tuned as we have a lot more in store for you this year!

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