In The Week’s 2003 Opinion Awards, they choose Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talkingpointsmemo.com as the blog of the year. I do not read the weblog, but The Week reports that he canvassed his readers to see if he should go to New Hampshire to cover the primaries, then raised money from the readers to pay his way. He admits though, that he was not the first to do this. Chris Allbritton used the same method to come to Iraq.
A finalist was The Volokh Conspiracy, featuring Eugene Volokh,
whose name I only recognize because he is a friend of my wife and I met him at a party a couple of years ago. His brother, Sasha, who also writes for the weblog, sent me a number of books to read while I am in the Middle East (most of them significant works of Arabic authors). The Week called the weblog “a libertarian collective the excels at analyzing legal, political, and academic trends…”. The spam assasins and linguist geeks out there may enjoy their attack of spam.
I am not an avid fomenter of weblogs, and for all the bluster about weblogs being the next big thing, I think the real news here is that people are independently supporting news sources. The writers would be writers regardless, and the medium seems more like the phamplets that the Founding Fathers published.
What were your favorite weblogs of 2003? Who is going to be big in 2004?