Monday, November 14, 2005

Happy Blogiversary

This past weekend noted the blogiversary of two of the pioneering blogs in the business, Talking Points Memo by Joshua Micah Marshall and Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan. Both are marking their fifth anniversary. In terms of blogs, that is literally a lifetime. Both have achieved mainstream status on a scale only dreamed of by little bitty operations by this one (and those of us who aren’t sure we’d want to be a big one). Both represent their sides of the blogosphere fairly well — Josh from the left, Andrew from the right — but they’re both hard to pigeonhole; Sullivan is a conservative but also a staunch advocate for gay rights, and Josh has a worldview that comes from his experience and study in political science.

It’s also noteworthy that Andrew Sullivan’s blog will now become a part of Time magazine. He states unequivocally that there will be no editorial control from Time; this is merely a move to widen readership and resolve a lot of technical issues. I would hope so. While I can’t say I always agree with Andrew on much, I think it’s important that blogs retain their independence. A blog that just repeats what the editor wants is just reformatting.