2008 Weblog Award Finalists: TWN Makes Cut on Long List


I do not follow the whole “awards for blogging” business, but I may need to NOW as The Washington Note just made the cut for “Best Very Large Blog (Authority between 501 and 1000)”. Cool!!
But I sort of feel like TWN just doesn’t fit in many of the cool categories very well. Years ago, it might have been listed as Best Blog on John Bolton’s Every Move. Or, if there was a category for best Radical Centrist Blog or best Ethical Realist blog, or Best Blog Commenters. . .I might have placed higher up.
Seriously though, this is an outstanding roster of blogs. I have so many friends on the roster that it’s tough to mention them all — but quickly,
Congrats to Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Ben Smith at Politico, Andrew Sullivan, The Guardian’s Comment is Free. . ., Lindsay Beyerstein, Think Progress, TruthDig, Taylor Marsh, Crooks & Liars, Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory, The Entire Josh Marshall-led team at Talking Points Memo, RedState, Power Line, Foreign Policy Watch, No Quarter, Volokh Conspiracy, The Bilerico Project, Pam’s House Blend, The Moderate Voice, The Agonist and others. . .
Next year, perhaps I’ll make a run for Best Blog with Weimaraners. . .or Best Foreign Policy Blog with Weimaraners. . .
Or Best Blog on Foreign Policy, LGBT stuff, coffee shop visits, and Pics of Pets. . .
But first things first.
ON JANUARY 5, you can start voting on which of these blogs should be winners in their announced catories — including BEST VERY LARGE BLOGS!!
Thank you to our readers — even those who knock me in the head now and then — and to those who nominated TWN. Really. . .thanks from our entire TWN team.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “2008 Weblog Award Finalists: TWN Makes Cut on Long List

  1. Paul Norheim says:

    I agree with POA that the general size of the threads usually
    makes it easy to “stay abreast of the “flow” of the topic”.
    Occasionally, however, when you have “controversial” subjects
    (Gaza, Sarah Palin), you get a rush of newcomers that are both
    biased and uninformed (a bad combination). These people
    usually disappear after a couple of days, and we`re back to
    The good thing is that those subjects also may attract
    intelligent people that never would have discovered the blog if
    they hadn`t found it accidentally by googling on the subject;
    new and interesting people who continue to comment, because
    they are interested in more than the sensational aspect of
    whether it was Sarah Palin or her daughter that actually were
    pregnant etc.
    But if the comment section continues to grow to, say 250 or
    300 comments a thread, I wonder if I would care to comment
    much here – not due to arrogance or anything like that, but
    because most of the interesting and relevant comments on a
    thread would be hard to find.
    Well, perhaps there was a hint of arrogance in that
    explanation, but yeah, the more comments, the more banalities,
    repetition, propaganda and uninformed crap.
    Seems like there is a ideal size for such comment sections,
    and I hope TWN stays more or less like now.
    (And if I continue to comment here – who knows, after a
    couple of years perhaps even my English will improve…)


  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Its only “participatory democracy” if our leaders react accordingly to our hieghtened levels of awareness, subsequent increasing anger, and demands for change. So far, I’ve seen no such reaction from these lyin’ sacks of shit masquerading as “representatives”. Greater access to truth and information is only gratifying on a personal level if in fact it does not lubricate the institution of social and political change. In a perfect world our leaders would realize that their covers have been pulled, and seek to present us with a more honest and representative form of governance. Instead, these fuckers seem to be inclined to attempt mass censorship, rein in the internet under the guise of fighting an imaginary terrorist foe, and consolidating the fourth estate into two or three state controlled, albiet covertly), corporate entities.


  3. DonS says:

    Years ago I used to comment on “Talk Left” when it was new, but I got upbraided by the host(ess) for being somehow hard on Zionists, even though lot’s of commenters were scratching their heads and didn’t think I was at all out of line.
    This was before the Iraq invasion, and there was this guy who dominated comments, and still shows up I think, (I think he must have made substantial $ donations because his idiocy was bemoaned by most) whose main schtick was to berate and discount any commenter because they hadn’t been, he assumed, active duty military blah, blah, blah. He faded substantially as the dimensions of the Iraq debacle began to emerge.
    I don’t go back to TL very often, and never comment (truth be told I haven’t been able to figure out their ‘new’ registration system which gives me mixed messages about being already registered, etc.) Actually, they became pretty much a partisan mill for Hillary, the counterpart to the TPM grinder it seemed. And I notice they didn’t make the best “law blog” nomination though this is what first attracted me. Not that that alone means much since, scanning the list, each of us could wonder why a particular blog isn’t included somewhere. I guess the word is fickle or something.
    And then there were some great blogs and bloggers that enriched our lives and moved on for the time, or forever . . .
    Let’s just hope that “net neutrality”, or net monoplozing and pricing practices, or government “oversight” (read surveillance and control) doesn’t crush what seems to me like the best and growing innovation in participatory democracy to come along in a while . . .


  4. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Long ago, three days running, my comments on Huffington post were listed as “Reader’s Favorite”. I was banned, forthwith, and the “readers favorite” feature was removed. In fact, I remember posting here about the experience. It had to do with some doctor’s commentary that was being censored by Huffington, and my (and a quite a few other reader’s) dissent about the censorship, even though most of us opposed the doctor’s viewpoints. Also, the readers seemed to enjoy, and agree with, my posts about this fucking coward Harry Reid, and how he bent over for Roberts over the Phase Two issue. I really think that that is why I was given the boot.
    I have never gone back there again. I believe the site is no better than Fox, just with a slightly different agenda, from a different side of the aisle.
    For me, the attractiveness of Steve’s blog, (beyond the actual content of Steve’s essays), is the small community of commentors, and his successful efforts to keep the comment section free of spam. The result is a cumbersome and irritating “CAPTCHA” feature, but it has proven to be worth it. I remember the long threads of spam that would appear here, far to often, before Steve instituted the CAPTCHA feature.
    As a frequent commentor, I find it pleasant that few threads go over 100 posts, so it is quite easy to stay abreast of the “flow” of the topic, without have to wade through hundreds of posts consisting of little or no intellectual or emotional value. I assume that will change, as his site rises in popularity. The thread lengths are beginning to grow, and that is a sign of greater exposure and recognition. Because of that fact, the kind of even-handedness that Steve exhibited in posting Dr. Barghouthi’s essay becomes even more impactive, and I really hope we see Steve continue with this kind of unbiased treatment of guest posting.
    Steve seems to thrive on attention, and I really hope he doesn’t become too big for his own britches. We will see.


  5. Carroll says:

    TWN is the best blog. Hands down.
    How Dkos which is nothing but a dem kindergarden site the Huffpo which is nothing but some kind of net national inquirer mag made the cut I will never understand.


  6. Thom says:

    Sorry – forgot to say Happy New Year!
    Great work this year Steve. You deserve the acknowledgement.


  7. Thom says:

    Um, No Quarter, Steve? Really?
    I just noticed the post above mine (the first post if that changes
    before I post), and I guess that diminishes this one. I think
    knocking Sullivan like that is wrong, because he doesn’t set out to
    lie. You can disagree with him, but he’s not knowingly lying. Larry
    Johnson is a liar, full on and without shame.


  8. ... says:

    congrats to have made it this far steve!


  9. WigWag says:

    The Washington Note is far superior to any of the nominees for best blog. Let me repeat that; it’s not superior; it’s far superior! Most of the nominees for Best Blog are large, commerciably viable sites that aren’t any smarter than your average cable TV channel. Daily Kos; that’s MSNBC. Ben Smith-Politico; that’s CNN. Huffington Post; that’s a cross between the New York Post and the “E” channel (sorry Steve, I know you write for them). Hot Air; they’re okay. Boing Boing; a great site.
    But Andrew Sullivan? Sullivan is the dumbest, creepiest and most repulsive celebrity journalist in America. One of the reasons we had a second four year term for George Bush was because of Andrew Sullivan and his ilk. The only pundit in the United States who even approaches Sullivan in stupidity and moral turpitude is Maureen Dowd; but even Dowd is not as bad as Sullivan.
    By the way, as a former fan of the New Republic, I blame Sullivan for ruining that publication too. And we all know why Marty Peretz gave him that job.
    If I was selecting the winners for Best Blog, my votes would go to:
    The Washington Note-Gold Medal
    Daily Howler-Silver Medal
    The Conscience of a Liberal (Krugman)-Bronze Medal
    RGE Monitor (Nouriel Roubini)-First Runner-Up
    James Fallows(at the Atlantic)-Second Runner-Up


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