Two interesting things:
One: On precisely this day in 2003, I wrote Snarkmarket’s very first post. In it, I noted Snarkmarket’s origins (as with many smart things, it began with Matt) and promised talk of politics, movies, video games, journalism, and miscellany. No warning was given that the Briefly Noted box would one day reign supreme.
Two: This post — this one right here — is number 1,000!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??
To commemorate both milestones, we are rolling out a few new features, all designed to highlight the most transcendently awesome part of Snarkmarket: the comments.
First: Matt, whose CSS skills have somehow become Batman-like over the past two years, has invented a new style for comments on Briefly Noted entries. We were happy with the comment boxes that appear alongside normal entries, and wanted to make Briefly Noted entries sort’ve ‘light up’ in their own way when someone chimes in. You’ll see it below if you scroll down a bit; isn’t that cool?
Second: I, whose RSS skills are the result of typing ‘RSS’ into Google just now, have whipped up a comments feed, so you can keep tabs on the Snark-conversation in the feedreader of your choice. It doesn’t exactly work the way I want it to yet, but it’s functional, so go ahead and subscribe and I’ll keep tweaking it.
Still to come: Revamped Snarkmarks. Plus a secret project.
You know, one of the things that led me into the world-o’-blogs in the first place was the sharp disappointment I felt whenever I’d write a column back in college or sometimes even a feature story at Poynter and not hear a peep from the audience. ‘The audience.’ Exactly.
In contrast, the conversation here at Snarkmarket has exceeded any expectation I ever had for it. It is truly a delight to click my little bookmark every morning and see what’s new and who’s saying what. So thanks, once again, for hanging out with us here.
Now, after the break — the headlines of some of the many draft posts we’ve abandoned unfinished on the server over the past two years!
Cultural Consensus (by me)
The Post-Post-Internet Newspaper (Matt)
Will a Real Mommy Please Stand Up? (Matt)
We’re All Nerds Now (me)
Oh, It’s Okay, They’re Asian (Matt)
The Manchurian Agronomist (me)
Video Game Philosophy (Matt)
Murder in Sudan (Matt)
In Praise of Kristof (me… I wrote this one about eighty-five times subsequently)
Even Better Than Those Little Issue Grids (me)
If You Believe in Love at First Sight… (Matt)
To Cogitate and to Solve (me)
I Know You’re Extremely Interested in Bankruptcy Law (me)
Those Kids With Their Pesky Newspapers (Matt)
An Obit Most People Won’t Notice (me)
Ethics from the State of Nature (Matt)