I wrote Salon's traditional "Year in Politics" wrap, and my introspection featured a lot of thinking about Open Salon. I talked a little bit about how some extreme (and nasty) early Obama partisans got my back up, and how some of the kinder, smarter (in my opinion!) Obama supporters talked me down. I also thanked some Hillary Clinton supporters who were always kind and supportive to me.
Interestingly, a lot of the people I mentioned (and some I didn't, and thought of later, and probably should have!) wound up here, on Open Salon. I don't really think that's an accident. In my solipsistic way, I think part of the smart, searching, striving, embracing tone of Open Salon grew out of the nastiness of a short period of the primary campaign, when a lot of us, even (especially?) those of us who sometimes disagreed, were horrified by the rhetorical excesses of too many Democrats on the Web. Part of me can't believe Open Salon opened (for its early beta, anyway) in that crazy time; part of me thinks it makes perfect sense.
I'm aware I'm not posting as much as I used to on my Open blog, but I'm actually reading and lurking even more than I used to. Words can't really express how much I love what Open is and is becoming. Happy holidays, everyone. Thanks for everything.