The American Mind Turns 5

Sean Hackbarth has been running “The American Mind” for five years now.

Before Power Line helped take down Dan Rather, before James Lileks showed people beyond the Twin Cities how funny he was, before Michele made lists, before Kos said, “Screw ’em,” before Andrew Sullivan begged his readers for money, and before Glenn Reynolds first wrote, “Indeed” on Instapundit, there was The American Mind.

This caught my eye:

If you look carefully, the first year of TAM was hard coded. No permalinks, no trackbacks, and no comments. I handmade archive pages at the beginning of each month.It was just me, a simple text editor, and Angelfire.

Yikes. No wonder blogging didn’t catch on until much more recently.

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