Today’s my day to like stuff. One item is non-controversial, but I know I’m setting myself up for a “That’s What I Like: Slate” slugfest with this one. When it comes to online magazines, I’m a huge fan of Salon. If I were to offer a conservative estimate, I’d say I check in with the site a good five times a day — first thing in the morning, mid-morning, at lunch, later afternoon, and in the evening (mostly just to get a heads’ up on the next day’s stories…but I always save them for later unless I can’t resist).
Salon has been around since 1995 when award-winning journalist David Talbot (who has since handed over the reins of the publication to Joan Walsh) founded the online magazine. A victim and victor of the Internet bubble, Salon has had its share of financial problems — going public may not have been the best move, but what do I know about that stuff? — but the publication has managed to survive and thrive thanks to a combination of subscribers and advertising. In other words, it’s making it the old-fashioned way.