I can’t remember the first person who linked to this blog or shouted out one of our posts. The feeling is a jolt, that fizzy, writerly mixture of pride for being acknowledged and neuroses about whether you just said something really dumb or really poorly. It still feels that way, maybe more so as the number of readers ticks upward. And lately, that number has been climbing much more quickly. I’m amazed — and humbled — that people hit up this jawn, which I started kind of half-seriously.

The pretext for all this unseemly musing is us nabbing the Best News/Political Blog at this year’s Black Weblog Awards. But as it happens, the blog is closing in on its second birthday  (the very first post was about you-know-who) and our 10,000th comment — a confluence of events that sets up a perfect and completely arbitrary opportunity to tip a fitted cap to some people.

This humble little endeavor has made me a better-read writer and a more thoughtful person. But the biggest takeaway are the blindingly smart, witty people with whom I get to collab: Shani, Jamelle, Joel, Isabelle — none of whom I even knew before this thing started —  and Monica, Tracy, Stacia and Alisa, who have been my squad for a minute now. This point should be belabored: y’all are the shit, and I’m honored that I get to run with y’all. Thank you.

Then there’s our ballooning universe of play-cousins: The famous and awesome Jay Smooth at IllDoctrine, Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic; Keeks & Angela at Propertalks; Adam Serwer of The American Prospect; Ann Friedman of The Prospect/Feministing; Leigh at Poverty in America;Tedra, Ding and the gang at Bitch PhD; Alyssa Rosenberg of, well, everywhere; Ari, Eric and Scott at Edge of the American West; Jill & Lauren at FeministeJeremy Levine at Social Science Lite; Chris MacDonald-Dennis at Bryn Mawr College; Joe Shahadi at Vs. The Pomegranate; Cindy at Loteria Chicana (with whom I look forward to running with this weekend!); our homie Winslow, who is in China somewhere and incommunicado; Lemu at GakCity, Steve Logerfo for patiently letting me pepper him with questions about the legal system; Molly for all the links; and hustlin’-ass Latoya Peterson at Racialicious, who is in a different city every other day and who never, ever sleeps.

Like the man said: y’all coulda been anywhere in the world, and you’re here with us. I appreciate that.

22 thoughts on “Acknowledgements.

  1. shani-o September 10, 2009 at 11:40 am Reply

    PostBourgie really does have the best family and extended family.

  2. lemu September 10, 2009 at 11:45 am Reply

    “And now I smile like a proud dad, watching his only son that made it” (c) Nas

    Good Work.

  3. Alyssa Rosenberg September 10, 2009 at 11:47 am Reply

    Oh, man, I just did that quarter-Irish girl thing and blushed all the way down to my clavicles. It is a privilege to be able to play in the sandbox with you guys. Let this be a standing offer for a drink any time any of you make it to D.C….

  4. quadmoniker September 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Thank you G.D. 🙂

  5. bitchphd September 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm Reply


    You’re so classy.

  6. Molly September 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Mazal Tov!! And thank you 🙂

  7. slb September 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm Reply

    thanks for the shout-out. congrats again on the win. love you all.

  8. Leigh September 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I am totally humbled to be included in that kick ass group of bloggers! Look at me! Look at you! Look at us! 🙂

  9. ur moma September 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

    So very,very, proud!!! Kudos

  10. eric September 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Congratulations and happy birthday, y’all.

  11. Ta-Nehisi Coates September 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Props, guys. Great, great site.

  12. pprscribe September 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Congrats! Keep up the good work!

  13. universeexpanding September 10, 2009 at 6:24 pm Reply

    ((( basks in all the love )))

    again, so happy to be here, with all of you!

  14. Jeremy September 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm Reply

    I’m humbled to be considered part of the Postbourgie extended family. The kind of community being built here, with the thoughtful discourse intertwined with snarky wit, is making us all much smarter people. The collaborative nature of the blog provides distinct, yet related, perspectives that both challenge and embolden our previously held convictions. It’s a lively, invigorating process to be a part of. Much love.

  15. Steve September 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm Reply


  16. SEK September 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Don’t pretend us linking to you had anything to do with anything—you won on your merits, and it’s damn well deserved.

  17. cindylu September 11, 2009 at 12:25 am Reply

    It’s well deserved. I come to find that if there’s not an update that day, I’m a little disappointed. Really.

    Also, I’m in Manhattan with running shoes.

    • shani-o September 11, 2009 at 9:25 am Reply

      If I thought I could keep up with you all, I’d totally elbow my way in. But I think I’m still better suited for the treadmill, lol.

  18. Joseph September 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I am flattered and humbled to see my name here. It was easy to vote for you and I am really happy with the outcome. You deserve this. Plus I love that you said “jawn” nobody says “jawn” anymore. We have got to bring that shit back.


  19. Latoya Peterson September 13, 2009 at 9:56 am Reply

    Congrats! And I do sleep, normally through important things…

  20. GVG September 24, 2009 at 2:30 am Reply

    well deserved guys. congrats.

  21. GVG September 24, 2009 at 2:31 am Reply

    The award was well deserved guys. Congrats.

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