ABOUT DAILY KOS
Awards and Warm Fuzzies
My name is Markos Moulitsas Zúniga. I was born on September 11, 1971.
While born in Chicago, I was raised in El Salvador and lived there until civil war forced our family back to the states in 1980.
My family settled in the Chicago suburbs, where I spent the next long, torturous nine years, plotting my escape.
Immediately after high school, at the age of 17, I enrolled in the US Army, and served in Lawton, Oklahoma and Bamberg, Germany. I was a 13P -- an MLRS/Lance Fire Direction Specialist (artillery), and served between 1989-92. While my MLRS unit (A/76 FA, 3rd ID) was designated for deployment, the war ended too quickly and I was spared the desert heat and Gulf War Syndrome.
I subsequently received two bachelor degrees from Northern Illinois University (with majors in Philosophy, Political Science and Journalism) and my J.D. from Boston University School of Law (emphasis in trial litigation). I moved to San Francisco to work in the tech industry, where I remain today.
I started Daily Kos on May 26, 2002 (named after my Army nickname), and continue to maintain the site from Berkeley, California. In its first year, Daily Kos attracted over 1.6 million unique visits and about 3 million pageviews. It currently receives
I have also launched the Political State Report, a collaborative weblog (with over 100 contributors) tracking politics from all 50 states, and maintain Fishyshark -- another weblog tracking the daily foibles of impending fatherhood (we're having a baby!).
My heroes are Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Cesar Chavez, and most of all, my late father.
MEDIA MENTIONS AND WARM FUZZIES
Daily Kos: Best Warblog
The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem
Daily Kos is consistently one of the top 2 or 3 political weblogs
Most Important 100 Blogs
Consistently ranks in the top 50 of all weblogs
Top 100 Weblogs
Consistently ranks in the top 50 of all weblogs.
Other Media Mentions in Time, Newsday, LA Times, The Oregonian, Washington Post, Spokane Review, New York Observer, American Prospect, Salon, and others, as well as publications from such places as Brazil, Vietnam, Germany and France.
THE DAILY KOS LINK POLICY
Link policy. As you can no doubt tell, I am extremely stingy on links. As a marketing tactic, that's not very smart -- link exchanges are a great way to promote one's site. It's also not the best way to be a good blogosphere citizen -- I should be helping promote new up-and-coming blogs and playing nice with the established ones as well.
However, everything I do on this site I do for the benefit of my readers. I've always thought that a short blogroll was of more use to visitors than an endless list of random names, and for better or worse, that's the rule by which I now live.
While I have set the number of links on my blogroll in stone, its contents are constantly evolving. I generally include sites I visit at least several times a week, a list that changes over time. So I often add and delete sites accordingly.
So how does a site get listed? Be noticed. Make a stir. Don't regurgitate the contents of a news story, but provide perspective or additional insight. Be clever, funny, original. Get away from the default templates. Get away from Blogspot. Create your own identity. Your own domain. Have attitude. Be self-confident. Participate in the comment boards at dKos or MyDD or Atrios or any number of other sites (a great way to demonstrate your writing acumen). Participate in group weblogs like Stand Down or the Political State Report. Don't be obnoxious or feel entitled to a link. Given my site's readership, have a heavy focus on elections and the political process. And while I appreciate any traffic you send my way, I don't care whether you link to me or not. Or how much traffic you send. Like I said already, I don't use my blogroll as a marketing tool.
And finally, realize that my refusal to add your site to my list isn't a rejection in any way. We desperately need to catch the Right in the Blogger Wars, and I am proud of each and every person who has the guts and initiative to start his or her own weblog. The progressive movement of the future will be built, in large part, on this digital foundation.