It's a simple question, Kossacks: What is the best diary you've ever written?
Okay, I lied. It's not necessarily a simple question, especially if you've written a lot of diaries. Or rather, it's perhaps a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. If you're like me or thousands of other users here, you've spent countless hours writing, editing, crafting, proofreading, and polishing your diaries, and then spent another measure of countless hours responding to others in the comment section. There are many reasons why a person would apply this kind of time and effort participating on Daily Kos, but if you're like me, I suspect that it's because you enjoy it on some level, or think it's important, or both. So after all this time on this website, how do you pick which one single diary is the one you believe is your best? Isn't that a little complicated, like choosing which band you think is the best of all time?
Your best diary -- the one you consider to be better than all others that you've written -- may be the one which garnered the most tips and recs. Or, it may be related to the political topic that you consider to be the most important. Or, it may be related to several interconnected political topics. Or, it may be the one that you feel had the best and most thoughtful responses from the comment section. Or, it may be the one where you were the first to report on a major story, or broke new information that was not previously discussed. Or, it may be the one where you felt you made best use of research or historical documents to make a larger point about today. Or, maybe it was a personal story with which others could identify with your experience. Or, maybe it had nothing to do with politics at all.
I don't want to complicate things too much -- maybe your answer today is very different from what you would have said three months ago or what you will say three months from now -- so I'll just state that there isn't really a right or wrong answer. The point is that it's your answer. Others may disagree with your choice, and that's fine, but there's no one who can really know what you consider to be your best diary except you.