A few days ago I received an email from an editor at the University of Michigan Press asking for permission to reprint the original Rise of Crowdsourcing article. I get more of these than you might expect. (University professors have to get my permission to xerox 30 copies of one of my stories; I officially grant blanket permission to all educational uses of my work, if they're reading this).
I almost zipped off a "You betcha" before reading more closely. The editor in question was from the annual anthology, "The Best Tech Writing—2007" (Here's a link to 2006's lineup.) Turns out The Rise of Crowdsourcing had been selected for inclusion in the anthology. More flattering yet was that the judge is Steven Levy, who's sort of a giant in my line of business and someone I've been reading since I was a cub reporter.
It was actually the second bit of good news to arrive within a few days time. Last week I learned that a Wired package about Second Life into which I'd poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears had been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the "leisure interests" category, and that both the magazines I worked for in 2006—Wired and Print Magazine—were nominated in the General Excellence category, which is a bit like getting an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Of course, to carry the analogy to its conclusion, that would make me a minor character actor in the movie, or perhaps the second assistant director on the second unit crew. Not that I'm complaining. I'll bask in reflected glory any day.