Writers who knew Steve better, and had been reading his work longer, have been sharing their memories and their thoughts about Steve.
Meteor Blades put up a diary at Daily Kos linking to a favorite post by Gilliard, from July 4, 2003. Read through the comments section, because several people link to other posts that are absolute classics as well.
PsiFighter37's diary is in the same vein, and is worth reading through too.
Shanikka shares her perspective as a black blogger, and links to several other fantastic Gilliard posts.
Sara, who commented frequently at Steve's blog as "Mrs. Robinson," shares her thoughts at Orcinus.
Digby keeps it short and sweet at Hullabaloo.
Jane Hamsher remembers meeting Steve in New York last September--it's worth clicking through to Firedoglake to read the whole thing.