I don’t follow any particular blogs or read online news sites consistently, but when we talked about the digital essays I immediately recalled a website with a video I watched that was essentially an essay.
The website was called The Crisis of Credit, and it explained the most recent financial crisis using easy-to-understand graphics and very simplistic examples. I thought it was amazing how this video dissected an number of complicated terms and concepts into a form that normal people could read and understand. The content emulated that of numerous articles or books written since the Financial Crisis, but the addition of animation and other digital tools really helped maintain interest and increase the amount of information absorbed.
I think this type of digital essay is successful because it conveys the desired information (in this case, very technical information) in a manner that is neither long nor short, while simultaneously providing visual comparisons with which readers can immediately use to supplement what has been said.