Well-established mags are going digital.
The current state of the economy, plus the increasing concern with global warming and the environment, have made print publications less viable. For many respected, well-established magazines, the only option for cutting costs and paper is to go digital, which means that more of the digital offerings will be respectable. I was reluctant to see this trend at first, but when slow-moving but venerable publications such as The New Yorker make most of their writings available online, you can be sure going digital has become mainstream.
Standards of quality are emerging in digital markets.
The internet has been growing in our public consciousness as a ferocious rate. In the space of just a few years, it has come to dominate our lives as a medium for writing. This breakneck pace meant that a flood of extremely low-quality writing stormed the net, but as time goes on, increasing standards of quality are emerging as online magazines find their voices. In my searches through online markets, I've found an increasing level of writing quality and professionalism.
Esteemed writers are turning to the internet more.
There was a time when it would be unthinkable to see the work of truly famous and great writers in online-only publications. More and more, however, writers are catching on to the respectability of certain digital markets and the potential for reaching a far wider audience.
If you find yourself accepted to an online journal, do your research: there are still just as many poor online journals as there once were. But take heart: while getting published online was once a stepping stone to nowhere, it can now be an important first breakthrough into the world of publications.