We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Monday, February 9. 2015
We're ten years old today. Happy Birthday to us.
For the first two years, we were just quietly practicing below the radar until we sort-of defined what we are and how this website thing works. I'm still not sure, though, what we are. In the beginning, we used to post a Tractor of the Week.
We still do some birds and animals, quotes, Sunday Lectionary, Yankee food, gardening, fishing, hunting, conservation, Bob news, and all sorts of random things. We have done so many things over these years - including a friend's Aliyah Diary.
I suppose what we do is whatever we find interesting and whatever we think at least one other person on the planet might find interesting or provocative. Clearly, and to our chagrin, we are not for everybody.
I can say is that we are not "boutique" by choice but purely because of our own limitations of time and talent, and because of free market forces. 1.7 million "hits" per month? What does that really mean? Nothing.
I am grateful to all of our contributors and commenters who have come and gone, or stuck around, over these years. Not to mention friends who send me Morning Links. I think Maggie's has been a wholesome hobby and outlet for all.
Thanks also to all of the other websites we beg, steal, or borrow from. Tons of interesting stuff out there to mine, and we do not always acknowledge it properly. Forgive us. It's a time consideration. We all have day jobs.
We have readers from all over the world - mostly the Anglosphere - Australia, Britain, Canada but lots from northern Europe too - France, Germany, Scandinavia, Poland. Minimal Russia - maybe blocked there. Mostly American and Canuck readership. We are blocked in China (why would they bother?), but we have readers in free China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Israel too. Africa and South America? Zero. I think part of the original concept was to share a version of crusty, rebellious Yankee New England life and attitudes, slice of life, warts and all, with people far away. It's evolved.
We like commenters. Please comment at will on our site. No need to agree with us, but compliments are of course always welcome.
We have plenty of bandwidth for new readers, so, if you get something out of Maggie's - likes or dislikes - please share our existence with others. A growing readership is our emotional reward for this hobby.
A "retired" contributor suggested linking some samples of our stuff from past years. I tried to do that, but it's just too hard, most of the links and images have become obsolete, and, just like Maggie (below), our formatting has been corrupted by age.
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Happy Birthday M-Farm.And that is a very sincere HB as you have given me,and those I fwd to many hours of "you name it stuff"..God Bless,Andy
Proud to say I've followed the entire decade, and have loved being blessed with so many fair-minded perspectives, varying interests, and your great senses of humor found on the site. THANK YOU! Wishing you all another 10.
Happy Birthday! Live Long and Prosper! And Thank You for the inspiration that you have been and I hope will continue to be.
Happy Birthday, Maggie and everyone else on the Farm! You're one of my top three websites and are a daily requirement even when travelling. Congratulations on a decade! (Can you bring back the tractor pictures once in a while?)
I remember the first time I found Maggie's. I found this article on an SR-71 mission (http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/7821-Major-Brian-Shul-I-loved-that-jet.html). I read it and moved on. Some time later, I wanted to check out that article again. That time, I poked around and found there was a lot of other interesting things on Maggie's Farm and it's been a main stop on my Intertube wanderings ever since. I'm proud to say that I've been a Maggies farmer for six or seven years! Mrs. Mudbug is a farmer, too (though she doesn't post comments - she likes to read mine, though! :-) ). We've recommend Maggies Farm to our friends.
Happy Birthday to Maggie's and all the farmers! Thank you for the wonderful eclectic blend of politics, culture, science, music, food, agriculture, and slice of life you provide to us! I don't know how you do all that, but I'm just glad you do.
Happy Birthday Maggie's! I think I discovered the site in 2008. Though I seldom contribute, I turn here with the start of (nearly) every morning. Thanks!
Truly, has it really been a decade? As one of your "New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals" who "didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs" we weren't paying attention as your readership bloomed.
Somehow you also have acquired the most interesting, literate, clean-mouthed, polite commenters anywhere on the internet. Happy Birthday, Bird Dog and please convey our respects to your calloused, grizzled farmer hostess, Maggie!!
I love you guys (and girls). You are my 2nd stop of the day ... first, Yahoo headlines, to see if the world ended overnight, then Maggie's.
Maggie's has been daily reading since your early days. I share a lot of common background with you all. I also have always enjoyed pondering the relationships among all you contributors as you come and go. But I most enjoy the yankee common sense approach to life that you set out. Year ago The Chairman put out an essay on what what he looked for in a job applicant that I printed out and gave to each of my children when the time was appropriate. I think it was one of the wisest things I did. So thanks for passing along such pearls, along and among the daily entertainments.
Times flies when you're having fun! Happy B-Day to all on The Farm and the readers/contributors who make this site a special place to spend some time and learn a bit to boot.
Happy birthday, Maggie's Farm! I start each day with coffee and a thorough reading your thoughtful and entertaining site. Cheers to another decade of literate reading and commentary!
I raise a glass of good Scotch to you Farmers. Bappy Hirthday!
I can't recall how long I've been stopping by here. My memory just ain't what it never was.
happy birthday and refreshing to see work gnarled fingers holding a cigarette.
Ad another vote for tractor p0rn.
Y'all are Yankees, all right. I find your fixations with New Yawk City and some of your foodstuffs amusing, but not too attractive. But I can deal with the quirks, I guess.
Beyond the quirks, though, you seem to have fairly good sense, and do provide a lot of lovely free Ice Cream. As a resident of LA (That'd be Lower Arkansas, actually), I find you quite readable and well worth coming back to visit regularly.
Keep it up, and Many Happy Returns!
Happy B-Day! I love Maggie's. It's like a local watering hole where somebody is always going on about some subject of interest.
And yeah, more tractor pr0n.
A great big Happy Birthday to all of you!
May you have many more. And, of course, that means we, the readers, will have more too.
Happy birthday. Been a fan for most of those ten years. Hope we are still around in ten more.
Dear MF--You will never know what a life saver you have been! In the darkest hours of our lives when I was
being stalked and spit upon and shoved down stairs. When my home was broken into by women demanding that "you just have to support single women". When my church was destroyed in the name of . . . you were there. In the dark of night when sleep would not come you were there and I remembered to laugh, I had Sundays lessons to look forward to and mostly--mostly, it was your reader's understanding how dark the other side really can be.
Thank you for your patience--for your love.
Whoops! I hit the button too soon. I forgot to tell you that you saved two lives!
Happy Birthday to my favorite blog and thanks for all the time and energy you all put into it.
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! First on my daily "go-to" favorites list and one I'm always sending links out for friends and family.
Keep up the great attitude and excellent work.
One more HB wish. I'm thinkin' I've been comin' here almost from the beginning, but usually only drop in once-twice a week, bein' as I'm on dial up out here in the sticks. I figure that if'n I can only connect at 28K, I'll read several days of goodness all at one time.
Thanks for what you do and thanks to the readers for adding all the comments.
Happy Birthday ! I love this page and share articles all the time. I especially love Saturday verse.
Happy Birthday, Maggie's Farm.
I'm trying to quit, but I can't. Every morning, Newser, then Maggie's Farm. Then, when the coffee is cooling and the blood is boiling*, off to work.
Thank you for for providing an informative and easy to use site.
* So many links to people either not thinking, unable to think, or very skillfully denigrating the fundamental positive character of our society.
Happy Birthday. Thanks for all you do. Great mix of serious, funny and practical. Don't change anything...OK, perhaps more tractors. :)
I've enjoyed Maggies Farm for most of those ten years.