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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Wednesday, January 6. 2016
It's time for another Maggie's request of our readers.
We want readers. We welcome commenters too, regardless of points of view. We don't only do politics - we do a perspective on Life in America.
We are a good site for international readers too, to get some idea about what ordinary, every-day, middlebrow Americans are up to and thinking about. We are interested in almost everything.
Readership growth is our only reward here, but that grows mainly by word of mouth (which includes others linking to us).
If you wish to do us a favor, let your (blog) readers, friends, colleagues, relatives, neighbors, etc. know about our eclectic website. It might be an uplifting, interesting addition to their days. Cheaper than a newspaper and we have very few ads.
Regarding comments - we do not require your emails, and you can use a fake name. Just follow the Three Unwritten Rules for Commenters:
- Thanks, from your intrepid Maggie's editor
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what is the best avenue through which to communicate with you. I have not found direct contact information and have found only the opportunity to respond through 'comments' such as this one, left on specific posts. thanks.
we have emailed in the past but the address I have now for you gets a 'kick-back' ....thought maybe you changed it for privacy ....I've had "Theo" send things to you as an alternative .... did not want to be so bold as to ask directly but if email is OK please send me a note and let me know. thanks.
Same here. I'm a big fan.
To me, it's a modern "Poor Richard's Almanac" but a little thin on the weather predictions and planting date guidelines.
I posted a link to MF on my Facebook page. I lurk here often (almost daily). I quit subscribing to the local news paper years ago because it was like reading propaganda from the local Democrat party. This site and a couple of other are how I read the "paper" these days. Thanks for a wonderful site and interesting incite.
This site is the first one I check every morning. Then it is Drudge. Then it is others personal blogs theft deal with my hobbies, and they deal around my motorcycle and traveling addiction. Thanks for all you do.
Your rules lack inclusiveness and will discourage women an minorities from posting comments. Shame!
Mark Rippetoe at Starting Strength has tipped his hat to you with a link to the "farm".
You might see a slight uptick in traffic.
Mark Rippetoe has tipped his hat to the farm family with a link at his website.
It's a start...
Sorry about the dupe.
I received a message that I got caught up in your spam filter?
So I re-wrote the comment.
Again, my apologies...
over time, i've posted your link to a European site or two i frequent .
thank you for your daily effort putting this together .
Maggie's Farm is one of the best! My whole family reads your stuff each morning. For those of you who aren't good with numbers, that's almost all of them. Vaya con dios.
Probably going to open a mare's nest, but here goes nothing: I've lurked and read here off and on for a couple of years. There are things I like, but I don't recommend your site to any friends because I never know when the NSFW pics will show up. I even quit this site for awhile when it seemed to be going on every week. I like the links and the commentary, but could do without the nude and semi nude pics. Sometimes I can't reconcile the conservative vibe (for example, the regular postings on Sundays from the lectionary) with the Maxim and lad mags pics. I'm sure you don't care and many will deride my sensibilities in favor of the NSFW stuff, but so be it. This is meant in the kindest possible way, so don't get defensive over reaction to your editorial decisions. You also asked, btw.
Also a long time lurker, and I do forward your site to my family to enjoy.
As to the phone, I long ago recorded the SIT tones... http://www.yourhomenow.com/sound/sit-tone.wav and http://www.thisisarecording.com/z/206-525-0076.mp3 as my phone's default message. Those who know me will leave a message at the beep. Those who don't, will mark my number as 'out of service'!
Buttons allowing readers to publish Maggie's via twitter would make it easier to share.
Not that we collect information (or want to), but just so you're aware, those buttons let Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn track you all over the web.
This isn't an argument against the buttons - it's an FYI. A fact which many people simply aren't aware of, and when I've told some of my friends, they flipped out. It didn't stop them from going on their favorite social media (hasn't stopped me, either), but I just like to make sure people are familiar with what they have.
As an example, I recently got a text from someone on a book he is reading on economics. The text, obviously, arrived on my phone. My phone has the Facebook app on it. All I did was read the text, I didn't share it or forward it. I deleted it. For some reason, and maybe it's purely coincidental (it's not - I know how this happened), I received an ad this morning for Amazon on Facebook featuring that book.
I'm not upset or angry, it's just part of the data mining that's going on to make ads more relevant. But some people don't quite understand what's involved in all this.
This site reminds me of the olden day newspapers; you never know exactly what's going to be on the front pages, but it's thick enough to interest everyone.
I, personally, enjoy the scope of topics: travel, gardening, arts, recipes, politics, hobbies, theology, new products, etc. That said, I will make an effort to recommend you to others. Word of mouth, word of mouth, word of mouth. Got it. Best in 2016!
(Regarding the phone, I'm the ONLY one in my family/former crew still holding on to my land line and it suits me. My answering machine picks up my calls, and I return those who are willing to leave a message. Otherwise, e-mail me. So far, over ten-plus years, so good.)
I would be curious about Maggie's Farm's web analytics. I visit almost daily but seldom write. I thoroughly enjoy your points of view and always look forward to reading about the New England way of life...also the white male heterosexual privileged way of life (just pulling your leg here...couldn't resist)
Perhaps you have a large number of other visitors that enjoy the site who would share more via FB buttons etc?
Doc Mercury used to run some way back when.
I'd be interested, as well, though purely from a top-line perspective (uniques, total visits, DOW trends, etc.).
since you mentioned him, whatever happened to Doc Mercury?
And ditto all the kudos above and those yet to come.
No idea. Asked BD once, even he's at a loss.
I miss old Doc. Smart guy, funny guy. Tried to meet him once when I was supposed to go to Florida on biz, but the trip got cancelled.
I found you through another website, and now you are a bookmarked, 'morning paper' read for me. Thoughtful, clear, interesting...