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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Saturday, October 6. 2007
We at Maggie's Farm would never publicly admit to aspirations to grandeur. Life's harsh schoolmistress teaches us humility daily.
We know we are destined to be a boutique blog, with a certain sensibility and many shortcomings which will prevent us from becoming mass market. Plus we do not have the time, or, really, the motivation, for fresh reporting. Furthermore, we do not bother with ads which would only compllcate our taxes for little gain, while compressing our space.
It is encouraging, though, for us to view our growth in an international blogosphere which is overloaded with interesting things to read. And yes, I know we post too much, too often. That is one of our many flaws.
According to our internal stats, we are running an average of about 4000 visits/weekday. In September, 145,000 visits and over a half-million page views. (Multiple visits do not count - and we get happily get plenty of 'em.) We quit looking at our millions of hits per month, which mean little. We are small, but not invisible. Our average length of stay is 3-4 minutes, which is very long for any blog or website: it either means that we are interesting... or that our visitors are slow readers.
The less-accurate Sitemeter shows a lower number, but nonetheless shows a steady pattern of growth: we have never had a month without readership growth since we began keeping stats in March, 2006 - unless you count the occasional months following mega-links. The graph looks good, and tells us that the market for Maggie's Farm is not yet saturated.
And don't even ask about those old Truth Laid Bare rankings. That site hasn't updated us since 2006, despite several emails to them, so I think they are non-functional as a source of blog data. Let's just say that we are the Eastern Box Turtle of the Blogosphere.
If you like us, and know folks who might also enjoy us - even if they do not agree with our politics - send us around. We know there are plenty of people out there who might like Maggie's, but have never stumbled upon us. We welcome civil, informed debate, disagreement, and genteel correction, and, in fact, we are never truly certain about most of our bold assertions.
One more thought: Leave a comment on a post if you have a thought to share. Don't be shy. We read most of 'em, sooner or later. Our commenting is easy: no illegible letters to type in for security. Our high-tech anti-spam takes care of that for us.
Photo: The mascot of Maggie's Farm: A very young Eastern Box Turtle, a cheerful, slow and steady critter who likes rainy days and eats almost anything. At this time of year, they are fattening up for a long hibernation. Around here, they spend half of their life cozily buried in restful hibernation - October to April or May.
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''a cheerful, slow and steady critter who likes rainy days and eats almost anything. At this time of year, they are fattening up for a long hibernation.''
HEY--I'm an Eastern Box Turtle!
Actually, you post perhaps just a bit too little.
Please do more! You can't put up too much content as long as it's good. Yours is very good.
I'm something of a refugee from the Althouse trainwreck, looking for more general-interest, intelligent, eclectic blogs. This certainly fits the bill, and you can be certain that I'll be back.
Reading here is like what listening to local radio used to be for me on the very few stations I liked: a mix of things to think about, smile at or just remember where we came from. Haven't really paid attention to site ratings and such, as my goal was to get my thoughts down in case others needed them... speak my mind, what I see and think and if you can make something of it: it is all yours for the taking.
Not a regular visitor and, like most of my commentary, my mind can't keep track of where I've been or what, exactly I've said... the worst sort of drive-by commenter, thats me! Still glad to drop by and see what's here when my mind is functioning, more or less.
We are ALL Maggie's Farm now.
Prepare my yurt on the lawn. I am en route.
Been a regular for quite a long time now, keep up the good work!
"We are ALL Maggie's Farm now.
Prepare my yurt on the lawn. I am en route."
Let me echo your thoughts, Vandeleun, as you express them so well.
This is an exceptional site. It blends humor, reverence, controversial subjects, and a potpouri of ideas and subjects--but always with a great deal of civility in an Internet world that often reeks of foul rudeness.
I rarely ever miss a day reading Maggie Farm!
May God bless all of you.
I am on my way to see the wizard, the wizard of Maggie's Farm. follow the yankee brick road to see the wizard, the wizard of Maggie's Farm.
Interesting the initals BD are also Bob's did you notice that?
keep up the good work but a bit more on Fred if you please.
From these humble beginnings shall I replenish my mercenary corps.
M.F. is my absolute favorite web site. Don't ever stop....please.
I usually check in twice a day; there's always something interesting to read, and great links.
Along with all the good stuff mentioned above, I enjoy the photography. And the occasional joke. The poems and the Sunday lectionary readings. The Dylan lyrics. Where else can you find all that in one place?
I should add that ever since I began reading Roger L. Simon's blog five or six years ago, I have treasured Buddy Larsen's comments wherever I find 'em!
THANKs, mom --i'll be over to mow the yard later--
Maggie's Farm has in short order become one of my three favorite blogs. Perhaps it's because I live in Connecticut, like duck hunting and trout fishing, agree with your political philosophy, appreciate the inclusion of Scripture ... stone walls? Have you done anything on stone walls? Then it would be perfect.
So perhaps you are niche. Eclectic is good. In magazines there is a tension between the expected and the unexpected. So we all sorta know what to expect when coming here, but then we are surprised. There is the tension, and the success.
Critically important: a design that is pleasing to the eye -- the green background supports the "farm" theme. Everything is well organized.
Oh, not being a Dylan fan, I didn't get "Maggie's Farm." I thought there was a real Maggie. I thought, briefly, that there was one of you. Nevertheless, your contributions blend as one voice, one personality. Blogs need a personality.
When do you reveal who you really are? And is that house photo real? So much in cyberspace is not anchored to the real, as your posts are.
Good work, and God bless!
I do so miss the old Vermont farmer, widowed but not lacking in women trying to nurture him and entice him out of his bachelorhood. ( Especially in Paris) Maybe I missed it all - what happened to him as I've much to do, but is he still alive? I would so much love to re-read his works. Most might not remember him, but I fondly looked forward to his latest Vermont rant. Keep up the great eclectic tone of "Maggie's Farm"