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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Tuesday, January 6. 2009
Maggie's turns three this winter. Well, more or less three. We actually opened up shop in 2005, but it was more of a practice run for about a year without stats or any visibility. That's the way these intertube thingys go - unless you're a prominent tabloid celeb already like Theo Spark or Caroline Kennedy or Jules Crittenden or Lindsay Lohan or Neoneoneo.
Fact is, we still haven't figured out how to master this blog thing, and we are happily confused about our identity. Erik Erikson would consider us "unresolved," no doubt. Are we a diary? A Kindergarten Show-and-Tell? A Punditorium? A Link Blog?
Well, we call ourselves "eclectic" and and just leave it at that. We post whatever we feel like, and whatever we stumble upon in our lives which we think needs or deserves whatever cyberspace we can offer it. (That's an awkward sentence. We specialize in those, at times. And in incomplete sentences and also in run-on sentences. We always have to dash off to feed the chickens, plow a field, or butcher an ox.)
As we have said at least once a year, readers are our only reward. In our minds, commenters even more so, but we know most people have neither the time nor the inclination.
We seem to be almost doubling our readership each year. By our internal stats (not Sitemeter) we are running around 200,000 visits/month now. (Hits mean nothing other than intertube presence, but they're around 4.5 million per month.) Sitemeter, our Webmeister tells us, isn't very accurate but is useful as a relative measure for comparison purposes. The numbers of "unique readers" is our key metric - and our readers are indeed unique.
Why do readership numbers matter to us? Vanity, I guess, and simple attention-seeking. (The real secret, shameful truth is that we enjoy doing this, and that we learn from doing it.)
So that's the annual Maggie's update. If you like us, do us a favor and send us around to folks who might enjoy reading us. We aren't famous - yet.
The price is right.
And, while we're on the subject, a big thanks to Chris Southern Consulting, the Vermont born-and-bred blogmeister who makes this site possible and who solves all the glitches and problems with good cheer. If you need website work, give him a shout.
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Comments? You want comments?! I got your comment right here! Seriously, thank you for one of the greatest sites out there. I visit pretty much every day, and derive great pleasure from doing so.
Congratulations! I found Maggie's Farm via Jack Risko's (Dinocrat) blogroll and it is one of my top five favorite sites.
Theo's photos make it unsafe for work, and I did have to explain to my inquiring husband that I was not surfing for girly pictures. I think that, once he read the articles, he understood.
I stumbled across Maggie around Veteran's Day, simply by entering "Veteran's Day Prayer" on my search engine of choice. I wasn't sure at first myself just what you are (if it is possible to define that beyond the mission statement in your banner) but kept getting pulled back. I have come to expect a pundit's stew involving libertarian politics, hunting, appreciation for nature which is the only art worth viewing and just the right mix of spirituality. In short, perfect. The bonus is that I now know that not everyone in New England is a sissy liberal, and that makes me feel good, knowing that I have brothers in arms in even the bluest parts of our country.
Comments on The Maggie's Farm Annual Report: First, to Skookumchuk right, that's what they used to say about Playboy, too. And to Maggie's Esteemed Editor: Congrats and thanks to BD and Maggie's for an always interesting website filled with posts about topics mundane and esoteric, and the great range of reader comments elicited therefrom. Whatever Maggie's is, it works, and has the "Nielsens" to prove it, so hopefully the editors won't tinker too much with a winner.
Thanks to BD and gang for an always interesting and often inspiring product. Are you havin' a good time?
I'd call this blog a spicy stew of meat and vegetables, with a side of sourdough bread.
I forget where I first found a link to you.
I think the pix adjoining the articles enhance my enjoyment, especially those grabbed from Theo, and Gwynnie's selections.
I don't know how I found MF. I believe it was cited by Roger Simon at one point. In any case, I have found MF to informative and fun.
When I have the time, I have had good exchanges with a number of readers. There are always insightful and informed comments, which I thoroughly enjoy.
Thanks for putting up the site. Thanks to all who read and comment.
I love that MF can get 38 comments on a tractor post and 2 on some political event. I think that's great - the mix that allows for super commentary on the ordinary things in life and then the extraordinary when it suits. The eclectic topics are the draw as there are plenty of political blogs and world news blogs; it's fun to lose that and jump into one of MF's typical threads that wander all over the place.
Recommendation: More contests for naming things! :}
I found Maggie's Farm a few month ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite daily stops on my tour of the Internet. For the same reasons as your other commenters. Thanks and keep up the good work.
I found you via a commenter at Tim Blair's site, so the chain is New England by Virginia by Australia by Maryland. What an interesting place the internet is.
One more link: I found Theo here. Naughty, naughty.
Let's see hunting, farming , nature, wildlife ,history and politics all on one site. And Bob Dylan too! I love this place.
As I've stated before, Maggie's Farm is wonderful buffet of tasty offerings to suit almost any palate...enhanced by the generous sharing of knowledge and insights from the contributors to the comment section... many thanks to both departments for keeping the bar set high.
I also appreciate the wise/sophisticated ladies that visit here for understanding about the eye candy that might be seen on the farm occasionally.
BD. I'm happy for yours and all the Maggie's editors success. You've truly found and intelligently filled a most needed niche.
My only wish might be that these first time or occasional commenters show up more often.
"I love that MF can get 38 comments on a tractor post and 2 on some political event"
…well that is a true measure of discerning readership
"…well that is a true measure of discerning readership"
Exactly. We all visit our favorite political blogs and then come here to grouse and rouse. Wonderful.
I stop in every day or two to catch up, because I know I'll find an interesting link to at least 3 or 4 places I wouldn't have known about, on a wide variety of subjects.
Do you guys have any idea why you had a traffic spike in March 2008? That's before I was reading you here.