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A year of posts. November 25, 2008

Posted by ourfriendben in Ben Franklin, critters, gardening, homesteading, pets, recipes, wit and wisdom.
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Today marks a milestone of sorts, the 365th post to appear on Poor Richard’s Almanac. (Astute readers will note that we still have several months to go before our blog’s one-year anniversary in February 2009; apparently our mouths move faster than our calendars.)

In these 365 posts, blog contributors our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders have raved and ranted about pretty much everything under the sun, from history and hot peppers to greenhouses and groceries, collections and coinage, recipes and radishes, lazy cats and crazy critters, prizes and pirates, marbles and mushrooms, with some chickens, philosophy, and poetry thrown in for good measure. (We still haven’t let our friend Ben post about the demotion of Pluto from planet status, something that continues to obsess him, but that’s another matter.) There has even been the occasional guest appearance by our blog mentor and hero, Benjamin Franklin. (Rumor has it that he’ll be checking in later this week to talk turkey, so stay tuned.) You just never know what you’ll find here, and neither do we—and that’s part of the fun.

We’ve had such a good time with Poor Richard’s Almanac, and look forward to writing many another post chronicling the ongoing battles of Silence and the stink bugs, our friend Ben’s unending efforts at self-promotion in hopes of winning a MacArthur fellowship, Nobel Prize, or at least a regular slot writing op-ed pieces for the New York Times, and Richard’s explorations of Colonial history and what the Founders can still teach us today. And we owe it all to you.

We’d like to thank two people in particular for getting Poor Richard’s Almanac up and running. First of all, a huge thank you to Nancy Ondra, whose marvelous gardening blog, Hayefield, is on our blogroll at right, and who also is a regular contributor to another great gardening blog, Gardening Gone Wild (also accessible through our blogroll). It was Nan who somehow managed to convince this crew of Luddites that even we could create and manage a blog via WordPress, and Nan who has continued to come to our rescue when some aspect of blogging has proved beyond our technical abilities. And second, thank you, Stuart Robinson, founding genius of Blotanical, that great compendium of over a thousand gardening blogs, for making it possible for us to reach so many like-minded gardeners and (now) blog friends.

Nancy and Stuart gave us a way to get our message out. But what makes Poor Richard’s Almanac more than three voices crying in the wilderness is you, its readers. You tell us what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and what we could be doing better. You give us ideas and insights. You make us laugh. You inspire us.

As we prepare to leave for Nashville, to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, we are thankful for each and every one of you who has ever taken the time to visit Poor Richard’s Almanac. We are grateful to those who stop long enough to comment. And we bless all our blog friends who make a point of stopping by often. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We look forward to sharing the journey with all of you, wherever it may take us, even to Pluto and beyond. (No, Ben, no!!!)

           —our friend Ben, Silence, and Richard



1. Tyra in Vaxholm - November 25, 2008

Congratulations 365 posts! Keep up your good work you are certainly a guru with the words and I also want to wish you a nice and happy Thanksgiving/Tyra

Thank you, Tyra! What a lovely thing to say!

2. mr_subjunctive - November 25, 2008

Well, I would be negligent if I didn’t point Ben to this (which he’s possibly seen already anyway):


Ha, this is so priceless. And no, I hadn’t seen it. Thank you, Mr. S.! Poor Pluto!!!

3. nefaeria - November 25, 2008

Congrats on the milestone folks!

We look forward to continuing to read the lovely contributions made to the Almanac.


Aymi & Laurel

Thanks, Aymi and Laurel! We love your blog and posts as well!

4. hayefield - November 25, 2008

Congratulations to you all! In case you ever have trouble finding the incentive to focus on your writing in the year to come, this evil but amusing little gadget should do the trick: Here be dragon

Heh! Thanks, Nan! “Here Be Dragons” is one of our all-time favorite historical novels, so we’re looking forward to checking this out!

5. Becca - November 25, 2008

Here’s to a wonderful Thanksgiving (and to the next 365 posts!). I have a hard time keeping up with all my blog reading and don’t get to make it by everyday but always look forward to your comments and your posts.

Thanks, Becca! A joyous Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

6. deb - November 26, 2008

Congrats y’all and keep it coming.

Thanks, Deb!

7. jodi - November 26, 2008

Delightful milestone, O most delightful luddites. I will not claim I’ve read all of your posts, but I’ve read many and loved them all. Here’s to the next 365!

Thanks, Jodi, and ditto!

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