We set up here on the porch six months ago today. Many words later, it’s still a nice place to relax and shoot the breeze.

To mark the occasion, a brief summary:

We’ve had 81,000 visitors making some 220,000 visits, looking at 627,000 pages.

385 posts have received 5,078 comments from 146 commenters. The most comments – without surprise – come from the great D.W. Sabin, with 429, followed by Mr. Cheeks with 307. The most posts have been penned by the yours truly – prolix as ever – with 56 (make that 57).

I invite newcomers to mark the occasion with a visit to my first post: A Republic of Front Porches. It still says as well as, if not better than, anything else I’ve written here the reasons for spending some time on the porch.

Here’s to another eventful six months…

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  1. I love this place and hope it continues to produce such stimulating ideas as I have witnessed over the last month since I found it!

  2. Keep it up, please! Your message is so timely. I dropped a couple of fluffy sorta conservative blogs to make time for you because you expand my horizons.

  3. Has it only been six months? Seems more like a year, considering the heft and rigor of the majority of posts and many of the comments. Would that JMW’s “moment of cliché” is held off for as long as possible.

  4. Or, shall we say, the “grating” D.W. Sabin? For my 430th official yawp, I would like to take this august moment and pay tribute to the discipline of Albert and his economy of words.

    220,000 slams of the screen door…….a lovely noise.

  5. I can’t remember when I first discovered FPR (sure seems like more than six months ago). As an “ancient mariner” (last 43 years spent driving ships up rivers and around the world) I first check the family blog to see whats new with my wife, 11 children and 11 grandchildren. Then I settle down here. Never disapoints. You have a unique mix here. Thanks

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