All about beards celebrated its twenty-first anniversary on January 17, 2017. This video featuring photos and video from selected beards.org photo shoots marks the momentous occasion! Many thanks go to all of the site’s friends from throughout the years.
It began with the heartfelt desire to communicate to the world that beards should not only be accepted, they should be appreciated and encouraged. This also included the objective of providing would-be beard growers with useful beard-growing information, inspiration, and support.
Building strength through numbers, the idea was to get as many men as possible to grow their beards. The more beards there are, the more common a sight they become. Over time, this leads to greater acceptance of beards as “normal”. And the more acceptance beards gain, pervasive anti-beard bias begins to subside more and more.
It is deeply gratifying to know that all about beards has encouraged thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. Even though not all have kept their beards, each one counts as a victory because at least they all got to experience what it is like to grow your beard and be a bearded man. It is also gratifying to hear from these newly-bearded men how proud they are of their beards and how great they feel about themselves with their beards.
Just as important as encouraging men to grow their beards has been providing them with the information needed to grow their beards properly and to avoid common beard-ruining mistakes. Whenever I see a man in the beginning phase of growing a beard who has already badly misshapen the nascent beard, I am reminded that the site’s information on how to properly grow a beard still needs to spread further.
All about beards launched on the worldwide web twenty years ago today on January 17, 1996. It started out on AOL member web space where it began to grow and thrive. The original URL, now-defunct, was http://members.aol.com/beardguy . All about beards moved to its new permanent home at beards.org on January 20, 2005. To this day, all about beards continues to use the original firstname.lastname@example.org email address for regular correspondence.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all of the site’s loyal friends, supporters, and contributors. Thanks for bearing with me as the site is going through some more growing pains. The plan is for all about beards to keep growing and get better and better.
This post is illustrated with sample photos from another beard growth progress photo shoot with Chris a few days ago. Chris’ amazing beard growth is just getting started and is making fast progress. Click on any photo to see a larger version. Use your browser’s back button to return to this page.
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Today all about beards launched phase one of our site renovation at www.beards.org ! Please excuse any inconvenience should you find something not working during this transition. Everything is pretty much working now, but small issues may still be found here and there until all are identified and eliminated. More changes and improvements are on the way.
On January 17, 1996 a modest web site named all about beards made its debut on the web. Starting out on AOL web space — the now defunct “http://members.aol.com/beardguy” — the site moved to its permanent home at beards.org on January 20, 2005. Profound thanks go out to all of our friends and supporters over these years!
Thank you, everyone, for all the likes! The beards.org Facebook page started on February 12, 2010. Today we reached 10,000 likes. It’s great to have you with us. Your participation on the Facebook page is much appreciated.
If you haven’t “liked” the beards.org Facebook page yet, today is a great day to do it. Click on the image to go to the beards.org Facebook page and then click on “Like”.
Oops! The gallery views counter hit seventeen million…sometime. It was about a week ago. I missed it. Oh, well. Here’s a little belated commemoration of the momentous occasion! Photo above is another preview shot from Scott’s beards.org photo shoot. His beard feature will appear one of these days…soon, I hope! Stay tuned. Oh, and thanks, everyone, for all your interest in all about beards!
The hits just keep on coming here at beards.org. On the afternoon (US Pacific Time) of March 25th, 2011, the gallery views counter rolled over to sixteen million! We hit fifteen million back on January 2nd, 2011. The counting only began back on January 26th, 2006. So the real number is unknown but much higher.
I wasn’t here to see which was the sixteen millionth photo. So I selected one of Andy’s photos to illustrate this post.
We are starting off the new year with a great milestone. The beards.org gallery views counter just hit fifteen million! The ceremonial fifteenth millionth photo was that of Josef of Germany. The counter rolled over to fifteen million at 9:28 PM Pacific Standard Time on January 2nd, 2011. We hit fourteen million back on October 11th, 2010.
Josef was one of the first to show off his beard in our beards of the world gallery. If you haven’t already, please join him in the gallery by submitting your entry today! To view Josef’s photo, click on the image above.
We’ve done it again! We’ve got another million views on the gallery counter! The thirteen-million milestone was reached sometime on the morning of July 4th, 2010.
We hit our previous milestone of twelve million gallery views back on March 31st, 2010. Remember, however, that the gallery counter started at zero on January 26, 2006. So we have had thirteen million views of photos in the gallery since January 26, 2006.
The number is a fun milestone to track, although the actual number of views is even larger. Sadly, when some images leave the gallery, their view counts get subtracted. That can whack off thousands from the counter at a time. Also, when Salvatore’s beard videos were hosted in the main gallery, the overall view count was boosted substantially. When I pulled the videos from the gallery (because they were using up all of the site’s monthly data transfer allowance), the overall count shrank some more, as well. If all of the subtractions were added back, the true number would be quite a bit higher.
Regardless, each additional million makes for a good occasion to stop and reflect for a moment and express thanks to all of beards.org’s loyal fans, friends, and visitors. It’s also a great time to thank and salute each and every bearded man who has joined the gallery.
I wasn’t at the computer when the counter hit thirteen million. So this post is illustrated with a previously-unpublished photo of Christopher.
Happy Birthday, USA! And best wishes to all friends of beards.org around the world!