The number of views of photos in the beard gallery hit twelve million sometime just before noon Pacific Daylight Time on March 31st, 2010! We hit eleven million views less than three months earlier on January 6, 2010. The counter started at zero on January 26, 2006. So the twelve million number represents only the number of views since January 26, 2006. Thanks to all of our loyal fans, friends, and visitors, the site continues to grow. We are experiencing some growing pains, but they are welcome. They are a sign of great things yet to come.
I wasn’t at the computer when the counter rolled over to twelve million. So this post is illustrated with a previously-unpublished photo of Tomas.
The original all about beards site: January 17, 1996 — October 31, 2008.
What is today the “all about beards” site that resides here at beards.org appeared initially at the address http://members.aol.com/beardguy/ on the 17th of January 1996. On the 20th of January of 2005, the all-new all about beards site made its debut at its current www.beards.org address. The old site was hosted on web space allocated to AOL members.
When the updated version of all about beards opened at beards.org, I left the original up as a legacy site with pointers to the current site. Today, AOL shut down all of its members’ sites, including the all about beards legacy site. So I am forced to bid a sentimental, fond farewell to the online presence of the early form of all about beards. Rest assured, however, that all about beards will continue — stronger than ever — at beards.org: building the future by honoring the past.
I also have some housekeeping to do. Actually, I never got completely weaned off of the old site, with a few features still residing there. I have some extra work to do now to migrate those features here.