05/17/13 394 W - + 1 - 1 Six Thousand Postings Later

Just noticed that last week's observations about a Wilmington aerial tower was posting 6000.1 Wow, how did that happen? This blog began on December 27, 2005. The first posting was, well, Welcome to our Blog. Actually, that was the fifth one. The first four were test posts.

We've covered quite a bit of ground in these eight and a half years. Local stuff a-plenty, from numbering schemes to incident discussions to local governance. Lots of rumors, at least in the early days. (We're more fact-based presently.) History and photography in equal parts, as well.

We've been heated at times, and then re-heated for some of the more popular dead horses. It's been a couple years, however, since we've had super-long discussions. Those were in the days before reader comments required approval. Here are those with the highest comment counts, and all are from the pre-moderation period:

Wake County Fire Station Closure Update       Oct 09       71 comments
New Numbering Scheme for Wake Forest Fire    Aug 08    66
WCFC Meeting News    Sep 06    65
This Afternoon's Fire [on Redford Place Drive]    Jun 07    61
Old School Dispatching Starts at Midnight    Feb 10    54
Raleigh City Council Approves New Fire Station    Oct 10    53
Gone [or Memories From Readers]    Apr 08    51
Closest Station Response?    Aug 06    48
Hazing?    Feb 10    47
Wake County EMS to Roll Out Advance Practice Paramedic Program    Jan 09    46
Idle Ambulances / Allocating Resources    Mar 07    46

What's next for this blog? Would like to upgrade the platform, to add Facebook commenting and maybe user-controlled user profiles. Might commence cleaning out the oldest postings, and removing expired event notices and fluffier stuff. The historical pieces--both local and statewide--are gold, and will be preserved somehow. Maybe re-posted on other pages. Maybe moved to another site, some day. Beyond that, it'll be same old same old. I'll keep talking until there's nothing else to say, or no one left reading. Thanks for participating.

1 Sounds like an impressive number, but it ain't. Here's the math: 6000 divided by 8.5 years divided by 365 days equals just about two postings per day. Any fool with a lot of free time and a wardrobe of tropical shirts can pull that off.

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