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The Weed Blog Is Five Years Old Today!

The Weed BlogFive years ago today I posted the first article on this blog. It was a very rudimentary article, one that I read for almost comedic purposes every once in awhile. If I had been told back then that I would still be posting articles five years later, I would have pinched myself because I would have thought I was dreaming. There would have been no way for me to fit my head around something like that.

But, despite the odds, here I am posting article number 8,529. In the last five years, this blog has accumulated 94,314,738 pageviews. I remember when we received our 1,000th pageview. I remember thinking to myself at the time, ‘1,0oo, that’s mind blowing!’ The Weed Blog has had a lot of ups and downs over the years, and likely will in the future, but hopefully we will be around for another five years. With fans like ours, anything is possible.

One of the biggest hopes I had when we started this blog was that someday we might help states legalize cannabis, and eventually end cannabis prohibition nationwide. That of course has already happened in four states and D.C.. We strive very, very hard to help the reform movement. We post more reform based articles than any other cannabis website on the internet, and will continue to do so as long as I can login.

Despite the fact that we don’t have the financial resources that other sites our size do, or have teams of people running the site (just two dudes in Oregon with two laptops and a vaporizer, and another good guy paying the internet bill!), we aren’t located in a significant metro area (mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon), or attend many events, or sponsor events, or in my case have all day to dedicate to the blog (I work an 8-5 job in a cubicle like any other person), or have a marketing campaign, or have any corporate backing (independent since the beginning!), or a number of other things, despite all that, here we are, churning out page views as good or better than anyone else in the industry.

How do we do it? How do we compete with the big dogs despite them having virtually every competitive advantage on us? The answer is simple. We have YOU, the reader. We have the most loyal, awesome reader base in the entire industry, and I can never express how thankful I am for each and everyone of you. Even the ones that post harsh comments in the comments section. The fact that you grumpies are even taking the time to bash me or something on this site contributes to the conversation in some way, and I love discussion, even when it’s someone saying I’m wrong. I’ve always said, since the very first post, that I would rather be wrong and facilitate discussion than be right and have no one ever talk about it or learn about the topic being discussed.

I want to say to each and ever reader we have ever had, to every person that has shared or tweeted our stuff on social media, to every organization and campaign fighting for reform that we have helped, and to anyone that has contributed to this blog via guest post or syndication, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! Keep fighting for reform and justice, keep fighting for compassion, and keep fighting to end harmful prohibition. We are winning the war against cannabis, and as long as we have your support, we will continue to help as much as we can!

  • 2buds

    Congrats! I’ve visited every day for 3 years. Although for some reason my posts always get deleted! WTF

  • Sarijuana

    Happy Birthday!!! And many more!

  • bill

    happy 5 year birthday you are a wealth of knowledge I am so glad you all tell it like it is and give out pointers you are truly awesome

  • jontomas

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! – I know words can never describe the amount of blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into this amazing effort. All I can say is, from my own experience, you could put 10 times that and you will never regret a single moment.

    You will have the great knowledge you did everything you could to help bring an end to this long, insane, vicious national nightmare! That will always be priceless.

    As a tribute to your great spirit and dedication, I want to tell this story. I’ve probably told it here before. But this time, it’s for you!

    Professor Julian Heicklen never smoked, or cared about, marijuana. But when he retired in 1998, he decided the most important thing he could do was to lead marijuana smoke-outs at the Gates of Penn State, every Thursday for more than a year. Of course, he was arrested several times. When asked why he was doing this, he replied:

    “Marijuana is the messenger, not the message. The issue is whether we will live in freedom or in tyranny!”

    You guys are in the company of heroes! – Thank you for all you do.

  • Brandon Nicholas

    Happy Birthday.

  • David

    Happy Birthday! Congratulations to all. Bravo! Job well done.

  • khh

    The Weed Blog has become my favorite go-to spot for the latest in cannabis news. I am impressed by its ease of use and comprehensiveness. Keep up the good work!

  • AAMCO

    LOL some of those are my grumpy comments ahahah. Anyway love coming here for updates. John Morgan has re-filed the petition with new wording for FL along with a legislator putting up a bill in Feb

  • Karen Ferguson

    Happy Birthday to you! Dear Johnny, happy birthday to you!!! And, many more…. My friends and I are grateful for all you do for us. We appreciate we don’t have to brush aside all the other info that we aren’t interested in at this time. Click and read resulting in being informed. What’s not to like?!!

  • Uncle Arthur

    I rely on the Weedblog for all the going on the cannabis community. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for such a wonderful on line publication. Keep up the good work as always! Happy 5th!

  • Richard Rossadillo

    Thanks for all the great content we share a lot of it to 420 World News Headquarters on Facebook.

  • $20 A LID

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the knowledge! It is much appreciated!