Hello Village 14 people.  You may have noticed that we’ve recently made some changes to this blog, particularly to the various features in the column just to the right of our main posts. There’s still a few bugs to be worked out but your feedback is welcome.

More significantly, on the top right corner, you’ll see a new page called “Commenting Rules.” This long overdue document provides guidelines for participating here. Special thanks to Jerry Reilly for assembling this, with considerable input from other Village 14 bloggers. Your input, suggestions and questions are welcome too (as  if we needed to invite people here to express themselves!)

I think it’s safe to say that Village 14 has come further than anyone could have ever imagined when we launched this on Nov. 27, 2011.  Over that time, we’ve published 1,895 separate posts and you’ve contributed 19,138 separate comments (granted it feels like half of them are from Hoss and Ted, but that still counts, right?).  I’m just glad we got around to this before our 20,000th comment.

Village 14 remains an all volunteer effort. No one is paid here and everyone who contributes does so while balancing day jobs and other interests.

Next up, perhaps once Jerry recovers from this task he will volunteer to update that three-year-old “About Village 14” page!