Today marks Facing South's 4-month anniversary in the blogosphere. It was four months ago that we posted our manifesto about the need for a fresh new take on key issues and prospects for progressive change in the South.

Four months -- that makes us virtual virgins in blogworld. But I think we've been able to do some good things in that short time.

For Southerners and South-watchers alike, we've become a go-to source for news and analysis (with a twist of offbeat humor). Journalists, think tank researchers, Congresspeople, and leaders at the grassroots have all written to thank us for delivering a daily progressive take on this region we call home. Our readership has steadily climbed, too.

Thanks for reading, and making this blog a success!

If you'd like to get more involved with the Institute and our work for justice, democracy and peace in the South, here are some things you may be interested in:

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We look forward to working with you for a better South, and thank you for your support.