The obligatory Thanksgiving post!  When we think about what we’re thankful for here at PB, the first thing that comes to mind is you, our dear reader.  Our hardcore followers and fans, our casual readers, those who get here because we were linked at some national site, or mentioned on cable news.  Plunderbund has grown to a point where we are acutely aware that we got here because of the support of so many of our readers and fans.

We’re also thankful for a seriously talented stable of writers, both past and present.  Why else do those readers end up here?  They know that they’ll get some damned fine independent reporting that they can’t get anywhere else and that is owed to some very hard work by everyone with a byline here.

We were reminded of all of this recently when we were mentioned not once, not twice, but three times on cable news shows within 24 hours.  Pretty sure that’s a record for us.  While it’s not new for us to be mentioned on cable shows (we were once even a guest on one), it is pretty awesome to be mentioned on the same show in back to back episodes and in the manner it was.  We’re thankful that shows like Rachel Maddow and The Ed Show recognize our work and are willing to use it in what they do and credit us.

Here are some other things that we’re thankful for:

Referendums:  We don’t win them all, but having the ability to take issues directly to the people helps to put a check on the entrenched Republican legislature that seems incapable or unwilling to listen sometimes.

Hyperlinks:  We’re seriously thankful for this web protocol.  How else would we get massive amounts of traffic (and new readers) from big sites like Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, DailyKos, Reddit, and many others!  These sites help others see our work and push them into the national conversation.

Ohio Constitution:  Other than referendums, it’s been the only thing capable of stopping Kasich and his agenda to sell Ohio out to the largest campaign contributing bidder.

Unions:  Without unions and their organizing, we don’t win the SB5 fight and we likely don’t win the last election.  The right likes to portray unions like corporations with big bosses and special interest money driving their agendas.  The irony, of course, is the right would like us to believe that corporations are people while unions really are people.  A collection of people who are stronger than any one member.  Thanks to unions for continuing to let the voice of the people be heard.

Teachers:  We’re thankful for good teachers we’ve had who got us where we’re at with critical thinking, writing, analysis, and journalism.  We’re also thankful for those teachers getting organized and pushing back on those who would marginalize them.  Some of us are also thankful for having one of our own be an educator and activist.  Go Greg!

Public Safety Workers:  We’re especially thankful for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers, turnpike employees and anyone else missing time with their families today to keep us safe.

Advertisers:  We’re super thankful for those who have supported the site with cold hard cash.  It enables us to do more than we could without the financial support.  Thanks advertisers!

Comments:  We have an extremely active commenting community powered by Disqus and there are even times when the best stuff is in the comments!

Social media:  We get a majority of our incoming link traffic directly from Facebook and a growing amount from Twitter.  We absolutely LOVE our Facebook community and thank them for sharing our stuff!  You guys rock.

Tips:  Smartest thing we did was put up a new comment/feedback form.  Trust us when we say we have received some amazing tips that have turned into stories you’ve read.  This speaks to us not just having a passive readership but a very active and engaged one.  Tipsters rock!

Thanks to all our fans, readers, advertisers, writers, commenters, tipsters, and everyone else who makes PB what it is.  We love you all!

What are you thankful for?  Hit the comments and let us know!

– PlunderCrew