Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Welcome, Visitor Number 2,000

It's probably not surprising that, while writing for a blog that concerns itself with data and trend analysis, I check in often on data about the blog and its recent trends. The tool I use for statistics is Google Analytics, and I've been pleased with the depth of information it provides as well as the ability to easily set the date ranges I'm interested.

According to the trend lines, then, sometime by 7:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States the two thousandth unique visitor will stop by to see what this blog is all about. Welcome, Visitor 2,000.

So far visitors have come from 69 countries and 787 cities. Together, you've viewed these pages well over 5,000 times, with a core group of you coming back over and over again (400 of you have been here 10 or more times since we launched.)

It's a start, and I just wanted to recognize this milestone. We were in mid-August before we reached 1,000 unique visitors. I suspect we'll see the pace of new faces continue to accelerate.

If you enjoy this blog and find it useful, please feel free to tell your friends and link to it. Viral marketing is always appreciated -- pass along a post you find interesting or helpful (or even both!) And let me know what we could be doing better in providing timely and useful information for those interested in community indicators.

Thank you for your interest.


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