November 29, 2005
A Milestone and a Crossroads
Sometime early this morning (I didn't stay up to watch), we passed 20,000 visitors since Portland Transport was launched this summer. Here are a few other statistics to mark this occassion:
- 1,000+ visitors per week
- 194 Posts
- 1,400 Comments
It's that last number that makes me believe the site is a success. We have achieved our goal of creating a place where citizens and advocates for many different modes of transportation can come together to discuss our vision and help shape common goals.
To help propel Portland Transport into the future, we have taken another step, incorporating as a non-profit. Portland Transport has been an Oregon non-profit corporation since late October, and we are in the process of seeking 501(c)(3) status. This phase of our evolution will allow us to offer services and resources on the site that would be difficult without corporate status - we hope to announce one of these services later this week. But it does involve some costs (not the least of which is paying our attorney for the incorporation - even though she is generously doing most of the work pro-bono).
So we are now asking for your financial support to help with these costs and to cover our modest monthly operating costs. We're adding a PayPal contributions button to the site, and would appreciate your support, even in small amounts. Part of the requirement to convince the IRS we deserve 501(c)(3) status is to show that we have a base of contributors, and this isn't just a personal hobby for a few of us!
Thank you for your involvement in making Portland Transport the great site that it is, and thank you in advance for your future support.
November 29, 2005 9:44 AM
Congratulations, Chris! Your website is great. Thank you very much for doing it.
Btw, I always wonder why websites count visitors instead of visits. Wouldn't visits be more accurate?
November 29, 2005 9:59 AM
Chris Smith Says:
Thanks, Cate! The 'visitors' metric really is 'visits', sort of. If you come to the site this morning, and again this afternoon, that's one 'visit'. If you come again tomorrow, that's another 'visit'. So the 20,000 'visitors' we have achieved is really 20,000 'unique daily visitors'.
November 29, 2005 12:30 PM
Jonathan Maus Says:
Way to go in taking the next step Chris! I look forward to seeing what's on the horizon for Portland Transport. It's been great to interact with your site and link to your posts.
Non-profit huh? I can't say the thought hasn't crossed my mind too...