It is particularly gratifying, in the afterglow of the First International Conference on Men’s Issues, that we get another reason to celebrate as a community.
On November 1, 2011, after 15 months online, our “little globe” hit its first 1,000,000 visits. I was so encouraged at the time that I wrote the following:
After 15 months online we are rapidly approaching our first million visits to AVfM. And if current traffic holds or continues to grow we will have at least twice that much after another 15 months. I am betting we do even better than that thanks to the dedicated efforts of all the people who contribute quality additions to the growing library of MRA literature, and the increasing number of men and women who are stepping up to rattle the worlds cage with FTSU.
I actually worried at that point if I was being overly optimistic. It turns out I was not. We did, in fact, hit more than twice that much in the next 15 months.
And here we are, less than three years from the point we hit our first million, about to go over the 10,000,000 mark. I have to say, it feels pretty good.
Something else from back in that day. At the time I made that post I said, “After a slight leveling off when the site was rebuilt, we are tracking upward in Alexa ranking again, headed toward a coveted place in the top 100,000 worldwide rankings.”
That seems like a lifetime ago. Since then our numbers have blown the doors off Alexa and AVFM has become one of the top 30,000 most visited websites in the world and one of the top 12,000 in the United States.
Let me take this great moment to thank all the recent donors in our current fundraiser, which ends tomorrow night. If you would like to help us celebrate this milestone with a couple of bucks in the tip jar, we will be happy to take it and put it to use. Or, just sit back and take a look at that globe, think about the incredibly successful conference we just had, and about the one we are planning for next year and know that you are a part of it.
100,000,000 visitors will be here before you know it, and then ten times that, because we are never going to stop.
As we grow, we hope to do even more. More organization, effecting more change in the public discourse, and, importantly, the day we can start serving men and boys with even more tangible, direct services.
There was a time when I doubted that could ever really happen. But those days are gone. The Men’s Rights Movement is going forward because it must, and AVFM is going to be the spearhead of it happening.
A wonderful day/evening to you all.
Note: This article is also available in Italian.