Today is my birthday (I am on the wrong side of 35 now, I just turned 36). As I reflect on the last year, one of the things I am most proud of is the work we have all done together on this incredible community. I remain incredibly grateful to all of you -- I didn't know how this transition would go, but this community embraced me with open arms and has been nothing but supportive.
And here are some of the early results from the Orchid re-launch (which officially went live on September 21, 2016).
When I first took over Orchid, the archive was not searchable, and was poorly indexed by Google. The 250,000 individual pages attracted only around 300 visitors per day, despite being the authority resource for jewelry makers.
Yesterday, January 30th we attracted 1,900 visitors, which is now near our daily average and climbing. This is just the Orchid forums, and does not include Ganoksin.com.
What this means is that because of YOUR efforts and YOUR participation, around 60,000 people each month are using Orchid as a resource. That's almost 700,000 people per year visiting Orchid.
Now keep in mind of course, the vast majority of those people are free visitors landing on Q&A in the forum directly from Google.... the entire archive is free. So people all over the world can access this amazing resource that this community has built together over 20 years. The world's jewelers are better educated because of you guys, and they are being given access to more information than ever before -- subsidized by your participation, your generous membership fees, and the generous support of our sponsors.
Thanks for making this an awesome birthday, and keep making amazing art.