I spent a little time poking around in the Admin panel of vBulletin tonight and thought I'd share some statistics. We moved the forum up to vBulletin v 3.0.x last November, so we've lost all our previous statistics, but I thought it would be interesting to point out where we are now after starting this place just a bit over two years ago.
Average number of posts/day: 130
Average number of new threads/day: 10
Average number of unique users that visit each day: 214
Average number of new users/day: 5
Most viewed thread: The Iron Butt Thread
Most replied to thread: Rounding up potential rounders
Record Online users: 324, back on 12-08-2004 at 6:02 PM
And the most popular forum? What else? Campfire.
So how did all this get started? Thank Visian. He got the MOA to consent to getting this started, bought the software and installed it and then recruited some folks to make it work. We went live the same day the US invaded Iraq, which was pretty strange, but we still attracted about 75 members that day by furiously cross posting to every forum and mailing list we could think of. Back then, most of the content was the moderators talking to each other, trying to get some content going. It was difficult, but it took. JGR, BG, Brad, Lorazepam, MarkF, El Dookey - there are a bunch of folks that got on early and are still here. Those folks have made this place a home and have, along with everyone else here, built the flavor of this place that is so unique. Not too tame, not too wild. Somewhere in the middle. Kind of like that crazy uncle you used to have. You knew who he was, but you never quite knew what he was going to do.
The original intention was to provide a way for MOA members to talk with each other, sort of as a way to enhance a mailing list. I think it succeeded. With not much more than a guerilla campaign, just about no mention by the Web Editor and some strong word of mouth, it managed to get off the ground and start to grow. And now, I'll see a day when we sign up ten or fifteen new users and know that we got a mention in ON and someone decided to check it out.
We've seen folks form their own club, organize track days, meet each other at a national rally, make a whole bunch of new friends and just generally shoot the breeze. I'd say you folks have done good. Keep at it, y'all. It's just gonna get better.
After all, the MOA's mission is to foster a sense of community among BMW owners and you guys (and gals!) are doing exactly that.