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1,000 Perfect Duluth Day Users

Perfect Duluth Day hit a milestone today at 4:28 p.m. when the user “emmajoru” created an account and made the post below about the Low concert. PDD now has 1,000 contributors.

This is kind of a meaningless number in some ways, because not all 1,000 contributors have actually contributed. Some people create an account and never post. And, of course, only a small percentage of readers bother to create an account and become a contributor, because the only reason to have an account is to create a post. Anyone can read or comment without an account.

Nonetheless, big even numbers are fun, so I thought I’d share this milestone.

It took just over two years to reach 1,000 contributors. Although PDD is approaching its eighth year, we started over at zero contributors in 2009 when the site switched to the Word Press publishing platform.

By the way, anyone who thinks “emmajoru” should win $1,000 should contribute $1,000 to PDD. For now, thanks to “emmajoru” and all of our users, lurkers, commenters and random people who find our site by searching Google Images for “bong.”

27 Comments

zra

about 3 years ago

I like this. How does PDD stack up against similar community-based blogs? Is PDD a blog?

Tom

about 3 years ago

Damn it ... I should have waited a couple more days to register.

Tom

about 3 years ago

Wow, I thought you were kidding about the bong thing. Glad I checked it. This site would be screwed without that picture.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

I'm not sure how to answer Zra's "stacking up" question. I really don't think there is another blog out there that is similar to PDD -- a community blog with a large base of contributors. If anyone knows of one, let me know. For now, I have to assume we are an original.

zra

about 3 years ago

Well that's kinda what I was wondering. I would half expect there to be somewhat similar websites somewhere. Is there? Maybe Duluth is just the right size to actually support this type of concept. I suppose it's possible to have a Perfect Greenwich Village Day, or a Perfect Embarcadero Day. Then again, maybe not.

ruby2sd4y

about 3 years ago

Wut? No t-shirts?

Danny G

about 3 years ago

This really is a BFD and you guys deserve to be commended for it. In all sincerity, big congrats.

Claire

about 3 years ago

Grand Marais used to have a community blog that really rocked, I don't know if they still have one. Palo Alto, CA has one, but it's not grassroots, like this one. It's more Chamber of Commerce-ie.

Curly Endive

about 3 years ago

I believe it's called boreal.org Claire, nice because it has a classifieds, hint hint, (the community of a small town like GM is pretty tight) but it's got nothing on the weapons grade humor, variety, and dedication of the P Diddy folks. Now if someone can grow some mountains here it'll be all good.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

Yeah, I guess Boreal Access out of Grand Marais is similar. It's more of a news aggregate with a collection of bloggers providing content, while PDD is totally a collection of bloggers, but I guess I'd still say we're in roughly the same genre. As far as traffic, Boreal Access does very good for a small-town website. PDD has roughly 30 times the traffic Boreal Access does, but Duluth has roughly 60 times the population of Grand Marais.

todobrillante

about 3 years ago

Did you ever compile the results of the demographic survey from this year?

John

about 3 years ago

I don't know if PDD is the only one of its kind but it sure is a special thing for this community. Lots of groups around the country (and the world) are trying to launch citizen media projects. The New Voices Project out of American University has a nice summary of some of them. This report talks about what seem to be the key ingredients to success: Knight Citizen News Network: New Voices. (Twin Cities Daily Planet is one that is mentioned here). It would be interesting to see if there are others out there that follow a similar model to PDD. There might also be some intriguing ideas about "what's next" for PDD, though it works so well right now, maybe you shouldn't touch it.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

Yes, todobrillante, the new Readership Demographics are compiled. Click the words to view the numbers. John, don't tempt us.

Erin

about 3 years ago

Hey, when even Danny G congratulates PDD, the mods must be doing something right! Congrats! The beer's on me!

Ruthie

about 3 years ago

By far this is the best blog I read every day. A diverse, yet civil range of thought and opinions, with a good dose of humour as well. I have recommended this blog to anyone I meet who loves Duluth.

TimK

about 3 years ago

Paul has done a pretty good job of protecting me from myself. I read this blog every day -- even when I'm far from home.

Henry Jenkins

about 3 years ago

Go Emma! She should get a t shirt for this.

Henry Jenkins

about 3 years ago

Also, I would like to point out that at least 0.1% of us live in Brasil.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

It's a Fletch joke.

Fletch: Who is it, Mister Sinilindin? Reservation Agent: No, the name is Cavanaugh. Fletch: Ah! Is that Morris or Pierre? Reservation Agent: It's Sally-Ann Cavanaugh. She's connecting out of Provo. Fletch: Ah ... Provo, Spain? Reservation Agent: Utah. In fact, you purchased the ticket for Ms. Cavanaugh. Fletch: Doesn't mean I want her sitting next to me, does it?
But we digress.

tamara

about 3 years ago

...GUFFAW! +1 for Fletch. Patrick Warburton put on a clever Fletch styled reprise as the Wolf on Hoodwinked.

jessige

about 3 years ago

Perhaps Emmajoru should get a ball bearing for her prize. Or a recording of "Moon River"?

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

Yeah, I guess she should get something. How's this?

jessige

about 3 years ago

I'm so jealous of Emma right now I can taste it.

Emma Joru

about 3 years ago

All my dreams have come true!

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