Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.
In the scope of most visited blogging sites 1,600 views could be considered a dismal count. 1,600 views of just 18 posts for a college project is not so bad though, and if “views” had been my only interest this project would certainly be considered a complete and utter failure. But the creation of american made magazine is an exercise of exploration into topics that arise out of a creeping six sense and a curiosity – you know the feeling that the world she be a “chang’in”, and wondering how we are all going to participate in that change.
Now after just a few months on this project, and as the year comes to a close, I reflect back to those hot summer days of August when it looked like we were heading for a tipping point as they say in the branding business. And in spite of those underlying feelings of “knowing” that observers of social trends can experience when they see change coming, I must admit I was astonished by the demonstrated spirit of dissatisfaction. The slumber seems to have been so deep, and for so long, that the inevitable tipping point did arrive and the general populous has awaken. Now many are asking where will we go from here?
2012…Uh-Oh! Get ready for the speculation of prophecies of doom and gloom. Or, better yet participate in the benefiting social shift from global to local economies and the collaboration in community. The ideals of local and community abound and are bending the economic matrix. Just take a look at the unprecedented announcement from the United Nations – the International Year of the Cooperatives 2012. This call for collaborative economics should give great food for fodder to those guys over at Freakonomics, and exciting ideas for us to engage with here at american made magazine.
Maybe next year the views and click-through status will mean more, but for now a very Happy New Year and thank you to all who have been supporting this project!