Let’s Take a Look at Our Opening Weeks — and Where We’re Heading Together

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hank you for coming along with us on this journey!
    OurValues.org is a unique experiment, designed to engage a broad spectrum of readers in a frank, open, civil discussion of American values. As the discussion unfolds through comments, emails, Quick Polls and our more in-depth surveys in coming months, your input will help us create an ongoing survey that will serve as a barometer of Americans’ evolving values.
    We launched OurValues.org on June 30, 2008. Today, I want to share with you some of the facts about the first two weeks of the project — and I am delighted to say that the level of participation has been tremendous!
    In just the first two weeks, we had 3,360 “pageviews” and 2,281 “unique pageviews.” (“Unique pageviews” is the number of individual visitors to our site. “Pageviews” is the number of pages viewed within our site, including the main post, comments and so on.)
   Participants spent, on average, almost two and one-half minutes reading materials during each visit.
   More than 175 people signed up in those first two weeks to participate in the upcoming in-depth survey. More people sign up each day. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do!
   Many participants have posted thoughtful, provocative, and at times humorous comments. Several of these comments have built on one anther, creating threads of conversation.

   Naturally, the level of activity has varied from day to day.
   July 1 was the most popular day, accounting for 26% of all pageviews on our site in those first two weeks.
   That was the day we asked if Hillary Clinton could make a political come back. The day we first asked you about the M-word—using “marriage” for same-sex unions—was also very popular with readers.
    The least active days in the first two weeks were the 4th of July (a post about American colors) and July 11th (economist Gary Becker’s idea of selling U.S. citizenship for $50,000). I’m always curious about why some issues capture readers’ attention and others don’t. The inactivity on July 4th is due, I think, to the sensible choices of many Americans to spend the holiday celebrating rather than on the Internet. We know that, generally, the Internet grinds to a virtual halt on major holidays. I’m not sure about the lack of interest in the citizenship-for-sale idea.
   What do you think? Please, feel free to respond to any of the issues we’ve raised — and you’ll find in looking around our site that we’ve raised a whole host of important issues.

Please, ADD your Comment to the discussion, PROPOSE a new topic we should consider or
TAKE our Quick Poll. And, please, consider signing up for our more
in-depth values survey by adding your email to the box in the left corner of
our Web site. (You can click there to learn more about the in-depth
survey.)

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