September at Drawger was remarkable - and I thought I'd send out my thanks to everyone and all who have made this site an important part of my life. When I started this site up a very short six months ago, I had no clue how much of an impact it would have on me. I'm not the kind of fellow who gets mushy about much - but I don't mind admitting, this place really does get yank my sentimental chain in unexpected ways.
September 11 at Drawger took me by complete surprise. The day revealed something vital here - that it does provide a real community for an amazing group of people. Edel sent me a memorial screen shot, which I have printed out and hangs in the studio - reproduced here to the right. I've put Edel's original on the server for downloading right here if anyone wants a reminder of that day and how remarkable this place has become. - sniff -
Drawger hooked up with Nate Williams and Illustration Mundo in September. This tip of the hat from the outside web world was cool and also telling. It showed that Drawger has real substance - content that makes a difference and that others want to track. At this point, the Mundo connection represents about 10% of the total traffic to the site. Totals are over 12,000 visitors in September and over 150,000 page views. Fairly amazing...
September also acted as the proving ground for a concept that I believed in, but wasn't so sure would actually pan out. I've had this notion for a long time that online communities can (and in fact, must) be self-regulating. When I started up Drawger, I got a lot of hand-wringing emails, people worried about what someone else might say, and how I planned on policing content that some might find inappropriate. From the begining, I believed that the good people would take care of that themselves, that the community at large would figure it out. So far, so good.
I could point to a few other watershed moments, including welcoming some great new people to the site, but I figure I'd better end it here with simple thanks to all. I appreciate.
The "thanks" is being channeled the wrong way. I'll be the first to turn it around back atcha. It is we who need to say thanks. You are a miracle worker.
David GothardOctober 1, 2006
Ok, so I'm the second to say "thanks".
Edel RodriguezOctober 1, 2006
Many Thanks Zimm for creating this addictive machine. For making the machine so easy to use. And for staying out of the way!!
I've been at sites with moderators and it's stifling after a while. Their personal politics and agendas get in the way whether they mean to or not. We're adults, we can take care of ourselves.
Thanks for giving all of us such an inspiring place. It's a treasure.
Rob DunlaveyOctober 1, 2006
Wherever Drawger is headed, we have no idea; it's pretty much up to those who care. September was intense. How did we get any work done?
The next Drawger frontier: on-line drinks (I'll buy!) Cheers and Gracias!
Tim CarrollOctober 1, 2006
What, and who-all, you've put together with Drawger is an awesome bomb of beauty and life. And critical mass has Only Just Begun. (A kiss for luck and we're on our way.)
Put on your protective eye gear, world. Your eyeballs are about to think.
Three cheers, and many fine beers, to Mr. Zimmer(THE)man!
David FlahertyOctober 1, 2006
Nice Work Zimm!
I say just keep the quality of people up and the amount not too high. Or it's becomes the Ispot.
Edel RodriguezOctober 1, 2006
I've never looked at my articles all at once for one month. I read that Leo did that, so I went ahead and looked at mine too. When scrolling through it all at once, I have come to the realization that I may need some sort of professional help.
Thanks Zimm, for bringing that to light.
Steve WacksmanOctober 1, 2006
It's been a pleasure and I thank you for allowing me through the gates.
I'va actually cut down on internet porn and illegally downloading music since Drawger came along, so I owe you thanks on that level, too.
Mike MoranOctober 2, 2006
Yes sir Zimm, this is a blast. Thanks so much for that brain of yours to come up with Drawger! Congtrats!
Edel RodriguezOctober 2, 2006
illustrator, writer, industrial designer, shrink.
I probably have A.D.D., Bob?
Robert ZimmermanOctober 2, 2006
Thanks again - to the Good People! This is amazing thing and I'm glad to be here too...
JD KingOctober 2, 2006
Wow! Only six months?!?
I could swear I was looking at Drawger back at my old place, a year ago or more, but obviously I'm wrong!
I couldn't get more than a peek until I got hi-speed ("medium speed," really!), but I am DEE-lighted to be here.
Lately I've been getting e-mails from old friends: How come we don't here from you as much?
Drawger is why! It's my life and my wife! Good-bye city strife!
Thanks, Zimm! For those of us who are no longer in an urban enviroment, Drawger really is a bit of a life saver, a connection to our peeps!