When my wife, Valerie, and I created Front Porch Forum a year and a half ago, we had a simple mission in mind… to help neighbors get to know each other better and foster the sense of community at a very local level. We haven’t tried to dictate what people write about… we just wanted folks to sign up and put this free service to work. And they do!
So we didn’t know what to expect with our first real experience with an election cycle. Wow! Front Porch Forum has been awash with comments, announcements, endorsements, analysis, opinions and more for the past month or two. Here are some numbers (rough estimates)…
8,000 households subscribe in Chittenden County (including 30% of Burlington)
500 households reached on average by each of these posting
Burlington City Council Races
100 people posted
Chittenden County School Board Races
90 people posted
25 people posted
Lots of (mostly) great discussion. Many people have told me that they are glad to hear their neighbor’s views on these matters. Others though have said that they are looking forward to getting this Town Meeting Day behind us… soon enough!