When I created this website in 2008 it was just myself and a college friend. Now its up to over 600 + members, 400 blogs, 400 videos, close to 700 events have been shared and the list keeps growing. The exponential growth of the website is so much fun to see and participate with. In order to bring us to the next level I started up the kickstarter, unfortunately it has not been as viral as I imagined it would be and we are only going to reach our target of $18,000 if the crowds of people in the Tampa Bay will it so. In the process I have met hundreds of people at several dozen events over the past 3 months talking about the kickstarter, I've been on a interview with Bay News 9 and I spoke with several reporters that were just not interested in doing a story about the kickstarter.
To me this website is a labor of love as well as what I see that was missing for myself a connection to community. I started this website selfishly but also to be altruistic. I wanted to fulfill a spiritual yearning for connection with others in the Tampa bay area that care as much as I do about the Earth and Human beings. Over the past couple of years I've gotten a chance to fill this void that in consumer culture was lacking. I had opportunities to volunteer at several community gardens, but by virtue effect several dozen real human beings into growing food for themselves. I've witness the difference between these ideological "Projects" and the real human beings you influence by going out and starting a "Project". So while the "Project Kickstart: Tampa Bay Green Living Economy" may not be successful, the REAL Project of effecting and connecting with several hundred human beings in the Tampa bay area has been!
Because of this kickstart, I think we will see more people seeking out Code Green Community as a place to connect, I think we will see more people seeing how having a large community can be helpful to support your projects. As a social online website our intent is to help one another with there projects by broadcasting it out so others may know. So if other kickstarters arise or crowdfunding situations for projects in the Tampa bay we will try to make our community aware of it.
In order to make the website better I request that our community fills out a yearly survey so I may know whats going right, and whats going wrong! Please take the time and fill out a survey today it really helps me make the website better!
In addition to the survey we have adjusted the main homepage to reduce the amount of buttons and links and make it more streamlined. We often hear that our website is over complex so we want to try to simplify (It's just me designing the website really and I'm an Amateur so if you think you can help design better please email email@example.com ) So in this regard I set-up an easier menu bar that allows you to go from different parts of the website from one spot easier:
You can quickly find the monthly top 10 favorites by the community, the latest activity on the website, discussions, and blogs our members have written. I hope you all like it!
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