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The Wormwood Society Is Number One

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I'm pleased to announce that The Wormwood Society has just admitted its 2000th member!

 

We've been monitoring our growth and activity closely over the past months and it's been a lot of fun watching as we approached this mark.

 

Activity

This comes after a couple of very active months of new registrations: March brought us 53 new members. That closely follows records set in January '07 (54) and March '08 (56) which were are the most active months we've had in terms of new registrations, aside from the inexplicable jump in December 2007: 79 new members. We generally average one new member per day.

 

The December '07 alumni include our friends Green Baron, Marlow, Misanthrope, Nouveau, uglybiker and Dangermonkey, so it's good to know that some of the 12/07 batch is still hanging around.

 

Background

Ironically, this achievement comes so shortly after the recent discussions regarding the differences between absinthe forums. During those discussions the definition of success was brought up, and I said that I'd define a forum's success the way it's defined in real life: in terms of a balance between relevance and numbers: if a forum consistently addresses the relevant topics in productive discussion, continually attracts greater numbers of voices who make positive contributions, and sustains growth and health, it is successful.

 

Breakdown

What this all comes down to is that The Wormwood Society is the largest, most active, and most visited absinthe site on the web. Technically we've been the largest since mid-March, but I thought it would be nice to wait until we hit 2000 members and had a solid lead before making an official announcement:

 

We now have more members, more posting members, more topics, posts, unique traffic and returning traffic.

 

We have consistently remained relevant, and grown in relevance, to the topic of absinthe. We have an excellent reputation in the food and beverage industry. We consistently have more unique traffic hits, are regularly reported in the mainstream media and are used as an information resource by media, bars and restaurants, liquor stores and distributors, and government agencies.

 

Given the rough start we got from 2005 through 2007—generously supplied by a few who disagreed with the WS format—we've done pretty well for ourselves. We've not only survived, but thrived, during times of adversity.

 

Support

We've picked up a few new subscribers since last report, and lost a few. We now have:

 

8 bronze members

4 silver members

2 gold members

1 diamond member

 

If you feel the WS mission has been of value to you—maybe saved you a couple of bucks on what would have been a bad absinthe choice or helped you find a more affordable vendor—and you have some spare jingle, please consider a monthly subscription.

 

At no time will our site make a mandatory charge for any of its resources. If you don't have the spare jingle, welcome to the vast majority and enjoy all that WS has to offer, guilt-free. Or consider a one-time donation at that link in the top center of the page.

 

 

Gratitude

I wish to thank the Advisory Board for all of their help keeping this place going. In particular I want to thank:

 

Joe Legate, for his help maintaining the forum and screening and validating memberships.

Brian Robinson, for his tireless traditional media and social media outreach and work with brand reviews.

Ron, for his mad skillz and frighteningly astute observations and suggestions.

Dr. Judy for not telling everyone how she would diagnose me.

 

I also want to thank the members of the Content Team for their help and talents in guiding various projects such as the WS calendar, member's music CD and the iPhone app (still in development).

 

And thanks to all of you for being here and helping to make the Wormwood Society Absinthe Association the primary consumer resource for absinthe information.

 

Cheers! :cheers:

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Congratulations, Gwydion. :cheers: It's your site and your credit. I just empty the ashtrays and see if anyone's drink needs refreshing.

 

Kudos to OMG_Bill for always keeping the atmosphere friendly and warm.

Tip of the hat and big hugs to Jules for being my constant companion and Reality Check. :heart: She does more moderatin' as my adviser than anyone knows.

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Hip hip, hooray! And I promise never to reveal your diagnosis to anyone, unless they ply me with sufficient absinthe such that I can no longer hold my tongue. :tongue:

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This site is a wealth of information for the new and veteran drinker alike. It would be a shame to see it go and I am glad it has made it through all these years!

 

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Well done, Wormwood Society! Thank you to those who make it what it is, and thanks for letting me, and everyone else, into the party. :cheers:

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Hear! Hear! :yahoo:

Let's raise our glass and toast to continued success :cheers:

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Members have made it what it is. Thanks to all members. :cheers:

 

Count me in on that group hug!!! :devil:

 

What the warm and friendly manatee said.

 

Except for that group hug. I have my curmudgeonly rep to nurture, after all. :cheers:

 

 

 

"so it's good to know that some of the 12/07 batch is still hanging around."

 

 

And rumor has it that a couple, three original members are, as well.

 

Oh, you said it's good to know, nevermind. :devil: :cheers:

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congratulations to all your hard work ! I am really enjoying to participate and learn what WS has to offer !

 

Saúde !!!!

 

:cheers:

 

- Marcelo

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It's easy to see why WS is #1. I'm new, and don't know anything about the relationship between this and other forums; but I'm a historian, and research bears out the info on this site with remarkable consistency. Bravo to everyone involved. :mbanana: Peanut butter Jelly (Edit for Ron's benefit: With a baseball bat!)

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