Want to know where your fellow Projectors are from? Darker green means that more people are from that state:
Google Analytics on California's futureFollow @freedom2marry
Here are the top 10 states:
- New York
California wasn't the number 1 state for a while after TBP relaunched as a national LGBTQ website in July, 2007. But even just four months ago, back in a typical week in August, 2008, California only clicked on this site about twice as often as Indiana (a good benchmark, since we've been around in Indiana forever and there hasn't been a huge queer political event here recently). This past week, however, California sent four-and-a-half times as many readers as Indiana. And Indiana didn't go down.
Bil and I were talking about this in the car-ride back from DC this past week - has gay activism changed as a result of prop 8 or has there been a burst of interest for a while and everything will go back to normal? I fell into the "This is definitely a new era" category; Bil didn't think anything had fundamentally changed - the same model of activism will eventually prevail.
But these Google numbers shed some light on this. I doubt TBP was alone in experiencing a boost of California readers over these past few months; while I don't have access to other numbers, I'd be willing to bet that most other major LGBTQ politics blogs and news sites experienced a similar burst. And that's a lot of people starting to follow queer politics on a day-to-day basis, which will only lead to increased politicization.
One of the things that held us back before Prop 8 was a general lack of interest in what's going on from the community. That seems to be turning around. I wouldn't be surprised if this new influx of politically-minded queers leads to new ideas, structures, and directions for the LGBTQ rights movement.