Sometime last night, Challenge Accepted hit 6,000 signups. I’ll admit, I didn’t notice (I kind of lost track after we killed the stats off the front page) but Dev#1 was on it, and she tweeted about the milestone this morning.
The thing is, back when we first launched the site, we watched those stats like HAWKS. Every new signup was cause for celebration. When we broke one hundred within the first few days, we couldn’t believe it. The web hosting we were using at the time could not, apparently, believe it either, and decided to buckle under the strain; oops? So we moved hosting to something that could handle more traffic, and put a cap on the number of adventurers who could sign up per hour, and soon it was all running smoothly again.
Two hundred, three hundred, five hundred— people kept coming to the site, and seeing something that resonated with them, something that inspired them to sign up and give Challenge Accepted a try. We hit one thousand signups, then two thousand. People started to talk to us on twitter, tumblr, and the book of faces, telling us when things were broken (we love you guys), suggesting ideas for new site features (FLASH CHALLENGES ARE COMING) and thanking us for this thing that we made. We added new features, broke stuff, fixed stuff, and watched, in awe, as the number continued to grow. Eventually, we stopped messaging each other excitedly when we ticked over another hundred signups. (It never got any less awesome, though.)
And now we are here today.
Some stats: of the over six thousand people who have signed up for Challenge Accepted since we launched the site, exactly ten months and ten days ago (not that I’m counting), we figure we have about two hundred users who visit daily, and maybe four hundred who visit at least once a week. Guys. That’s SO COOL. That means that four hundred people have taken this thing that Daisy (Dev#1) and I made and made it a part of their lives.
The last ten months have been ridiculous and stressful and humbling and AMAZING, and it is all thanks to you— the people who came to Challenge Accepted and said, “YES. THIS.” Because that’s how we feel, too. It means the world to us that you agree.
Real talk: both of us have lives, jobs, relationships, other projects, and misc. other commitments that mean that, as much as we’d like it to me, Challenge Accepted isn’t at the top of our Quest Logs. That’s why we still don’t have recurring tasks, or due dates, or user-set rewards, or a hundred other features that we really want to implement but haven’t gotten around to starting. But we promise that, ten months and ten days later, we’re still stupidly in love with this site. We’re going to keep going.
And we can’t wait to meet the NEXT six thousand. <3
PS: YES, a mobile app would be awesome. We agree 100%. It is on the list of things we want to do someday. :D