I hate to be *that guy,* but if you don’t mind indulging us for a second, we have a bit of an announcement to share. Labelscar is now one year old! It’s shocking to think that it’s been so long already, and perhaps even more shocking to think of how far we’ve come in just one short year, so we wanted to take a time to briefly stop, reflect, and–most importantly–thank each and every one of you for help making this venture such a success in its inaugural year! If it wasn’t for all of your email submissions, comments, readership, and general support, this wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun as it has.
I figured that I might use this space to share some information that you might not otherwise know about us. In addition to being our birthday, this exact post (really, this very one!) is the 200th one on the site. In that time, we’ve garnered 2,297 non-spam comments on our posts, and we’ve managed to post at least one mall or news item from 38 states, three Canadian provinces, and Mexico. We hope to bring those numbers even higher in the next year!
To date, we’ve even received some attention in the mainstream media, including a feature in Retail Traffic Magazine and quotes in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Madison (Wisconsin) Capital Times.
We also are slotted for upcoming pieces in The Weekly Dig of Boston, Mass. (tomorrow, we’re told) We’re also featured very prominently in a huge spread in today’s issue of The Weekly Dig of Boston, Mass., and are slotted for an upcoming piece in Boston Magazine. Stay tuned–we’ll try and let you know when it appears.
Despite our humble beginnings, we now have between 1,000 and 1,500 unique visitors a day, which we take as a BIG sign that there are a lot of people–way, WAY more than we would’ve thought–who find this to be as cool as we do! We’re glad to be a part of helping to shape the debate on it, and to join a great, active community of similar sites, including MallsofAmerica, BigMallRat, LiveMalls, DeadMalls, Georgia Retail Memories, AmesFanClub, Retail Traffic Court, Groceteria, and The Caldor Rainbow.
There’s still a lot of work to do. With an estimated 1,100 enclosed shopping malls in the United States (according to ICSC, and that no doubt ignores the hundreds to already die) there’s a lot of ground to cover. If you have something–especially old photos–that you’d like to contribute, then drop us a line at the email addresses listed on this page. And, because I believe we can always improve, I’d like to invite all of you to use the comment feature to this post to give me your “Labelscar wishlist:” What would you really like to see us do? Would you like to see more of certain types of articles, or would you like to see some sort of functionality on the site that we don’t currently have? Do you feel there’s something we don’t currently do, but should? Or, maybe there’s something we CURRENTLY do that you think is really great, and want more of. Due to our limited resources, I can’t guarantee we’ll be able to do all of it, but I’m interested to know what you’d all really *like* to see.
Thanks again, everyone.