Karen (Author of Momma Zen) drew it out of me on twitter, looking for a grand total, and so this post needs to be put into the world. I don't know why I'm shy about the number - it's very strange to see a dollar value attached to all our effort, our sleeplessness, our artists' incredible generosity, the enthusiasm of everyone who visited last week.
René and I built and populated the site with about three days of notice. We had over 4,700 unique visitors to the site on the first Monday alone, and a steady average of 1,200-3,000 unique visitors every day after that - for a total of just over 17,500 unique visitors and 45,000 page views over the course of those seven days. We were tweeted and facebooked and stumbled and kirtsied and babbled and shared in every possible way by contributors, bidders, friends, family, and fans of the effort.
54 artists contributed 130 items. The bids add up to a grand total of $8,535.00 for St. Joseph's.
René and I are proud, exhausted, thrilled, grateful. I am quite literally so cross-eyed that we can't even find the words to thank all of you properly -- those who supported us, and the kids of St. Joseph's, so warmly. I'm just sitting here taking in all those numbers, contemplating all of you, the community of creativity, the thousands of virtual smiles and instant support.
Thank you so much. For the most part, we've informed winning bidders of next steps in getting their treasures and passing on goodness to Haiti. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let René or myself know.
All the love and light in the world, and so much gratitude that we count you among our circle of friends.