In the grand scheme of the web, three million page views isn't a lot.
On the other hand, EOM readers demonstrate that civic journalism has a place and a purpose. G.O.D. and I run alongside traditional independent journalism and counter to mainstream journalism, at a time that pressures of the internet transformed journalism entirely. We are activists and advocates and try to explain why, "when you see something, say something".
We are curiously and alternately realists and idealists. We have experienced how government is captured by special interests. We participate yet criticize special interests -- including our own -- who suffer "Stockholm Syndrome", co-opted by dysfunctional democracy on the one hand and survivalists.
We are survivalists, too. Our conviction that democracy is not just a word but a way to organize society and the economy fairly and equitably requires the same patience, tolerance, and endurance that many of our readers experience. We can say the world is part horror and part wonder, go to sleep thrashing over which, and still wake up smiling. Courage!
3,000,000 and counting. Not bad for a local blog.