We’ve finally got enough data in from our current group of participants to include some meaningful data in the leaderboard for our two competitions for most trips by electric bike and most buzz. Here’s what these two stats mean:
Most Trips – with this statistic, we give credit for each trip that a participant takes with their electric bike that otherwise they would have used their car for. We’ve evened this competition out as much as possible by not making this about miles biked, since different people have different distances to travel to go to work, etc. Of course, different people also have different work environments as well, with some making numerous trips daily to visit clients or prospects, while others travel to a set office location each day, so this can’t be a complete apples-to-apples comparison. But each time an individual avoids starting up their car, they are helping to mitigate environmental damage, and taking a bike instead of a car, and so that is the factor chosen.
Most Buzz – this statistic is a combination of the number of comments posted to a participant’s blog entries and the number of unique visits to those entries. We combine these in our super-secret formula to come up with a “buzz” score measuring how popular each blog post is with our readers.
One other thing to keep in mind when viewing the leaderboard is that the numbers are presented in accordance with each participant’s 30-day period. As you can see, not everyone started the Challenge on the same day. So to normalize the data as much as possible, each “week” on the leaderboard is in line with each participant’s “week” — for example, since Stan started on May 13, his Week 1 is actually May 13-19, and the numbers presented reflect those dates.
Over the next few weeks, these numbers will change and shift, as blog posts are read and commented on. As participants conclude their 30 days, the final numbers will be tallied for each and by the time the last of this group finishes 30 days, we’ll have a winner in each category.
So take a moment and catch up on all the blog posts as the weeks progress and encourage the participants along with your comments. Ask them questions — they’ll answer!
At the moment, Dorian from Honolulu is in the lead in both categories, but that could easily change as the others rev up their game. There is no green jacket at stake, because everyone is a winner (including the environment) in our Challenge, but the competitive spirit is still alive and well!