Board Meeting Minutes 2014-06-14 – Communications Director Report

Web site report:


April, 2014 May, 2014
Unique Visitors 280 524
Number of Visits 444 925
Pages Served Out 3,026 3,632
Hits 5,745 5,483
Bandwidth Used 130.88 MB 111.66 MB
  1. The numbers show almost a doubling in the number of visitors, and a significant decrease in editing and other maintenance work that inflated the April “pages”, “hits”, and “bandwidth” numbers.
  2. All files of interest that are resident on the Yahoo lyceum_of_trees web site have now been copied into the Resources pages (1) on this web site. This was done to assure their preservation and to make them more readily accessible.
  3. Files in Lyceum2014 Yahoo group and similar Yahoo groups have NOT been copied.

May, 2014, is the second full month of good data on the web site’s performance. There have been about 80% more visitors than the previous month. There are only a dozen registered users as yet, and outside of my activity, there is very little web page authoring, editing, or commenting going on. From the first, growth was expected to be slow, and this is not a problem.

The amount of malicious attacks has decreased from the estimated 10% of activity in April to less than 2.5%. This was done by blacklisting known abusive ISPs that were initiating the contacts. None of the attacks have had any impact on service.

People are finding our site through Google, Bing, and Witchvox, and a couple from a link in a thread on Reddit (provided by one of Lyceum’s Elders). However the majority of traffic is from mentions in email, or bookmarks visitors had set up earlier.


The web site is doing well. There are a number of things on the To Do list that is maintained at the bottom of the Home Page (2) but none are seen as critical at this time.

Other Communications Activity

There has been no other activity in May.

(1) not yet copied from old site
(2) to-do list not yet copied from old site

Author: Will

I was born at a very young age but I am older than that now. As a young man I drove half a million miles in Boston taxis. Then I moved to Oregon and developed two careers as an RN over 28 years: the first as a clinical nurse mostly in ICU, then later in Nursing Service Administration as an Informatics RN (but before that term was coined). In between RN work, I picked up an ADSc Business Computer Programming and provided PC network installation, maintenance and repair for 10 years. I eased into retirement beginning in 2003 and was fully retired in 2010. But I have continued to develop and manage websites and my skills are current with HTTP/CSS, PHP, Apache, SQL, etc. I have a strong preference for Ubuntu Linux boxes and Dokuwiki websites. I have a strong dislike of WordPress, which, although it is technically very well done, has created one of the worst cesspool ecosystems I have ever encountered. Still it is sometimes the best tool for the job, more is the pity. I have followed pagan paths for 50 years and I have about 3 yards of bookshelves devoted to pagan thought and practice. I am a perfectly eclectic technopagan heavily influenced by Victor Anderson's Feri practice but comfortable with Gardner derivatives, Zennist ways, and totemic/shamanist practices. I have recently been made the Steward of the Lyceum Of Trees. So I am Will Steward, Steward. Make of that whatever you will.