Board Meeting Minutes 2014-09-25 – Communications Director Report

Web site report:

Statistics

2014 Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Unique Visitors 280 524 529 538 498
Number of Visits 444 925 864 898 816
Pages Served Out 3,026 3,632 2,543 2,796 6,846
Hits 5,745 5,483 4,463 4,601 9,367
Bandwidth (MB) Used 130.88 111.66 101.56 120.64 171.39
  1. July and August stats look much like June, after adjustment for the August attack (see next).
  2. There was one significant attack on the web site on 8/27. It appears that the entire site was downloaded within a few minutes, but apparently no damage was done. This was from an IP address associated with a very bad reputation for vandalism. I have banned it, per usual. It is the 37th banning since the site was launched.
  3. During August, there were 309 views of the minutes of our February Board meeting. Best guess is that this was persons satisfying their curiosity (the February minutes were the first posted on the web, and at the top of the list of minutes).
  1. We now have a presence on all three major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Twenty six visitors found us through one of these in August.
  2. A link in an old comment by one of Elders on a Reddit thread is continuing to send a couple of people each month our way.
  3. I have not been following the number of back-links— sites known to be linking to our site— mostly because they are hard to count since some of those sites are double counted in the statistics I have been using. There appear to be 6 to 12 web sites that have links to ours. The number appears to be growing slowly.

Summary

The web site is continuing to mature. It needs some structural changes, and some adjustments of content categories, but these will not be attempted until after the November Board Retreat and the end of the academic Fall Quarter.

Other Communications Activity

I met briefly with my equivalent in Nine Houses of Gaia / Open Ways at the NorthWest Fall Equinox Festival. There is still interest in sharing information and skills and we will follow up in the coming months. (NWFEF is their major event of each year: their prepping for that, and doing the post event chores, has delayed our getting together.)

At Pagan Pride, we passed out 28 sheets about the Year and a Day course to interested persons, and had roughly 50 visitors to our Lyceum information booth. As in the past, we had other information booths, especially the Druid bootn, referring people to us.

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.