2009 on the Web

4:35 PM

Now that 2009 is over, I've been pulling together some statistics on this blog, our website and also our flickr pages for the year.  Overall, I'm very happy with how our online presence has developed over the year and I plan to continue blogging (hopefully more frequently), with more posts about the practical side of our work and participate in Flickr more actively.

Blog at the Ballast
I decided to start the blog in addition to the website as a way to raise the profile of the Trust, engage with Web 2.0 technologies and provide a snapshot of some of our collections.  I didn't have any clearly defined goals for the blog, other than to post at least once a week, share the photographs in the Dan McDonald collection and try to convey the unique way things work around here.  I'm delighted to have had so many visits and hope that 2010 will bring us our first commentor!

2009 Statistics - full report

  • 630 visits from 421 visitors from 50 countries.
  • Top 5 countries are UK (420 visits), USA (61), Canada (21), Ireland (10) and Netherlands (7).
  • 1,308 pages were viewed in total (this includes views of the same page).
  • Top 5 pages visited were home (516), McMillan Yard (37), About this blog (37), Dan McDonald (31), Strongbow (30).
Ballast Trust website
An official website for the ballast trust was essential to provide basic information about what we do, the history of the Trust and how to volunteer with us.  While this site will continue to be updated, the structure and content of it will not change greatly in 2010.  The main piece of information we are planning to put up is a comprehensive history of the Trust and all the collections it has worked on since 1988.

2009 Statistics - full report
  • 411 visits from 228 visitors from 17 countries.
  • Top 5 countries are UK (350 visits), Brazi (20), USA (13), Japan (5) and New Zealand (3).
  • 1,353 pages were viewed in total (this includes views of the same page). 
  • Top 5 pages visited were home (427), about us (148), contact us (121), our collections (88), current projects (65)
In addition to the website and blog and to showcase our image collections, I also decided to join Flickr.  Since joining in July 2009, I have uploaded 82 photographs which have had a total of 1,075 views.  Recently, we've been added as contacts for 5 users including the British Postal Museum and Archive.  Nine images have been favourited by other users, appeared in galleries created by other users.

Future plans for Flickr are to upload more pictures and think about particular themes and sets that we can develop on Flickr from our collections.

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