In fewer than three months this forum has now recorded over 100 separate posts, and has had over 10, 000 page views. A page view is a more accurate way of counting users than "hits". It means that users have arrived on the site at the Home page and then moved to read posts on other pages.
This is quite an achievement at the "wrong end" of the year for gardeners, and shows how important our allotments are to us, and to the many others who share our interests. Thanks to all those who have contributed so far.
With only a few regulars posting this means that many people visit the site regularly and look in to see what is going on. Perhaps in time some of them will feel inspired to post, if they're already members of the forum, or to join if they are not. Please do: you will be very welcome here.
Post by Stuart@AmericaLane on Nov 28, 2015 17:00:33 GMT
Thanks for all your effort in getting the forum up and running. 'build it and he (they) will come'. Onwards and upwards. Actually as we move into winter and visits to the plots will be fewer and further apart the forum is a great way for folks to keep in touch and share their plans for the new growing season. I'm sure in the spring we will all have surplus sowings to share around and the forum will be a great place to make that known.
Post by trickymicky123 on Jan 25, 2016 16:41:45 GMT
I have found it a hard slog in six or seven years to get contributions on Vale road website. But I carry on 'cos I enjoy doing it. Now and again someone will send something in, then that makes it worthwhile.
In August there were over 5900 page views recorded on the forum and this took us after just 2 years to an impressive 104,000. There have also been 975 separate postings, so we're pretty sure of another milestone this month. Thanks to everyone who has contributed and to all the new members who keep joining. Don't be shy to ask questions or to give advice: that's what this forum is all about.
To take us into the New Year a look back at the stats of this forum over the past 12 months.
In 2017 page views were up to 60, 555 - that's an increase of nearly 20% over 2016. The number of posts dropped by nearly half to 311, and 11 new members joined during the year.
Why the differences between page views and numbers posting? In part I think its because the site was relatively new in 2016 and a few posters got a lot of issues raised in quite a short space of time. In 2017 they didn't repeat themselves - but we still averaged 25 posts each month, and more people are now looking regularly at the forum for information. And as we found with the notorious affair of the padlock last summer, when there really is an issue of concern people aren't shy in coming forward with their comments!
Its also likely that some issues raised on the forum, especially practical questions about access and enquiries from those not yet holkding plots are now being catered for by our Facebook site. Both serve the users in different ways and so long as there are platforms where allotment users and those who want to have allotments can get together and talk about the different ways of getting enjoyment - and sometimes frustration - from growing things then the community as a whole will benefit.
Its been a long winter and March was particularly frustrating. I'm sure everyone had the same reactions: is it going to be a bit warmer tomorrow, so that I can start uncovering, or warming the soil, or even getting my potatoes in? Alas every day seemed to offer more chills, frosts, snow and finally rain.
But its good to know that people regularly logged on to the forum in record numbers: 7306 page views for the month, equivalent to 240 per day. Now that the sun is finally out and the land is growing warmer, let's all share our joys and the occasional frustration.