Well, the St Margarets Community Website has been up and running for about two months now and we felt it was time to update everyone on the state of the site…
Help Get the Word Out
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has been helping get the word out about the site. We obviously have no marketing budget or big event to get the word out. All of our traffic has come via word of mouth, school PTAs or links from many local sites. If you are part of a local group whose members might benefit from the news and information on the site, please tell them about it.
We can’t stress how critical it is to the health of the site that it is actually used by the community.
What is Going On?
Which leads me to my next point, we need more groups and people to tell us about local news and events. While active in the community, the current group of volunteers for the site only tracks so many events. It would be wonderful if more people could contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with information to put on the site.
Maintaining a site like this requires a lot of time and effort. Events need to be added, updated and rotated off the home pages. News needs to be collected and written. Photos need to be taken. Listings need to be added to the directory of local information. If you have the interest and the time, please let us know what you can do to help. Email us at email@example.com.
Site Improvements & Feedback
If you have been on the site frequently enough, you probably have noticed that a lot of little things keep changing on the site (for example, we moved Upcoming Plays into its own section because it dominated the Upcoming Events section.) However, that is only the tip of the iceberg in term of the types of editorial and functional changes that we constantly need to address… and we need your help to prioritise that list. Please let us know what is working for you and what isn’t.
We want to have a site that is balanced between letting everyone know all the wonderful things that are happening in St Margarets and trying to fix the things that aren’t so wonderful. But we need help to understand exactly where that balance is, with this and all our issues. Please give us your feedback via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the site’s comments and forums.
Building a Community
As stated in our original Welcome Letter we are trying to build an even greater sense of community in St Margarets. But a community isn’t five people having coffee once a week. We need your help to take this site to the next level. Please help by using and adding to the site. Please let us know what we can do to make it more relevant and more useful.
The Web Team
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