Monday, October 8, 2012

A milestone reached!

On this Columbus Day, I want to share a little bit about what I have explored here and the results of those explorations. The Franklin Matters webpage achieved a milestone of sorts this week when the 7,000 post was published. A nice round number! There is a whole lot of data here. Actually, not just data. A whole lot of information. The chart here shows the yearly growth through October 7, 2012. Thus far this year we have already exceeded last years totals with the remainder of Oct, and all of Nov and Dec to report on.

The green bar shows page loads. A page load occurs when a single post is read. It can be found via a Google search, a click through from the newsletter, from Facebook or from another post on the site.

The blue bar shows total unique visitors. There is another stats that shows repeat visitors. Because that is based upon cookies, I don't rely on that one. Total visitors is a more accurate count.

What do regular readers find here?
  • Live reporting from important Town Council, School Committee and other meetings. There were over 50 meetings reported on live per year for 2008, 2009 and 2010. This dropped off during 2011 and 2012 to over 20 per year as I spent more time working with the Franklin Food Pantry
  • Pictures: There are hundreds of photos of meetings and events in and around Franklin. 
  • Original analysis and record keeping. The override history and attendance tracking are two good examples of information made available for the Franklin voters and residents.

The volume of visitors has continued to climb as shown in the chart above. The number of subscribers to the daily email newsletter is over 200 and growing. The number of Facebook friends is over 870 and growing.

This webpage, newsletter and Facebook page is all part of my public service effort for Franklin. I can use your help. How can you help, you ask? If you have an interest in Franklin and would like to explore  the use of social media tools to create and share information, we should talk.

If you have an interest in covering any of the meetings, for example, the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and or the Zoning Board of Appeals, please let me know.

And as always -

  • If you like this, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please tell me.

Thank you for reading!








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