2004, I received 1,214 emails from viewers of the web site. As
you can guess, I haven't had a hope of being able to reply to
every single one but I have tried my best to do so. Ashamed as
I am to admit it, it is the genealogy ones I tend to shove to
the back of the reply queue. I am forever receiving emails along
the lines of, 'My great uncle's second cousin six times removed
was born in France, emigrating to England at the age of six with
his father, his third cousin's niece and a dog called 'Enthwhistle'.
He had an aunt, who died of rubymolitis at the age of nine hundred
and eleventy eight in 1746 and was buried in an unmarked grave
somewhere close to Ross-on-Wye. Do you have a photograph of the
above is obviously a moderately exaggerated example but I kid
you not when I say, since I started Wyenot.com I have received
six emails from different and unrelated people with the surname
'Goodrich,' strangely, all of them living on that large continent,
located 2,000 miles off the coast of Land's End. All of these
people have sincerely believed they have a claim on a local castle
of the same name. I wonder how much I could make selling Goodrich
Castle on Ebay? Somebody over there is bound to be gullible enough
to buy it.
looked at the Wyenot.com final viewer statistics for last year
yesterday and the server log showed over 2.3 million 'hits' on
the web site during 2004, including 70,184 unique visitors who
looked at 343,086 pages of the site. Although the 'hits' count
is just a little up on 2003, in 2004, the 'page view' and 'unique
visitors' count had doubled on the previous year's figures. This
huge increase in readership, I assume can only be due to word
of mouth propagation. Amazing!
is a great deal of information available from the server log about
who the viewers of this web site actually are. I don't usually
look at this information but this past week, excessively large
bandwidth usage of late prompted me to investigate the 'IP address'
which had made the most downloads from the wyenot.com domain.
Surprise, surprise - with an IP address of 126.96.36.199, it turned
out to be Herefordshire Council. Person or persons unknown, using
a Herefordshire Council computer (or computers) downloaded 304.56
Mb of data from Wyenot.com during 36 visits in the month of December
alone, and similar amounts for at least the two months prior to
that. Who knows, one day Herefordshire Council may even offer
me some financial support. Even just acknowledging the fact that
I exist would be nice. Herefordshire Council's December usage
(which was the equivalent of downloading every single photograph
on wyenot.com, four times) dwarfed the next highest user during
the month, who downloaded 39.54 Mb over 39 visits.
has seen both bad and good times but on the whole, it was a good
year and despite the fact that this web site, now well into its
fifth year is not yet making money for me personally, it is making
a huge amount for the town of Ross-on-Wye and local business.
I have to admit that this has often caused me a great deal of
frustration. There have been many occasions when I have nearly
hit the 'delete' key on the whole thing due to lack of local support.
There have been other times however, when people have approached
me in the street, asking if I am the 'Wyenot.com Alan' and I have
felt proud to admit that I am. Rather than be the pushy salesman
type offering expensive advertising opportunities but with no
real end product, over the years I have tried to allow Wyenot.com
speak for itself by building it up gradually with real content,
so that prospective local advertisers find it of their own accord
whilst searching the web, as do the hundreds of thousands of other
viewers and readers. This method is slowly beginning to pay off.
Year's Eve 2004 finished the year on a high note for me. The year
was a success but there is still a way to go. There is still a
community spirit out there in Ross-on-Wye. There is also much
hope for a successful and prosperous 2005 and I intend to stick
with it. Happy New Year!