Maunga Cycle Challenge

Not a sport video or an art work – rather an exercise in editing using Windows Movie Maker. The timing begins with the first riders and notes the time lapse – approximately – of those following. The race, the Maunga Cycle Challenge, captured with the Canon G10 as it passes through the intersection of Lamb Street and Carlyle Street / Roto-o-Rangi Road on the boundary of Leamington and Pukekura. The Maunga Cycle Challenge started and finished in Te Awamutu.

Cambridge Museum

Waiting in the front garden of Cambridge Museum at 24 Victoria Street for the ‘official opening’ of the museum’s new exhibitions layout. Today signifies a milestone in the transition begun in June 2008 of the transfer of management of the museum from the Cambridge Historical Society (who retain ownership of the collection) to our local body authority the Waipa District Council. Today’s celebration acknowledges also the centenary of the opening, in 1909, of the museum’s home since 1984 the Cambridge Courthouse.

Cambridge Primary School

The area around Cambridge Primary School – the corner of Wilson & Duke Streets and Hally’s Lane on the south-western edge of Cambridge CBD – is architecturally interesting with the refurbished school and new Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade building complimenting one another and the two Simply Divine buildings on the northern side of Duke Street. Simply Divine Furniture inhabits the former Salvation Army church while beside it Simply Divine Bathroom & Bedroom, on the corner of Hally’s Lane, was purpose-built in the past couple of years.

Tracking visitors

We are trying to work out what Google is up to. I’m trying to understand page ranking as distinct from page indexing. It’s a bit of a mystery. The past fifteen months has seen a steady climb in daily visitor numbers here and to another site for which I am responsible. A few days ago the other site hit a blip – a sudden dive in visitor numbers. A quick look around confirms that while Google continues to index the other site (2000+ for Google and 1000+ with Yahoo – similar numbers to mine) page rankings enjoyed over the past six months have all but disappeared. We have a number of theories and intend to workshop the issue with an SEO expert tomorrow morning. I monitor both sites with the page view info that comes with WordPress.com and with Site Meter. Today I embedded FEEDJIT Live which tracks current visitors, into my sidebar. If you click the image above you can watch it in action. All of which tells me all I really need to know about visitors but little about how to maintain and indeed increase visitor numbers. Both sites are updated regularly (at least four times a week) and feature almost exclusively, original material. As always there is much to learn.