1 July 2018

Te Kō Utu Park Cambridge Domain Waikato New Zealand

Te Kō Utu Park Cambridge Domain Waikato New Zealand

On a mission of sorts. Half time. Have been cross posting during June. This will continue during July. Comparing the mechanics and usefulness of web platforms used, or ignored, over the past decade or so. ello.co far and away the easier and most elegant posting experience of all; vies with Behance as a digital creatives market space. Dropbox for file naming, transfer, storage & cloud backup. Facebook & Google+, Instagram and this; long overdue (18 months and counting), Google Keep for notes, composition & transfer between devices. opuahau.nz (fun & easy to maintain once you know the ropes) built on Adobe Portfolio; comes with Creative Cloud Photography planPinterest (more soon) & Pocket (URL collecting), RocketSpark (Cambridge’s own), keywords (compiled in Google Sheets) and distributed, LinkedIn, Neighbourly (Leamington NZ & etc ..) Tumblr, Twitter, Zenfolio & Blurb, the list goes on ..

Roundabout at Cook, Pope & Victoria Bridge (Waikato River), Leamington, Waikato, New Zealand. 29 June 2018

Roundabout at Cook, Pope & Victoria Bridge (Waikato River), Leamington, Waikato, New Zealand. 29 June 2018

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Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro

Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro
Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro Cambridge Town Cup 2011 KRI # 2 Lake Karapiro

My day galleries. January 2011 galleries. Today’s gallery.

Today, tomorrow and Sunday: 28th, 29th & 30th of January 2011.

602 Maungatautari Road, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge New Zealand.

Photos taken in the boat park at KRI # 2, this afternoon as the well oiled machine of volunteers processes hundreds of young rowers, representing schools and clubs, onto the water to race the 2000 metre Lake Karapiro course and then back off the water to the busy boat park behind. The safety of rowers is of constant concern and each boat inspected – particularly the footwear of each rower. Footwear is attached to the boat and must allow for immediate and unimpeded release of the feet in the event of a capsize. As I over heard Roger Milne explain to one crew, whose setup exceeded the 50mm mandated safety tolerance, it is like trying to remove gumboots without the purchase of a step or your toe at the heel of the boot. The difference between being trapped under a boat by your feet or a straightforward dunk and escape to the surface.

Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010 – Trifecta

Trifecta at Gaslight Theatre Cambridge

Maungatautari Thespian Ensemble’s – Trifecta – Sarah Bettle, Andy Kaye and Kimmy Muncaster celebrate their improv skills with an hour of comedy skits this evening, Friday, the 23rd of April 2010 at Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge, New Zealand – in an entrée performance for the Cambridge Autumn Festival 2010. I particularly enjoyed this, the reverse interrogation, much silliness and quick thinking drawn from audience suggestions. Trifecta play tomorrow night, Saturday, the 24th at 6pm – and then during the festival proper – next Wednesday the 28th,  Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of April – also at 6pm. Check out the festival website.

The Maungatautari Thespian Ensemble (MTE)

(DAY GALLERY 23/4/2010)

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Google stats. – yeah well!!

Idle curiosity, on my part, as michaeljeans.co.nz lurches toward 50,000 page views in 19 months. Here are the page rankings (Google) of selected Cambridge NZ related and / or based websites (a stab in the dark guestimation – there are somewhere between 500 – 1,000 ‘Cambridge NZ’ websites – probably closer to the lower number).

  • ew.govt.nz | Google PR 6 | Google index 7210 | Age 11/5/2000
  • waipadc.govt.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 2110 | Age 1/3/2000
  • cambridge.co.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 180 | Age 6/12/1998
  • stpeters.school.nz | Google PR 5 | Google index 243 | Age 28/11/2000
  • quoteunquotenz.blogspot.com | Google PR 5 | Google index 269 | Age n/a (at least 10 I think)
  • cambridgemuseum.org.nz | Google PR 4 | Google index 349 | Age 12/12/2002
  • shoof.co.nz | Google PR 4 | Google index 157 | Age 20/5/2000
  • michaeljeans.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google index 839 | Age 30/8/2000
  • accommodationcambridge.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google index 109 | Age n/a (3 – 4 I think?)
  • yourcambridgenews.com | Google PR 2 | Google Index 7 | Age n/a (< 2)
  • quemagazine.co.nz | Google PR 2 | Google Index 8 | Age n/a (< 1)
  • cambridgerealestate.net.nz | Google PR 1 | Google index 283 | Age 28/2/1989

Tracking Google stats., for a variety of reasons, is both frustrating and, well, more frustrating – I’ve been following Cambridge’s internet profile for some time – but what it really, really means I truly have few ideas.

That Environment Waikato‘s site is the most SOE friendly is of no surprise. No surprise, also, for one of the lowest ranking; Your Cambridge News which is almost completely PDF based and essentially invisible to Google. Que‘s site while most probably well engineered does not feature enough unique material to rank. But then I can’t explain Cambridge Real Estate at all as Google Alerts delivers listings almost daily, from this site, depending upon the configuration used.

Looks like WordPress.COM does SOE better than Google’s own Blogspot platform as Stephen’s blog has a much higher profile than mine.

Cambridge Museum publishes its visitor figures; the most recent being for March 2010 (3491 visitors with 41,226 page views) – michaeljeans.co.nz for the same period (1500 and 2500) – so no comparison really. But, and this is the bit I fail to grasp fully, in this admittedly biased and skewed ‘sample’ I come in 3rd in terms of page indexing – though it is page indexing I am looking for.

My mission (obsession?) to put Cambridge NZ stories (OK, so most of my stories are photographs) on the web stands at: Cambridge (485), Lake Karapiro (109), Leamington (197) not to mention other Cambridge catchment related material (800+ pages). In early 2010 I’ve temporarily eased off Cambridge (as I work on other projects). BTW my website also has a significant Taranaki focus and a recent spike in traffic is related to the recent women’s surfing tour – something I have had absolutely nothing to do with – and photographs I published 15 months ago. If you are interested the most popular list down the right hand side of my site gives you a quick snapshot of what is currently popular here.

So what am I saying? I’m saying the slog – and it has at times been a huge slog – to provide variety and depth to the Cambridge ‘stories’ permanently available on the web is evolving – but slowly. My score ‘Could do better’.

BTW my website costs are approximately $1300 a year – (breakdown: website including domain name $50 pa, image server $170 pa, video server $100 pa, broadband $960 pa (250GB). Content: priceless :) I dare not think!!

Everything is hosted in California.

If anyone has any thoughts I would love to hear.

Notes Google PR 0 = not good, 10 = best. SOE = Search Engine Optimised / Optimisation. For the purposes of this discussion I am completely ignoring website linking – which I currently do not pursue.

Colonial Heritage Antiques Cambridge NZ

Colonial Heritage Antiques

This comfortable and enduring window display has marked the Colonial Heritage Antiques corner of Duke and Empire Streets in Cambridge NZ CBD forever. Ever changing and continually fascinating -books of Aotearoa New Zealand – not surprisingly – more often than not feature as focal point for the display.

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Taotaoroa Whitehall Karapiro districts

In September of next year, on the 24 – 26th of September 2010 to be exact, the 125th Jubilee celebration of education at Karapiro, Whitehall, Taotaoroa and Karapiro Hydro Schools is to be held. There is a website where you can find out more and perhaps get involved in the planning yourself. http://125kthw.wordpress.com/

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