One of the projects I initiated and worked on for the year was our school’s digital citizenship website. At the end of the year WordPress sent out a very neat stats review presented in a very user-friendly way. You can see the report by clicking on the image above or the link: http://getesmart-vsc.com/2011/annual-report/
It was not only fun to watch and informative but got me thinking about ways to improve the readership in 2012.
During Term 4, I worked out that we could insert an RSS feed into the school’s Moodle site that would run in the sidebar and have clickable links to the posts. That made it more visible to the in-school community, but as we tweaked the feed on the Moodle site just before holidays I have yet to see if it will boost readership.
Our subscription rate is low and that is what I really hope to boost. Not only is the rate low but half of the subscribers are from outside the school community. So next year I plan to:
- post a bulletin on our school eWorkspace each time a new post comes out, using a one sentence hook or question as well as inviting people to subscribe to it.
- have the library team introduce the site to all the new year 7 groups and encourage them to subscribe during their orientation.
- email the H of D’s and Principals each time a post comes out inviting them to read it and subscribe. They had been invited to subscribe last year but none took up the invite. Advertise, advertise!
- use more tagging of keywords in my blog posts for better search results. I’ve been slack about doing this.
- share the posts out to my PLN to increase interest in that area too.
Gee, these almost look like New Years resolutions, but we won’t call them that, we’ll call them goals.