April 2004 - April 2007
It has been 3 years since the last Director's Report has been published, and I know you've been waiting with baited breath for the latest news from TRC, so that is why I give to you the Webmaster's Report of 2004 to 2007.
First a little background about myself. I'm Michael Phillips and am orginally from Milo. I helped start this project in 1996 when I was a student at Penquis Valley High School. The project then became stale for awhile, until Seth Barden brought it back to life in 1999 and became the Director and Webmaster of TRC. I rejoined the TRC Team in 2005 as a Resource Advisor and have since taken over the Webmaster duties.
Three years ago this month we released TRC version 3.0 and we have been improving on that since. While the general layout has not changed since the redesign, we have added many features!
Since the 2004 report we have added the aforementioned Milo Webcam and the Bulletin Board for the Alumni Associations. In 2005 the Three Rivers News was given it's own website (news.trcmaine.org). In 2006 it was redesigned and the TRN is now available in Adobe Acrobat format, making publishing much easier to upload to our servers and giving options for downloading the weekly paper directly from the website or via an RSS feed. There have been approximately 3500 visitors each month since TRN website launched.
In 2006 we launched Connections (www.trcmaine.org/connections), an area of our website where folks can post free classified ads. Although there have been an average of 800 views a month, there has been limited use of this service. We are hoping that more people will take advantage of the freeness of the classified ads. We are hoping in the future to have ads appear in the Three Rivers News as well as online.
We now have a section of our website dedicated to honoring loved ones who have passed on. "In Memoriam" was launched in 2006 as part of Local News & Highlights. The TRC Government section has grown to include the latest news from our Senators, House of Representatives and also a live news feed direct from the Govenor's office. TRC has partnered with the Boston Globe to bring you live news feeds of stories happening in and affecting the state of Maine. We have also just released our first Widget for the Mac and are in the stages of developing a Widget for Windows Vista users. We always welcome ideas of how to improve our services.
TRC became a member of the Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and have been at every SPCCC Expo since. At this past year's expo, we had two webcams setup, and the expocam was well received by all. For the past two years we gave out an excellent array of door prizes, all donated by Izzy Warren and Val Robertson.
In 2005 we moved our servers to HostM. Since then our traffic (of www.trcmaine.org, not including subdomains) has increased and we have had to change our servers to Dreamhost. In 2006 we had about 75,970 unique visitors that used 125 Gigabytes of bandwidth. In the first quarter of 2007 we have already seen a 172% increase of bandwidth, bringing our usage so far this year to about 85 Gigabytes. We continue to thank you (and Google) for our continued success!
We have a great group of volunteers from all over Maine that help make this website possible. Without the dedication of our memebers, this project would cease to exist. I would like to thank everyone for all their time and effort they put into this project to bring you the latest and greatest information about our community. As always, we are looking for more volunteers to help fill many vacancies. If you are interested, please contact us.
Michael Paul Phillips
Three Rivers Community Alliance Webmaster
April 27, 2007