It is hard to believe but a small milestone has been reached. This entry to “A Scoutmaster’s Blog” is the 100th time I have sat down at the computer to post something for my thirteen loyal readers to read. (Actually, I do not have a good idea how many people read this, but I know it is not in the thousands.)
While I do not know how many people read these ramblings that I post online, I do know of a few statistics that I am willing to share with you. First, and I find this interesting, is that the blog now receives more hits per month than the home page of the troop’s website. For example, last month, May, the site’s home page received 1515 hits while the blog received 1999 hits. This month the blog is also ahead in the number of hits. Is this impressive? I have no idea. I do not know what other troop sites received in number of hits.
I understand that this site is very much a niche site. The only people who visit the site are probably involved in Scouting as an adult leader, or are a Scout them self. This site does not include controversial issues of the day so people are not brought to the site looking for those type of articles. But that is okay. This site is about Scouting, and more importantly, about my Scouting experiences.
During the last year and a half that I have been writing this blog there have been a few changes. The first is the layout of the page. I have experimented with a couple looks and finally deceided on this one. I think it is easy to read and easy on the eyes. I also started hosting this site within our troop’s site, instead of leaving it hosted by Blogger. I did this to keep people on the troop’s site as long as possible. I did have to give up some features that are found in a blog that Blogger hosts, but that is a price I was willing to pay.
One of the biggest “changes” to the blog was the inclusion of video podcasts. I have had several people write me about how they could get some of the videos I have posted on our troop’s site and YouTube. I thought a video podcast would be a great way to make these videos readily available. I have to thank Mr. Bob of Akela’s Adventure podcast for giving me a hand getting things up and running, and helping to get Melrose Scouting Productions listed on iTunes.
I have no immediate plans to change anything about the way I write this blog during the next hundred entries. I will continue to write about my Scouting experiences, add more podcasts as they become available, and let you know about interesting Scouting-related articles I find on the web. If you have a suggestion or two about subjects you would like to see covered here then leave a comment or drop me a email. It would be great to hear from you.