Saturday, December 19, 2015

50,000 - 4,000 - 200

Page views over the life of the blog
It is with great pride that I announce the, strangely synchronous, occurrence of these three milestones.

50,000 page views on the blog

For a while now I have felt that I can begin to hold my head up in the blogocracy. Dear departed Denis' My Unwelcome Stranger has over 600,000 but that is royalty, not aristocracy.

As the picture shows there has been a drop off in the last year but I have been posting less often after all the immense excitement of the World Parks Congress.

I am still fascinated by the small proportion of comment though. 430 to date but half of that is my replies. So a ratio of one write for every 250 reads. Blogs (or mine anyway) are not chatty places.

4000 views of Wild Places

When Parks Victoria commissioned Storyscape to make a short video about the TrailRider I could not have imagined what a pleasure that would be. The interweaving of pictures, a short video and the original music is a work of art from Pip and Zoe. The title was their choice picked from the words of my narration.

We are looking forward to their next production where the focus will be on the broader reach of Healthy Parks, Healthy People.

200 Likes on the TrailRider Tales Facebook Page

Page Likes are the meat and potatoes of the Facebook world. Pages are themselves Public but to Like you must join Facebook.

What I find fascinating about Facebook is the way that  it has lowered the threshold for engagement of some type. This might be as little as clicking Like on a post but may extend to commenting or sharing the post within your own circles. The Facebook stats do not distinguish between these but fully 50% of the people that click on each post (to view the blog post) also engage in some way. Remember the equivalent figure for the blog was less than one half of one percent!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bonjour Bradley

Imagine my surprise when Bradley Fauteux, the new CEO of Parks Victoria, came on the radio the other day. I was so surprised I had to phone and say hello.

I don't think he knew who Dave from Newstead was but he mentioned the TrailRider.

The caller after me was upset by a Canadian hire but for me that simply confirmed how Parks Victoria, with Healthy Parks, Healthy People is leading the world in this respect and therefore hired from the world stage.

The World Park Congress last year was where we saw the reality of this. I felt this most keenly in the huge and glowing wrap up for the Healthy Parks, Healthy People stream.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pinnacle Possible?

Imagine being up there on a TrailRider!
In the days when I was still walking I fell in love with the walk in the Grampians known as the Pinnacle. It is a good deal more taxing than the approved - and signposted - TrailRider tracks. Indeed if you look at the post about signs it would be a five or six operator grade which does not officially exist.
They made it!

Despite this, Caitlin O'Reilly (Grampians volunteer co-ordinator) and three rangers did the walk, from the Wonderland carpark, and are assessing whether there could be an expedition in March.

This warms my heart.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mount Dandenong gets a TrailRider!

The Grants On Sherbrooke cafe - the chair is there
International Day of the Disabled saw the launch of a new location for another motorised TrailRider.

The location is a new and exciting one - many tracks and near to Puffing Billy - but this is not an additional chair. The one at Lysterfield Park was not getting enough use so it has been transferred.

The chair is hired out at the Grants On Sherbrooke Cafe and all the contact details can be found in the Directory.

If you are a Facie, here is a chance to Like the Grants On Sherbrooke page: