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Before we look ahead to the new year, let me thank everyone who has contributed to Gwulo over the last twelve months - every day when I visit the website there is something new and interesting to read.
Then for 2014, my goal is to upgrade the website software. It's getting embarrassing, as I said the same thing in 2013, ... and in 2012! More details on last year, and my plans for this year, below.
I hope you'll keep reading Gwulo in the year ahead, and please keep sharing your stories and knowledge of old Hong Kong with us.
Best regards, David
How did last year's plans turn out?
And throughout the year we've kept on adding more photos, facts, and stories about old Hong Kong:
|Pages on website||2013||2012||2011||2010|
|Jurors Lists (years)||29||27||19||11|
We've ended 2013 with over 7,800 photos, 15,000 pages, and 20,000 comments!
Of course there's no point writing all this if no-one is going to read it, but there's good news there too:
|Wartime Diaries subscribers|
|72 years ago||109|
|71 years ago||88||81|
|70 years ago||44||37|
We've had a steady increase in the number of people subscribing to the weekly email newsletters and the daily wartime diary updates. (The wartime diary figures are a bit exaggerated, as some people have subscribed to multiple years.)
Apart from the newsletters, we also have more visitors reading content via the website:
|Website traffic (thousands)|
I note there hasn't been much growth in the number of 'Unique Visitors' to the website this year. On the other hand, each visitor is reading more pages, which is fine by me.
Looking ahead, there is just one goal for the year:
This is becoming more urgent as the current software starts falling behind in its support for new versions of browsers, mapping software etc. And finishing the upgrade will allow me to add some new features to the website that will make it easier to use and more effective.
So that will be my focus from now until it is done. I don't know how long it will take. I'm hoping that in three to six months time we'll be using the new version of the website, but we'll see.
I plan to keep sending out the weekly newsletter, and I shall also continue working on the paid research I mentioned last year. But otherwise I'll be posting less comments and new information to the site for a while as I get on with preparation for the upgrade. I'll keep you updated on progress, and hope you can help keep the site busy by posting up your photos and stories for us to enjoy.
Thanks again, David