Any thoughts about the Oysterville Daybook?

Mar 19, 2024 | 12 comments

Next week I’m embarking on a scary (for me) adventure with a new Webmaster — revising my now almost 20-year-old website to make it more streamlined, more accessible (I hope), and more focused on 1) my daily blog and 2) my books, both old and forthcoming.  I’ve hired an expert who has been in the web-designing business for a while.  She will handle all the techie stuff as well as design a site which is updated, streamlined, and easier to deal with from my end as well as yours — or so I fervently hope.

So… it occurs to me that it might be nice to get a little feedback from you, my faithful readers.  First, I’m not really sure how most of you access my Oysterville Daybook.  I “think” most people find it on Facebook — but if you get it another way, could you please let me know? And, tell me what sorts of problems you’ve had accessing it, if any.  (Michael Lemeshko recently told me that none of the pictures were coming through — only the words.  Then, today he wrote that the problem fixed itself.  I don’t “think” the problem was at my end… but I really haven’t a clue.)

I’m also interested in how frequently you comment on one of my blogs — or if you avoid doing so for a particular reason.  (If it’s the latter and that reason applies to this blog, as well, please do write to me at sydneyofoysterville@gmail.com. ) In a perfect world, of course, I’d answer every question and respond to every comment and if there’s a way my Web Guru can make that more possible, I’ll certainly be grateful!

And, finally, why do you read my blogs — as in what would you like to see more of?  Primarily, of course, they are about day-t0-day life through my eyes, a fourth generation resident of our little (9 full-time residents) village of Oysterville.  I’m especially interested in the history of this area (the Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County, WA) and I work in historical aspects wherever they seem pertinent.  I’m also increasingly interested in the history my own generation has lived through and am all about documenting whatever catches my fancy.  But I’d like to know what sorts of topics within those parameters catch your fancy, as well!

Don’t be shy!  I’d really love to hear from you.  SOON!  My first conference with my new Web Designer is today.  By the end of next week we should be all but finished — “god willin’ an the creek don’t rise” as they say!

12 Comments

  1. Kim Abel

    Hey Sydney,

    One thing that would be nice is the date of the blog post. Sometimes Facebook posts something in odd sequence and I would like an easy way to find the other post, past or future.

    Also, if it would be possible to search for terms on your blogs. That would be fun to see what you have posted about someone or some topic over the years.

    Finally, I read the blog whenever it is shows up in my Facebook feed because it is good for a smile, a sigh or a neat historical fact!

    Thanks for making the effort!!

    Cheers and a big hug!

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  2. Kim Abel

    Oops, see the search now! And when you chose to link to the posts in the left column, the dates show. So maybe my comments solved themselves?

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  3. Cuzzin Ralph

    Dear Cuzzin Sydney, I always access the site directly at https://sydneyofoysterville.com/oysterville-daybook/. I eschew going through any intermediary (such as Facebook) as that means just more things to screw up.

    Of course, my interest in the blog is because I’m 3rd Cuzzin twice removed—think “3.2 beer”—of Sydney (and often chime in with genealogical info due to my role as amateur genealogist covering our common Espy family). Additionally I have a long connection to the Peninsula: first trip was about 1960 with family to include my Grandpa Clive, who’d recently lost his wife Grandma Carsie–whose mother Lillie was my Espy connection. We had a heck of a time getting stuck in the mud in Willapa Bay after we rented a boat for the day out of Nahcotta! And of course Sis Cheryl and hubby Virg lived walking distance at Surfside for a number of years.

    I say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” which I learned from my Uncle Willie (also an Espy, working on his farm summer of 1967). From the users’ side I see no reason for any updates. However, if the revision (1) makes your blogging much more user friendly and (2) would increase your book exposure and sales, then go for it!

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    • Sydney Stevens

      I hope its more user friendly but, honestly,, the bottom line is that it is far more streamlined and easier for me to use. Overall, comment have been positive and, according to the stats, my readership has increased. So I am a happy campter.

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  4. Skyler

    I haven’t found a back and forth function on your blog. So if I access a post from FB, I can’t go back to the post from the previous day. I have to go back to FB and find your link to previous posts there. I might just be missing something. As someone else said, a search box would be very useful. Also a subscribe by email function. You could even put a donate button for donations to the blogging cause. I don’t know about you, but I pay WordPress extra for more room because my blog is huge by now, and also to make it ad free.

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  5. Susan Johnston

    I read your blog on your website and find it extremely frustrating because I have to scroll back and forth to read in chronological order (oldest entry is at the bottom, scroll up to find beginning, when read to end scroll back up past what I have just read plus past newer posting to find its opening, read to end of that posting, scroll back up for next entry, etc.

    I love hearing about you and Nyel and Oysterville and evoking all of my Peninsula memories but can’t do it every day to only read one entry.

    It’s worth it but I wish I could read in chronological order more easily.

    In any case, happy Spring!

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    • Sydney Stevens

      Yes, I can see where the scrolling back and forth could be nuys-making!. Unfortunately, the site is set up for those who read the blogs every day. To your benefit, however, my blogs are seldom interdependent so it doesn’t much matter what order you read them in. However you do manage it, I appreciate your constancy! Thank you! Sydney

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  6. Dee Snider

    Sydney,
    I love everything about your blog! I especially enjoy continuing to learn about the history of our peninsula. Your memories and pictures are a special treat. I am not a technical person, so I will leave any advice to others. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Pam

    I am not on Facebook. I accessed your blog through your website –sydneyofoysterville.com
    I then “bookmarked” it on my computer so I can go directly to it. There is a sidebar that mentions books; an arrow to click which takes the reader to older posts; and there is a small search space where the reader can specifically request a particular blog, i.e. type in December 2015, click and these entries will appear. Pictures always appear as well. I find this all very satisfactory.
    I began reading your blog when I discovered it on a trip to the peninsula at least 10 years ago. I particularly enjoy posts about people–past and present. The book you wrote about legendary people on the Long Beach Peninsula is one of my favorites. The posts about the chickens do/did not interest me. Please carry on…!!

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  8. Valerie

    Hi Sydney. You make me laugh. Also over the years, you have been a wealth of knowledge and a friend. An email to know when your posts come up would be great.

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    • Sydney Stevens

      I don’t know if an email is possible, but I do try to post a blog every day — though I must say that as the years go by, it’s more like five a week! Thank you for being a faithful follower! Your feedback spurs me on! Sydney

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  9. Cuzzin Ralph

    Dear Cuzzin Sydney, I always access the site directly at https://sydneyofoysterville.com/oysterville-daybook/. I eschew going through any intermediary (such as Facebook) as that means just more things to screw up. Of course, my interest in the blog is because I’m 3rd Cuzzin twice removed—think “3.2 beer”—of Sydney (and often chime in with genealogical info due to my role as amateur genealogist covering our common Espy family). Additionally I have a long connection to the Peninsula: first trip was about 1960 with family to include my Grandpa Clive, who’d recently lost his wife Grandma Carsie–whose mother Lillie was my Espy connection. We had a heck of a time getting stuck in the mud in Willapa Bay after we rented a boat for the day out of Nahcotta! And of course Sis Cheryl and hubby Virg lived walking distance at Surfside for a number of years. I say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” which I learned from my Uncle Willie (also an Espy, working on his farm summer of 1967). From the users’ side I see no reason for any updates. However, if the revision (1) makes your blogging much more user friendly and (2) would increase your book exposure and sales, then go for it! P.S. I tried to send this a couple of days ago, it got to point where the reply was that it was being monitored, then zilch! This has happened several times before for my posts, so hopefully this will be fixed in the revised website.

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