Marketing your website…

Posted November 28, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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All this sounds really cool… except it brought back bad memories of business school – marketing was not my thing.  For something so simple as posting a site on the web, getting people to look at it and use it seems rather complicated and labor intensive.

The mass e-mail thing sounds really simple.  If I ever get my site presentable enough, I’ll do that.  But I’m not sure who exactly would be interested in my personal research and family history.  I already belong to the web community on Ancestry.com, that’s where I’ve gotten most of my information.

Museums and the Internet

Posted November 13, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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Community involvement for on-line museums sounds wonderful.  After all, curators certainly have enough to do as it is without worrying about on-line exhibits.  Things get tagged in order to make them more searchable and easier to find, more people visit the site, the museum gets its name and collections out to the public…everyone is happy.  Except… even though volunteers would be doing the actual tagging of the exhibits, who’s going to check up on everything to make sure they are legit?  More importantly, who’s going to pay that person?  What are the implications of working all the kinks out of the programs first?  Can using these types of programs on a website guarantee increased on-site visitation (i.e. revenues)?

All of this increased access and community involvement sounds really nice, but it is something that is going to have to be tried and proved by bigger, better-funded, museums before it is adopted across the board. It should not present the same problems as Wikipedia because taggers will not really be adding new information, but the entries still have to be processed and monitored.  Things always get a little hairy when they are opened up for public comment.

Check it out…

Posted November 12, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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Hey guys… check out my webpage and tell me what you think!

first attempt at altering old photo…

Posted November 10, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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Check out my photo of Selina Gray.  She was the housekeeper at Arlington House before the Civil War.  You’ll have to go to My Website

Readings, Nov. 7

Posted November 7, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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Seems like Gutenburg-e got off you a rocky start. People just aren’t looking at them. It does not help that they have not been reviewed. I don’t know why they are not getting the same attention. I don’t mind reading a book on-line. Then again, I also like to have something in my hand to feel and write all over. Even though you supposedly can print these books out, 300 pages of material seems a little daunting to a personal printer, or to your stash of change for the library. Maybe they would have done better if they had done a limited hard copy release.

Also, some people don’t consider posting something to the web as truly publishing it, even if it is through a legitimate publishing house.

Readings, Nov. 7

Posted November 7, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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Seems like Gutenburg-e got off you a rocky start. People just aren’t looking at them. It does not help that they have not been reviewed. I don’t know why they are not getting the same attention. I don’t mind reading a book on-line. Then again, I also like to have something in my hand to feel and write all over. Even though you supposedly can pring these books out, 300 pages of material seems a little daunting to a personal printer, or to your stash of change for the library. Maybe they would have done better if they had done a limited hard copy release.

Also, some people don’t consider posting something to the web as truly publishing it, even if it is through a legitimate publishing house.

Thoughts for a final project…

Posted October 31, 2006 by Amanda Bennett
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I currently work for the National Park Service at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.  The site is getting ready to close its doors for an indeterminate amount of time in order to install a climate control system and a new fire suppression system, and to also restore the slave quarter buildings.  I thought an annotated virtual tour of the site the way it looks now – a before shot – would be helpful to any visitors who show up within that indeterminate amount of time.  Otherwise they will only see the outside of the house, or even the inside with no furniture, and have to listen to rangers talk themselves silly without any visuals.  The site could put the virtual tour up on its website, or set up an orientation area to show visitors on some sort of projector screen.

Does this seem way too simple? or do you think it could work?


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