It’s Not The Bahamas, But…
It seems strange not to be heading south this year, but then again, fall in Nova Scotia is pretty nice. Mind you, check in with me after the first ice storm.
Meanwhile, Morgan’s Cloud is all snugged up in a shed for the winter.
Safe Surfing for You
The badge above, which we also display in the sidebar, signifies that this web site is now checked four times a day to make sure that some hacker has not figured out a way to get past our defenses and use AAC as a conduit to put some nasty malware on your computer.
And, by the way, this service is not free, or even close, but it is nowhere near as expensive as the journalism insurance that we just signed up for after years of being told that we were absolutely nuts to run a site like this without it.
So, if you were thinking about making a donation, or even if you weren’t, now’s the time. We would really appreciate your help in at least partially covering the ever-growing out-of-pocket expenses of running this site.
For those of you who have already donated, or just did, another huge thank you. (Each person who has donated has received a personal thank you email from Phyllis.)
While donations are not keeping up with expenses, they have helped to stem the tide of red ink, as well as inspiring us to keep posting as we search for ways to close the expense gap.
AAC is Growing
Talking of the site, we thought you would like to know that we just passed half a million page views this year, with two months to go. And it looks like about 150,000 people will visit the site this year.
Of course this makes us a tiny site in the greater scope of the internet. But then again, not bad when, as I always say, you consider that more people play competitive tiddlywinks than sail, or aspire to, offshore.
There is a really wonderful piece over at WaveTrain on what it takes to make a sailor. Highly recommended. I know I linked to WaveTrain last month too, but wow, how Charlie can write!
And before anyone asks, no I’m not getting anything from Charlie for linking to his stuff. In fact he and I disagreed pretty strongly, and had a bit of an email set-to, when he tried to sign us up for their feed aggregation over at SAIL magazine. I thought the proposed contract was predatory and he thought I was being unreasonable. Me, unreasonable, I’m never unreasonable. The nerve of the man…cue Phyllis rolling eyes.
Anyway, he’s still talking to me and gave us permission to use the lovely family shot above, which does the man credit after our altercation!
Feeds and Email Notifications
A couple of people who get our free email subscription have asked me why it is that it takes as much as 24 hours after we publish a post before they receive our notification and that they often find that many others have commented on the post before they even know it’s up on the site.
The reason is that the automated system we use sends the email post-notifications out between 0700 and 0900 Atlantic Time (GMT –4), each day, no matter what time the post was published.
But those who keep up with our doings via RSS feed get notifications within 30 minutes of publication. Also, there are a large number of readers that don’t subscribe in any way, but just check in daily to see if the muse has struck us.
We are looking at using a different and better email notification system, which will solve this problem. But, like most good things, the service costs money we don’t have at this time.