I started this project because I felt it was one that could continue to grow even after college was finished but there have been times I have wondered whether it really will continue. Maybe it would just die off?! Well it seems like there is going to be a bright future for Ocean Warriors.
My hope is to continue the partnership with Irish Surfers Against Pollution and Clean Coasts. Furthermore, I have been contacted by Karin de Jong of The Black Fish, an organisation working towards sustainable fishing in Europe, to assist them in their tour of events in September 2013. I have been invited to take part in an eco-education program at Fin McCools Surf School. Also, Aidan Monaghan, a primary school teacher in Dublin 15, has requested I give a talk at the school for their Water Day.
- Abstract from my report’s conclusion
One of the things I took away from the mid semester presentations was that I should utilise the footage I captured and make lightly edited interview videos of the different people. So, in order to display all the videos on the website, I made a new page for them and then installed a lot of video gallery plugins to see which was best. I found the article on this article on wpmu.org really helpful.
In the end I went with TubePress as it perfectly suited my needs and is really handy as it pulls the videos in from a playlist I have on YouTube.
The Ocean Warriors has been live for a while now but I noticed that it is still hard to search for on the likes of Google. So I started looking into search engine optimisation (SEO). It seems a bit complicated but I got the gist of the basics like good markup, use of meta tags, alt tags and markups. I have to say though I am definitely not understanding the search engine spiders and all that jazz. Thankfully I don’t really need to either.
From my research I found this plugin called WordPress SEO that’s really good. I know the SEO for WordPress sites is pretty good and practically there already but I thought this might give me a boost. It gives you great tips and allows you to enter all the meta and keywords and what not for every page and post on the site.
I also signed up for Google Web Tools and submitted my sitemap and posts sitemap to it too. I figured every little bit helps! It has paid off too with Ocean Warriors dominating nearly the entire first page when you search for Ocean Warriors Ireland.
I decided to get stickers printed. I know in the surf world how popular stickers are. They’re put on everything from cars to signs. I also thought I could make an event out of them in the form of a sticker bomb. Unfortnately, I had planned this on the weekend my boyfriend was in hospital so I didn’t get to do it. I still think they’re a great promotional item as people love to feel like they are getting something for nothing when really they are doing you the favor.
Also it led me to create a slight alteration to the logo for some promotional items by turning it into the website name with the .ie.
I got a phonecall late wednesday night from my boyfriend living in Galway that he was in the hospital. Naturally he became my first priority and I went down to Galway to be with him and help him recover after leaving the hospital. This means I lost 3 days of being able to work on my project. This wouldn’t have been an issue a month ago but as we had no exams this time had been set a side for intensive work on the project. So these 3 days have definitely impacted on my project in a noticeable way. I still plan on doing everything I set out to do but it may mean a view less interview videos.