Archive for the ‘Website Update’ Category

Yes, the big round number, 10,000, is how many website views that Beyond the Point has received since it’s launch 9 months ago! It’s extremely re-assuring and encouraging for us to know that people like the content that we are writing about. We have received fantastic support from local magazines such as ‘Love Canvey‘ and ‘Your Canvey‘, local historical groups such as the Canvey Community Archive and The Bay Museum and also local organizations that have helped support BTP by displaying our posters in their shop windows. In the past 30 days alone we’ve had close to 1,500 views with the most views from the UK, USA, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Philippines and Turkey.  All of the locations that we’ve had visitors from are:

United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Philippines, Turkey, Pakistan, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Russian Federation, Brazil, India, Peru, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Nepal, Honduras, Tunisia, Netherlands, Mexico, Colombia, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, Malaysia, Switzerland, Thailand, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Ukraine, Venezuela, Italy, Bangladesh, Belgium, New Zealand, Ghana, Denmark, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Czech Republic, Spain and Bulgaria!

Liam and I have posted a combination of 77 posts (including this one) with the content ranging from new releases and site news to adventures out and about! Since we started with our .wordpress.com domain name we’ve bought a new domain, introduced a shop, YouTube channel, Facebook pages e.t.c We’ve got some great plans coming up this year especially for our BTP birthday on July 17th. We’re currently in the process of filming a documentary about the past, present and future of Canvey Island. This feature length full HD video will include interviews from local residents who have lived through an engaging time. A preview will be put on Beyond the Point TV on July 17th to mark our 1st birthday and the video will be sold for a small cost which will contribute towards new equipment and website maintenance.

However before the documentary you’ll have to make do with an action packed trailer for out next monster film. With amazing special effects provided by BM Effects, Beyond the Point brings to you, an exciting high definition look at what’s coming up later this year. The promo is being released to mark BTP hitting 10,000 website views!

Once again, thank you for liking and supporting Beyond the Point. Happy Easter!

We are always looking for ways to make Beyond the Point better and we have a few plans up our sleeve for the upcoming months, but our latest addition to BTP is our brand new online shop!

Liam and I have been busy this weekend setting the shop up! We signed up to the Amazon Associates Program, allowing us to set up the shop but the beauty of it is; that we don’t have to have any products to sell. The scheme works by BTP Liam and I adding products that other companies are currently selling on amazon. This is classed as advertising and therefore we get a small percentage of the money from the items that we sell. The money that we get (it’s not much, around 10%), goes towards running this site and maintaining and purchasing equipment. As we get to choose the products in our store, we only choose the best products. These can range from books to coats to metal detecting equipment. We’ve created a new section in the forum, where we will post a ‘product of the month’, a product that we highly recommend! Why not visit the shop today from the comfort of your own home?

Click the image below to visit our shop.

Beyond the Point eShop

A few weeks ago me and Joe took a tape-measure to Canvey Island’s last remaining pillbox, as we plan to make some scale models of it in a variety of mediums. You can see and read about the pillbox here http://beyondthepoint.co.uk/2011/12/21/canveys-last-remaining-pillbox/. With my modelling and pro miniature painting skills, and BTP Joe’s lego enthusiasm and woodworking tools and experience, we hope to start preserving these soon-to-be-gone historical structures in miniature versions, which will last allot longer – hopefully! Here is a rather nice document I drew up on ‘Paint’ of our findings:

 

If you’re interested in placing an advert on the site or sponsoring us we need to talk.

Beyond the Point is currently looking into sponsorship and advertisement to help fund and maintain the website. Running the website, buying new exploration equipment and clothing is very expensive and we want to continue this line of work as the local community support and website visitor statistics have been extremely reassuring. There are limited spaces as we don’t want our website covered in ads however we are keen to work alongside companies and key partners that are associated with our type of work. By sponsoring us you will get your logo put on the site under ‘sponsors’ and you can contribute an amount of your choice. You will also get your advert on our forum.. If you would like to place an advert on the site or sponsor us the same rules apply but the costs will vary. There a few points that you might want to consider:

  • We have re-assuring website traffic statistics of which our all time maximum is continuing to rise.
  • We have some key contacts with other related forums and websites.
  • Our site has been heavily publicized including adverts/links in national forums and local magazines.

If you would like to contribute towards the costs of running the site or you would like to enquire about advertisements please contact us using the contact form under General Inquiries and we’ll get back to you with the required information.

Today’s post marks the start of  Top Five Fortnight which will be five posts, which should take up a fortnight’s worth of posts on Beyond the Point. Each post will countdown to the no.1 resource tool/information centre relevant to Beyond the Point and all fans of this website. Not only is it to direct you to some great links, but also to say a thanks to those sites who have supported us, or given us pleasure viewing. For tonight, at number 5, it’s Benfleet Community Archive (http://www.benfleethistory.org.uk/) and Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive (http://www.hadleighhistory.org.uk/). Both made with the same program/tool as Canvey Community Archive, these are two great places to learn more, and help others to by signing up and writing an article.

Benfleet Community Archive:

Similar to Hadleigh’s archive in design, and similar to all three aforementioned archives in navigation, this site is simple to use, modern, and has a sizable host of articles to read on a range of topics. I would definitely recommend visiting this site and taking a look around at http://www.benfleethistory.org.uk/. You will find that Benfleet has many more historical sites than you may be aware of, and is packed with a few curious tales and locations, such as the ghost at the Water Tower, or the abstract Shipright’s House you probably go by at least once a week. All this is over at the archive…

Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive:

I only stumbled upon this site recently, and I am pleased that I did! With an easy-to-navigate layout and design close to that of Benfleet’s Archive, this website will be familiar as soon as you first take a look at it. Set up only a year ago, it needs your help to boost it with articles, tales, pictures, and memories. It has a great selection of articles, although needs you to expand this database. Pop over to this great site http://www.hadleighhistory.org.uk/ vital for preserving our history. It has some really comprehensive information, along with plenty of uncommon old pictures. Canvey stands under the rule of Hadleigh’s Castle, and is a popular view from the seawall. If you are interested in Canvey’s history then why not pay a visit to Hadleigh, Thundersley, and also Daws Heath’s archive, sign up – you’ll find this interesting too, and possibly even submit an article to help get it going furthermore!

Beyond the Point 2011

This year has raced by and has seen the birth of a new blog and archive called Beyond the Point. It’s hard to think that we started just 5 months ago in July and since then we have bought you 52 blog posts (including this one) with 78 tags! Along with setting up the website we have a bought a Facebook group, forum and a popular YouTube channel to you. It has been an extremely popular year, well few months, with over 4000 website views and audiences from as far as New York. As you can see in the previous blog post, we have finished exploring the Occidental site and we have vastly increased our knowledge and have created some detailed blog reports which will help to archive and record this fascinating site.

What does 2012 bring?

The sign for the pillbox by the newly completely Roscommon way extension

We have already started by putting up signs that will give people a slight insight into what is around them. For example this sign which was the first to be put up at the pillbox situated alongside the newly completed Roscommon way extension. We also have signs ready for the ‘big OJ’ (Occidental Jetty as BTP Liam would say) and the concrete barge. For the more ‘business’ side of Beyond the Point we will getting sponsors/supporters for the site and we are going to try and increase our presence with the press. We will also be heavily adding to our fantastic new interactive map which will include a vast selection of historical locations. In addition to this another interactive map will be released which will be Canvey today, a ‘tourist’ style one.

With a special thanks to Janet Penn, Dave Bullock, Martin Lepley, Robin Howie, and those at the Bay Museum, for all their interest, support, and help.

After a fantastic 2011 Beyondthe Point Liam and myself wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!