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Happy 1st Birthday!
Submitted by capdog on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 09:03

We're one year old! As promised, here's a few interesting tidbits and some highlights from the year... read on!

Some fun stats

- There are 156 published articles and 228 registered users.

- The traffic has been increasing steadily every month, January 2007 hit a new record with 1636 unique visitors so far!

- The majority of all visitors are referred from Google, this month there were 1334 Google searches that referred people to durbanscouts.za.net.

- The biggest search phrase this month was "Luca Santoniccolo", with 74 searches. Google ranks our page as #1 on the results.

- Other big ones were "blood diamond accent", "boogies diner", "metrobeat" and "taco zulu".

- There are some bizarre ones too: "durban rent boys", "why do i believe in god" and "indian girl getting fucked by italian"! How they ended up here...?

- We get extremely high rank on most searches, so if an article appears on our site, it normally makes the top results on Google.

- This also tells me that there aren't many people in Durban that search the internet for our type of content, otherwise it would be reflected in the stats. But don't worry, with the roll-out of cheap broadband from Ethekwini and Neotel, this should improve drastically by 2008 as we catch up with the rest of the world!

The highlights for me were...

Article on Battle Vir Woodstock, which caused a bit of animosity, especially from the chick I was complaining about (BaldChick). She later emailed to inform me that the only reason I bitched about her is because I was a racist, and that I was just upset because there was a black chick in rock 'n roll... hmm, notice how I never mentioned race or anything about race in the article... can anyone spot a chip on the 'ol shoulder? She also wrote "you're not the first person to say these things about me"... spot the pattern there, darling?

A review of the Metrobeat magazine, which revealed the Mayor's column was in fact plagiarised. It got a number of responses including one from the Metrobeat editor, who apologised and agreed to publish some more realistic information on crime!

The many articles and comments that were submitted by all our members... thanks for the great response, it's been a pleasure reading all the interesting opinions!

Some trivia...

- I picked the name "Durban Scouts" based on a nickname given to me by some friends while working the bar at Johnny Fox's pub in Florida Road. They called me "the scoutmaster", apparently because I was always prepared?!

- Anyway, the name of this site has nothing to do with the Boy Scouts, but rather a scout in the old sense of the word: sent out ahead of the pack to assess what's going on in the near future, finding the best options and scouting out the landscape.

- When the number of "Visitors online" shoots up, that's because a search engine spider is making an index of the site! It's not really 200 people all visiting at once.

This year, I want to upgrade the site to the latest version of the code, which could mean a change in theme. Please add some suggestions! What would you like to see here? New features? Better logo? Wherever possible we'll try sort it out! Thanks again everyone.


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Subject:  Congratulations!
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Author:  DeanRichards
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 11:31

Nicely done Capdog! This has to be one of the best (if not the best) Durban sites around.

"I like maxims that don't encourage behaviour modification."
-- Calvin and Hobbes


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Subject:  Shot bru! You're a great web
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Author:  capdog
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 12:23

Shot bru! You're a great web designer, how bout some tips for a new theme? Color sceme, etc? :)


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Subject:  S&M, Rubber, naked Goth
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  31 January, 2007 - 14:57

S&M, Rubber, naked Goth chicks with bad attitudes, piercings & suspensions, hardcore chops and custom bonies....ah, schieze, wrong site...


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Subject:  Not really a web designer
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Author:  DeanRichards
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 10:47

But the Palm Trees and Sunsets idea sounds pretty cool.

"I like maxims that don't encourage behaviour modification."
-- Calvin and Hobbes


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Subject:  Okay no prob, I'm gonna get
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Author:  capdog
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 12:11

Okay no prob, I'm gonna get out with the camera and get some photos soon, then I'll apply my highly limited photoshop skills!!


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Subject:  caps off to the capdog
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 06:30

yeah heppe heppe, and big up to Durban Scouts and our fearless leader Capdog !

with the momentum building I think 2007 will see the site push itself even further.

For me this is the best portal ever to come out of Durban, and the best resource for all things Durban at the moment !

In terms of suggestions for theme/design./look -
surely one of the scouts/members skilled in graphic design could have a go and designing a really slick/pro looking logo ? and one of the web designers, do a new look ?

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  Visual elements that are
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 07:13

Visual elements that are common to the East coast experience, like palm trees, jungle, waves, beach sand, Hindu temples, chilli's, Zulu beadwork, a blazing sun, graffiti, Tollgate bridge, Mahogany trees, zol leaves, waves, that kind a thing, like, a mosaic, like, bru. Fully...


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Subject:  That's a great idea. I'll
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Author:  capdog
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 07:32

That's a great idea. I'll speak to my artist friends...


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Subject:  Big Up PetHond
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Author:  Obi
Date:  1 February, 2007 - 14:41

Dude you guys rock. Am loving being able to voice my opinion without getting kicked off... he he he.. Got some sick photos of Durbs by night if you keen Doggboy. just hit me up with a mail and i will jpeg and send em aaaait.

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela


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Subject:  big up!
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Author:  WestWayStray
Date:  12 February, 2007 - 09:06

I personally found this site not so long ago searching for taco zulu, and was truly glad I did. Thus far I have been entertained imensely and will return on a regular basis. And I might even post a comment here or there.

Keep up the good work!


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Subject:  Oh Ya
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Author:  XTREME-CLUBA
Date:  18 February, 2007 - 18:01

Hey every1 , In the time that iv been a member of this site , I have heard about c00l Jols and Gigs that I otherwise would never have heard about...Iv also enjoyed reading the interesting articles you guyz all put up...'and big up 2 you Capdog for putting up new and fresh information all the time'

Myself I have only contrubuted 1.article on this great site.
And look forward to submiting another article sumtime soon.

Looking at those site stats , it looks like things can only keep getting better....So congrads on the great site and reaching the 1 year old mark and still going strong.

Keep up the good work Capdog and all my fellow members.
Keep well.
And ill chat 2 you all again soon.


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Subject:  Thanks for all the
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Author:  capdog
Date:  18 February, 2007 - 20:12

Thanks for all the encouragement and good wishes guys! Just to let you know I'm out of the country for a month or two, so from my side articles will be a tad scarce, but I'm sure everyone will keep the flame burning bright!


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