They are usually uploaded anonymously and so it is this time with photos showing riders very happy to be on the snow. It doesn’t have to be that way. Photographers can identify themselves and their subjects in the comments below the photos or just comment and stay anonymous. A few words to describe your photos can make them even more interesting. I’ve created a new gallery called 2017-2018 Season where these few photos could use some company. Upload at will with our upload link found here, on SmugMug and elsewhere on this site. It’s easy and the club pays for our SmugMug photo sharing site with your dues so you might as well get some use out of it! Here’s a sample.
Roy and I had a great meeting with Mike G, the new Sno-Bird Secretary last night. I was showing them the new integration with Instagram and Roy pointed out he wasn’t aware of Instagram on our site yet. That could be because I wasn’t clear enough in my first post so I’ll try to point out how to use it. When you are looking at our website, you’ll notice a new link in favorites called Our Instagram Page. It will take you to our page on Instagram which only has a few photos but most importantly it encourages Instagrammers to add the hashtag #shrewsburysnobirds to any of their photos from our territory. Hashtags are used to group things on the web. They always start with the pound sign which is followed by a word or phase with no spaces. If you are familiar with using tags to label digital documents, it is similar to that. They were originally meant to work in searches but their use has expanded tremendously.
The Shrewsbury Sno-Birds now have an Instagram account @snobirds. We would love to find a volunteer who knows Instagram to manage it (send us an email if you are interested!) Right now you can add your photos to our new Instagram #shrewsburysnobirds hashtag page right here on this site. It works because Instagram posts with the #shrewsburysnobirds hashtag are linked to that page. If you find yourself posting a snowmobile pic on your Instagram account, just add our hashtag: #shrewsburysnobirds and it will appear on our linked page. It’s the same if you are looking at a friend’s Instagram photos and see one of the Stone House you can add your own comment with #shrewsburysnobirds and the photo will show up on our page. You can access that page anytime via the Photo Sharing button in our navigation bar.
This photo was just uploaded to our SmugMug site and I’ve added it to “Member Uploads.” It appears that Sno-Birds can have fun even off the snow but I’m only guessing because there was no comment to provide any information! Please, anyone can add some more info in the comments where ever you see this picture. It would be nice to share with other Sno-Birds what’s up. Was this a meeting?
Google’s listing of our site now advertises that we have a mobile version thus encouraging folks viewing with a mobile device to view our site over one that hasn’t yet made a mobile version. This means not only is our site easier to view on smart phones but it is easier to find as well. Google ranks sites with a mobile version more highly than those without so our site should come up nearer to the top in search listings.
I seem to have fixed the problem with the emailed posts not being sent out. Those who have subscribed may have received an old post via email. Check the date so you don’t get confused! I seem to have triggered the sending feature and the site started sending old posts in a queue before I could delete the old ones. This one is also to test that new ones will be sent as well.
The National Weather Service has upgraded their Snow Depth Map to now include 12 different snow depth related maps so our Snow Depth Map link now takes you to their new page where you choose which map to view. The map we are used to is the second down on the left column but check out the others. Thanks, Roy for finding the link need to be updated!
The mobile vision of our website has been active for a while now and I haven’t heard any complaints.You’ll have to view it with a smart phone to see it. Tablets are big enough to view the regular site. This may be news to some but is not the big news. The big news it that it is now easier than ever to upload your photos straight from your smart phone to our SmugMug site, no computer needed. This only makes sense because smart phones are often used as camera’s.
Soon we will make this form available on our site where you can subscribe to our blog posts via email. We have provided this service for a couple years but thanks to employing a new email service it can be expanded to also sending newsletters to those who sign up for them. We will let you know if that happens. As it is now, it works to subscribe to our blog. If you are already receiving blog posts by email there is no need to subscribe.