Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Berwick United Church Camp Emergency Update

Right before Christmas, a large storm rolled through the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. The campground of one of our clients, Berwick United Church Camp, got hit hard. Stikmen Graphic Design immediately mobilized and started publishing information on the website to keep the many campers around the country updated on the events and clean up operations.

Once the temporary solution, an updates page, was successfully implemented, we began to think about the long term updating process, as the rebuild effort will likely take a couple of years. Through communication with the Berwick Rebuild Committee, we decided to set up a blog platform to allow the executive to post information & pictures as well as allow the members of the community to post replies and their own information.

In under a week, the Berwick Rebuild Blog was brought online and began to be populated with regularly updated information, directly from the Camp Executive. We utilized the wordpress.org blogging platform, as it could be directly administered from the Berwick Camp website, and has a plethora of addon features as well as a completely customizable design. In addition to the blog, a feedburner rss feed was set up, that allows people to subscribe to the updates in a feed reader, like Google Reader, and the unique ability to allow people to subscribe to updates sent directly to their email, for those of the internet community who do not use feed readers.

A month later, we are proud to see that the blog has blossomed into a large community site, with many comments of support and requests to help from the camp community.

Cheers,
Matthew