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November 9, 2008 - 9:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, help.

The following links are designed to help you better understand how things work on The Batavian.

 

May 28, 2016 - 8:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

We had a database error this morning and had to restore the site from a backup.

The good news is, we had a very recent backup available, 3 a.m. The bad news is, we still lost a couple of posts.

One was from Steve Ognibene about Batavia's boys and girls track teams winning Section V titles. Steve isn't available until tonight to repost it. Our apologies.

The other post was an accident on the Thruway and we can't recreate that post.

I don't think any user comments were lost.

March 14, 2016 - 7:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, news.

For at least two weeks, I'm going to be unable to do much work.

Friday morning I was diagnosed with a detached retina in my right eye. I'm having surgery this morning. I get to spend the next week in a constant facedown position. It will be at least two, possibly three, weeks before I can return to work.

Billie is going to step up and provide more news coverage. Our corps of freelance contributors are also ready to pitch in, as is our news partner WBTA.

You can help, too: If you there is something going on you think others in the community will be interested in knowing about, email photos and information to [email protected].

Anything related to advertising support, contact Lisa Ace at [email protected].

I'll have access to e-mail. I'll forward anything work related to Billie or Lisa.

As for me, I'll be fine. It's not going to be fun, but I get to catch up on all the movies and documentaries on Netflix that I never have time to watch. There's also the NCAA tournament starting, which I usually can only watch portions of here and there.

February 29, 2016 - 8:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

This morning I'm flying to New York City to attend a couple of days of a conference on local publishing that is focused on revenue ideas. It's kind of a big deal conference that the organizer tries to talk me into attending every year, so I thought I'd take a bite of the apple this year and see what I might learn.

As always, we've made arrangements to ensure there is still local news coverage while I'm away.

There's also this: One thing I've been focused on recently is how to improve the business of The Batavian, and one key to any improvement in anything is greater knowledge and insight. Last week we posted a link to a survey about digital subscriptions and the feedback prompted a new set of questions I wish I'd asked then. So, I've created a new survey to ask those questions.

Please help me get smarter by responding to the survey now. Click here.

For what it's worth, much of my curiosity on this topic is driven by trends and commentary I see going on in the news industry, so I wonder what I can learn from our own audience and how that might apply to the local news industry as a whole. So please take the survey.

February 18, 2016 - 5:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

You know us over here at The Batavian, we're always willing to experiment.

There's been a few publications recently, such as Wired Magazine, that are offering versions of their online editions without ads, or with fewer ads, to paid subscribers.

We thought we would give that idea a try.  

Here is a version of The Batavian without ads for you to try.

You can take this survey and let us know what you think.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at [email protected]. Also, let me know if you run into any technical glitches.

Anticipating one question I know the will come up: The main site, The Batavian, will remain sponsor supported and free.  

January 27, 2016 - 2:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

A while back, the app for The Batavian stopped updating correctly and I couldn't figure out why.

Without any intervention on my part, it's started working correctly again.

We've updated it to include not just the home page headlines but also obituaries and postings from Batavia's List.

We'll start using it again to send out push notifications for local breaking news.

To download your app, if you haven't already (and more than 600 people have): Droid | iPhone

January 20, 2016 - 7:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

Last night, our database crashed. All of the posts from yesterday were lost.

Thankfully, Google has saved copies (called a cache) and I should be able to restore everything. I'm starting that work now. I'll time stamp everything to yesterday's time of publication, so this post will remain at the top of the page through that process.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Yesterday's posts are restored, but I couldn't get to comments, so the few comments left yesterday are lost. Sorry. Also, there was a non-injury rollover accident in Oakfield around 3 a.m. We weren't able to post about it because the site was down at that time.

October 15, 2015 - 7:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian.

As a guest of the New York Farm Bureau, I will be in Waterloo for the next two days to attend the Farm and Food Experience, a symposium for journalists on the agriculture industry. I was thrilled to be invited to attend. It's a great opportunity to learn more about farming.

Naturally, news coverage will be more limited while I'm away, but will continue.

October 10, 2015 - 12:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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I'm long overdue for taking care of this -- we promised to give away an iPad Mini to one lucky poster during the first month of our newest Web site, Batavia's List.

The winner is Mike McDonald. Mike increased his odds during the month-long contest by posting three home rental ads.

Since he already owns a tablet, he's donating his prize to John Kennedy School so it might go to a student who can't afford such a device.

We have a new contest: Post something to the marketplace on Batavia's List between now and Nov. 10 and win a $100 gift certificate to Larry's Steakhouse.  No purchase necessary. To post for free e-mail [email protected] for a coupon code for a free post.

We're also now running our community calendar through Batavia's List. Post your events on our calendar and they appear on both sites. You must register for Batavia's List to post calendar items. Once you do, and you're logged in, you will see a button for posting events on the Calendar Page.

If you're on Facebook, you can get updates of postings to Batavia's List by liking Batavia's List on Facebook

Finally, please be sure to sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter

September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm

We're ending this little experiment we called The Batavian Club. It's a lot of work that we're always behind on for too little return. That's the bad news.

The good news is, we're still going to offer the same fantastic deals with local businesses in special gift certificate packages.

Essentially, it's The Batavian Club without calling it a club. The big difference on our end is we save the work on tracking members and printing membership cards, which always seemed to bog us down and create a lot of unnecessary expense. We will be able to send out money-saving gift certificates much sooner after an order is placed when we don't have to make batches of individual membership cards. 

For local businesses, it's the same great promotion as before. There's no additional expense beyond honoring the gift cards when customers come in. If your business is not already participating, call me at (585) 250-4118.

For those who had recurring payments set up in PayPal, I just canceled all of those so there will be no future payments from your account. There are three people who have joined since we last sent out membership packages. They will get a refund. For all other members, they should be up-to-date with membership cards and gift certificates and the stated expiration dates still apply.

August 28, 2015 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Batavia's List, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

August 25, 2015 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, Batavia's List, advertisement.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

August 21, 2015 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

August 15, 2015 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

August 12, 2015 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Batavia's List.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

August 9, 2015 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

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Visit Batavia's List and post your ad today!

Also: Sign up for our new daily e-mail newsletter. Get the day's headlines plus the latest marketplace posts delivered to your inbox every day at 5 p.m.

And: Like Batavia's List on Facebook.

July 30, 2015 - 4:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

If you're running a garage or yard sale this weekend, post it on Batavia's List for free.

It will appear on our map page.

We're off to a good start with Batavia's list, with hundreds of people visiting every day the first three days since the site's launch. We're approaching 400 likes on Facebook for the site.  Thanks for the early support.

July 27, 2015 - 9:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia's List, thebatavian, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

This morning we make a big change in how we handle classified ads and our local business directory. We've moved away from the sites handled by third party vendors and have gone 100-percent homegrown with a new site, Batavia's List.

Batavia's List replaces Shop Batavia, our real estate site and our jobs site.

Our goal was to create a very basic site that acts as a one-stop hub for all kinds of online commerce, from looking up a local business to putting items up for sale, and real estate listings, and job postings, and cars for sale and businesses with promotions and coupons -- all in one place, in one main feed that is easy to scroll through.

We'll also distribute the posts on Facebook (click here to LIKE Batavia's List on Facebook).

The new site also has an easy to use and free way for you to post your garage sales on a map and we've added a calendar of events (more on that to come in a future post). We'll add features as the site grows.

If you're ready to post something, e-mail me at [email protected] and I'll send you a coupon code for a free, introductory ad placement.

Local business owners should make sure their business is listed and the listing is up to date.

Members of The Batavian Club can post for free, and as an introductory offer, we've reduced the price of a Club membership by more than half, to $24.95. The membership includes unlimited free classifieds postings as well as $300 in gift certificates to local businesses, plus we're still offering free T-shirts to new members.

 

 

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