I'm almost done with the new Exploring Oklahoma History web site. I have the majority of the front end of the site completed, and I'm currently working on the back end (editors and such). This is the long boring part of the rewrite, so it's going to take a few more weeks.
Be sure to watch our Google+ page for updates and teasers of the new site.
A series of tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma this week, but none so deadly and damaging as the EF-5 that destroyed large swaths of Moore. In it's wake, the tornado left billions in damages, hundreds injured and 26 dead.
Drop or consolidate unused sub-pages and connected sites. (TBD)
Improve access to our store fronts. (CafePress, Amazon, etc.)
Clean up the data. (This one will take the longest)
Preserve URL access (If you link to a place now, it will work later)
Please note: we are still not turning the historic places database into a wiki. We found early on there are just too many spammers and people with malicious intent to make it an open environment. We still take user submissions, but it’s reviewed before it’s added to our database.
If you have any suggestions for improving the Exploring Oklahoma History web site, please feel free to contact us either by email or leave a comment.
16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count - February 15-18, 2013
You're invited to be part of a massive citizen-science effort across North America. Tens of thousands of fellow bird watchers will be counting birds and submitting their checklists to www.birdcount.org. Just watch birds for at least 15 minutes at any location and tally the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time. Submit a new checklist for each day and each new location where you count.
The 113th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013. This massive count takes place across the U.S. and Canada and is sponsored Audubon and Bird Studies Canada.
Facebook has started to ask us to “promote” our posts. This means there is a good chance you're not seeing them.
We're a hobby site doing this because we love to explore Oklahoma's rich history. We're not a business, so it makes no sense for us to pay to "promote" our simple sharing of information.
That does not mean we will stop posting to Facebook, but if we're not reaching the people who've liked us, do we really want to make the extra effort?
You may have noticed we've started posting links to our Google+ page instead of posting normally on Facebook. We're using the new Google+ platform to build a brand new community. It's a new and growing frontier in the social media space. We’re excited about it, and we hope you join us over there.
If not, don’t worry, we’ll still have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else we can connect with other people who like to explore Oklahoma history.