From the Governor’s Newsletter:
“Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Leaders Announce The Mega Gigantic Get Away Giveaway - Standing beside a Chevy Malibu and school children, Governor Sebelius launched The Mega Gigantic Get Away From It All Summer Blast Off You Won’t Believe ItÂ Til You See It Giveaway. To enter, travelers must go at least 100 miles from their home and take a photograph of themselves, their families, or friends at a Kansas attraction or event. The purpose of the Kansas Mega Gigantic Get Away Giveaway is to get people out exploring different parts of the state with the chance to win a new Chevy Malibu, made right here in Kansas, or other prizes. To learn more, you can visit www.travelKS.com.”
Okay folks. I’m just asking a simple question here. See what you think is sensible about all of this. The Governor is engaged in a big media blitz about tourism and referring everyone to enter the contest by clicking on www.travelKS.com and finding a site to visit that is 100 miles away. Do that and click on Ellsworth. You don’t need to fill in the other blanks. See what you get. How excited are you going to be to visit a town that has no more listed than this? You get the names of a few places in town, some are very outdated, and their addresses. Wilson’s site is far better than Ellsworth’s.
What good does this website do Ellsworth? For anyone who wants to participate in this Giveaway adventure and a chance to win a new Chevy Malibu, I don’t think they are going to go out of their way to visit Ellsworth based on what you see here. See what you think.
We have people who talk and talk about tourism and economic development and this website on travelKS.com just doesn’t cut it. Keeping this website current should be one of the first things they do. The Governor is making every effort to help the entire state with a tourism program and we’re sitting here dead in the water.
I’ve written the powers that be in Ellsworth to get this site upgraded and nothing has happened. No response from them. I’ve written the people at Travel and Tourism who run this site and asked that it be upgraded and had no response from them. I’ve offered to help. I’ve written the State Chamber and they will gladly include my site if the local Chamber will okay it. The local chamber won’t okay it. They would, however, be most grateful if I would “give” them my website to use without the blog. That just won’t happen.
The problem, so I am told, is that a few people in town don’t agree with my website because of the blog that is attached to it. Of course, that makes sense. I understand that clearly; however, my website is the best piece of advertising this county has and most people realize it. I challenge anyone to find something on my blog that is truly offensive, libelous, defamatory, or patently untrue. You’ll find opinions you may not agree with, but any educated soul should know what an opinion is. Everyone has them.
I’m not asking that they “endorse” my website, I’m only asking that they add a reference to my website as a link with the notation “Information about Ellsworth County written by someone who lives there”…or something like that as a solution to the problem that exists. That’s how it is listed everywhere all over the state except here. Most of my website hits come from K.U. and State of Kansas websites, state universities and unified school districts, etc. It’s listed in places the chamber website will never be listed. It seems logical and simple to me that until such time someone does a website that is agreeable to everyone, they might at least use mine.
I think the real issue is, no one in a position to do anything about it really cares whether or not we draw people to Ellsworth. They just like to toot horns about their own efforts at trying. The point is, I still get over 500,000 hits a year on my website…legitimate, verifiable hits, so it doesn’t matter to me as I’ll get them anyway. Those figures are nothing to overlook as all the websites in Ellsworth put together won’t reach those numbers in a life time nor will their websites be listed in places where they might.
I’m not trying to sell anything except our town, Wilson, Kanopolis, etc….and some town folk don’t care enough to see my website for the good it can do toward that end. And the thing they don’t seem to get is that the 95% of the people who hit my website never go to the blog. My blog readers come from referral sources, not from my website.
So, my blog followers, maybe you should start asking some questions as to why this is so. That would be a start. Ask why Ellsworth has such a deplorable website on travelKS.com and why they don’t put a link to mine until such time they get something respectable built for Ellsworth. We deserve a lot better …we are a lot better.