Version 3.0

March 08, 2014
Eric Howey

Changed that header image…apparently it was confusing. You can see the three iterations of PaddlingABC in the above image now!

Welcome to PaddlingABC v3.0! This has been a long time coming and is an exciting point both for me and for the future of PaddlingABC. There have obviously been many significant changes to the site architecture and layout. My hope with this newest iteration of PaddlingABC is for a more intuitive and user-friendly experience, particularly when browsing on mobile or tablet devices.

The most significant change has been the transition to a responsive architecture for the site. This means that the site adapts automatically to your screen size. If you want to see this in action just grab the corner of your browser window and adjust your window size. You should see the site adapt and change its layout as your window gets smaller or bigger.

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March 08, 2014 · Eric Howey

The Future of PaddlingABC

February 23, 2014
Eric Howey

This is a probably a bit long-winded and perhaps a tad narcissistic but there is a lot to tell and a lot to celebrate. The two sentence summary is as follows; PaddlingABC is thriving (check out some of those numbers below) and will be now be owned and managed by both the Alberta Whitewater Association and Paddle Alberta! There will also be some significant improvements to the website over the next few months so don’t be alarmed if things look a bit different.

PaddlingABC exists to promote the enjoyment, exploration and protection of western Canadian waterways through accessible information. In other words PaddlingABC is about disconnecting people from their computers and connecting people with nature. I don’t care if you are dropping 30ft waterfalls or gently paddling across a lake, they are both badass in my books and beyond that they both contribute to individual and communal wellbeing. PaddlingABC is in an amazing place today and successful in its mission to get people adventuring outside. Here are some interesting numbers from the past few years to reflect on:

5 or so years ago that it started as a rough website and concept
6075 visits in 2010 (first year I kept stats)
28,281 visits to the site in 2013
1471 unique visitors in 2010 (first year I kept stats)
11,378 unique visitors in 2013
60.8% of the visits were returning visitors in 2013
103 entries in the RiverWiki and mapped on Google Earth
North Saskatchewan from Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House is the most popular entry in the RiverWiki with 1046 unique views this year. Lower Kananaskis comes in at number two with 809 unique views this year.

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February 23, 2014 · Eric Howey

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