Wyenot News going in the wrong direction
have been visiting your site for several years and feel
it might now be going in the wrong direction, I feel this
is a shame as it has always been a success story to me.
I think you are personalising the site to much, this could
also bring you problems.
mentioned the other week that the Tina Dancing bit is starting
to get a cult following, that could bring bad news. Your
wife appears to be a nice lady, she might not want the backlash
this could bring. If this catches on to much she will receive
a lot of unwanted attention, I feel sure you will know what
I mean. Tina
keeps nicely in time to the Music in the sessions you video
but her dancing is quite basic, please do not take this
as an insult as a lot of people don't know what keeping
in time when dancing means. Idiots will start to make remarks
when she is doing her job as a barmaid, its not always easy
being a well know person, it gets far worse when you have
a special ability.
thought it unwise to put the nice private session Tina and
yourself had when she sang a song and you played the guitar
and sang online, this would have been better kept between
you and your friends, its like inviting the world in general
into your private life.
site is a commercial thing as it has adverts on it and its
a good site I feel it will get even bigger as business people
realize the potential of advertising at such reasonable
rates, this may not be your aim but I cannot see why not.
I sincerely hope I am wrong but being 73 years old and having
entertained at a very low level, also having been a well
known person through the various businesses I have run I
know how hard in can be to be to much in the publics eye.
I wish you well and shall continue every week to follow
the Wyenot news etc, I just didnt want to think your dear
wife was going eventually be the target of a few remarks
when she is out and about probably when your not around.
thing you might find could damage your image is when you
give opinions on the bands and artistes you see when you
are out, if in an endevour to be nice you say how good a
new group or such is when they are rubbish will make your
viewers get annoyed when they travel somewhere to see these
acts. If you tell the truth you make enemies of the entertianers
concerned plus all their friends, you can do without that.
part on your site is maybe not to be a judge on any such
things, you are The Top Man with a successful business watched
around the world, this means on times you are under a magnifying
you will be annoyed enough with me to feel I should not
be trying to give advice, however one thing that does hit
my tiddy brain when I visit your site is there are no special
some of the hotels or guest houses would like to have little
adverts giving maybe a half price weekend or what ever,
its better to have a small pub/hotel with people in than
being empty. As your special adverts would not appear until
lets say the thursdays the venues would know what trade
they have for the coming weekend, hark at me talking to
a higly suceessful internet site operator and thinking I
can give them any advice.
have visited Ross on many occasions going back many years,
we spent our honeymoon in the area. All the best and please
note I have sent this note with good intentions, all the
best to you and your wife.
a dedicated site visitor.
you for your comments, Ken and I am pleased that you
have been reading 'Wyenot News' regularly for several years.
I like to hear readers' comments but note from your salutation
that over those years, you have picked up Tina's name but
not mine. I am Alan, or Al to my friends. I realize that
you are trying to be helpful and am grateful for your advice.
Here are my reasons for personalizing Wyenot News and not
worrying about showing Tina Dancing.
Tina might not 'dance' as in 'Come Dancing' - fox-trot,
tango and the general stuff I change channel on television
to avoid but she moves in time to music, expressing herself
in a way she enjoys. Me. I hate dancing and only ever join
in under extreme duress, or after at least 10 pints of beer.
As I mostly drink tea and coffee, dancing for me is extremely
might look timid but she is a big girl now and would definitely
not take any nonsense from the very nice customers at the
White Lion Inn, where she is a 'barmaid' (and Personal License
holder). She would (and does) give back as much as she gets.
Although she is not technically my wife, Tina and I have
been living together for ten years and we trust one another
implicitly. I have no worries when she is alone in a bar
full of White Lion customers or anywhere else. I am too
old, fat, bald, eccentric and, quite frankly, too knackered
and 'been there - done that' for her to need worry about
me either. We are both very happy together and will stay
that way until one of us gets called to the great gig in
Dancing - The Movie' was never meant to be serious work
of art. It was a spoof film, not intended to give dancing
lessons. Sometimes people do not understand our - particularly
my strange sense of humour. The film was planned (very basically)
in advance by both of us, and made jointly, simply because
we receive lots of 'Tina Dancing' fan mail. As you say,
Tina is watched all around the world but neither of us realized
she had a fan club until I didn't run a 'Tina Dancing' photo
two weeks on the trot and people started to write in and
ask what had happened to her.
film with me playing the guitar and Tina singing, in fact
contained four songs. It was hardly an invasion of our privacy
- we were playing what might only loosely be described as
music, sitting in two armchairs. Not taking the camera into
the fights as to whose turn it is in the bathroom. Nobody
was forced to click the 'play' button, but many hundreds
did. Same with 'Tina Dancing - The Movie'. In fact that
film proved to be very popular, with, surprisingly, double
the viewers during its first day of being on line than the
'Ross Town Carnival' (which was also very popular) film
had when I first ran that one.
don't know if you have ever considered how difficult it
is for the two of us to find enough material to run a magazine
every single week of the year, about the things that go
on in a town the size of Ross-on-Wye. Sometimes I cannot
sleep because I worry about having no story. The first year
was fine but by the second, it was a little more difficult
and by the third, it became a case of, 'It's the beginning
of September so it must be time to cover the kids going
back to school' - 31st October so people will be dressed
up for Hallowe'en again' - December - must be School Nativity
Play and the Christmas lights again.
we include things in an issue which are probably not particularly
interesting, such as me playing the guitar and Tina singing
but nobody is forcing anybody to watch. If something proves
popular I continue with it, such as 'Nature Watch' and 'Tina
Dancing' - though I will not carry this on to the point
of boring the arse off the readers - there will come a time
when something better, or different will replace it. The
'Ross-on-Wye Extreme Breakfast Club' is an idea which springs
to mind - eating a full English breakfast whilst perched
on top of the spire of St. Mary's or whilst snorkelling
in the River Wye.
I started Wyenot, I simply had no idea just how much it
would put us both in the 'public eye'. Tina copes with that
part far better than I do and quite enjoys it. I try to
hide from it as much as possible. Most people in Ross, thankfully,
do not see me any differently to how they did when I worked
in 'the office' or when I was a postman. I still have the
same friends, plus a few more, whom I have met as a result
of working on 'Wyenot News'. Just sometimes, when I get
out of the car to buy something in the supermarket and get
accosted - or when I want a quiet drink and a camera anorak
moves in and starts to tell me about the 'Cannon GTX with
knobs on' it really gets to me and I want to hide.
thing I never do is tell a porky about enjoying a band if
I didn't really like them. If you look back over my reviews.
If I like a band I say so - if I don't, I usually say something
like, 'not my cup of tea but others seemed to enjoy it'.
Other people are always welcome to write reviews for publication
- or anything else for that matter. I do not force the public
to go to see bands which I personally enjoyed. Everybody's
taste in music is different and there will always be some
who enjoy it and others who do not.
for being a 'Successful Commercial Internet Site' and I
should not personalize it. Look at the amount of regular
readers I have compared to those boring town web sites with
lists of businesses, lots of flashing advertisements and
the Devil's own task of navigating. Most people tell me
that the personal bit is what makes 'Wyenot' stand out among
the crowd. In fact, 'Wyenot' is one of the most successful
and most visited town web sites in the world, which is something
I definitely did not envisage. Or maybe, your email is the
first of thousands to tell me otherwise. If so, I shall
give up my day job.
do need money (and more of it) to live but if all I was
worried about was making 'Wyenot News' a 'successful commercial
internet site' so that I could buy a Learjet, I would have
given up six and a half years ago. I could easily get somebody
to market the advertising side properly and make loads of
money from its 6,000 plus visitors per day - even by just
running 'Google Ad Words' or whatever but I have chosen
not to take this path in order to keep it personal, unstuffy
and mostly readable - for the benefit of Ross-on-Wye as
a whole and not myself.
advertising weekend offers. What a good idea! (Except for
the 'Thursday' bit coz I don't know if you have noticed
the deadline info but I publish Wednesdays and my absolute
deadline is midday on Tuesday) They are welcome. All hotel
owners have to do is contact me. As with all advertising
on Wyenot. I do not go out chasing or pressuring for business
- never have done. I just make the service available for
those who wish to use it.
do not take offence at my reply. It is certainly not intended
that way and 'Wyenot News' might well be going in the 'wrong'
direction, but then I have steered by the stars rather than
by the compass of established procedure all my life. Individuality
is a rare and valuable commodity and I believe that is what
Wyenot has which most other town web resources do not. It
also says what Tina and I think - not what we are paid to
pretend we think.
you help me? I lived in Nursery road up to 1952 and have
some great times there. I have a lot of old pictures of
Ross but not the Nursery and wonder if you can help. I now
live in Droitwich and look at Wyenot most weeks and appreciate
the time and work you put into it.
I have one or two of Ross station and staff if you would
like a copy.
personally unable to help Clive with photos of the Nursery
during that particular era but maybe a reader can. If so,
let me know and I will pass you Clive's address.
did in fact send me some photos of Ross Station but I have
not had the time to process them for this week's issue.
Thank you, Clive and I will run them next week.
to say many thanks for the excellent photographs and cover
you produced for our 72nd Horticultural Show. It is Jack's
first year as Chairman and he is grateful for the support
he has received. Our daughter in New Zealand enjoys your
Ann. It was a pleasure. I would have stayed longer but had
to get to the bandstand and cover the concert on the same
afternoon. Hi to your daughter in New Zealand.