That headline is probably a bit more dramatic than needs be but it has probably got your attention! When I wrote the brief look back at 2014 a couple of months ago I mentioned that we would be having a complete review of British Trams Online and more specifically the content we have. The idea being that we will look at consolidating in those areas that people want to see and possibly stop some features and areas of the site that nobody actually bothers to read! The time of that review is now and so we want to hear from any British Trams Online reader who has any opinions.
Rather than have a Survey Monkey questionnaire you can either leave a comment to this article, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment or message us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BritishTramsOnline.
So what do we want to know?
* Are there any areas of British Trams Online you never read? Also please let us know if there are areas which you think are essential to the continued success of the site.
* Do we cover all operating systems and museums that you want to see news, features and photos on? If we don’t please let us know what we are missing out. Please remember the website is called British Trams Online so no suggesting we start to cover tramways all across the world! Again there may be places we cover that you have no interest in so please let us know if this is the case.
* On the News pages we have several recurring features and we are especially keen to find out whether you either read them or find them useful. This includes: “Picture in Time”, “Heritage Trams this week…” and “Lost Trams” (the latter of which has become very irregular and is really combined with Picture in Time now). If you do enjoy these features do you have any ideas about how they could be improved? Are there also any other features you would like to see included (after doing this website for over 12 years sometimes you run out of ideas!)
* Are there any other Fleet Lists you would like to see added to the website? Do you find the layout of these user friendly? (And yes this is an area we aim to improve as currently there are several different types of fleet list)
* Do you enjoy our “Live from…” and “Today in…” coverage on Facebook? It is likely that if we continue with this it will be on Facebook due to ease of use when we are out and about but you don’t have to be on Facebook to view these.
* Do you have any other comments or suggestions on how British Trams Online could be improved? Any sensible comment will be considered!
I should reiterate that at this stage the future of British Trams Online is not in any doubt but we are always looking to improve and who better to ask about what they want to see than the people we write the website for! The whole reason for asking for comments is because we are hopeful of having a completely redesigned – and more user friendly – website later this year and only want to include what people want to read.