Hello and welcome to the new version of “From the Prez.” Instead of my usual rundown of some of the top upcoming shows, I want to focus on the work Roger Stephenson, Todd Eckstrom, and Rebecca Haack have done in an attempt to update how the Magic City Blues Society communicates to the membership and to the public at large, how we publicize blues-centric events and bands in our area, and how we can best grow our membership. And here we are, at http://www.magiccityblues.org.
It was important to the board to accomplish a few things – perhaps most importantly we wanted a way to automate all aspects of the membership process. We wanted a way to publicize various events, especially the official MCBS ones, but others too. We wanted a way to more easily accumulate the data that goes into the “Event Calendar.” We wanted a way to better sync the website, Facebook, and other digital feeds. And a few other things.
For starters, Roger and Todd got the ball rolling by exploring a few professional “club/membership” hosting sites and spending some time doing demo work with ClubExpress, one of the major players in this field, and certainly so in the blues society world.
Rebecca Haack joined the board around this time and has ended up doing a lot of the heavy lifting in going from a demo to a functioning website. Rebecca has been a great addition to the board and we’re all grateful for her jumping in…off the high dive!