What is it about, is it about Dayboro or is it about Dayboroinfo….. Well therein lies the problem, so to make it easy it is about BOTH but more important it is for YOU.
This site was established merely because I tried to answer the questions. For years I have been involved in science, forensic research, business architecture and information architecture (well all the TOGAF segments really). I always had a knack for computers, but I use them, as you would use “a cup to move the coffee from the machine to your mouth”. So with that in mind, I wanted to consolidate all the information about dayboro into one easy to navigate spot. If I succeed or not, that is up to you.
That is when I came to Dayboro, a little while ago according to some of the residents. When I arrived, I contact the Dayboro Progress Association Inc. to see if there was any way I could assist. I attended the meeting with a few representatives, was received by a very cold reception. Was going like, no we don’t do it like that in Dayboro. Yes you can volunteer, but you need to become a member and pay membership, then I was told they do not like non-deborians… Pretty much wait for 25yrs before you are allowed in :-).
Times have changed and the members have changed, so have I. We did some work for them in 2012 helping with their logo and their Dayboro Day, build an app with all the advertisers and what was on. With an interactive map of course. During the Dayboro Day one of our team members sat at the helicopter stand taking bookings etc, but that was pretty much it.
As the time progressed I started collecting weather data in April 2004, some might know Lyndhurst Hill Weather station, which became dayboroweather.com.
At that stage, there were no online weather stations like we have now. Even the BOM was relatively “pre-historic” compared to now (2016). The weather station is still bubbling along, it does not get the attention it deserves, but it is still here. Still, there was something missing….. a business directory that was available online.
At the time there was the APEX Dayboro Business directory, also affectionately called “dayboro blue book”. I did (and still do) not want to compete with that initiative, so I had to do something different. The concept of an online guided business directory was born. I started the site as MyDayboro.com, and it has been like that for a long while. In the meantime, the APEX is gone, and the Dayboro Lions now run the Blue Book, you could not wish for a better custodian, they do an excellent job.
Another Dayboro business gone
Over the years I got emails for adding a business or removing a business to the point that I was concerned about the amount of turn-over in businesses. The same building could see a real-estate, plumber, pizza place, rodent habitat and back to (a better) pizza place in the space of a few years. It is crazy.
This also raised the question…. how “updated” is my online business directory? More so…. is the printed business directory out-dated before it is printed? Most likely it is. Business come and go that is progress, or more so, evolution it is part of doing business. The business owner controls that to an extent…. HOWEVER…. what they could not manage was online business listings come and go.
Another dayboro business directory
Since 2004 I have seen several business directories come and go, this is not a problem it is the same as with businesses. It is evolution…. HOWEVER. Dayboro Business owners got left hanging, once the listing is out there and not maintained it is there.
Business owners will be left exposed to wrong, incorrect and out to date information. In a case like that no information is better than wrong information.
There are several examples of outdated business listings, even the site run by the progress association contains obsolete information. I also tried to get my details listed, but they do not want to do that for whatever reason.
It appears that our business (not the directory) is not important enough. It does not stop there. It gets better. I got an email from the original owner of dayborovalley.com.au that I should stop publishing weather information because he had that covered, not only that I should stop running mydayboro.com immediately….. Well there you have it…. we had a good chuckle about that here in the office.
As time progresses, the owner of dayborovalley.com.au moved to SA or left Dayboro, all information was still online and businesses that no longer were trading were still listed.
Most of those businesses are one-man(or woman)-band type setups, and they used their private mobile numbers as contact numbers. Needless to say that they got calls they did no longer want.
I got contacted by some of those business owners, but there was nothing I could do. In the end, I contacted the owner of dayborovalley.com.au to transfer the domain to me so I could at least fix it. This causes a few ripples, but it is fixed now. Let’s move on….
Never been happy with the layout of the original site, not only that it was too hard for people to change their listings. So we build a new site that is in front of you now.
There are again other sites around that do the same. I did not know that until we got some calls from our web customers and listed businesses, asking what this other Dayboro directory site was about.
I guess the quickest way to get listings is to use an existing site to grab all the details… It works that is how the internet works. So here we are in 2017, let’s see what this year brings. For now… enjoy the ride, visit the fantastic businesses that makeup dayboro, enjoy the historic walk and more so…… buy local, and keep an eye on Dayboro Buzz facebook page.
We added Dayboro Alive to the site, to capture ideas that people might have to improve or to create more activities in Dayboro.