What is it about, is it about Dayboro or is it about Dayboro.info….. Well there in lies the problem, so to make it easy it is about BOTH but more important it is for YOU.
This site was established simply because I tried to answer the questions. For years I 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 and found 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 anyway 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 25yrs before you are allowed in :-). Times have change and the members have changed, so have I. We done some work for them in 2012 helping with their logo and their Dayboro Day, 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 mean time the APEX is gone.
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 a 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 extend…. HOWEVER…. what they could not control 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 out dated business listings, even the site run by the progress association contains outdated information. I even tried to get my details listed but they do not want to do that for what ever 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 wanted. 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 cause 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 to hard for people to change their listings. So we build a new site that is infront 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 customers what this other Dayboro 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, lets see what this year brings. For now… enjoy the ride, visit the fantastic businesses that make up dayboro, enjoy the historic walk and more so…… buy local.