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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
August-September 2015 Newsletter #045
Nine weeks of August-September report.

In August and September we had 5 meetings. One at Spezia Restaurant, one at Stogeez Copper Lounge, two at Tomacelli's Pizza, and one at the Sioux Falls Main Library Conference Room. There was almost no attendance. Seems we need to offer something different in terms of entertainment or discussion. We'd appreciate any reasonable suggestions.

We now have 138 members and about the same number on our mailing list.

Our Sioux Falls Scientists billboard project with 6 static billboards went up July 6th on Minnesota Ave, and with 1 digital billboard going up on South Cliff Ave at 10th St. A second 6 static billboards went up on West 12th St on July 20th. The theme of these billboards is to promote the value of Science and expose Science Denial. The billboards are below in a short animation. They were taken down August 17th.

Sioux Falls Scientists Static Billboards

The response to the Science billboards was really good. The visitors and pages viewed at the Sioux Falls Scientists website doubled when the science billboards were up. We consider it a succesful billboard campaign.

Our Sioux Falls Feminist billboards in support of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month of October went up September 14th on West 12th with 6 static billboards, and with 1 digital billboard going up on South Cliff Ave at 10th St. A second 6 Domestic Violence static billboards went up on Minnesota Ave on September 28th. The purpose of these billboards is to increase awareness of the severe problem of Domestic Violence in Sioux Falls, and in South Dakota, and to inform abused women that they can find help on the Sioux Falls Feminists website. The billboards are below in a short animation.

Domestic Violence Billboards supporting the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month of October

The response to the Domestic Violence billboards so far is much less than expected. Currently the thinking is that the billboards tried to provide to much information and they did not have a strong enough call to action. But something is happening since the the first week of October has seen the highest unique vistor count in 5 months. The billboards will be running through October 25th so maybe there will be a bigger impact by then.

So far we've had 14,355 unique visitors to the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers website and roughly the same number go on to visit at least one or more of our other websites. (Total visitor count is 43,625 for all websites.) Over 185,813 pages across all websites have been viewed. See the Free Thinkers Website Performance chart at Unique Visitor Chart and the NEW Total Pages Viewed Chart. They will always be the latest charts. Our unique visitor growth and the large number of pages visited indicates a continued interest in all Sioux Falls Free Thinkers websites; Free Thinkers, Atheists, Scientists, Zoologists, and Feminists.

In August-September we launched a website project to add some 250 new movie descriptions and some 400 new pages to the websites covering a wide range of topics. The five websites now have 1,120 pages and over 750 book, movie, and course descriptions on subjects related to each of the websites. All the movies and courses have been reviewed by the Webmaster of the Free Thinkers. We never put anything up that hasn't been watched or read at least once.

We're also continue to maintain a Member Websites News Links page. This page has links to all the latest news, statistics and major information pages on all our websites. Putting this one page link in your Internet favorites will give you quick access to all the latest news about Sioux Falls Free Thinkers, Atheism, Humanism, Evolution Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, Animal Intelligence, Feminism, Women's Rights, Women's Equality, the continued Abuse of Women, and where women can get help to stop domestic abuse and domestic violence. All the links are there on one page. The page makes keeping up to date with the Free Thinkers community pretty easy.

And a reminder that we added a Latest News All Websites page (news from the last 7 days) and a Latest Pages All Websites page. Just making it all the easier to keep up to date on the latest news and other new information on the websites.

We have Total Page Views counters for all 1,120 of our website pages. These are the Total Page Views going back to the very first day the websites went up. Visitors can now see the interest level people have had over time for all the different pages. (Please keep in mind that new pages will have low page counts to start.)

Total Page Views

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
August-September 2015 Newsletter #045
Nine weeks of August-September report.