Being a “webmaster” (should we retire that word?) is a lot of fun. There are so many tools that make being a webmaster easy and enjoyable.
The best tool ever – statistics! Also known as analytics. With statistics, you get to learn what words and phrases people searched for and found your website.
Day after day, the same keywords show up in my statistics:
- QGIS and KML – People are finding my tutorial on how to use QGIS to convert between shapefiles and KML files.
- QGIS and geocoding – Refers to my tutorial on how to use the free and open source QGIS program to geocode addresses or my tutorial on how to use BatchGeocode.com in concert with QGIS.
- high speed rail illinois – Visitors find an article giving an update on HSR construction
- “wells street” buffered bike lane – This is recently new and refers to CDOT’s almost proposed buffered bike lane on Wells Street leading into downtown.
- randy neufeld – SRAM employee, founder of what is now Active Transportation Alliance, gave an inspiring presentation at the same event as David Byrne
David Bryne, Luann Hamilton, Randy Neufeld, and Jacky Grimshaw (in the back) were the panelists at “Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around: A Special Urban Sustainability Forum with David Byrne.”
About Steven Can Plan
I started this blog in 2007 as the writing assignment for an introductory urban planning class at UIC. It's about cities (mainly Chicago), GIS oftentimes, and transportation (mainly bicycling). Learn more about me, Steven Vance. I also write for Streetsblog Chicago.
Steven Can Plan is hosted on Dreamhost.
Chicago Bike Map App
The Chicago Bike Map app is a bike and street map stored entirely in your iOS device – no data connection required. The map is designed to look much like the City of Chicago's official printed and online bike map. The app works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Highly Recommended Bike Products
Bells can be quite useful, especially to tell people in front that you're passing them. I like the ding-dong bell the best. It makes a solid DING and then DONG on the spring's return.
I've used this pannier to carry groceries, books, my laptop, clothing, anything. I like it because it's stylish (but also "normal" looking at the same time), stands up on its own, is extremely durable, and has the most universal attachment system: two hooks.
Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet by Mia Birk, With Joe (Metal Cowboy) Kurmaskie, Joe Kurmaskie, Jim Moore
I met Mia Birk in October 2011.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition) (Modern Library) by Jane Jacobs