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fifteendays
01-14-2009, 11:20 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm so proud to finally share this news! (I'm about 40 minutes early, but you've been waiting so patiently... minus Brad...)

Tomorrow, January 15, is the day when the February edition of National Geographic is released... and in its pages is a 12-page feature article about Mount Washington and the work of the Mount Washington Observatory.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/mt-washington/shea-text

This article was two years in the making. Several members of the Observatory crew are in the photos, both in the print and web versions of the story. Nearly 8,000,000 National Geographic readers around the world will learn about this incredible place, and get a glimpse of what it's like to live and work at the Home of the World's Worst Weather.

Once it goes live tomorrow morning, check it out-- especially the photos! One shot of observer Mike Finnegan is the most spectacular Obs "action photo" I've ever seen. Another is of the summit at night and it looks like another planet. Photojournalist Jose Azel did a fantastic job capturing the essence of winter on the mountain.

The magazine arrives in homes beginning tomorrow and on newsstands on January 27.

We will be changing the website a bit to leverage this tremendous opportunity for the Obs. You'll see the magazine cover at the top of every page of the Obs website, with a link to the "story behind the story." From there, you will be able to navigate to the article on the National Geographic site. We've upgraded our web servers so that we will be able to handle the expected spike in traffic. We will also be doing our best to invite as many people as possible to join our email list, get to know our organization and ultimately become supporters of the Observatory. The website changes will kick in tomorrow around 7 AM.

You are all so passionate about the mountain and the Observatory... I hope that you are as excited and proud as I am!

Check out the article on the National Geographic website, beginning tomorrow... Enjoy!

Scot Henley
MWO Executive Director

MelNino
01-14-2009, 11:30 PM
So very cool :-) Can't wait to pick up a copy!!!!!

Steve M
01-14-2009, 11:40 PM
WOW. That is great news. This could be really big. Hopefully it will mean great funding for years to come.

Looking forward to the great things to come.:)

fifteendays
01-14-2009, 11:43 PM
I just can't wait to see the story posted on the Nat Geo site... From what I understand, there may be as many as 12 pics there. The story is great, but the photos are amazing.

Scot

BlueDog
01-15-2009, 12:34 AM
Very cool!!!

Wonderful story, but only one photo. Who is that in the photo on the first page?

Knapper
01-15-2009, 03:05 AM
Who is that in the photo on the first page?

The first pic on the link is of former intern Ryan Buckley. There are more photos in my press release but for some reason not on the stories web page. But I haven't looked at the web story too thoroughly yet.

KathyC
01-15-2009, 05:19 AM
Thanks Scot, I can't wait to pick up my copy and read it.

Mt. Washington is an amazing and beautiful place. Every time I've gone up there I feel like I am on top of the world. Most here in NJ think I'm off my rocker...

Brad
01-15-2009, 06:14 AM
Kathy,

Most of my friends know I am off my rocker. But anyway - the article and exposure is fantastic. What has the normal web traffic of visitors or pages viewed been over the recent past? It will be interesting to see what the change is when the magazines hit the homes.

I waited patiently (for me) and went to bed last night. Saw it first on Facebook this morning and now here. This is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the mountain we love and the Observatory's good work.

Scot, excellent timing with the cold blast coming through the northeast.

JimS
01-15-2009, 06:15 AM
Fantastic! Can't wait to see all the pictures later today...

Making the papers too...
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Speaking+of+cold+...+Nationa l+Geographic+takes+a+trip+up+Mount+Washington&articleId=8eaf9f77-8554-42e4-8b74-16c82a96ee3f

For those who know more...
Is the online story different than the print story? I'd imagine it is...but?

hobbes
01-15-2009, 07:10 AM
It's live! Go check it out.

TrishandAlex
01-15-2009, 07:15 AM
I am so excited to get my copy! A huge congratulations to everyone at the Obs!!!!! :D:D:D

Bill O
01-15-2009, 07:23 AM
For those who know more...
Is the online story different than the print story? I'd imagine it is...but?

I never thought so, but maybe. The online article does not seem like 12 pages.

Rich
01-15-2009, 07:37 AM
Congrats OBS, on your world wide premiere! In all these years Nat Geo never made it up there? Looking forward to getting my copy!

h2oeco
01-15-2009, 07:44 AM
For those of you who have Facebook, consider posting a note and link about this in your "feed" so that your friends, family, etc. get the news about the National Geographic article. In theory, this could amount to several hundred or thousand extra people getting the news...and even more good publicity for the Observatory...

Ed

billysinc
01-15-2009, 08:12 AM
Great article and the pictures are amazing.

Bill O
01-15-2009, 08:16 AM
Great article and the pictures are amazing.

I just noticed the photo gallery online, very nice.

BlueDog
01-15-2009, 09:07 AM
I found the photos. There is now a link on the left for Photo Gallery. (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/mt-washington/azel-photography)

The image of the gallery at night is absolutely stunning! I need to have that as my laptop wallpaper. :)

mtruman
01-15-2009, 09:17 AM
This is just fantastic! What a great opportunity for the OBS. Congratulations to Scot and everyone there. Can't wait to see it in print. The photos in the gallery on the article page are amazing. The night shot of the OBS just became my new desktop wallpaper. Spectacular!!!

fifteendays
01-15-2009, 10:11 AM
Hi folks,

Glad you're enjoying all this! FYI-- the article online is identical to the print version, but there are many more pics on the web than in print.

Anyone see the Union Leader today? Gotta love getting the front page in the state's largest paper!

Take care,
Scot

hobbes
01-15-2009, 10:16 AM
Not sure how long it will be available for, but you can catch the front page at:
http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/hr.asp?fpVname=NH_UL&ref_pge=gal&b_pge=5

Steve M
01-15-2009, 10:30 AM
Kathy,

Most of my friends know I am off my rocker. But anyway - the article and exposure is fantastic. What has the normal web traffic of visitors or pages viewed been over the recent past? It will be interesting to see what the change is when the magazines hit the homes.

I waited patiently (for me) and went to bed last night. Saw it first on Facebook this morning and now here. This is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the mountain we love and the Observatory's good work.

Scot, excellent timing with the cold blast coming through the northeast.

It would be cool to see the web traffic to the site graphed over time. Both the MWO site and the forums site. I'm sure we would see spikes around certain events such as the Nin, Marty transition and when the weather channel was there.
Would it be fairly easy to do or take up too much time to be practical?

Brad
01-15-2009, 11:32 AM
I found the photos. There is now a link on the left for Photo Gallery. (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/mt-washington/azel-photography)

The image of the gallery at night is absolutely stunning! I need to have that as my laptop wallpaper. :)
The last picture is so funny! Bare legs stretched out in the sun - probably in Tuckermans - on the snow.

Brad
01-15-2009, 11:36 AM
I normally get 400-500 images viewed to my Fotki photo site in a day. But, when it was mentioned one day in the Observers' Comments it spiked to over 35,000 in one day. The reverse will happen for the MWO site. We should see a large increase in traffic.

BlueDog
01-15-2009, 11:44 AM
The last picture is so funny! Bare legs stretched out in the sun - probably in Tuckermans - on the snow.

I had to go back and check since I didn't remember a pic with bare legs... the last 3 or 4 pics weren't there earlier when I posted the link. Wonder if they'll keep adding more.

fifteendays
01-15-2009, 11:57 AM
It would be cool to see the web traffic to the site graphed over time. Both the MWO site and the forums site. I'm sure we would see spikes around certain events such as the Nin, Marty transition and when the weather channel was there.
Would it be fairly easy to do or take up too much time to be practical?

When things slow down a bit I'll throw some numbers out to you. I'm a stat junkie, so I try to stay on top of what the site's been doing. According to one type of webstats analysis software, we had an 80,000 session (unique visit) day a couple of weeks ago. Google Analytics is a little different, and we've been around 45k individual unique visitors per month according to that software.

Trust me, I'll be burning some hours at home in Google Analytics as the magazine hits newsstands and things start really cranking up.

I just glanced at webstats for yesterday-- 82,550 unique visits and just shy of 130,000 page views. That may just be our biggest day ever, on the day BEFORE the article was released. Thank you, cold snap!

More on this in the coming weeks.

Scot
MWO Staff

Brad
01-15-2009, 12:59 PM
Scot, you could not have asked for better timing for the article! I am checking every few hours to make sure the archive process for the web camera images keeps on running. The Conditions page over these few days will be interesting to follow afterwards.

RI Swamp Yankee
01-15-2009, 01:08 PM
.... and on newsstands on January 27. ..... aaaagggggg...... I can't wait that long. :D

mtruman
01-15-2009, 01:20 PM
I had to go back and check since I didn't remember a pic with bare legs... the last 3 or 4 pics weren't there earlier when I posted the link. Wonder if they'll keep adding more.

I also noticed on the second time through that a number of the observers (both current and past) are named in the photo captions but these references unfortunately didn't make it into the article. Hopefully some of them are still on captions on the photos in the magazine...

bclark
01-15-2009, 02:31 PM
Somehow, after leaving as a permanent staff member a year and a half ago, "Hollywood" Jim Salge was still able to make it into the online version through a caption of one of the photos:

"'It's only a little over 6,000 feet,' says former observatory staffer Jim Salge, 'but people misjudge this place all the time.'"

Your legacy lives on Jim, haha. :)

Brad
01-15-2009, 02:47 PM
Oh, Hollywood.

mtruman
01-15-2009, 02:50 PM
Somehow, after leaving as a permanent staff member a year and a half ago, "Hollywood" Jim Salge was still able to make it into the online version through a caption of one of the photos:

"'It's only a little over 6,000 feet,' says former observatory staffer Jim Salge, 'but people misjudge this place all the time.'"

Your legacy lives on Jim, haha. :)

I didn't mention any names for fear of setting something like this off ;)

Do we detect a note of bitterness Brian? :)

KD Talbot
01-15-2009, 03:18 PM
"Do we detect a note of bitterness Brian? ":)

No, but here's some: ;)

Marty Basch asked me for some shots to put on the cover of the winter issue of Windswept. I was mildly disappointed when it arrived and I saw one of mine had not made it. Then there was all this hub-bub about National Geo, so I looked at the Windswept cover again, and sure enough, I had been bumped for, of all things, a Nat Geo photographer! Wow!

Well, if I've got to be bumped, at least it was by one of the best! :)

KDT

Steve M
01-15-2009, 04:22 PM
"Do we detect a note of bitterness Brian? ":)

No, but here's some: ;)

Marty Basch asked me for some shots to put on the cover of the winter issue of Windswept. I was mildly disappointed when it arrived and I saw one of mine had not made it. Then there was all this hub-bub about National Geo, so I looked at the Windswept cover again, and sure enough, I had been bumped for, of all things, a Nat Geo photographer! Wow!

Well, if I've got to be bumped, at least it was by one of the best! :)

KDT

There is always the spring, Kevin.:)

Charlie
01-15-2009, 05:51 PM
Congratulations to Scot and everyone
i hope this hits the OBS big time with members and supporters

RI Swamp Yankee
01-17-2009, 10:47 AM
The story made the front page of the weekend edition of Conway Daily Sun. Anyone can download the PDF version of the entire weekend edition at this link:
http://www.laconiadailysun.com/pdf/2009/1/17.pdf
(Yes, it is hosted on the Laconia Daily Sun site)

A picture of The Conway Daily Sun front page and story highlights is available at this link:
http://www.mountwashingtonvalley.com/ All the links on that page require a paid subscription but the PDF download is free.

mtruman
03-26-2009, 10:04 PM
Was in the doctors waiting room this afternoon and the Feb National Geographic was on the table. First time I had seen the Mount Washington article in print. I was amazed at how much better it was than when I read it on the web site. I think the flow of the text and photos and the size of the photos made the difference. Definitely worth finding the print copy if you haven't seen it yet...