Sometimes, I have people question the need for a website: Does Anglican Life really need one? Is this a waste of the Editor’s time? Does anyone even look at websites anymore?
In today’s digital age, Anglican Life’s online presence is more necessary than ever. It’s not merely an accessory, but a fundamental tool for engaging readers, reaching broader audiences, and staying relevant in an increasingly fast-paced world.
Firstly, a well-designed website ensures accessibility. Readers can access news at any time, from any location, transcending geographical boundaries. This accessibility caters to the on-the-go lifestyle of modern society, fostering a continuous connection between the publication and its audience.
Moreover, a good website enhances user experience. Our website offers easy navigation, quick load times, and responsive design across devices. This ensures that readers can effortlessly find, read, and share articles, thereby encouraging longer visits and increased interaction.
Additionally, Anglican Life’s website allows for multimedia integration, and when needed can incorporate videos, links, and other interactive elements that enrich storytelling. This multimedia approach not only diversifies content, but also caters to varying reader preferences, enhancing audience engagement.
Our website isn’t just a virtual billboard for the newspaper: it’s the gateway to staying connected, relevant, and responsive to the evolving needs of a digitally-driven audience. In our most recent statistics (at the time of writing this article), Anglican Life’s website had 751 visits in one month, of which 669 were from outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador—449 from the rest of Canada, 192 from the USA, and the rest from other parts of the world. These aren’t numbers of casual glances, but are the people who have taken the time to read and share articles from Anglican Life.
As the Editor of Anglican Life, I wear a few hats. I edit and design the physical paper (and you can see the PDF of that available on the website, and you can download it if you prefer to read things that way). I oversee the Facebook page, both creating unique social media posts and also re-posting things from other pages that might be of interest to the readers of Anglican Life. But one the things that makes me very happy, which I have launched and helped to design during my time as Editor, is this website. I’ve watched it grow, and am so pleased that you’re here, reading this. Please do share articles on your own social media page, or email them to a friend who might like to read Anglican Life too.
The print paper remains the core of Anglican Life and its readership, and that’s very important to me, but the website is an essential way that we can engage a wider audience.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and good things for the coming year. Keep clicking the links and reading about the good work that we are doing as the Church in God’s world.