About David Curtis
Native Manhattanite, I had four years of corporate IT experience before moving to Florida in 2004 to help my mom after my father died. I founded Brooksville Computer and since network engineering was and still is a bit slow in this rural area I began building websites, and gradually become a professional.
Based on the tourism attracting results I accomplished for The Brooksville Business Alliance (50 businesses) website which I designed and managed for four or five years, I was contracted by the County’s tourism bureau to evaluate seven proposals from tourism site web development firms. Prior to that time Tourism in Hernando had no website of their own and everything was being handled by the overworked staff of the city of Brooksville, mostly being uploaded as PDFs.
For the new website (naturallyhernando.org) part of the county government’s requirements for these company proposals to be accepted and qualify was for them to submit in great details exactly how they were going to accomplish each of the county’s goals for the site. Each proposal contained snippets of advanced and somewhat proprietary tourism attraction related techniques, with each one leaving out some critical pieces of information. However each proposal provided clues and bits of missing information to fill in the gaps the others were missing. I further researched all topics using my own SEO knowledge and applied the techniques directly to my sites achieving positive results, which in turn advanced my skills a few years in the process.
My focus since then has been solely on search engine optimization, and finding the right clients who can afford to properly implement all of what I have learned, both then and since.
THE AUTHORS OF THE EVENTS SCHEDULE
The author (or authors) of most of the scheduled events on the first page is of course the Hernando County Tourism Bureau staff, either as originally written by them, as modified based on events sent to them, or as is written by various groups, individuals and entities in Hernando. However, I do enhance the entries in various ways with videos, additional links to maps, a Google Calendar and so forth to make this site serve the needs of the public more fully, and I also add additional events as soon as I find them – including the creation of graphics wherever it’ll help and I have the time. The Naturally Hernando site, as good as it was, wasn’t quite “great”, which was no reflection on either the developers or the Tourism Bureau, both of which did a fine job with what they had to work with.
Along came s of 2015 there’s finally a really good tourism site for Hernando County, and it’s called Florida’s Adventure Coast. Now as I write this I did a little search in Google and came up with a link to a nasty comment on a page someone created in Facebook (which was liked by 4 or 5 of my friends). It concerned the costs of both the site and the branding. Here was my reply: