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Orthodox Easter Bunny Tracker - News

Welcome to the news feed for track.orthodoxbunny.cc, where you can stay updated with the latest information from the team running track.orthodoxbunny.cc.

You can also stay updated by following our Twitter, @trackorthobunny.


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Thank you for your support in 2022!

Posted: April 22, 2022

Thank you for your support of track.orthodoxbunny.cc in 2022! This year was another good year for the tracker. Using some estimates, we can see that about 2,000-3,000 people visited the website compared to last year (exact numbers are unavailable as TEBCC was still up). Streams of the tracker on YouTube did well too - combined, we did about 4,000 to 5,000 hits with YouTube involved.

Because of the quick transition between Easter and Orthodox Easter, we were unable to fully deploy the tracker nicely. Next year, we'll focus on deploying both trackers before Easter, just so everything is set and we're not racing to the finish line as TEBCC closes up post-tracking.

See you all in 2023! Orthodox Easter is on April 16, 2023, which is one week after Western Easter.


Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc in 2022!

Posted: April 22, 2022

Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc in 2022! The tracker has now been updated to use the latest and greatest v5.6 code from track.easterbunny.cc. All changes in that tracker have now been reflected over to this tracker.

Once again, due to the more minimal presence of the tracker, our social media presence will be limited this year. We will try to get updates on tracking out on Twitter at an hourly basis.

Pre-tracking gets underway on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:00 AM EDT - with tracking getting started at 5 AM EDT. Tracking ends on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT.

After tracking, we'll leave the site open until April 28.

We hope you enjoy tracking this year!


Thank you for a successful first run!

Posted: May 2, 2021

Thank you for a successful first run of track.orthodoxbunny.cc! This first run of track.orthodoxbunny.cc was about collecting information about the potential user market for this tracker, and we've got some great insights.

The final hit count was around 1,100, with traffic following pattern of more heavier usage in the afternoon. Traffic was dominated by the United States, with the UK coming in second, and Canada third.

What we've concluded from this run is that the Orthdox Easter Bunny Tracker will likely remain a niche product.

As such, we're going to keep this tracker more low-key compared to track.easterbunny.cc. Changes between the two trackers will be minimal, and we'll continue on our lean but necessary social media presence. Of course, this is highly dependent on traffic going to track.orthodoxbunny.cc.

Dependent on more growth in the future, we may invest more time into track.orthodoxbunny.cc. This could include more changes between the trackers, a more prominent social media presence, etc.

Although track.orthodoxbunny.cc only received ~1.1% of the traffic that track.easterbunny.cc received this year, this was a very successful experiment for us.

Even with this great data that we got - we unfortunately didn't find any ethical ad networks to use, and AdSense approval continues to be pending for the site. Additionally, we misconfigured page rules on the site, meaning that only ~20% of requests were cached at Cloudflare. This didn't matter due to the very low traffic amounts - but we'll sort this out for future years.

We'll see you next year for the second run of track.orthodoxbunny.cc!


v1.5.2 updates & more information about the tracker!

Posted: April 28, 2021

As we get closer and closer to the liftoff date for track.orthodoxbunnycc, we've been making some improvements on the site, along with some changes. Here's what we've changed in the past couple of days.

  • We're working to do ad testing on the tracker. We're looking into two different ad networks at this time.
  • Added the ability to make the site an app on desktop browsers (via a very basic service worker)
  • Added patreon/ko-fi links in the about/settings window
  • Other minor changes
As we get closer to liftoff (with a cutoff point of up to 12 hours out), we'll continue to make minor changes to the tracker. Expect another post shortly about some additional changes.


Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc Version 1!

Posted: April 21, 2021

Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc Version 1! We have merged all the code changes from track.easterbunny.cc Version 5 into our tracker, and we are getting closer to the first liftoff come May 1, 2021 at 2 AM EDT.

We are continuing to set things up around here, and will do so in an accelerated timeline.

As you may know, we are using this site as a test bed to test concepts for track.easterbunny.cc Version 6 in an attempt to break even with map costs. This may include showing ads in certain parts of the tracker, having links to Patreon/Ko-Fi, etc etc. This will slowly begin to appear in the tracker in the coming days.

Finally, our social media presence will not be as strong compared to track.easterbunny.cc, given this is our first year. We're currently targeting hourly tweets on our Twitter page, with no dedicated update bot for this year. Depending on the traffic this year, we may consider this next year.

We hope you can track with us on May 1, 2021. More updates are coming soon!


Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc!

Posted: July 24, 2020

Welcome to track.orthodoxbunny.cc! We're super excited that you're here.
So, you're probably wondering who runs this site, and what this site even does. Time for a bit of history.

We're the track.easterbunny.cc team! We're behind track.easterbunny.cc, which has revolutionized Easter Bunny Tracking since 2019.
During the 2020 run of track.easterbunny.cc as we got 850% more hits than last year, some of our users wanted to know if track.easterbunny.cc would run again for Orthodox Easter a week later. At the time, we decided not to do a second run of track.easterbunny.cc as to not confuse users, and there wasn't enough time to set up a whole site dedicated to Orthodox Easter Bunny Tracking.
However, here we are! track.orthodoxbunny.cc aims to provide a great Easter Bunny Tracking experience for when the Easter Bunny makes his Orthodox Easter journey.

track.orthodoxbunny.cc runs on the same code as track.easterbunny.cc. If you've used track.easterbunny.cc, you've used our site! You'll get to enjoy all the same features that made track.easterbunny.cc a hit on a dedicated website just for Orthodox Easter Bunny Tracking.

As we enter this experimental space that's never really had a dedicated tracker before, we're taking our first run in 2021 to get user feedback, and figure out the future of track.orthodoxbunny.cc. That's why we're highly relying on your user feedback for this first year for ideas, suggestions, or anything you want to tell us.

In the mean time, the site version is v0.5.4. We're currently focused on building track.easterbunny.cc Version 5 (which this site is based on), and you likely won't see a ton of updates on this site until after Western Easter 2021. After that, we'll port over the changes from track.easterbunny.cc Version 5, bump up the version to v1.x.x, and go from there for the month leading up to Orthodox Easter.

We expect this workflow to come a bit earlier for 2022/2023 when Orthodox Easter is one week after Western Easter.

Right now, we don't have any dedicated social media channels to the Orthodox Easter Bunny Tracker, or a dedicated email address. We're working on setting that up in the coming weeks, and we'll make a new news post & update the site when that's ready.

We're also continuing to set up the full website (including redirecting www.orthodoxbunny.cc & orthodoxbunny.cc to track.orthodoxbunny.cc), among other little things like that. Curious for when we'll get tracking in 2021? Here's the timeline.

  • Pre-Tracking: May 1, 2021 from 2:00 AM EDT to 5:00 AM EDT
  • Tracking: May 1 - 2, 2021, from 5:00 AM EDT on May 1, 2021 to 6:00 AM EDT on May 2, 2021
Once tracking is complete, we'll keep the tracker up until May 31, so you can explore where the Easter Bunny went on his Orthodox journey.
We hope that you can join us when we track the Easter Bunny's Orthodox journey this year. Of course, we want to hear your feedback about this specific Orthodox version of our Easter Bunny Tracker, so drop us a line on Twitter or via email!

Please note: We do expect that some people will be inclined to stream the first run of track.orthodoxbunny.cc in May 2021. Similar to the policy we put in place for the first year of track.easterbunny.cc, we will be requiring attribution of the tracker in stream descriptions. We will be checking streams and asking you to put attribution if there isn't any. This requirement will be downgraded to a recommendation for 2022 and beyond, please bear with us for just this year!


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