And this is it — http://www.advocatemag.com/oak-cliff/blog. It’s part of the magazine’s switch to a new, updated, and all around spiffier website that debuts on Monday. The new website includes current and archived issues of the magazine, local photos and videos, and more neighborhood listings (restaurants, businesses, garage sales, and events among them) than I thought humanly possible.
The new blog will have all of the features that the old one had, plus a variety of new things that you asked for. We’re adding a users’ guide, search function, more streamlined subscription options, top post listings, and an easier interface. We will continue to add requested features throughout the next couple of months, so if you don’t see something you think we should have, let us know.
We will also be adding advertising, both to the blog and the website. I can guarantee that we won’t have any pop-up or drop-down ads, and that we will add them in as user-friendly a manner as possible. If you’re interested in in advertising on the blog or the web site, you can also let us know.
So what do you need to do to make the switch?
• Change any bookmarks for the blog. Starting Nov. 24, we won’t be using the current site for new posts. All new posts will be at http://www.advocatemag.com/oak-cliff/blog. (And, in a show of great devotion, we have been double posting for the past several weeks to prepare for the switch.)
• If you have an email or RSS subscription to the blog, you’ll need to subscribe again on the new site. There is a box on the right hand side of the page that explains how to do this. Effective Nov. 24, we have to turn off the old email and RSS subscription services. We know that this is a huge inconvenience, and we had many long meetings about how to handle the subscription dilemma. This is the best we could come up with; the alternatives were even worse.
• Be patient with us. So far, everything is working the way it’s supposed to work, but the one thing we have learned throughout this process is that past performance is no indication of future performance. If you run into a bug, let us know.
• The blog archives will continue to exist on the current site, and there is a link to the archives on the new site on the lower right hand corner of the page. You could have trouble finding older posts and comments on the new site, but this is another of those problems that there was no easy way around. We’re trying to meld two incompatible blog platforms, and we weren’t aware that they were incompatible when we started this effort.
• If you have any web- or cyber-related skills that can help us with any of these problems, let us know. Or, if you have ideas about improving the site, tell us, too. This is a work in progress, and we’re going to be working on it for the foreseeable future.