Exciting news out of Boise Weekly headquarters: The new boiseweekly.com went live last week.
It was still 2008 when I started telling people that BW was in the midst of a Web redesign and in late April, Boise State Radio's George Prentice called me out on air, asking how much longer our Web audience was going to have to wait for the new and improved site. I told him 10 days, and I meant it, but ...
If you haven't been to the new boiseweekly.com, the first thing you should know is that it's much faster. If I had a buck for every e-mail I got over the last year complaining about the speed of BW's old Web site, I'd be sipping a Bintang at Kudeta watching the sun drop into a Balinese horizon rather than clattering away on the old keyboard this Memorial Day. At the new boiseweekly.com things zip right along.
The second thing you should know is that the content is far less static than it was. Used to be, we'd post a gripe of new content every Wednesday, and it would sit there collecting dust on the home page for seven days. Now, you'll still find all the usual Wednesday content as we post the contents of the paper, but you'll also be able to log on every day for new reading material. Also check out BW's new blog. The Grip is our refugee blog, written by two new Americans who have resettled in Boise. Citydesk, BW's politics blog, is now easy to find in several places on the homepage. Cobweb is BW's editorial melting pot with updates and commentary on the inane and insane from the whole of BW's editorial department. And at Blingo, you'll find the daily musings of BW's former editor/owner-turned-farmer Bingo Barnes.
The best new feature, if you ask me, is the prominence of reader comments and reviews. Don't just listen to us, have your say, too.