If you have not done so, check out our website — www.bayjournal.com — which recently underwent its first substantive upgrade in more than a decade. I'm sure you will agree that it's more eye-catching and easier to navigate than our old site.
But the changes go deeper. Our home page is divided into sections — news, blogs, features, opinion and travel — which makes it easier to find particular types of stories. Also new are the topics pages, which categorize articles into specific themes, such as pollution, fisheries, wildlife and habitat.
The site was built with a process called Responsive Web Design, which means it adapts to new technologies. If you use a smartphone or tablet, our site automatically reformats to display on the device you're using, instead of just shrinking the page to fit. That makes reading it a whole lot easier, and with less pinching and scrolling.
I'd like to thank Mike Land and Guy Stephens for both their vision in conceptualizing the new site and their hard work in making it a reality over the last year. They also deserve kudos for their work on our sister site, www.bayjourneys.com, which was also just launched.
Still, this site is not finished. We are in the process of categorizing years of back issues for the topics pages. In the coming months we'll also be posting the first three years of Bay Journals, from 1991-1994, which have never been online.
We have other plans in the works to help make the best use of the site, including a new e-newsletter and the better incorporation of social media tools.
Please let us know what you think, and alert us to any bugs you may find.
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Past is Prologue update
A number of readers have inquired about the status of Kent Mountford's "Past is Prologue" column. Kent remains on sabbatical. He is dealing with both the loss of a longtime family home in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy, as well as finishing a book.
I'm sure anyone who has undertaken a major writing project can sympathize with the difficulty of trying to concentrate on writing while also dealing with something as disconcerting as the loss of a house. Kent still plans to resume Past is Prologue but is not able to set a return date right now. I am sure that Kent appreciates that his column is missed!