We’re getting ready for another big week here at ChicagoNow.
Actually, they’re all big given the required pace of this project.
Still just two weeks into our public beta, we’re adding blogs to
the network daily. We launched The Local Tourist (a visitors’ guide to
Chicago) and Chilarious (a diary of a stand-up comic) on Friday to push
our total to more than 40.
We have several more exciting blogs in the pipeline this week.
Meantime, developer Byrne Reese is busy working on the site. Among his areas of focus:
- Improving aspects of commenting and profiles.
- Fixing bugs in the search function.
- Adding “pretty” profile urls so that everyone has a “profiles/byrnereese” profile instead of the more inscrutable default
- Creating the new homepage. That’s a big one.
The ChicagoNow crew didn’t take the weekend off. We joined Chicago
Subtext blogger Amy Guth at the Printers Row Lit Fest. Check out photos
by Tiff “TheFemGeek” Tate and Amy’s video author interviews on her blog.
Finally, my favorite post of late wasn’t even on the ChicagoNow site.
White Sox Interactive, a site I’ve long admired for the way it built a
community of Sox fans, had this extremely gracious post extending best
wishes to ChicagoNow bloggers Jack McDowell and Mark Liptak.