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Blog for Arizona Has New Look, Improved Functionality

donkey Blog for Arizona— Arizona’s longest running and most prolific political blog– has transitioned into the modern era of mobile communication with a new look and greater functionality on Word Press.

Nearly 20,000 blog posts by 11 authors have been transported from TypePad to Word Press– a gargantuan task. Special thanks to Dave Safier (who was with Blog for Arizona when we started this project) who worked with TypePad, Word Press, and Go Daddy on the technical aspect of the transfer. I worked with Safier and BfAZ founder Michael Bryan to create the new masthead and the HTML for some of the features. (If you knew how long it has been since I coded HTML and how little I know of CCS, you’d be really impressed. I want to add a special shout out to the technical support offered by WordPress.org.)

The new site can be found at BlogForArizona.net now but will eventually be back at the original address BlogForArizona.com. The old TypePad address will be an archive. [UPDATE: Currently having a few technical difficulties moving from one url to another, but trust me, it will be really cool once it’s done.]

Major improvements in the site include…

More content. With 11 bloggers– six in Tucson and five in Phoenix– BfAZ has fresh statewide content 24/7. Do you want to know what happened at a City Council meeting, at the Legislature, at the Arizona Democratic Party meeting, at a Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) meeting, at a political event, at a school board meeting, or at a protest rally? You’re NOT going to find that breadth of news coverage from the Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson Weekly, or those newspapers up north. Go to BfAZ for news, commentary, photos, and original video.  Five of BfAZ’s contributors have had their own independent political blogs for years (and continue to cross-post)– Craig McDermott, Donna Gratehouse, Tom Prezelski, Steve Muratone, and me. Allowing independent bloggers to cross-post gives BfAZ a richness and variety of content that no other political website in Arizona has.

Visibility on mobile devises. This is one of the major reasons for transitioning from TypePad to Word Press. On a smart phone, the old BfAZ site displayed as a teeny tiny version of the entire website. Now, when you view the site on a smart phone you will see the most recent posts, with a link to the full site.

More ways to view the news. The old site had a standard blog format, which emphasized most recent posts. Unless you searched the site or used the category click-throughs, it was hard to find other content. The new site has the newest posts in the main blog stream column, but it also has an author section which shows the most recent post by each of BfAZ’s 11 authors. (Do we now have more writers than the Arizona Daily Star or the Weekly?) In addition, there is a category cloud, the Donkey Feed with clicks to other stories, a list of 20 most recent stories, and most recent comments.

Easy social media sharing. The Word Press site has vastly improved social media sharing options. Each post has a widget which allows easy sharing on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, and much more. Please share! BfAZ bloggers will also be linking their Twitter feeds to the site to provide even richer content.

Improved calendar. Between the AZBlueMeanie and Carolyn Classen, dozens of political and community events are posted on BfAZ. In the top navigation bar, there is a calendar link.

As we transition over the next few days, we’ll be working on broken links and technical aspects. Please be patient. Once the transition has completed,

3 comments on “Blog for Arizona Has New Look, Improved Functionality

  1. revgerry
    February 28, 2014

    Welcome to WordPress. I love it here.
    (Gerry Straatemeier)


  2. revgerry
    February 28, 2014

    Pam, I went and re-read. It is not you, but Blog for AZ that moved, or is moving. Still, I do love WordPress and am glad the AZ progressive community is here.
    Sounds like a HUGE amount of work, but well worth it.


    • Pamela Powers Hannley
      February 28, 2014

      Yes, it is a huge project, and we will have clean-up issues for a while. I have used TypePad, Blogger, and WordPress. WP is much more stable, and the tech support is superb.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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