If you're joining us from our final editorial at our old address, hello and welcome our new abode: radar.scotsman.com.
If you've stumbled across us for the first time, you timed your click well.
Today is a new beginning for us at Radar. The old blog has been mothballed and we've built ourselves a shiny new home. We hope you'll agree it's an improvement, with more to browse, read and listen to.
It's all fairly simple and self-explanatory, but allow us to give you a quick tour. The home page will continue as the traditional blog - the running stream of news posts, gig listings, live reviews and more. But from now on we're archiving all our interviews in our A-Z artist directory, and feeding all our podcasts into a dedicated page too.
Why? Well we see the artist directory as a kind of Panini sticker book of the best up and coming musicians in Scotland, but without any dodgy footballers' hairdos. We've already collected 90-odd artist profiles over the past year and we want to add many more. We're about halfway through the upload process at the moment so don't be surprised if you can't find one or two quite yet. But in time, as we add more and more artists, we hope this directory will become the definitive showcase for the best new musical talent in Scotland.
Other additions to the site include a Links page which includes all the record labels, webzines, radio stations and all-round heroes we could think of (our favourite blogs appear in the Blogroll sidebar on every page), a Contributors page which looks worryingly like a rogue's gallery, and a Contact page which does what it says on the tin.
The first practical piece of guidance concerns commenting. As we're now fully integrated with scotsman.com, you'll need to register a username through the main site (if you don't already have one) before you can post comments on articles. This should only take a minute of your time. We had some really lively, provocative debates on the old threads so let's keep it going here.
Also, please remember to update your bookmarks with our new address, and if you host a website with a link to our old site, we'd be really grateful if you could update it.
There are other features which we still need to add to the site in the coming weeks and months, RSS being top of the list, so please bear with us.
In the meantime, take a look around, get acquainted and listen to the music. Don't worry about the volume, our neighbours are very understanding.
Posted by Nick Mitchell