New Look for the BeeHive!
Youíve probably noticed, by now, that the BeeHive looks a bit different this week.† Look around the site if you like and see how weíve spruced it up.† Whatís happened is that the BeeHiveís very own Girl Friday, Ms Bruun, has been working away with our new†web guru, Mr John Hinder, to get the site looking more 21st century than 20th century.† Theyíve done that, believe it or not, while following my steer to make the whole thing more 1930s with a kind of pulp fiction feel to it all at the same time.† Not the easiest of creative briefs, I know, but if it was easy anyone could do it I guess and these guys tell me theyíre world-class.
Iím really pleased with the way itís all turned out and Iím pretty excited about the other changes weíre about to make to the BeeHive in the coming months.††In 2008†weíre also hoping to be able to turn the whole thing into an interactive blog where you will be able to post responses directly onto the BeeLines if you want and to read and respond to everyone elseís responses too, thus making the whole thing a hundred times more valuable to everyone I hope and stirring up plenty of debate around the many issues Iím flagging up all the time.† Thatís come directly from the comments many of you made to our recent poll on the The BeeHive Homepage (itís still up and running if you want to add your fourpence-worth) and I think it will make the site even more useful to everyone and it may†even eventually†become a full-blown pensions forum where great stuff may be not just discussed, but even become a force for change.† Who knows?† Not me, thatís for sure, but Iím looking forward to seeing how this new phase in the BeeHiveís seven-year odyssey turns out.† Itís never been boring and Iím amazed itís still going from strength to strength after all this time.† We could never have planned for the BeeHive to become as good as it has already, so weíre not going to even try to plan for what it is about to become; weíre just going to look back after a while and see what it ends up like I guess.† Itís the way weíve done things so far and I donít know if thatís how youíre meant to do things or if itís how other websites and blogs develop or not, but if Iím being honest I donít care what others do really.† This is just how we do it here.† Thatís all.
The other thing weíve done this week that Iím pretty chuffed about is to have built our very own iTunes download page for our Pensions Radio podcasts.† I see Pensions Radio†as a big step forward for the BeeHive and it may even lead to other things like live online pension seminars hosted by yours truly with both sound and vision including live hand-drawn graphics!† Canít promise anything at the moment, but itís on Ms Bruun and Mr Hinderís drawing board.† The iTunes download page, though, is up and running today and Iíd love for you to go there.† Itís simple to do.† You just go to iTunes, click on the bit in the menu that says ĎPodcastsí and then type in Pensions Radio.† Thatíll take you to our page where you can download all or any of our Pensions Radio podcasts for free straight into your regular iTunes account and listen to them on your iPod if youíve got one, or your PC or Mac or even burn them straight onto CDs to play back when youíre next travelling somewhere in your car (loads of people tell us they do this already and it sounds to me like a good way of keeping up your regular pension fixes while on the move).
You can, of course, get downloadable files for your MP3 player or PC straight from the Pensions Radio part of the new-look BeeHive, or you can always just hit the Ďlisten nowí button on the Pensions Radio page to hear each episode played through your computer without downloading anything.† You can also (in another BeeHive first) even listen to Pensions Radio over the phone (08456856078) utilising our fabulous Phonecast technology.† Again, all the details are on the spruced up and refurbed Pensions Radio page on the BeeHive.
While we were developing all this, in fact, I got so caught up on the idea of putting Pensions Radio broadcasts onto CDs for playing back during what would otherwise be boring car journeys, that weíre seriously looking at publishing some compilation CDs to promote Pensions Radio.† When we do that Iíll let you know and weíll let you have a free copy if you want one.†
The central thing about the BeeHive wonít be changing though.† It never has in fact.† What weíve been about and what weíll continue to be about is shining a light on the murkier corners of our pensions world so that anyone whoís interested in pensions can see whatís going on all the time.† Itís a funny job, but someoneís got to do it.
18 October 2007
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