As our longtime readers know, Bernalwood is many things. It’s a glamour-soaked nickname for Bernal Heights, our fabulous neighborhood. Bernalwood is a blog. Bernalwood is a Flickr group. Bernalwood is a Twitter account. And now, Bernalwood is a magazine.
Let me back up and explain. By day I work at Flipboard, a company that produces a rather lovely app for reading news feeds on your iOS or Android gadgets. Last night, Flipboard introduced a new version of the app that makes it possible to curate and save articles, tweets, and photographs into a digital magazine which (much like the rest of Flipboard) looks rather sexy.
For the last few months, I’ve been test-driving the new version of Flipboard by publishing a magazine called (…wait for it…) Bernalwood! In essence, it’s a curated compilation of all the other manifestations of Bernalwood, all packaged together in one place, in a paginated, visually rich format.
In practical terms, that means I’ve combined the posts from the Bernalwood blog with images submitted to the Bernalwood Flickr group and clever/funny/insightful posts about Bernal Heights that have been posted to Twitter. The result is a way-new sort of neighborhood news publication that you can read right now on your iOS device (Android is coming soon), but which feels like a glossy magazine.
If you have a smartphone or tablet, just follow this link from your device to download Flipboard. Once the app is installed, search for Bernalwood, then tap the “Subscribe” ribbon at the top left to add Bernalwood magazine to your Flipboard.
Don’t worry… the Bernalwood blog isn’t going anywhere. Bernalwood magazine is just a different way to get the Bernal Heights experience, from the safety and comfort of your personal device. Try it out, and thanks, as always, for playing along as we continue the Bernalwood experiment.
Oh, want to create a magazine of your very own? Go for it! The new version of Flipboard lets you do it too.