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Nick Meyer, illustrated by Ryan Carpentier

News flash: The internet is jam-packed with tons of really cool stuff. Really funny stuff. Really important stuff. And of course, really dumb stuff. We here at Volume One know all that, just like you do, because like you we’ve wasted a few dozens of workday afternoons sitting at our desks guffawing at those same web videos and marveling at the latest online applications. That newfangled interweb sensation just continues to amaze.

But one thing that’s always been a little frustrating for those of us who love living local – the ones seeking out local content, ideas, and online conversations – is that the full awesomeness of the web has yet to truly be felt on our own local level. For all the great blogs, podcasts, and videos viewed around the world – after a while you just want something more meaningfully related to our day-to-day lives right here in the Chippewa Valley.

After helplessly observing this unfortunate lack of local web community development for the past few years, we here at Volume One (finally) got our act together and made plans to do something about it. As of this issue, we’ve officially launched a breathtakingly revamped, totally new website at where the concept is basically this: Take all that is good about current web technologies and aggressively apply it ... locally. Seems simple enough.

More than a year later, our newest project is finally ready to unveil, but before you drop the magazine and head to your PC to check it out, let us prime you with a quick rundown of what to expect and why it will change your local online life.

    Most of Volume One’s print content can now be found online – going back for years (eventually) – but that’s not all that special. What we hope will make truly stand out is that we won’t stop at simply throwing all our print content online – we’re maximizing the medium by adding tons more web-only content than most local media websites. Every day dozens of new blog posts, user comments, video and photo uploads and more will be added, and a massive chunk of that will be unique to the website. This means our main blog, The Daily Shakedown (one of several on the site), will truly be your daily source for local flavor and updates on community happenings.

    Video, photos, podcasts, audio tracks, slideshows – it’s all there. We’ve developed custom galleries that are prepared for massive amounts of local multimedia. Not only can you see videos and photos produced by the folks at Volume One, but also from general community members as well. We’ve even developed partnerships with other local and regional organizations – radio stations, TV networks, bloggers – to create custom and repurposed media including podcasts, video galleries, and more.

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