April 13th, 2008

Portland is Awesome, a new group blog covering the Portland scene


Portland is Awesome. Sure, sure, it’s a catch-phrase. And something we all know. But now, it’s also a blog covering Portland and its, well, “awesomeness.”

Portland is Awesome is a celebration of the many fun and interesting things in Portland, Oregon. Many of the Portland blogs just seemed too corporate, so I thought it would be cool to start a new group blog where people can blog about anything related to Portland.

It is most definitely cool. I haven’t been this happy to see a new blog come on to the scene since Portland on Fire.

Portland is Awesome will be a group blog, featuring a number of local writers. Dawn Foster, Nate Angell, and Bram Pitoyo [Update] and Sam Grover, Kathleen Mazzucco, and Justin Kistner have posted, so far. But I also noticed that more authors are wanted. (To paraphrase Aaron Hockley, “If only there were some sort of gig board around here where people could promote these positions for free by using the discount code ‘freebie.’ If only.”)

The once strong local group-blogging scene has stumbled a bit in recent months, leaving a noticeable gap in grassroots coverage of Portland’s incredible arts, entertainment, food, and culture. And that’s just one of the many reasons that Portland is Awesome (and other Portland-focused group blogs rumored to be in the works) will be a welcome addition to this much needed—and currently underserved—area.

I’m looking forward to reading this new perspective, so I’ve already added Portland is Awesome to my feeds. And I’d highly suggest you do the same.

For more information, visit Portland is Awesome.

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8 Responses to “Portland is Awesome, a new group blog covering the Portland scene”

  1. I just added a sweet post about go karts. :P

  2. Rick Turoczy says:

    And, upon seeing it, I just added your name to the list of writers. ;)

    And now that I know you’re involved… Copperplate? Really?

    Anyone who knows me knows I must love the idea of Portland is Awesome, because it’s incredibly painful for me to recommend anything that uses Copperplate.

    Please, if possible, fix that. Portland is Awesome. Copperplate is another, more derogatory “a” word.

    Signed, Typography snob.

  3. Dawn Foster says:

    Yeah, I kinda randomly picked a font for the Portland is Awesome header. I know about as much about fonts as I do about fashion (which explains my jeans, t-shirt, hoodie wardrobe) :-)

    Maybe someone should suggest a better font (hint, hint) or one my authors (cough) could help :-)

  4. Looks like I’ll be working on a header later today. :)

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    I’m traveling today, but I’ll plan on toying with some typography, as well. ;)

  6. Schweeeet! You have good typographic instincts. :)

  7. Bram Pitoyo says:

    Hey, if you like, I want to help out with the typography side of things as well.

    But I wouldn’t rule out Copperplate Gothic just yet :)

  8. Rick Turoczy says:

    The new header is—dare I say it? Awesome. Much improved over the Copperplate. No matter how much that one guy likes it. ;)


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