September 8th, 2008

ORBlogs 2.0: Where we stand

Save ORBlogs Now!The outpouring of emotion, passion, and volunteerism that erupted last week—upon the news that ORBlogs was shutting down—has been nothing short of amazing. And I’m honored to have been part of it.

Thank you very, very much to everyone who read about the situation, commented, blogged, spoke, and wrote about the effort to save ORBlogs. The response was incredible. And please, to paraphrase Betsy Richter, don’t take the lack of communications as any sign that things aren’t happening.

Rest assured, things are moving.

And in an effort keep everyone in the loop and to keep the momentum going, I thought it would be wise to provide an update.

In short, John Metta of Hood River has taken up the gauntlet and is moving forward—at an accelerated clip—on figuring out how to bring an Oregon blog aggregator back online. He’s got a great plan, he’s working on creating a project site, and he’s established a mailing list to discuss ORBlogs 2.0. You can also follow John on Twitter as Mettadore.

John is in touch with Paul Bausch, ORBlogs creator. So hopefully, we’ll hear more soon.

And as I’ve mentioned before, while John has graciously offered to take the lead on this project—and has already been exceedingly active in that regard—it will still be important to figure out two things:

  1. How do we thank Paul for five years of supporting ORBlogs, our blogging historical landmark?
  2. How do we, as a community, support John as he works to transition to ORBlogs 2.0?

Getting involved and staying involved is the first step. I’m really looking forward to see where this goes.

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3 Responses to “ORBlogs 2.0: Where we stand”

  1. Thanks, Rick, for your efforts here to keep us all on the same page/better organized!

    As you know, I’m fully behind the efforts to coalesce what we’re doing into one sustainable strategy, and I wholly agree that we need to figure out how to tangibly reward Paul’s efforts to date, if possible.

    I’ve already signed up for the mailing list, and eagerly await next steps!

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