Beer and Blog, the Friday afternoon gathering that has become an institution in the Portland tech scene, started very simply. As bloggers helping bloggers over beers.
Now, those bloggers will be helping other bloggers over FREE beers, thanks to The Oregonian News Network.
This Friday, citizen journalist advocate Cornelius Swart will pass out drink tickets, take swag raffle entries, and extol the finer points of the Oregonian News Network’s pilot project. He wants to meet Oregon-focused bloggers and independent news sites who want to see their stories promoted on the OregonLive platform via aggregated post excerpts and backlinks.
If selected to be a part of the ONN, bloggers get training, technical support and significant referral traffic (the OregonLive gets over 3 million unique visitors a month). In return, OregonLive and its subscribers get more news from a broader geographic spectrum.
What’s that? Free beer and free traffic? What is this some kind of Oregon blogger utopia?
There’s only one way to find out. Head over to the Green Dragon around 4 PM today to get the inside scoop.
For more information, visit The Oregonian News Network.