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Category: Beerandblog

End Bloglessness 2: This time… it’s hosted

But now, there’s help. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day—much less actually considering it’s free—every person in Portland can have their own blog, thanks to Beer and Blog’s End Bloglessness.

Do you want to make more money? Sure! We all do.… oh wait. That’s not the right Sally Struthers impression. Cut. Let’s take that again from the top.

Ahem. Did you know that every day thousands of Portlanders and Silicon Forest residents go through life without the joy of writing on their own personal blog? It’s sad but true. Even though Portland tends to be one of the bloggiest cities per capita there are still those who can’t quite seem to start the personal blog they so richly deserve.

But now, there’s help. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day—much less actually considering it’s free—every person in Portland can have their own blog, thanks to Beer and Blog‘s End Bloglessness. Read More

OurPDX: Celebrating one year of bloggers blogging about Portland at Beer and Blog, Strange Love Live

There’s no doubt that Portland loves its blogging. Blogs here, blogs there, blogs blogs everywhere. But when it comes to blogging about Portland itself? No blog does a better job than OurPDX, the network of Portland bloggers who cover all things Portland.

[HTML2]There’s no doubt that Portland loves its blogging. Blogs here, blogs there, blogs blogs everywhere. But when it comes to blogging about Portland itself? No blog does a better job than OurPDX, the network of Portland bloggers who cover all things Portland.

And now—with their 1000th post—OurPDX is celebrating its first birthday. Even better? This Friday, you get to celebrate with the entire… um. Group? Herd? Gaggle? Bloat? Band…? Well, whatever a collective of bloggers is called, you’ll get to celebrate with them at Beer and Blog, this week—or you can always listen in to their extended birthday celebration during Strange Love Live. Read More

You’re invited: Open Source Bridge after party, Wil Wheaton, Stephanie Stricklen, and Strange Love Live

The Open Source Bridge after party is open to all of the folks in Portland. With guests Wil Wheaton, Steph Stricklen, and Strange Love Live

We’re drawing near to the end of three days of open source awesomeness, thanks to Open Source Bridge, the first ever entirely volunteer run open source conference. It’s been an amazing event. And now, it’s time to celebrate what we were able to accomplish.

Why the sad face? You’re invited!

That’s right. The Open Source Bridge after party is open to all of the folks in Portland. So come out and join the people from the conference, our gracious hosts, and all of our volunteers for a beer or two. Read More

REMINDER (as if you need it): Portland’s Top 100 Twitter types at Beer and Blog today

That post about Twitalyzer’s assessment of the Top 100 Twitter types in Portland created quite the kerfuffle, didn’t it? Tonight at Beer and Blog Portland, you’ll be able to meet many of the folks on the Top 100 list and hear from Twitalyzer creator Eric T. Peterson how the magic works.

[HTML3]Well, well, well. That post about Twitalyzer’s assessment of the Top 100 Twitter types in Portland created quite the kerfuffle, didn’t it? Well, 42 comments and hundreds of tweets later… the day has finally come.

Tonight at Beer and Blog Portland, you’ll be able to meet many of the folks on the Top 100 list and hear from Twitalyzer creator Eric T. Peterson how the magic works.

And if you’re on the list? You get a free beer. Read More

Meet the Top 100 Twitter users in Portland at Beer and Blog

Ah, Twitter. If there’s one thing I know about Twitter and Portland it’s this: Portland loves Twitter.

[HTML3]Ah, Twitter. If there’s one thing I know about Twitter and Portland it’s this: Portland loves Twitter. It’s helped our community band together, it’s helped us monitor the weather, and it’s helped inspire new products—like TwitterLocal and Twitalyzer. Heck, we even have Rael Dornfest, the guy engineering our Twitter user experience, here in town.

Twitter and Portland were made for each other.

But when I start thinking about Portland and Twitter there it always leads to questions. Who else in Portland is using Twitter? Who am I missing? Who are the most active and influential people in Portland on Twitter?

Leave it to Twitalyzer, the Portland-based Twitter analysis tool, to answer that question. Read More

Tabula Rasa: Slate Technologies opens with a Beer and Blog, followed by BarCamp Portland and Strange Love Live

When’s a good time to start a startup? That’s right: anytime. And the folks over at Portland-based Slate Technologies are not only starting up, they’re opening an office to boot.

Slate has some interesting projects underway—and likely even more interesting things to come: Read More

Catching up with Justin Kistner

Justin KistnerI often say that Silicon Florist is less of a breaking news site and more of feature site, like People or Parade. And while I’m not expecting to be able to fill James Brady‘s sadly empty shoes, it only makes sense that we spend some time catching up with some of the folks around town.

Let’s start with Justin Kistner, whom we affectionately know as the founder of Beer and Blog but who also holds a day job with Voce Communications that is having a positive effect on the Portland tech scene.

Back in April 2008, you were hired on at Voce Communications to be their “Portland office.” How’s that working out?

I’ve been at Voce for about 10 months, now. When I started, we had no clients in the Northwest. Now we have four: Soloflex, Gerding Edlen, Intel, and now WebTrends.

I brought the lead for the first two, and helped pitch the last two.

What kind of work are you doing for these clients?

We’re working with Soloflex on building their online presence to boost sales, which is anchored by the Soloflex blog. We’re working with Gerding Edlen on promoting the Cyan apartments.

We’re helping Intel build their social media engagement for their embedded systems group.

WebTrends is an integrated communications program. We’ll be helping them with PR, AR, and social media. In fact, we just launched a new WordPress blog for WebTrends’ Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, the vice president of marketing.

We’ve seen your company and clients sponsoring some of the events around town, like Ignite Portland, which is great. Is that something that’s likely to continue?

Voce has sponsored Ignite Portland a couple of times and has more plans to support the Portland tech scene. Having an on-the-ground presence here locally, will only increase our ability to sponsor, host, and just generally get involved.

So there may be more of Voce in Portland in the near future?

We’ve gotten support from upper management on opening a local office. I’d like to see us open an office in Portland.

Another Vocian who you may have met at Beer and Blog, Colin Crook, owns a house in Beaverton, but is currently living in the Bay Area. He’d like to be able to move up here.

In fact, he was the guy that was leading the pitch process with Jive, which is how I met Voce. Colin cut his social media teeth on the Spread Firefox team along with Vidoop employee Chris Messina. So there are a lot of connections for us here.

Speaking of Beer and Blog—your side project—you’ve seen explosive growth over the last year. How popular is it, these days?

Beer and Blog started with four people meeting at the Lucky Lab just over a year ago. Now we see 40-70 people every Friday at the Portland chapter.

We also started expanding to other cities this year and now have 10 chapters including our first overseas: Tokyo.

With Silicon Florist, it was very much a dumb luck, right place at the right time situation. While I’m sure Beer and Blog was a little more planned, did you ever expect this sort of response to the event?

I was very surprised by the popularity of the format. Prior to Beer and Blog, Portland didn’t have a weekly meet up of any relevant size, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The truth is, it started as a means to round up all of the people I was helping for free, so I didn’t expect it to grow beyond a dozen, maybe 20 people. I heard naysayers telling me weekly was too much and we’d burn out our audience.

However, time has shown that it actually works better for people because they don’t feel as obligated to make every one. New people consistently tell me that it feels more accessible since it happens every week too.

Interesting stuff

Justin’s story just goes to prove that a lot can change in a year.

It’s great to hear about this kind of stuff happening in the Silicon Forest, especially given current economic conditions. Hopefully, you’ve found Justin’s insights as interesting—and as positive—as I did.

Speaking of what people are doing…. Not to overstate the obvious, but I’m a firm believer that people in Portland consistently do amazing things. And they deserve to be able to tell people about it. So now is as good of a time as any to mention that I’m working to rekindle Portland on Fire this month. If you’re interested in participating, please make sure to submit your Portland on Fire profile.

Beer and Blog says “Konnichiwa!” to Tokyo and “Hello!” to Houston and Phoenix

Beer and BlogBeer and Blog, the weekly Portland get-together started by Justin Kistner, was been growing by leaps and bounds.

What kinds of leaps and bounds? I’m glad you asked.

Currently there is Beer and Blog Portland, Beer and Blog Corvallis, Beer and Blog Eugene, Beer and Blog St Louis, and Beer and Blog Las Vegas.

But does it stop there? Oh no, my friend. Not by a long shot.

Tonight on Strange Love Live, Justin announced the launch of Beer and Blog chapters in Houston, Phoenix, and—with its first international chapter—Tokyo.

Sniff sniff. Our little Beer and Blog is all growed up.

Congratulations to Justin, his Portland-based team, and all of the chapter leads! It’s great to see something that has so strengthened the Portland tech community getting the chance to work its magic in other towns.

Got an open gig? Need a gig? End Joblessness with Beer and Blog and OTBC, this Saturday

Smokey says Only YOU can end joblessnessGood news for a down economy. The folks over at Beer and Blog have teamed up with the OTBC to put together a mini job fair called—appropriately enough—End Joblessness.

Full size jobs, mind you. It’s just the event that’s mini.

So if you’re a company that has so open positions to fill or if you’re a someone looking to get a new gig, head on over to the OTBC this Saturday, January 24.

Here’s how it will work:

  • 12:00-1:00pm will be mingling and a beer;
  • 1:00-2:00pm employers will get 2 minutes to share their jobs, contracts, and opportunities with the group;
  • 2:00-3:00pm work seekers chat with employers to explore working together

Remember. Only YOU can end joblessness.

For more information, visit Portland Beer and Blog. To RSVP, see the End Joblessness event on Upcoming.

Only you can prevent bloglessness

Smokey says Only YOU can prevent bloglessnessBlogs. Everyone has one. Or do they?

Living in the bloggy world that you do, it may come as a shock to you that—are you sitting down?—many intelligent, thoughtful, and opinionated individuals are currently without a blog of any sort today. In fact, some of them don’t even read blogs, let alone publish them.

I know! WTF?

There, there. Wipe away that tear, sunshine. We’re looking to avert this tragedy. In Portland, at least.

Thanks to the good folks at Beer and Blog, we’ve got End Bloglessness, a half-day workshop designed to get even the most neophytic luddite up-and-blogging in no time flat. And as is common in the Portland Web tech scene: it’s all free.

Bloggers and would-be bloggers of all skill sets are welcome. Just show up Saturday, January 10 at CubeSpace. From noon until 5 PM, you’ll be walking through the entire blog setup process, everything from installation through promotion.

We are focusing on launching WordPress blogs for this workshop. We’re also focusing on self-hosted blogs, so you’ll need a hosting plan and your access information with you at the workshop to get assisted help. Owning your own hosting account, and therefore your blog, is important and the reason we want to do this workshop is to expand access to blog ownership to more people.

By the time you leave the workshop, you’ll have a blog that is ready to go and some direction on how to connect with other local bloggers. We are expecting people from all skill levels, including the technically challenged. Everyone will be treated with respect and will be encouraged.

Or, if you’re interested in hearing more, swing by Beer and Blog, this Friday at the Green Dragon.

Remember, only you can prevent bloglessness.

Visit Upcoming to RSVP for End Bloglessness or this Friday’s Beer and Blog.