[HTML2]Not so long ago, I was in a bit of a funk about the demise of Oregon Media Insiders, which had been the go-to blog for all things media-related around these parts. It was a shame to see it go.
But, while I’m still sad that OMI is no more, I have to say that Oregon Media Central has done a fine job of stepping in to fill those very big shoes. And now, there’s something that makes me like Oregon Media Central event more.
And that is? Well, this week, OMC announced something that may just make me stop wearing black over OMI’s demise. You see, Oregon Media Central is going to start covering the blogging scene, too. Read More
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
One of the most widely read yet least often recognized as a product of the good old Silicon Forest has to be MetaFilter, the quintessential Weblog of random facts and finds. And while we should be proud of MetaFilter as a product of Oregonian ingenuity for any number of reasons, I’ve got one more reason to add to the list: MetaFilter just turned 10 years old.
A blog that’s been around for a decade? (TechCrunch, for example, is four years old.) That’s impressive for any project. Let alone a project that discusses everything from dinosaurs to blasphemy to the truly and completely random site. Read More
One of the primary gaps in the Portland startup scene is the gap between those attempting to build businesses and those attempting to fund businesses, the entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists. There are any number of issues contributing to this gap from pure ignorance to cultural mores.
But the key to closing that gap? That’s right. Communication. And a new bastion of communication from the VC side of the fence just launched here in Portland. Introducing the OVP blog. Read More
Silicon Florist sucks doesn’t it? I mean, let’s be honest. It’s not perfect. And even though it’s completely a side project, that’s no excuse for it being half-ass. In fact, to quote a good friend, I want to be “using my whole ass.”
And I know you. You’ve got opinions. Ideas about what could be done better. Gripes about what I’m not doing terribly well. Things the blog could do that it doesn’t. Things the blog does that it shouldn’t. Read More
[HTML2]When it comes to figuring out how to make a living off of producing content—especially online content—everyone is scratching their heads. Newspapers, television stations, and of course bloggers. One thing is for sure: ads aren’t quite cutting it, these days.
What to do? Well, the folks over at Portland-based Contenture have been offering up some other ideas for bloggers to get reimbursed for their efforts—by making it up on volume. Today, they’ve launched their latest feature: microsubscriptions. Read More
Wow. June was a tumultuous month for the Silicon Forest startup scene. There were some big wins like Open Source Bridge and the news of Reductive Labs moving to Portland. But there was quite a bit of sad news, too.
I wanted to give you a look back. Just in case you missed anything. But I didn’t want to just pick topics willy nilly. So here are the top 10 posts according to you—a combination of Web and RSS metrics—from Silicon Florist for June 2009. Read More
While a number of the folks in the Portland tech community spend time getting together on a regular basis at things like Beer and Blog and Ignite Portland, there are still any number of wildly successful startups, blogs, and companies here in town that rarely get the Oregon cred they so richly deserve.
They’re doing good work. They’re garnering national—and sometimes international—recognition. And they deserve all the Silicon Forest love we can dish out.
So who are they? Let’s take a look. (Listed by the number of times people looked at me with incredulity when I told them they were headquartered in Oregon.) Read More
[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
There are any number of awesome companies and people here in town that—for one reason or another—simply aren’t immediately identified as “being from Portland.” They’re companies like Panic, COLOURlovers, and SurveyMonkey. Brilliant companies that always elicit the same response: “THAT’s a Portland company?”
Today, I want to add another name to the list: Chris Coyier, who has just launched Digging Into WordPress. Read More