One of the biggest backchannel conversations of 2011 was the drama around Silicon Lumberjack, a blog designed to cover the Portland tech scene without pulling punches. First it was on Tumblr. And then it was on WordPress. But it was always anonymous. Until now. Read More
Now, I’m used to having the “journalist” vs “blogger” argument. I’m not a journalist. I’m a blogger. I’m not terribly objective. And a great deal of Silicon Florist is my hemming and hawing about all of the awesome things going on in Portland. I mean, let’s be honest. At best, Silicon Florist is like People magazine or TMZ.
But now the argument has taken a bit of different turn. Thanks to a ruling against a blogger in a US District Court. Right here in Portland, Oregon. Read More
For some, the picture being painted of the Rose City startup and tech scene is a just a little too Utopian. They purport that maybe, just maybe, the Northwest startup scene isn’t so much a world of rainbows and unicorns. And they would like to see some more objective assessment and criticism of what’s happening.
If you’ve ever happened upon a parenting blog, you’ve happened upon Parent Hacks. It’s Lifehacker for the parenting set. But what you might not have realized is that Parent Hacks is penned right here in Portland.
Now, that uber-useful resource has received some well deserved recognition. Parent Hacks, which is curated by Asha Dornfest, was recognized as the single most useful mom blog and—for the second year in a row—#10 out of the Top 50 Mom Blogs compiled by Babble. Read More
You may remember that, in early September, we heard rumblings of Portland-based television station KATU getting into the hyperlocal blogging game. Now, as Oregon Media Central reports, the KATU community sites are live and accessible to the public.
And while this traditional media foray into typically grassroots reporting and blogging represents an “it’s about time” moment—and a move that validates what many local bloggers have been doing for years—it’s worth taking a look at what the KATU blogs are going to be covering. Read More
As many of you know, OregonLive—the primary Web site for The Oregonian, the largest paper in Oregon—is managed far beyond the control of the local reporters and Web designers here in Portland. Like in New Jersey. What’s more, OregonLive runs exactly the same codebase as all of the other Web sites managed by Advance Internet, like New Orleans’ paper The Times-Picayune.
And since we all love to carp about the shortcomings of OregonLive, it seems only appropriate that we give them kudos for making marked improvements. Recently, Advance Internet has rolled out a few changes to OregonLive that are worth mentioning. 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 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.
I just heard that Oregon Media Insiders—arguably the de facto resource for all things mainstream media related in Portland—is no more. Writer Lynn Siprelle has decided to hang up the pen after the site led to the destruction of a friendship.