Weblog Panel

I think the panel discussion last night went well, and it was fun meeting some new people behind weblogs I read. Kevin, Heather, and I were all in agreement that weblogs are just beginning their impact on the world. There was a great discussion with the audience, and I was a bit nervous being on the panel side because there were so many people there who could have been on that side of the table. But it was a very casual setting, and I think a fun time was had by all. Now for the name dropping—I finally met b!X, biohabit (jeremy), strangechord (emily), and Brad from LiveJournal. There should be more weblog get-togethers because it's great to be able to put a face with a site. (I tried to get to a Portland Bloggers meeting last week, but couldn't find the place. There's a Bend Bloggers meeting tonight.) Thanks again to Brad Stenger for inviting me to participate.

Josh (who I didn't meet) posted a picture at ORblogs of me gesticulating last night. Matt posted a photo too.
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Backspace is actually only a few blocks away from Powell's Technical at NW 5th & Couch. Disappointed I wasn't able to make it last night - glad to hear it went well!
I'm still Portland-illiterate, so I'm not very good with finding places. I have a very general idea of areas, and I was very close to Backspace the other night (walking the wrong way down 5th), but I have a lot to learn.
You probably have critical mass to get a monthly weblog meetup going (as in meetup.com). We've been doing it in Seattle for a few years now; great fun!

It's nice in Portland because the Portland Bloggers group has been meeting monthly since before meetup existed, I think. I've been keeping my eye on the Salem/Corvallis blog meetup, but there aren't enough people yet. Maybe we need to have an annual Oregon Weblog Summit that draws people from all over the state. ;)
Where do the Portland bloggers meet? I've heard various vague references to a meeting.

I think last night went fairly well, but the guy from oregonlive.com seemed to just not understand blogs. It occurred like he was trying to impose centralized view/control on a very de-centralized community.
It struck me more that Kevin is stuck straddling two worlds -- the decentralized individualisitc world of weblogs as a whole, and the centralized more mass-market framework of a commercial media website. The question is just how those two can co-exist within a single context.
yeah, it seems Kevin is walking a tough line. I don't think he's trying to impose central control on the existing weblog community. I think he's trying to build a community within OregonLive that has centralized control.

Kevin obviously has lots of great ideas about weblogs, and a strong voice--it'd be great to see him writing a weblog of his own. Instead of OregonLive finding people to blog about what's going on outside, I'd like to see them shift their focus onto themselves. What's it like to put together a news website every day? Why don't OregonLive employees write weblogs? It'd be fun to get to know the people that work there, and hear about events from their insider perspective.
oh, and the Portland Bloggers meet the first Friday of each month at Backspace.

I'll introduce myself next time. You should meet my friend Mike, too. He is like, the blog pimp. He has hooked all our friends up with blogs, on a site we all share, http://urbanhonking.com/
I wrote a summary of the event, even tho I couldn't make it.

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