We all know the Oregonlive.com website is far from the best; the site navigation is impenetrable, many articles from the paper don’t seem to make it to the online version, and many of those that do make it are missing paragraphs or have wonky formatting.
But when it comes to blogs, Oregonlive does many things right.
Oregonlive hosts about 100 blogs. Many are maintained by Oregonian writers, and some of the best are maintained by Oregonlive staff and people from the community. Below are some of my favorites.
Mad About Movies by Shawn Levy
Provides sneak or more thorough peeks of interviews and reviews, accounts of film festivals, reviews of books, Portland-centric movie news, and Friday orts. Shawn Levy is the Oregonian blogger who actually knows how to blog. Think of it as your local BoingBoing.net crossed with a movie blog.
The Beer Here by John Foyston
One of the better beer blogs in town. What else can I say?
Note: I used to work at Oregonlive and I know the bloggers below personally, but I can honesty recommend them too!
Blazers Blog by Casey Holdahl
The definitive Portland Trailblazer blog. In addition to linking to the Blazer related bits of media around the world, Casey also interviews players, takes notes on practices, and points to other good Blazer blogs.
Kick It PDX by Erika Kirkland
Erika blogs about the Portland soccer community. This includes accounts of exhibition matches, news of the Pilots, and local tournament details.
Odd Blog by Lawrence Siulagi
Lawrence has a knack for finding the crazy YouTube videos, odd stories, and The Simpsons news that might otherwise escape your attention.
QPDX: The Queer Northwest by Alley Hector
All things queer around, and beyond, the NW by a self-declared gay sci-fi nerd.
Tomorrow: Part 2, the best of the rest.
Too bad the Blazer Blog ain’t what it used to be. And the Timbers blog. First Roberto stops doing the Tales from the Shed, then stops doing the Timbers Blog. The new person is getting better but still….
Nick, I still dig the Blazer Blog. It’s different than when Erik ran it, but Casey’s doing a great job.