is probably going to flame me big time for posting this, but it must be said.
I am sorely tempted to do the "neighborhood blog" thing. I think it'd be a good way to develop a community-based voice, and I live in a pretty cool part of Portland that flies under the spotlight that is shined on the Pearl, or NW, or Hawthorne. Plus, I've been looking for a way to get involved in the community without actually getting involved in community politics
which are tempting, but I've got enough grey hair already, y'know?
But here's why I'm not taking darbyc
up on the offer.
'Cause it's on Oregonlive.com.
Now, I'm not trying to dis anyone who works on that website, well except the graphic designers. We all have to make a living. And, to be fair - the "Pearl Blog" at this link http://www.oregonlive.com/weblogs/pearlblog/
is well written and engaging. But it's on Oregonlive.com, the graphic design of which makes my teeth hurt. I've seen porno sites with less variations of font/color and flashiness (but not Flash though.... never that).
So I'm tempted to start blogging for my neighborhood, but to set it up as an LJ community, or a standalone. Besides, wouldn't I be kind of a hypocrite, me in my anti-Oregonian-reading way, if I started generating content for the otherwise content-poor local paper?
So the bottom line is, the Markalope would like to be a neighborhood blogger. It'd be kinda cool to really get to know my neighborhood that way. But I just can't do it on Oregonlive.
Seriously. Graphic design.