Bram Pitoyo, Portland Creative/Tech Event Review

Writing for the Web for Profit: An Event Review

Writing for the Web for Profit

When: Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, although wolfing down our second meal of the day, touring the venue, making secret plans for a possible bike-and-soak Tweetup, and finally biking back to Downtown took about 2 hours more.

So you know, (Amber Case and I) went to three event that day: starting with Lunch 2.0 @ souk, SEMpdx networking, and finally this.

Where: McMenamins Kennedy School.

What It’s About: Writing for the Web for Profit is a place to learn web copywriting in a friendly, sit-down environment. Participants ask questions, share tips and help each other—moderated by the group’s founder, Marilyn Schwader. Audience’s technical level varies wildly across the board, so this event felt more like an offline writing group that just happens to be focused around the web medium, rather than a networking or tech event.

This, in my opinion, is a welcome change of setting. As you may know, most meetups that I attended around the area are networking or tech-focused, free-flowing and non-topical.

Translation: This group is tightly focused on copywriting. This means that topics like, say, exploring new features in WordPress 2.6 are de-emphasized in lieu of guidelines like, say, how to write shorter paragraphs and longer posts.

Most attendees, like Marilyn said, just wanted to write something and get it published on the web—if possible, without ever having to worry about technical matters.

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: Granted, we only managed to catch the last third or so of the meetup, but if your WordPress skills are far stronger than your writing skills (*raises hand*), this workshop is for you.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Doug Coleman has amazing podcast recorder.
(courtesy of Amber Case.)

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SEMpdx July Networking: An Event Review

SEMpdx Networking

When: Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 5:30–7:30 pm, although Amber Case and I had to leave the event an hour early to attend Writing for the Web for Profit.

Where: Paddy’s Bar and Grill.

What It’s About: SEMpdx, to my knowledge, is the only Search Engine Marketing networking event in Portland. For those of you who seek comparison, it is much closer in spirit and pace to Lunch 2.0 meetups that were held at eROI and vidoop (standing-room only, rapid conversations, lively environment.) I also got to meet and chat with COLABORATORY members.

Translation: SEMpdx meetup is as close to a “Networking Happy Hour” as you can get. In spirit, it achieves the right balance between a restive ad/design meetup and a loose Beer and Blog.

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: We were late for biking to our third event of the day (Lunch 2.0 at souk being the first and this the second) by an hour, thanks to great conversations that we had here. Granted, Amber deals in all things Search Engine and Web Analytics, but I enjoyed talking with diverse group of people which includes old friends and new colleagues alike.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Two venues down, one to go.


Portland Lunch 2.0 @ souk: An Event Review

Lunch 2.0 at souk

When: Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 12:00 – 1:30, although I arrived about 15 minutes late due to pressing matters in the morning.

Where: souk, which not unlike most creative spaces around Portland, doesn’t have a big sign and can be hard to find.

What It’s About: Lunch 2.0 is an opportunity to meet new people, learn new things and get in the beat of the vibrant Portland tech scene while enjoying free eats.

I attended 4 Lunches so far—at eROI, vidoop and Wieden+Kennedy. But this one felt more low key and intimate, thanks to smaller attendance (less than 100) and hits the right balance between sitting/standing (prior lunches were either mostly-standing or mostly-sitting, so conversations either moved very rapidly or slowly.)

“So when,” you ask, “is the next Lunch 2.0 going to be?”

Good question, because the answer to that is “we don’t know yet.”

Jake Kuramoto, the Lunch organizer, had been getting in conversations with several companies and venues that wants to sponsor the Lunch (one of them is The Art Institute of Portland, which I helped to plan.) Nothing is final yet.

But this means that you (or your company/agency/studio/space) could help maintain the momentum and sponsor the next lunch!

Translation: I wanted to put zero finger, but that would be breaking my own event review convention, wouldn’t it?

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: So you’ve been hearing so much about the Portland-tech-scene-this and Portland-tech-scene-that, but have been wondering about a good place to start? Well, wonder no more.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
My lunch can beat your lunch.

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Taking stock as our first intern move on
Mason West:

I don’t have any proof to point you to yet—it’s all stuff that’s gone on behind the scenes. But four weeks from now, I’ll be the first to blow the lid off their great work.

Vo + Karalekas = Trouble
Christine Vo:

It is 2AM and [we] have yet to even start. We’ve been quite occupied with other things which you can watch below.

Week two, last day roundup
Kim Karalekas:

Best advice of the day came from Leticia Kleinberg: The best way to get a job is to already have one – it’s like being in a relationship – you are so much more desirable when you’re taken…

The End of The Second Week
Allison McKeever:

[…] instead of the teams (Kiwi and Lattice) breaking apart for the entire six weeks to develop their own projects we thought it would be more beneficial to collaborate as one team and bust out the research.

And a short entry by Whitney Bard about yesterday’s group meeting at ID Branding.

Good night.