As many of you may have noticed I've taken a short hiatus from On Portland. I felt like I needed to step back for a while and make sure I was moving the site in the right direction. There are so many great Portland sites that I don't want On Portland to just be another voice in the same chorus.
To me the definitive "What to do in Portland this weekend?" site is PDXPipeline. They cover more events and goings on than anyone. As much as I enjoy covering the occasional event I just don't see On Portland being an event site.
In terms of neighborhood coverage there is nothing that even comes close to neighborhood notes. If it's happening in Portland, anywhere in Portland then neighborhood notes has it covered.
Beyond those there are great Portland news sites like Oregonlive (whose Oregon Reddit I use as a key source to keep my finger on the pulse of the city) the Examiner and my topix feed which catches most news sources in the city.
So I keep asking myself, where does On Portland fit in? The answer keeps coming back to the reason why I started this site. I think living, working and playing in the city of Portland is something really extraordinary. Having traveled through most of the states in the union and lived on both coasts I can say that Portland offers things that other cities simply don't. It's unique in the truest sense of the word.
So as I go forward with this site I intend to try to capture what is special about living in this city. The people, places and experiences that make this a place that I call home. It's a journey and I'm glad you're following me as I go on it.
Today was one of those true Portland moments for me – sitting up at one of the tables behind the Starbucks at Pioneer Courthouse Square, eating Indian food from The Real Taste of India, soaking up some of the first rays of spring and watching the world go by.