As I wander around the state, there are folks who think the Oregonian is too liberal - and there are folks who think the Oregonian is too conservative. But the one thing that all readers of the Big O agree upon is that OregonLive is horrible. Abysmal. As one friend said, "so bad they've gotta be doing it on purpose."
Two weeks ago, Jack Bog had lunch with "Mr. Velveeta" - the editor-in-chief of OregonLive.com, Kevin Cosgrove - and drank deeply from the Kool-Aid...
My conclusion? OregonLive's current state reflects major, major corporate politics. The Advance (formerly Newhouse) publishing empire is feeling its way into the digital age very slowly, being careful to come up with a platform from which all the players in its multi-faceted operation can work together smoothly. It's a daunting task.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Only the site hasn't changed in a meaningful, non-cosmetic way in years. That's decades in internet time, people. And to be fair to Cosgrove, it's not his fault -- he's just driving the crappy car that his corporate parents gave him the keys to.
Researching something else today, though, I found the man behind the curtain. It's Jeff Jarvis, president and creative director of Advance.net. And check this out: He's got a blog!
So, the guy behind the OregonLive website (and quite a few others) has a blog. His blog even has archives -- no 14-day disappearing act for Jeff! He talks the talk on his "personal site" - but apparently can't walk the walk.
If you're interested in contacting him directly - and suggesting that the good folks at OregonLive could use some better technology with which to make their readers happy - reach Jeff Jarvis at jeff (at) buzzmachine (dotcom).