Russell Shaw, the blogosphere will miss you

News came today that Russell Shaw, a former Portland Metblogger, passed away on Friday. Russell, a Portlander, was very prolific in the blogosphere writing for sites like CNET, The Huffington Post and ZDNet. I met Russell a few years ago at a meetup at the former Rose and Raindrop when I joined Metblogs. He was already entrenched in the blogosphere having started blogging for Metblogs in November of 2004. During his tenure here he wrote 350+ posts over 3 1/2 years. Just a couple of weeks ago, he emailed Betsy and I a story suggestion regarding the Oregonian not publishing the late edition. Russell was a good soul and was always there to jump in and throw up a post when things were a little quiet. He will be missed by many in the blogosphere who read his writings across the many sites where his work was published. CNETs post on Russell Shaw. Russell’s posts on Metblogs.

Alex Williams has some wonderful thought on Russ over on his site.

5 Comments so far

  1. divebarwife on March 16th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    Russell was a good man with much passion in his soul. Peace be to him and his family and friends.

  2. Betsy Richter (betsywhim) on March 16th, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

    Russ and I were both PDX transplants – he arrived a year or so before I did in ’97 – and was quick to dive into the PDX tech scene (preferably over a beer or a decent glass of wine), even as he continued to maintain his prolific connections to the larger technology communities in Silicon Valley and beyond. I know he is deeply missed, both here in PDX and among his colleagues throughout the world.

  3. classylady on March 16th, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of Russell Shaw passing. I have been a reader of the Blogs for just a short time.

    These are interesting times we are living in. I joined today, so watch for me in the future. I will be venting my frustrations with everything from the price of oil and city government supporting illegal immigrantion, the economy, we have 600,000 people in Oregon without insurance and our health system is broken when insurance is issued by means of a lottery.

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  5. alexwilliams on March 17th, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

    Thanks, Brett. Bloggers, everyone – come on out Wed. night to the Metblog party at the Green Dragon and raise a pint with me to good ol’ Russell Shaw. I’ll be there to remember my good friend and Metblog colleague. Let’s share a laugh and a story about the hardest working blogger in the business. Russ and I both blogged for Metblog so it will be good to see some friends and familiar faces. Hope to see you there. The Green Dragon is at 928 SE 9th Ave.

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