Wear (Where?) Pittsburgh

Belated congrats to Pittsburgh blog chief Mike Woycheck, who recently launched a line of Burgh-o-spheric t-shirts under the WearPittsburgh name. Here's a link to the WearPittsburgh site. Check it out.

Congrats also to the other Pittsburgh-area businesses involved in the launch. Cindy Closkey's Big Big Design firm did the website. Katy Delancey and Katy D Design Studio did design work on the shirts. Spreadshirt, with an office in Greensburg, did the manufacturing.

I suspect that this may be the first real Pittsburgh start-up hatched in -- or at least in connection with -- the Burghosphere itself, other than PodCamp, which counts only in a meta-kind-of-way. Cindy was one of the first to set up a local blog (though this link goes to her current blog). Mike was also an early blogger and is the brains behind Pittsburgh Bloggers. The Post-Gazette claims that some folks refer to him as "the Godfather" of the Burghosphere, but that's a misnomer. If that title belongs to anyone, it belongs to Dave Copeland, who was out there blogging before almost any of us. Bloggers are entrepreneurs. Who knew? (Answer: We did.)

By the way - given the look of the shirts, is it safe for me to use the "Y" word? To wear it?


5 Responses to "Wear (Where?) Pittsburgh"

Cope said... 12/04/2007 8:20 PM

Thanks for the love. I think sometimes I get undue credit for being a blogging pioneer, but I guess longevity says something (most of the Pittsburgh blogs that were popular when I started have gone dark).

In any case, it's nice to be noticed and I miss the sense of community among Pittsburgh bloggers. You guys are doing something special down there and it's a credit to the city.

Woy said... 12/04/2007 11:20 PM

Thank you so much for the shout-out, Mike!

I'll be the first one to say that the Godfather moniker, while flattering, is definitely misplaced. There were many that came before... the likes of Dave, the Iron City Weblog, and others. I just wanted to help create a directory and a community, and I think all content creators can be proud of what they've created here.

And, please consider WearPittsburgh my small contribution to the Diaspora initiative! I've been truly blessed by all the personal and professional contacts I've made while being involved in the Burghosphere, as reflected in how this venture came about.

Cynthia Closkey said... 12/05/2007 1:35 PM

No matter who we decide to call the Godfather of Pittsburgh blogging, I think we need to call Mike Madison the consigliere.

PaniniGuy said... 12/07/2007 1:44 PM

I miss Cope. Hope he gets to see the Pogues these days.

Mike as consigliere... I'd go for that.

PaniniGuy said... 12/07/2007 7:06 PM

Pixies... that's what I meant to write, not Pogues. Arrgh.

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