I began to get into craft beer a few years ago, which led down the dark spiraling path of madness that is homebrewing. I also enjoy writing, so they all sort of congealed into one giant mass of awesome. I suppose 'a congealed mass' isn't the most appealing description of a blog, but what are you gonna do? Not like this keyboard has a backspace key or anything.
How did you get started as a beer blogger?
Homebrewing led (through a 'small world' story) to my befriending Ethan, who ran Beer-O-Vision. Never one to turn down an opportunity to stroke my own ego, when he asked if I'd be interested in writing for the site I jumped at the chance.
I am interested in
collaboration, guest posting, meetups, conferences, helping new bloggers
"The fact that the person didn't want anyone to know who was involved or what they do makes it seem suspicious and evil to me. If I were to do this I'd want it to be known that Beer-O-Vision is allied with the Beer Philosopher, etc. If you…"
"I haven't dry hopped anything yet (though my next beer will be an IPA, so keep me informed :)) but I have heard that putting them in a hop sock will help prevent clogging when you rack off the hops. You get less utilization, yeah, but it seems…"
"I used to use IRC a lot, but it was many moons ago. The only potential issue is the international nature of the group, so timing would be difficult. But in principle, it's a good idea and cleaner than Twitter."
"Also, out of curiosity (and to fully establish my contrarian nature; really I'm not a big downer jerk I swear :)) what sort of advantages come from having an outside company put on a conference? I mean the center I work for has put on a few so…"
"Would there be anyone agreeable to/horribly against using IRC instead? I don't want to push 'my format' on people but it's a pain to have a second window open and remember to check it (I missed Two Beer Queers this morning). The…"
"Yeah, I'd be very interested in something telling me How To Promote Without Feeling Dirty. I just can't do it. Between the beer blog and the gaming site I co run I think I have a lot of good content but I can't try to get the word out…"
I saw that Ning has a chat at the bottom. I hang around various IRC channels all day anyway, so if we wanted to actually have a realtime discussion, I'd love to have a room we could all congregate in. (Mibbit is a web-based IRC client, so people who aren't as geeky as I am could get by without downloading anything.Plus, as I hinted at in the Conference thread, it would be INFINITELY better suited to host group tasting events than Twitter.See More
"A decent spam filter (Spam Karma 2 for WP) will keep that out anyway. You don't need much (ie any) coding experience to use WP themes, though if you have a little (or know someone who does) you can do all kinds of awesome things with them."
"I feel as though I'm being the downer here, but no one's actually said what we'd do at the conference. Getting together and drinking a lot of beer would be cool and all, but what would we accomplish?
Another route to go might be to…"