I have always thought that the essence of blogging - beer blogging -is not only opinion, but the relating and contextualising of experience. It isn't just a medium for the wordsmith, but also for the
ranter, the raver, the disgruntled and the obsessed, or even those
just interested in telling you what beers they drank. I probably am a bit of all that. I like to think what I write is broad based and has a
reasonably wide appeal, and though pubs are what I like most, I have no
wish to eulogise in Sunday Supplement terms about them, as to me the
appeal of a pub is largely personal and often, non transferable. That's why I don't simply write pub reviews
However this IS my 1000th post so looking back is inevitable. I can't
help but notice the difference between blogging then and now. The people
are of course mostly different. No Stonch, who was my inspiration in
starting this, though I do see his ebullient alter ego Jeff Bell from
time to time. Many others have fallen by the wayside too and many more have
taken their place. To me blogging is struggling a bit at the moment. Or rather,
beer blogging is. I do get the feeling that Twitter has pretty well
undermined blogging and though my readership remains high, it is harder
to make an impression when attention spans prefer the immediacy of
Twitter to the more thoughtful and time consuming blog. Blogging has changed and the contributors have
changed with it. For the better? Maybe, maybe not, but it has still been great to be part of it and of course to have met so many genuinely good people because of it, but of course, beer really does bring good people together.
So I'll keep plodding on. I actually enjoy doing this. How long will that continue? Who knows? Until I have nothing more I want to say, or when I get fed up. That Dear Reader may well be a while.
I'll finish with this link to my own favourite post. An indulgence I know, but it's my blog, so there.
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer author, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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