Why a blog? I mean, I have a straight-up website, isn't that enough? Blogs are things amateurs do, right? Blogs are the mimeographs and office copiers of the 21st Century, sloppy newsletters from sloppy people.
Well...I did one of those sloppy newsletters, back twenty years ago. I called it Horseshit Times and then (when I got a bit more mature (and married)) Downwind. That's where I first practiced writing for the public: humor, beer rants, silly crap.
If I want to do that now, a blog seems perfect. Even better, actually, because the problem with Downwind was that it was a pain to produce. I was pushing the software to the limits, collating and stapling, mailing and passing it out by hand... But thanks to Blogger and Google, not only is this free, better-looking, and disseminated immediately to the entire world (thanks, Google), I can write in it, produce it, publish it, from anywhere with a 'Net linkup. I LIKE that.
More to the point, I have a real reason for doing this kind of thing now. I'm a freelance drinks writer by trade, and this blog (and the website) are part of my promotional activities. It's advertising, it's promotion, it's communication with my readers, it's support for my books. I do all that on the website, but the website, while more capable, takes more time. I need a more rapid response medium.
So I'll be using this for quick stuff. Mostly, to start with, STAG is going to be a place to start up my Session Beer Project (more on that shortly). So I'll be doing a lot more quick tasting notes and short rants, as that hits me. It's going to be as informal as "The Latest" is...okay, was on my site, when I was keeping up with it. The idea for the blog is short, sharp, and frequent writing.
I want to keep up on local stuff, too: local to southeast PA and the adjoining states. I dropped the ball on local news last year, and I want to get back up to speed; here's where it's happening.
That's all for now. Welcome.