The first thing I’m thankful for is beer blogging and more specifically, The Brew Site. What started out five years ago as nothing so much as a collision of hobbies (beer and homebrewing, blogging and writing, web development and tinkering with software) has become so much more and has been rewarding in ways I wouldn’t have imagined when I started, including:
- I’m plugged in to a fantastic community of beer bloggers and writers. If there’s a nicer online community of folks, I’d be hard-pressed to find it; and it’s in this spirit that we have collaborative efforts like The Session, and how I’m lucky enough to have yet another blogging gig with the Hop Press.
- I get to drink and review beer—for free. I was amazed when I received my first beer sample, and while this is old-hat practice for established beer writers and journalists, for a blogger it’s a paradigm shift. It might be politically incorrect to admit this, but I love getting these samples and having the opportunity to write about them.
- Great readers. I think this goes without saying; sometimes blogging can be a lonely activity without feedback. But I get good comments to the blog and emails from readers with questions (even if those questions are really directed to someone else).
- I’m considered “media” and get some of the associated perks. Like the media pass and entry I received to the Oregon Brewers Festival a couple of years back, as well as invitations to beer events (that 99% of the time I can’t make it to). (Like the beer samples, it may be politically incorrect to admit that.)
So I’m very thankful for blogging, and the great “beer community” behind this blog.