Yesterday I posted about 5 things I love about this blog, and they were real and honest. But to be completely honest I began to think if there are 5 things I love, there must be five things I hate, lest there be an imbalance in the force. So I began to think about the other end of the spectrum. A place where I like to stay away from, but every once in a while you have to go negative. So here goes, five things I hate about this blog.
1) Pressure to Post: Nothing new here, if you have a blog, and I know many of you do, you feel it too. What Am I going to say today. Can I be witty or am I just too tired to be funny. Can I find something interesting to write about? With Jim sharing the burdon, it is a little easier, but there are times when it is a real grind and I have to come up with material. I know I’m not getting paid, so I could just stop posting for a while, but Jim and I are pretty devoted to what we have created here and want to keep it going on a regular basis, so we push through it and figure out something to post, most days.
2) Reviews: I don’t mind doing them,no, what I hate is not doing them. I feel like every time I drink a new beer or whiskey I should do a post about it. If I don’t there is a tinge of guilt like I have missed out on an opportunity or have somehow wasted the beer or whiskey. While I sometimes decide to not post, it can actually detract from my overall enjoyment of the beverage.
3) The Cost: Believe it or not this isn’t free! We pay for the space, some recording programs for podcasts, and most all of the beer and whiskey we consume. Any one thing isn’t that expensive, but put it all together and we have some pretty significant sunk costs. Not to mention trips to GABF and earlier this year to Coeur d’Alene for a new brewery tour. We always do what we can to minimize these costs by mixing blog actiuvities with work travel, etc, but there is no denying that there is a significant cost to doing this thing right.
4) Family Pressure: You wouldn’t think this would be a big deal, but Jim and I both have young kids at home still, and believe it or not our wives actually like our company, so sometimes those demands can conflict with blogging time in the evenings. Not to mention that we have stopped doing podcasts, and I’ve heard a lot about that from you all, wanting them. I feel like we are slacking. I don’t know how many times I heard my wife say “You spend more time on your blog than you do with me!” Not a true statement, but obviously it gets in the way at times. I’m just hopeful that the kids remember who I am on Father’s Day.
5) Jim’s Posts: Not that they are bad, but just the opposite, they are so damn good! He really sets the bar high, and let’s face it, I’m fat and can’t get my carcass over it most of the time! I think I’m a pretty good writer, but Jim is an excellent writer, hugely creative, and he is funny to boot. It becomes a pretty tall order to hold up my end of the deal here. Not to mention I am the whiskey writer, so I am constantly trying to balance content between beer and whiskey.
Jim’s posts routinely get higher readership than mine, and I’m perfectly fine with that, someone has to be better, but there are times when I think I’ve really put a lot into a post and it gets like no hits, then there are times when I know that Jim just phoned it in and he kills on traffic. Not gonna lie, it gets a little frustrating, but it makes me work that much harder. So I guess its all good.
So there you have it, five things that stick in my craw about this place. Like I said in the comments yesterday it is a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless. I’m just glad that people seem to find this interesting. If it wasn’t for all of you, I think I might have given up by now, but thankfully we have readers and that makes it worth any of these annoyances.