How to Start a Beer Blog in 3 Steps

Who am I to say how to start a beer blog?

If you do not have a beer blog, I’m a bleeping expert. Once you do step one below, you can decide whether or not I know what I’m doing. But until then, I am your beer blogging coach. You are Rocky and I’m Mick.

Step One – The Nike Slogan

Yep, that’s right. You know the good ole Nike slogan…

“Just do it.”

This is step one. Just start the damn blog. Go to WordPress.com, sign up for a free account and just start writing. It’ll take some time to figure out how to use the site. I’m still going through and tweaking settings as I see fit. Go to Lynda.com, sign up for the trial period and take the WordPress.com Essential Training course.

But first instead of doing the above you’re going to say at least one of the follow:

“I just like reading other people’s blogs.”

“I have nothing to contribute.”

Or my favorite, “I have no time.”

You are wrong on all accords. If you are reading this then at some level, even subconsciously, you want your own beer blog. I’m sure there’s some Freudian envy theory somewhere than can explain it better than me but yes, if you’re here you have some interest in starting one.

You absolutely do have something to contribute. Everything you say matters to someone, especially the hard working craft breweries that rely on feedback to improve their products. Continue reading

How to find friendly people

I’ve been blogging for about a month, emailing people in the craft beer industry, having twitter conversations with other bloggers, etc. and I’ve come to a realization…people in this industry are friendlier.

Why is that? Well first, they’re all probably three or more beers in when I start talking to them. That helps a lot. But second, and more important, I think they’ve figured it out. They’re doing something they enjoy whether it’s for money or fun. That sense of fulfillment they receive from this is something I’ve been missing before starting my journey. Since starting though and changing a couple other lifestyle habits, I’ve felt much more satisfied at the end of the day. This is something I plan on growing on. Continue reading