There are always other things to do.
We have jobs and friends and responsibilities of life. But even then, there is always something else pulling us toward the multitudes of interests and passions we hold close. How we divide our time, through internal formulas working to extrapolate wants and needs, equates to each of our unique personalities.
If we pursue our goals both professional and personal, then the sum of our efforts shape who we are.
Most days, I seek to balance these fractions of my life with the help of this blog, which has become part of a weekly ritual. I may not be able to write every day, but through research, and more important, conversations, I’m able to further ferment my passion for beer, its industry and its culture.
That is to say, you’re as much to thank for pushing me as my internal drive. It’s why as I celebrated an award for my work this weekend, I have nothing but appreciation for the people I’ve met along the way and the things (I hope) we learn together.
On Saturday, the North American Guild of Beer Writers announced I had finished first in the category of “Best Beer Blog” at its annual awards ceremony. I’m thrilled to share this recognition with Oliver Gray, finishing second for Literature and Libation, and Jeff Alworth, placing third for his contributions at All About Beer. The work of both these men educate and inspire me and I’m so happy to be included with them for the same award.
But most of all, I’m excited to share this award with you. Whether you’re an everyday reader sorting through the archives, a commenter who has shared in conversation or simply stopping by for the first time, I’ve been lucky to find my voice and learn new things because of interactions with people like you.
There will always be something else trying to gain my attention – often deservedly so – but I love using this space as a way to grow with you through a greater appreciation for all things beer.
So as I revel in an awfully exciting moment for me, I want you to know, Dear Reader, that I’m forever appreciative of how you influence me. I strive to think creatively and provide my love of beer in a unique way, and it means so much that I get to share that with you.
There are lots of shiny objects floating around all of us, reflecting constant reminders of where we should focus our attention. Thanks for letting me distract you.
This is an updated repost of last year’s announcement. The year may have changed, but my feelings about receiving this recognition has not. I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for those that read my blog, the friends I’ve made because of it and the opportunities it’s presented me. I am humbled and grateful.
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac