Beer and Pavement

Re-imagining Beer and Pavement

Posted in Life, Meta by SM on March 8, 2013


As you may or may not have noticed, I have horribly neglected this blog over the past several weeks, even months. Sure, I’ve been busy. There’s the gig that pays and the coursework ahead to make myself smarter somehow. There are the demands of parenthood and other familial obligations.

Then, there is the boredom. I still love craft beer and records. Don’t worry. The problem is that there’s a lot more to me than some things I consume. It gets hard to come up with ideas for writing about beer and indie rock several times a week. I’m a little bored with only writing about these things. I need to shift my focus to something more holistic or universal or something.

Ironically, the reason I started this blog was a way to write about things I loved instead of writing about myself all the time. That former blog was living in misery. lim is an artifact from a a period of my life that I don’t ever want to lose or alter. It would be disingenuous to go back and pick that blog up where I left it. It also feels wrong to leave this blog behind in order to start anew.

A little while back, this blog was better known as Building International Coalitions Through Beer and Pavement. That’s a mouthful, but it represented what I wanted to do which was build something meaningful out of consumables, namely beer and indie rock. Over time, I recognized that people didn’t feel like referencing the whole Building International Coalitions part and tending to focus on the beer and the Pavement parts. This made sense, but somehow I found my posts turning somewhat forced and formulaic. And that’s when I began to produce less material.

Interestingly, over the course of this blog’s existence, I’ve made some good friends – virtual or otherwise. I don’t know that our relationships are deep, but we seem to mutually enjoy the dialog. So, it kinda made me realize that I could once again write about my life and people might even read it. I doubt I’ll average ~100 views a day like I once did, but that’s okay.

Does this mean that there won’t be anymore posts about records and beer? No. Of course not. However, this is not exclusively a beer blog and it’s certainly not a music one either.

What will I write about? I don’t honestly know. I mean, I’m a dad, husband, instructional specialist, record collector, homebrewer, progressive thinker, etc. I wanted to write about last weekend’s True/False fest and may still. There will be trips and media about which to comment. I may even allow a look into my life, something I did often at lim. Whatever I write, I appreciate those of you who look in from time to time just to see if I’m still breathing. I am also not offended if you pass on my future posts. There are lots of other blogs out there that write only about beer and they need your readership.

Whatever. Beer and Pavement lives for better or worse. Thanks for reading.

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  1. Mike said, on March 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Don’t get too deep on a blog. People gotta pay for that shit.

    • Zac said, on March 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Pay what? Getting deep? If so, I can sell some deep shit.

      • Mike said, on March 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        I’m just saying if you’re making a personal blog, don’t get too personal. Memoir is all the rage now.

      • Zac said, on March 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        Gotcha. I won’t get too personal.

  2. Steve said, on March 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I’m really looking forward to the next phase of this blog and I’m glad that you aren’t calling it quits. I think it is the case for most of the blogs that I frequent that I arrived because of the subject matter but stayed because of the writer/person involved – this place is no different, so I look forward to whatever follows.

    • Zac said, on March 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Ditto. I don’t always comment on your posts, but I still follow.

  3. G-LO said, on March 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’m with Steve. At the end of the day, you should just write what interests you at any given moment. If it happens to be beer or indie music, great. If not, whatever. Just have fun with it and let your personality shine through. Good luck, and most important of all, ENJOY!

  4. The Alemonger said, on March 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Sorry I haven’t been following before now. I sympathize completely – especially when it comes to having neglected my blog. Hell, I ignored it completely for 4 1/2 years! Just started writing again a couple months ago and I’ve come to the same sorts of conclusions/observations about what my blog should be and what I want to write about. It’ll always be craft beer, sarcasm, and irreverence-centric but I have plenty of other interests and “issues” that need a good rant.

    Maybe I’ll treat the blog as my therapist’s office and the keyboard as its couch. That’ll cut down on uncoverred expenses.

    In any event, Glad I found your corner of the Interwebs.


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