Beer and Pavement

Where You Been

Posted in Meta, Uncategorized by SM on July 20, 2017

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I noticed that it’s almost been a year since you last heard from me. Of course, there aren’t that many of you, so who cares?

You should know that I’m doing well in Western Mass. I’m back to homebrewing and trying a new beer almost daily. (Yay for summer!) I don’t go to too many shows these days, but I seem to have increased my record collection exponentially.

Teaching is still how I pay the bills, but I’m doing that five minutes from home instead 30 thanks to a move to Amherst-Pelham Regional School District[1]. Plus, the days are shorter. My hope is that I’ll find more time for this sort of thing (blogging). Who knows? We’ll see.

I may also have something up elsewhere that sort of got me writing again. It’s nothing much[2], but I’ll share it here once it’s up.

There will be no promises made as to how much or how often I will post, but I have at least 2-3 ideas for topics I’m itching to write. So, stay tuned…

Notes:
1This is the same school district that produced J Mascis, Uma Thurman (although, I suspect she was home-schooled or sent to some Buddhist private school), and the guy who played Marni’s drug-addicted husband in Girls.
2Like 650 words of nothing on what I’m listening to. Of course, it’s a start.

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Re-imagining Beer and Pavement

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

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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.

2011 in review

Posted in Uncategorized by SM on January 3, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A Drinking Blog with a Music Problem

Posted in Intersections by SM on November 10, 2011

Since starting a blog five or so years ago, I have primarily written about music. Whether it was general interest, the Pavement oeuvre, or a history of my concert-going experiences, my blogs tended to be about music. For a time, I dabbled with a beer blog, but I never fully incorporated beer into what I do until this blog happened. Even on this blog, I’ve probably written more posts on music than beer, but it’s getting close.

Things have shifted, however.

Over the last year+, I have read and commented on blogs all over the internets. What I found in doing so was that different sites gave different results. If I commented on a music blog or site (when available), there was either no response or I was met with record store clerk condescension. On top of that, I could rarely count on anyone – bloggers or commenters – following me back to this blog to join our conversation here.

When I visit and comment on beer blogs, the exact opposite happens. There are thoughtful responses to comments. Discussions happen. On more than one occasion, the bloggers and commenters at these other sites follow me here and contribute to the comments. Several have even linked back to this blog. The beer blogging community is a friendly lot.

Then, there’s the traffic. My music posts barely come close to garnering as many views as most of my beer posts. When people go looking for music blogs, they want something more immediate, more polished than what I have to offer. I’m not in this for the traffic, but it gives me some kind of barometer for what people want to read.

So, this blog is turning into more of a beer blog every day. I’m okay with that, but I won’t stop with the music posts.