Longtime readers of Beers at the Bottom and newcomers alike may have noticed: we don't do much blogging anymore. It’s not for lack of interest. Life has simply gotten in the way.
For a couple years we hit the travel writing circuit hard. I was in it to win it, attending a media trip every month and cranking out stories for Northwest Travel & Life, REI Coop Journal, and many more. The blog took up residence on the backburner for many months, serving as a portfolio of our work in other outlets. And those glossy magazine bylines paid off: by 2016 we’d been offered a book deal. While that whole fiasco is another story, we’re happy to be on the other side and looking forward to the possibilities ahead.
But back to blogging. Why am I writing this update? Because I feel compelled to, and because I can. I can write whatever the hell I want here — Rachel will only edit this if the puns get too out of control (I’m almost 30 now. They won’t). That’s what I appreciate most about blogging. There’s no high-brow editor to please, no deadline to meet, no assignment. Just whatever, whenever. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not giving up on writing for publications. That’s how I make my money these days. But I’ve been taking a much-needed break lately, reflecting, and considering my next steps. For now, that means more blogging.
I have a few posts planned out for the coming weeks. It’s going to look a little different than before, since our blogging hobby has morphed into our careers (read: we have to figure how to monetize. Don’t worry, there will never be ads on this site). Did I mention that we both work in the industry now? Rachel beertends at a wonderful brewery; her past jobs include working as a beer copywriter and as a beer/hiking events coordinator. I’m primarily a freelance travel writer, with a growler-filling side gig to boot. We ended up in each of these roles — and with a book contract in our laps — thanks to our work on this very blog.
Perhaps I shouldn't take writing so seriously. Last year we just did a fun anniversary giveaway. But 2018 has been a rough year personally, as I’ve recently lost a close friend and a family member. These experiences are painful, and they put life into jarring perspective. We aren’t here forever; what we do with our time matters. For me, that means pursuing my passions of hiking, travel, and craft beer while carving out time to spend with the people I love.
What about you? How are you spending your days? I’m gonna be hiking, beering, blogging, and chilling all summer long. See you on the trail — or at the brewery!