Confessions of a Bashful Beer Blogger

In Beer Bloggers Conference, Blogging by Chris

So last week, quietly and without any fanfare, we posted our 100th blog post on Bottle Makes Three.

I guess it’s time to admit that we’re bloggers. We are like legit, for real bloggers.

Jeff has never had a problem identifying as a blogger. As the social butterfly of our blogging team he’s the one talks up our site to anyone and everyone he meets who expresses an interest in craft beer. He is always hyping up our website, whether it’s by introducing us to brewery folks or sharing updates on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.  If not for Jeff we’d have to call this a journal instead of a blog, because I still get weird about sharing it with people. Jeff may write less frequently, but he is the confident interviewer, ruthless editor, and social media marketer behind the scenes that actually keeps this blog going.

I’ve had a harder time pushing this site into the public. I don’t know why after 100 posts and more than 2 years writing on Bottle Makes Three I still have a rough time considering myself a blogger. Maybe it’s because I write most of the content that I’m more tentative about sharing it with the world.  You could say it’s because I’m shy, but more likely it’s because I’m a perfectionist. When I look at our site I always think it looks pretty good, but it should be better, dammit.  It’s weird, because I’m not a perfectionist with everything.  Drop by my house unexpected and you’ll see we live a far from perfect existence. However when it comes to anything remotely creative I am my own worst critic. I can get so fearful of creating something less than perfect that I’ll just give up and do nothing.  I have countless projects I’ve started and abandoned to prove this point.

Given my perfectionism and my propensity to abandon projects when I feel I’m creating something less than perfect, I’m so very proud that we’ve stuck with Bottle Makes Three. Clearly we’re not curing cancer here, and I’m still constantly looking for ways to make our site better or to improve our content.  Still I have to admit that 100+ posts means something.  It means we didn’t give up, and that we’re sticking around for the long haul. It also means that we’re real bloggers dammit, and I’m no longer going to shy away from sharing that with everyone.  The truth is I want more readers, I want more likes and followers.  It’s taken a long time but I’m ready to say, proudly, we have a pretty neat website and people should check it out.  Took long enough, huh?

BBClogo

To that effect we’ve taken the big step of registering for the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego.  We’re both super excited for an opportunity to learn some valuable skills to further improve and grow our site. We’re also excited to get to meet other beer bloggers. I hope they’re all weirdo beer nerds like us!  Our trip is in August and it’s going to be a blast. Stay tuned – you’ll be able to read all about it here, I pinky-swear promise.

The other huge step we took towards blog legitimacy this week is this fabulousness:

Bottle Makes Three Beer Blog

Yessir, we have a real, mother-freaking* logo! This amazing, professional, one-of-a-kind piece of work was done by our pal Jessica with DesignFarm30A.com. Jessica is a total rock star who has always been a big supporter of our blog, and I hope she knows how much we appreciate her hard work. Thanks JFunn!

I know what you’re thinking:  “Oh, you call yourselves beer bloggers, but this post says nothing about beer and more about you needing therapy, you crazy lady.”  First, ouch.  Second, you’re totally right, but you get what you pay for people.  If you want us to write about your favorite topic just write your idea on 20 dollar bill and send it our way.  Better yet, send it with some beer.  For beer or cash we’d be happy to blog about whatever you want, like your own personal blogging monkeys. (Not really, but if someone sent us beer or money wouldn’t that be so cool?  A blogging monkey can dream…)

Well that’s all for today folks.  It’s Friday and it’s nearly happy hour time, and this beer blogger deserves a drink.

Cheers!

*PS: I wasn’t sure if we’ve reached the point in our relationship where I could put the word “motherfucker” my blog post, but next time I won’t be censored. Hell, if you’re offended by that then you probably shouldn’t be reading our blog anyway, motherfucker.

PPS: I’m ashamed to say I had to look up whether or not motherfucker was one word or two. It’s one word, according to Merriam-Webster.

PPPS: Can you believe Merriam-Webster actually has “motherfucker” in the dictionary?   They do, for reals, look it up.  I feel so much more justified about using this word going forward. Yay!  Motherfucker, motherfucker, motherfucker!