Its been almost 2 years since I sat down to write my first blog post and I'd never have thought then that I'd still be doing it 2 years (and numerous beers!) later. I'm under no illusions that its a long time in blogging, there are plenty who have been about for longer, but I'm happy with what I've achieved.
I've found a community, and many friends through doing this. There is an interested crowd of followers on Twitter, many of whom I've met and enjoyed beer with. I've learnt more about beer (when I thought I was already pretty knowledgeable) and helped to bring to attention the improvements in Northern Ireland beer and cider availability. I've joined the Guild of Beer Writers, been to a blogging conference and am I'm even writing a book (which I need to hurry up and finish).
Recently I've been struggling to find the time to blog, or anything interesting to talk about, but recent reappearances of bloggers on hiatus, bumping into old acquaintances and discovering new beers has renewed my enthusiasm. Expect posts on Vienna brew pubs, Belfast cocktail bars and the usual multi-beer reviews. Who knows I may even get round to doing a cheese and beer pairing again soon! All this in good time to liven the place up before heading to the Beer Bloggers' Conference in Edinburgh this year. Hope to share a pint with some of you there, here's to another 200!