Well, I haven’t stopped going to the pub. Let’s just rule out that horrific possibility right at the start.
But for quite a while now, writing weekly posts here has been like running along on top of a spinning beach ball. When I went to Greece for a week last month, I finally toppled off. I did discover a beach bar run by the most charming couple imaginable, mind you. So if you’re ever on the island of Zante, and anywhere near the town of Tsilivi, go to Freddy’s. And have the cake.
I haven’t quite figured out how to get back on that ball yet. Everything’s so busy. Most of the ‘A Week in Pubs’ posts over the past year have been written at some time after 1am, when the day’s work in the office is done, the evening of leftover freelancing is half-done, the dinner is cooked, the little ‘un put to bed, and some conversation snatched with my long-suffering missus.
On top of all that, of course, I do actually spend time going to the pub as well.
So while I absolutely intend to continue with this Get to the pub.com, I haven’t yet decided quite how. While I think about it, you might want to subscribe to the blog if you don’t already, either through your RSS gizmo or by clicking the thing on the right to receive email notifications. That way, when I start posting again, you’ll be sure to find out.
And if you’ve got any ideas for how I can keep pub blogging without the day lengthening to 28 hours, please do post a comment and tell me.
Thanks for bearing with me. Get a round in and I’ll see you at the bar.
Good to see you back, P. I know from experience that committing to post updates on a regular timescale can suck some of the enjoyment/spontenaiety out of it.
I reckon the RSS feed/email alert is the way to go, with a nudge on Twitter to let people know there’s a new post up.
Thanks Colin. I may still do weekly updates, but in some sort of condensed format. Or I might move to something a bit less regular. We’ll see.
Keeping the content coming at regular intervals can wear us all down from time to time – especially if work/children/relationships fill up the available time.
Have you thought about a short video route? It occurs to me that it takes a while to craft a good blog post but to say it all in a conversation might take considerably less time.
How about a Get to the Pub video diary? You could set up your camera or use a webcam and just talk for 5 minutes a week – or however long you want. Then upload to YouTube, tweet and embed in this blog. Job done.
If you felt like it you could include short clips of the pubs or beer you’re enjoying when you’re out.
I must admit I hadn’t thought about that at all, no. It sounds a cracking idea. But I fear it could founder on the mighty rock of my personal vanity, as all the video editing and hair straightening and stuff could take longer than just writing a conventional blog post. But I will give it serious consideration – thanks! 😀
I think the tight structure of a weekly post recording all and any pub visits has worked very well for a long time, but when it comes to life versus blog, life ought to win.
I say, drop the weekly posting constraint and go for themes rather than cataloguing visits. Wall adornments: there’s one. The Brown Bear used to be covered with theatrical posters and assorted memorabilia, but it became a Sam Smith’s pub and now the walls are clean but bare.
Anyway, keep going.
It’s the hair-straightening that puts me off doing videos too, Pete.