Introvert, social anxiety, quiet and resting-asshole-face are probably my best descriptors. I don’t like large crowds, unfamiliar people and new situations make me uncomfortable. So starting a blog and interacting in the craft beer community couldn’t have beer further from my comfort zone. I prefer to be alone and I find comfort in silence, I even seem to thrive in awkward silences, just ask my mother-in-law.
So it is a safe bet to say that this blog wouldn’t exist if it were not for my editor. It took a lot of convincing from her, and a few others, to get this started. It would also be unreadable if it wasn’t for her. She tries to reassure me that my writing isn’t as bad as I think but that has to be a ploy just to keep me writing.
The words are all my own, her contributions are to help with structure, grammar, general cleanup as well as providing creative writing tips. She might change a word or two but that’s only because I think everything is great and don’t know what a thesaurus is, (insert lame dinosaur joke here).
What she doesn’t know is that she is also a safety blanket. If I had to put out this blog on my own it would never see the light of day. The social anxiety kicks in the instant I start writing and at any given point I am hit by the urge to delete everything and hide. No matter how many times I edit, double check or rewrite if it were up to me it would never be published. Once I am done with a write up I give it to her and go crawl in a hole.
Writing about beer is not as easy as it seems especially when you like drinking a much as I do – Drinking is the easy part. Finding time in between the beer is where it gets difficult. Many weekend chores have been sacrificed and several hangovers have been incurred as a result of this blog. It would not be possible without the support and understanding of my editor. I am especially lucky because my editor just so happens to be my wife. Just to be clear, and so I don’t get in trouble, she was my wife first and it will always be in that order. Craft beer might be the inspiration for my writing but she is my motivation. Hearing her laugh or seeing a smile on her face as she reads my nonsense is all the recognition I need, everything else is a bonus.
I don’t know how long this blog will last but I am thankful for the people it has allowed me to meet and the experience it has created and for that I will always be thankful. It would have never happened without her. So for that I say thank you.
This post was not submitted to the editor so it was 100% me and it will probably never happen again. All mistakes were intentional to highlight the importance of my partner and for comedic effect. Enjoy the feels.