What the hell happened to Mike?
Posted on December 8, 2010 by mike
I’m sitting here looking back at the date of the last post on Mike’s Brew Review realizing that it has been since July 30 since the last time anyone has heard from me…It is only fair that I fill everyone in on what happened and what you can look forward to from Mike’s Brew Review in the near future.
Flash Back To July
Like a lot of Americans, I lost my job. It seems that companies decide to cut their marketing/advertising budgets first when a recession hits, which is stupid, but regardless, my job as a Media Artist was cut and I now unemployed. I went into panic mode and the next few months were spent trying to find work and doing odd jobs, freelance contracts and doing whatever I could do to make ends meet. At one point I was so busy with freelance work that I didn’t have any time to do much else. This whole thing was a blessing in disguise.
For anyone that doesn’t know me, my wife and I had wanted to move to Portland, OR for a few years now, but never saw the right opportunity to pick up and move across the country. Well, losing my job and having the opportunity to work a good amount of freelance work gave us the capital needed to make the move. As of October 15th, we were Portland citizens.
So I apologize for falling off the Earth. If you follow on twitter or Facebook you probably knew what was going on. Losing my job, trying to find work, moving across the country and continuing to look for work has kept me pretty busy. Aside from that, I have been thinking about Mike’s Brew Review, and its direction and decided to make some changes.
I’d like to be straight up here. When I originally started MBR it was to learn, talk and teach beer/homebrewing. However, I became brain washed with this idea that I could earn a full time living blogging about beer. Needless to say I quickly sold out. My focus went from teaching and talking, to trying to make money, which in fact, is no fun and a huge mistake. That is why you see countless boring, stupid ads on MBR right now. I got lost in my original goals. My site was focused on creating content that would be indexed or rated high on Google and it lost focus and credibility. That, my friends, is not fair to you. I aim to change it. However, there are no hard feelings if you rip me a new one or unsubscribe from my newsletter. However, I want to tell you what you can expect from here on out.
I’m all settled in to what some may call Beervana, Portland, OR. I’ll be honest, I can’t find a Miller Lite to save may life and it’s great! There are well over 20 breweries here and 100′s of different beers coming in from all over the west coast. There are beer festivals, tasting rooms, magazines, parties and so on. In the future of MBR, I’d like to bring you along while I sample these beers, check out these pubs, meet some of these brewers, visit hop farms, attend festivals, read books, articles, magazines all with my own little take on it.
Since the start of MBR I have made contact with a handful of people that I talk beer and homebrewing with across the nation on a regular basis. This is exactly what MBR is and what I’d like it to continue to grow as. I don’t consider myself an expert, just an experienced beer drinker, homebrewer and someone who is plugged into the scene. I’d like to continue helping people gain the confidence needed to get started homebrewing and be a personal homebrew club for novices and experts a like. So if you want to talk about the different hop strains that go into a beer, talk about a favorite beer of yours or a magazine article you read about, let’s talk.
So, I thank you for your patience as I made a very large transition in my life. With that said, let’s drink some beer!