Growing Pains

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So again, there have been some nice changes here at Around the Keg. We have a niced cadre of Contributors and a loyal following of "regulars" who post thoughtful, well-reasoned comments. We changed the picture on the top and added more links to our friends, some significant sites, and lots of beer-related links.

We also own the domain name www.aroundthekeg.com. This ownership allows us to add more features to the site that blogger doesn't offer (for free) and play with things a bit.

So, to our loyal readers, regular commentors and half-blitzed contributors...what would you like to see on this site? A Beer Advocate-style beer-rating system? An easier way to look-up your favorite beer reviews? On-line brewing software for recipe creation and critique? Anything goes. We may make fun of some of your suggestions, but that doesn't eman we aren't listening and don't respect them. We make fun of everything here, including stuff we like.

I am inclined to keep the traditional blog you see right now as the "home" page, because that's why people come here (presumably). But there ar lots of links and tons of unused space on the left-hand side we can use for additional features to make this blog into...something.

So help us define what "something" is. help us figure out what else you'd like to see here, other than beer reviews and socio-political rants (which will still be the mainstay and "home" of the site).


Thanks for your input,

Mgmnt

13 comments:

Rickey Henderson 3:56 PM  

what would you like to see on this site?

Broads. Broads and brews.

Smitty 8:21 PM  

Broads. Broads and brews.

This, sir, can be arranged.

Mike 6:16 AM  

I think you should devise a way for your readers to actually drink beer through the site.

Bob was talking about tools the other day. Maybe he can build it or something.

Bob 8:17 AM  

"I think you should devise a way for your readers to actually drink beer through the site.
"


Kinda like a scratch and sniff website, but in this case, lick and taste.

Seriously. I think there is an opportunity to kick the site up a notch, focusing more on the beer and politics combo. Where it is kept as a blog, but can be better navigated like an online magazine. I see it looking at beer and politics the way Rolling Stone looks at music and politics. (and other topics) There are other magazines that look at their subject, (in our case beer) but also have excellent articles on pop culture and more.

The good thing is, since Smitty is independently wealthy, we should have no problem, hiring the best web designers out there to design it.

Sopor 8:30 AM  

I like the idea of using the left bar. Perhaps links to categories of posts, using the tags we've already been using. Keep the main page running all articles, but be able to look at, for example, all of the beer reviews in line together.

While we're at it, let's get our own server farm, a T1... nah T3 connection, host our own site, domain, blog, email, etc and then hire me to manage it all =)

Bob 8:39 AM  

"While we're at it, let's get our own server farm, a T1... nah T3 connection, host our own site, domain, blog, email, etc and then hire me to manage it all =)

You sir have just nominated yourself head of our IT department.

I second that nomination.

I also suggest we devote our entire IT budget to your salary, which comes to $2.42 per year.

George 3:10 PM  

Mike beat me to it--I want ATK to be the first brewpubblog.

steves 10:17 PM  

I see it looking at beer and politics the way Rolling Stone looks at music and politics.

I agree, but without the sheer asshattery and poor writing that is Rolling Stone. My 1st grade daughter can make a more reasoned argument than any of their writers.

Smitty 10:34 PM  

but without the sheer asshattery and poor writing that is Rolling Stone

Ugh...that might be a tall order for us.

Bob 7:20 AM  

"Ugh...that might be a tall order for us.

Agreed. Forget the whole thing. And I was just going to suggest that our "contributors" consider using their whole names.

Rickey Henderson 7:24 AM  

Trust Rickey, anonymity is your friend. Last thing you guys want is a coworker googling your name and stumbling upon your blog.

Bob 7:39 AM  

"Trust Rickey, anonymity is your friend. Last thing you guys want is a coworker googling your name and stumbling upon your blog."

You mean you aren't really Rickey Henderson? Next you will tell me that Santa Claus is not real.

Your point is well taken. If we used our real names we'd have to proof read and shit. Where's the fun in that?

George 12:27 PM  

If we used our real names we'd have to proof read and shit

Really? [sound of George scuttling back to his blog to change his name]

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