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Monday, January 03, 2011
What does it take to get a comment around here?
I'm only be mildly critical here, particularly because there are some days that I wonder what it takes now-a-days to get readers to actually leave a comment and join in a conversation. But, let's put that aside, because that's not what this is really about. In all seriousness, Jack Curtin chose the week between Christmas and New Year's to run a 6-part feature highlighting the beer year that was 1995 told in the words of others. Last week, he was a bit perplexed by the lack of commenting traffic throughout the special feature. This might or might not be surprising based on your perspective, especially considering that the winter holidays can, some years, generate the lowest level of website traffic of the year. Why do you think I do a New Year's Eve event calendar?! :) He makes a very strong argument in his well-crafted, multi-part feature, supported via the voices of many who were involved during that time, that 1995 was a seminal year in Philadelphia craft brewing and "better" beer bars. It's some of his most compelling work in some time (that actually is a strange form of a compliment) and you would do well to start off your new year properly by jumping over to his site and giving it a thoughtful read. You'll laugh, you might cry, and you might even learn something. I know there were a couple of names in there that I didn't recognize. It seems lengthy at first, but reading through all six parts combined should not take much more than 20 minutes (not including my verbose comment job in Part 6). Plus, you clicking over there gives me an opportunity to reciprocate some thanks for his Beer Blogger of the Year accolades that he bestowed upon me in a subsequent posting. That, too, is another compilation of fun and information.