Monday, 31 March 2014

EBBC - European Beer Bollocks Conference

So I saw a tweet from Pete this evening that led me to actually read an email i'd got insisting that I went to the European beer bloggers conference in Dublin. An email i'd totally ignored until this evening.

Firstly and I'll say this right of the bat, i had, and have no intention of going to another beer bloggers conference. There's just other stuff i'd rather go to and as far as i can tell, beer blogging has died a slow, messy and tired death(he says ironically posting for the first time in months...)

Now i'm sorry but there more I work in the business, the less time i really want to spend drinking in my spare time, it's a fact folks, after a while you get bored, well i do. Fucking bored.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. one of the 'Pulls' for this one is the visit to the great Guinness brewery, now, sorry but Guinness sucks ass, it's a shit, tasteless beer brewed by a spirits company, I drink it when there is literally nothing else on the bar to drink(including gin). 

The main reason for me not going is of course that i don't really consider myself to be a blogger anymore, after all this is the first post since 20th December last year so more than 3 months ago, quoting and changing one of the great film quotes of the nineties...

"All the great themes have been used up. Turned into theme parks. So I don't really find it exactly cheerful to be living in the middle of a totally, like, exhausted writing genre where's there's nothing original to look forward to and no one to look up to"

Now, granted this may sound a bit teenage, after all it was the nineties when Pump up the Volume came out but it resonates quite easily with the state of the beer writing community(in my opinion) simply because i'm not seeing anything new, and the people that try and do something new just look like they're trying too hard for a story, or a by-line and the people that aren't trying something new just seem like they're stagnating. How can the end of the email possibly make any sense when only 35 people have actually signed up? "The European Beer Bloggers Conference is our highest rated conference out of the six we run each year and you as alumni know it is an awesome time with fun people for very little money. To be honest, if this is not what you want - meals, beer, content, and Irish culture all for little to no money - I am not sure what you are looking for. :)

Highest rated? really? Couldn't give a shit but that may well be because i've been artistically constipated for the lasted 18 months! Have fun with that image!

8 comments:

arn said...

I think you just lost the key note speaker gig!!!

Glyn Roberts said...

hahaha!! if they wanted me as a keynote speaker they must be in real trouble!!

Cooking Lager said...

Have ITV2 contacted you yet for the beer bloggers big renunion?

Bailey said...

Bit depressed now.

What would you like to see more of? Are there are any examples of good beer writing?

(Did you see that this is basically the topic for Friday's Session #86, BTW?)

Glyn Roberts said...

Bailey - No i didn't see the session topic because i've basically stopped reading blogs now. I have neither the time nor the interest, my job is beer and i enjoy drinking it but outside that i have no real passion for it anymore, too many over opinionated tossers out there. There are good examples of good beer writing out there and I count you guys and only a couple of others in that category, i just don't read them very often, they tend to get lost in the myriad of 'sponsored' blogs out there which make me want to vomit most of the time.

Paul Bailey said...

No ones forcing you to go to Dublin, so why throw your toys out of the pram?

Bailey said...

Thanks for the response, Glyn. We suspect your point of view isn't unusual based on the odd comment we've seen on forums or in response to blog posts here and there.

There's definitely a particular issue of trust around freebies/jollies which needs sorting.

We tend not to read or follow blindingly obvious uncritical freebie-chasers, and got really annoyed when someone who hadn't posted for months, out of the blue, suddenly 'wrote' a post about frozen roast potatoes with a link to the manufacturer's website.

But that's the internet for you.

Glyn Roberts said...

Paul, my pram my toys.