Mostly I learned that writing is hard. I had an ambitious list of articles I wanted to crank out and barely made it through a quarter of them. I wish I would’ve gotten around to writing about what makes a great coffeebar, fair trade issues, some deeper stuff on caffeine, and a couple more humorous pieces I’d sketched out. As it was I ended up prioritizing the consumer advice style posts and never made it too far beyond that. But I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out and I got some very good feedback from readers.
There are a lot of people blogging about coffee of late (almost more than I can keep up with) but much of it is geeky thinking-out-loud, preaching to the choir, or shadowboxing with strawmen. Not to mention enough bulletin board traffic to keep the retinas burning into the wee hours. Interesting up to a point for fellow coffee nerds but not having much to say to a wider audience. So it was both challenging and refreshing to get to write for a more general readership (big thanks to Joel Johnson for sigining me up for it).
I have a new appreciation and admiration for those with the talent and patience for diligent writing and regular blogging. I’d like to get to that level but, balancing my other duties, I think posting at least once a week might be a reasonable goal. Maybe something to add to my list of new years resolutions…
links to each of the articles I wrote…
What is Coffee?
Selecting Your Beans Part 1 – The Truth on the Coffee Aisle
Filter Versus Immersion – Time to Toss that Drip Coffee Maker?
French Press Rehab
Good Coffee Made Simple – the Chemex
Why Not Great Coffee?
Selecting Your Beans Part 2 – Better Know a Bean
Milky Tonic: Latte Art
Home Espresso – The Slippery Slope
Roasting Your Own
Selecting Your Beans Part 3 – Where to Score
Clothed Coffeemaker – the Eva Solo