One Year of The BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog

by Brad Smith on February 13, 2009 · 11 comments

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Today marks our one year anniversary of the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog! We started just shy of Valentines day, 2008 (Happy Valentines Day!) to deliver a solid article about homebrewing each week.

I’ve really been surprised by the response to the blog. In the first year, we’ve published 60 brewing articles, over 50,000 words and went from zero to a bit over 900 subscribers (the feedburner stats vary a bit from day to day). Incredibly, the blog and its articles have been viewed by over 185,000 unique visitors more than 260,000 times. Many articles are now on the first page of google and a few even occupy the first place for selected terms. In fact I had to switch to a semi-dedicated server last Spring to handle the additional traffic generated by BeerSmith, the BrewPoll news site, our forum, this blog and BrewWiki.

I have to say that when I started this journey a year ago, I was not quite sure where I was headed. I wanted a way to give something back to the brewing community, to say thanks for helping to make our BeerSmith software a success. But could I write an article every week? Would I run out of things to say? Would anyone care to read it? Would I have time for both BeerSmith and the blog?

It turned out to be a pleasure rather than a chore. Having brewed beer for so many years, there was much to write about, and once I got going I could complete an article in little more than an hour. I still have a long list of articles I want to write. It helped when I stopped trying to do the news and focused in on my favorite topic: brewing.

I thought I would share as list of some of my favorite articles of the past year, for those of you who may not have been with us from the start:

If you want to see all of the articles published to date – they are listed here.

There’s plenty more to come. I have a dozen finished articles in the queue waiting to be published, and a long list of articles I’m planning to write. I’ve also been in touch with several guest authors (and welcome more) who will join us in the coming year. In the meantime, I have more articles on brewing techniques, beer styles, reviews, interviews and brewing fun to come.

Thanks again for your continued support of the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. If you have not already done so, I suggest subscribing. We offer a simple email subscription that delivers a new brewing article to your inbox once a week as well as RSS subscriptions if you use a news reader.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Al February 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Congratulations on your blogiversary! Getting through that first big milestone and still going strong is quite an accomplishment. You should be proud.


Dwight February 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

The site is really great. The top 10 tips and clarity tips are tremendous. Congratulations!

Ethan John February 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm

You’ve built a fantastic resource for home brewing here. Keep up the awesome work!

Brad Smith February 15, 2009 at 7:15 am

Thanks! I really appreciate the kinds words, and look forward to the coming year.

Paul February 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Congrats on the accomplishment! I use beer smith for all my home brewing needs. It’s a great product and you guys have really done a nice job!

Jim February 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

Just a note to say thanks for your blog – I enjoy reading it!

J Pohl February 18, 2009 at 8:44 am

Your articles are very well-written and enjoyable to read. Thank you from Florida!

Mutineer Magazine February 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Great site, congrats on the one year anniversary. Keep it up.

Allison White February 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Congrats to a one-year anniversary! I just started my first batch of beer on V-day so hopefully when you’re celebrating your second year I’ll hopefully be celebrating a year of great brews.

Brad Smith February 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

All – Thank you for the many kind comments! It is appreciated, and I look forward to the coming year. If you have any ideas for articles or want to pen a guest article yourself, just let me know! — Brad

Ben April 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Congrats on the one year!

I think the first year is the hardest for any website.

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