So without me noticing it the 1-year anniversary of my blog has come and gone (for the record, it was July 6th). Over the past year my traffic has grown exponentially – from a few hits per month for the first four or five months (most of which were probably just me) to the past three months where I’ve averaged 1500-2500 per month (most of which may still just be me).
Hits aside, the sources of my traffic have been a surprise, and have identified a number of cool brewing resources that I had no idea existed. I thought I’d do a bit of a shout-out; both as a way of thanking the people at these sites for their readership, and to share some cool resources that may be of interest:
- Bootleg Biology: An attempt to create an “open-source” wild yeast resource for home brewers. While in the early stages, bootleg biology is seeking to create a “library” of local yeasts from across the USA (and perhaps beyond?). Includes a mix of blog posts & information pages. A project worth following, and to join.
- BKYeast: A blog by Dimitri – a man with a very similar background to my own (cell biologist, home brewer). Lots of information on brew science, wild brewing, and a yeast collection I’d love to get my hands on!
- DC Yeast Lab: A great blog on brewing science & wild brewing. This blogger and I have enjoyed a successful yeast exchange.
- Eureka Brewing: A blogger with similar goals to my own. This was one of the blogs that motivated me to start my own.
- Homebrew Talk: To my knowledge this is the largest discussion forum on the ‘net for homebrewing, and a site I am an active member of. A fantastic resource.
- Canadian Home Brewers: Another web forum I participate in – and apparently in which I self-promote a little too much…
- Reddit: I get a lot of hits from reddit; and often from odd sections. My #1 source is a reddit thread on. . .Why do we have different sized dogs but all the domestic cats are (roughly) the same size? Yep, I don’t get it either.
- http://hobbybrauer.de/: A German homebrew forum. My German is quite rusty, but my limited Germanic capacity makes me believe that it is an active & interesting forum.
- BeerBorg: A beer-brewing forum with a Star Trek bent. I’m not sure if this is a regional group or a more general board.