You may have noticed a lull in BeerFM activity, for that I apologize and feel an explanation is necessary, though it will be quite candid.
There have been quite a few different factors, all coming together at the same time, that have caused a lack of reviews, articles, etc. on the site but it really started with an overhaul of BeerAdvocate.com’s rating system. I’ve always tried to keep my reviews on BeerFM.com straightforward and well-written so even if you’re one who skips over the bulk of the text, one easy-to-read score is waiting for you at the bottom. This numbered score is pulled from 5 different numbers and a percentage of those numbers to make up the final score, however. (If you’re interested, that info can be found here.) I’ve always relied on BeerAdvocate to do the math for me because, even though I knew something like this would likely happen, I never took the time to figure out the math – it’s not my strongest suit. So needless to say, they dropped this portion of reviewing on their site, essentially making it far more difficult for me to review beer in a consistent manner.
Since then, they’ve re-implemented this feature into their site which brings me back to reviewing – I just completed one of Summit’s latest Unchained series, Herkulean Woods! Huzzah!
Nerdiness aside, let’s get on the with the juicier details:
Among the regularly occurring life issues, I’ve experienced some more-than-difficult trials lately. Through said personal issues I won’t dive into, I’ve continued to enjoy beer, though more so my new favorite indulgence; scotch. Without reviewing, this has become much more in an intoxicating capacity rather than reviewing beer which can, at times, feel like a job.
At the same time, I’ve been putting forth far more effort into losing weight, getting back to being fit, and being healthier overall. While this hasn’t played any role in decreasing my consumption (see above), the amount of time I have for said consumption in a more professional manner has dwindled. On the bright side, I’ve shed over 50 pounds of flab and went from lazily crushing 6-packs to getting my 6-pack back. If how I’ve accomplished this interests you, contact me, I won’t spend the time on that here, now.
Lastly, mix in a few 60+ hour work weeks and the final recipe is one of disaster but, the good news is that I’m back on the BeerFM wagon and you should start seeing a plethora of reviews flooding your feed!
Thanks for hanging with me through this lull, I look forward to continuing to drink delicious beer and get back to writing more about it!