Going Long in August 2014

Reading in the pub (illustration)

We’re writing something longer than usual (1500+ words) for Saturday 30 August 2014. Join us!

Our last attempt to nudge the Blo­goshire into pro­vid­ing us with meati­er read­ing mate­r­i­al was on 1 March, fol­low­ing on from sim­i­lar exer­cis­es in Novem­ber and Sep­tem­ber last year.

This time, to give peo­ple time to recu­per­ate and work on their mas­ter­pieces, we thought we’d set a longer dead­line, hence 30 August.

Here’s the deal if you want to join in:

  • Write some­thing longer than usu­al. (Our stan­dard posts are 300–700 words long, so we aim for at least 1500 before we con­sid­er it a ‘long read’.)
  • You could just stretch a nor­mal post out by adding lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of unnec­es­sary words, phras­es, sen­tences, and indeed para­graphs. But that’s quite the point. Instead, choose a sub­ject which requires more words.
  • We’re not in charge and there are no ‘rules’; you can write what you like, post when you like; and you don’t have to men­tion us or link to this blog in your post. (Though of course it would be nice.)
  • If you want us to include your con­tri­bu­tion in our round-up, let us know. The sim­plest way is by Tweet­ing a link with the hash­tag #beery­lon­greads.
  • TIPthink of some­thing you want to read but that does­n’t seem to exist – an inter­view with a par­tic­u­lar brew­er, the his­to­ry of beer in a spe­cif­ic town, the sto­ry of a famous pub – and then write it.
  • Drop us a line if you want advice or just to run your idea past some­one.

Last time we did this, we had a flur­ry of mes­sages from peo­ple say­ing: ‘I did­n’t know this was hap­pen­ing!’ We’ll issue a few reminders at tac­ti­cal inter­vals but, in the mean­time, put it in your diaries!

We haven’t decid­ed what we’re going to write about yet. If you have any sug­ges­tions (our Newquay Steam Beer post was prompt­ed by an email from a read­er) let us know in the com­ments below.

3 thoughts on “Going Long in August 2014”

  1. Seems like a good idea. I might give it a go. Its now in the diary ‑keep an eye out on my blog. Its back.

  2. What about going long on how Guin­ness changed its draft dis­pense sys­tem in the ear­ly 60’s? This is still a large­ly opaque sub­ject but it had long term impli­ca­tions, viz. keg beer and oth­er­wise, that rever­ber­ate to this day. Drilling down though, in a con­ser­v­a­tive coun­try, how could this change occur with seem­ing­ly no con­sumer resis­tance?

    Gary

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