#BeeryLongreads 2018

Beery Longreads 2018 text illustration.

On Saturday 26 May (in three months’ time) we’d like our fellow beer bloggers to post something a bit special – longer, more challenging, or just different – and share it on social media with the hashtag #BeeryLongreads, or #BeeryLongreads2018.

What’s the pur­pose? To some degree, it’s pure­ly self­ish: it’s about increas­ing the amount of deep beer and pub writ­ing around for us to enjoy. But it’s also sup­posed to encour­age oth­ers, like the writ­ing equiv­a­lent of sign­ing up to a 10k run. If there’s a project you’ve been mean­ing to get round to but keep putting off, this is your chance. If your blog has gone dor­mant, this might be a peg on which to hang its revival.

What are the rules? There aren’t any rules, as such. You don’t have to link to us when you post, though obvi­ous­ly it would be nice if you did. Using the hash­tag will help peo­ple find your con­tri­bu­tion via social media and  is prob­a­bly the bare min­i­mum com­mit­ment.

We don’t have any objec­tion to pro­fes­sion­al writ­ers get­ting involved, either, if they want to, per­haps by shar­ing an arti­cle you want to write but nobody will com­mis­sion, an old piece from your archives, or an extract from a book you want to plug.

How long is a lon­gread? If you want a tar­get, aim for 2,000 words, or twice as long as your nor­mal aver­age post, whichev­er is big­ger. But it does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly have to be long, this time round. It might be deep­er, dark­er, just some­thing that push­es you out of your com­fort zone. Def­i­nite­ly don’t flog your way to, say, 2,000 words for the sake of it.

And here’s what we can do to help: if you’d find it help­ful, we’ll read drafts, com­ment on ideas before you start work, share our research mate­r­i­al, or advise you on where to find your own. If you are some­one who strug­gles with illus­tra­tions or pho­tographs, we might be able to lend a hand there, too. Email us: contact@boakandbailey.com

And when it’s all done, we’ll include your post in a round-up and maybe share it sep­a­rate­ly on social media.*

If you want some ideas or prompts: write about a local brew­ery, active or defunct, that peo­ple might now know much about; or an inter­est­ing local pub. Give us a fam­i­ly mem­oir or tell a per­son­al sto­ry you’ve hes­i­tat­ed to share. Dig up a sto­ry – read old books, old news­pa­pers, ask ques­tions, until you find an inter­est­ing tale nobody else has noticed. Crunch some num­bers. Brew a beer. Vis­it every pub in town.

We’ll issue occa­sion­al reminders, prob­a­bly at the end of March and again at the end of April. You might con­sid­er stick­ing it in whichev­er cal­en­dar app you use and set­ting a few nudg­ing reminders of your own.

If you’ve got oth­er ques­tions, drop us a line, or post in the com­ments below and we’ll update the post as nec­es­sary.

* But we reserve the right not to include a post if it’s, say, down­right abu­sive.

3 thoughts on “#BeeryLongreads 2018”

    1. Alright, grumpy! Hash­tags work on Face­book, too. Or just email us and we’ll post the link to Twit­ter on your behalf.

  1. Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus court.”

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