mien huge leeftijd? My old age?
Koninckske: honorary title
My best guest is the old guy is asking "How did I live so long?" "You should drink a De Koninck everyday and if you do they will call you Koninckske!"
Who is Jacob Jordaens and why is he on a cheeky beer coaster?
Turns out he was a pretty talented Flemish painter and evidentially the only way to celebrate him is "smaakvol met..." (with tasty) De Koninck. While I am sure Jacob would have enjoyed De Koninck beer I wonder what he would think about the illustrations.
Yesterday a friend stopped me and told me he was composing, performing and producing a theme song for HopHeadSaid! How cool is that!? Yeehaw! We, and by we I mean he, may play around with the vocal track a bit if it sounds too reverb-ish on your computer. Give it a listen and let me know how the vocal track sounds.
I have been trying to get a beer and food pairing book published for about a year now and the only negative comment that I hear is "Your platform isn't big enough." It is a nasty cycle, I can't get a book published unless I have a massive audience and I can't get that audience with out a book ... or a viral video.
So please help me build my platform. Visit my site often, like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, watch my YouTube videos and share "ME" with everyone you know. Each like, follow, view or visitor helps me build my platform and reach my goal. I will be ever thankful to my fans who help me get there!
Session #62: What drives beer bloggers?
First of all, my favorite thing about "The Session" is I always discover a new blogger and this month is no different. BREWPUBLIC, new to me, is the host of this month's Beer Blogging Friday and I have enjoyed reading their website/blog. You can visit them at http://brewpublic.com/ or on Facebook.
This month's topic directed me to dig deep into my soul and answer the question "What drives me to write about beer?". I thought about it for awhile and from many different angles but I always came back to a short and bittersweet answer: narcissism.
To keep from boring you with my personal philosophy and the history of my alter-ego HopHeadSaid (I am so narcissistic I even have an alter-ego), I will only focus on three major shifts in my deepening narcissism.
1. At first, it was the shallowest form of narcissism. All I wanted was for people to read my opinions about beer. It was all about me, me, me. This is the beer I drank, these are my thoughts about the beer. Now, go and drink or don't drink this beer.
2. My narcissism only deepened when I started covering the local beer scene. I became more interested (almost obsessively)in learning about the beer industry and its rock stars than I was in writing beer reviews. And while, I still wanted to share my discoveries through writing I was mostly interested in becoming a more knowledgable beer geek.
3. Recently, I have discovered my deepest phase of narcissism. Learning from industry experts only piqued my interest in learning more about beer related topics unfamiliar to me. Now, I actively seek out topics and learn all I can about them only to feed my own intrinsic thirst for knowledge and to increase my beer-geekness. It is a good place to be and one I hope you find yourself in soon as I use the energy and excitement of learning something new to fuel more engaging beer writings.
So, you see, it is my narcissism that has driven me to become a bigger beer geek and as a side affect a better writer. I have become quite comfortable in my own skin, narcissistically speaking, and I embrace what it has done for me and my writing.
Narcissism is a term with a wide range of meanings, depending on whether it is used to describe a central concept of psychoanalytic theory, a mental illness, a social or cultural problem, or simply a personality trait. Except in the sense of primary narcissism or healthy self-love, "narcissism" usually is used to describe some kind of problem in a person or group's relationships with self and others. In everyday speech, "narcissism" often means egoism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness. Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others. In psychology, the term is used to describe both normal self-love and unhealthy self-absorption due to a disturbance in the sense of self.