“Welcome to Subourbia, my new home for Bourbon, Whiskey, and other Spirit reviews. Hope you enjoy!”
My first blog post on Nov 20th, 2014, a day after my 38th birthday. I had no idea how long I would do this, or why, but after my first few blog entries I knew that I had found something I enjoyed. The next couple of years threw me farther into a hobby than I had ever been thrown before. I started a local whiskey group with some close friends, picked out barrels, traveled to Kentucky, met up with ‘internet friends’ in hotel rooms to drink, joined hundreds of Facebook groups , wrote blog article after blog article, and at some point was invited to join a bourbon podcast round-table. It was a whirlwind, and it was fun.
Fast forward to December of this past year. During our most recent round-table podcast, we went around the group and everyone discussed their accomplishments for 2018. Brian (Sipp’n Corn) had written a book, a great book btw. Kenny and Ryan (Bourbon Pursuit) had welcomed Fred Minnick to their podcasting team and had also launched their own bourbon brand. Blake (Bourbonr) had started his own craft spirits store and Nick, Jordan, and Eric (Breaking Bourbon) are at the top of their game with their blog. Then it was my turn. I couldn’t think of anything I had done in 2018. I’m not sure I had written more than 2 or 3 entries. I had not traveled to Kentucky, hell I wasn’t even sure if I knew what the other guys were talking about when it came to bourbon related news.
It was there that I realized it was no longer fun for me. Writing had slowly become a burden and the lack of new blog entries was something we joked about regularly. Even discussing bourbon wasn’t as fun, I just found myself out of touch with the latest bourbon news and just wanting to criticize bourbon releases. I felt embarrassed to be part of the team of people who were flying high, as I was barely touching the ground. I knew then and there it was time to step away. Not just from the podcast, but from the blog as well. Subourbia was fun until it became a burden, then it just wasn’t fun.
I was proud to be a part of the Bourbon Roundtable, but will no longer be a regular member after Monday. Thank you to the Pursuit team and the great group of guys who tolerated me for so long. I don’t know if I will write any more blog articles, we’ll see how I feel later. For now I just want to drink good bourbon and talk with the good people I have met along the way. I’ll still be most active on Twitter and on Facebook, but just don’t expect too much here. Cheers! – Kerry B.