Before the next post hits, BourbonGuy.com will have reached its 5th birthday. On March 13th, 2012, I wrote the first post on my newly registered and designed site. I was pretty proud of it. It was the first site I'd ever wrote the CSS for, I drew all the images used in the design, and I took all the photos for the articles. A year later, almost to the day, I decided to "get serious" about the site. I tweaked the review style, I decided on a consistent photo treatment and committed myself to posting twice per week. It's a schedule I've mostly kept for the past four years. Much to my surprise.
Over the years, a few things have changed. The average price of bourbon on a store shelf has become more expensive. The age statements, with a few exceptions, have pretty much gone away on anything below $75. There are more distilleries than there were five years ago. Some of them even make whiskey now. And on a personal note, I hope that my writing has gotten better. Especially since people now pay me to write. Both patrons on this site and, on occasion, people who run other sites.
In the face of all the negativity out there, one thing that hasn't changed is the whimsical nature of the site. I refuse to take myself seriously. I'm just some guy who loves American Whiskey and isn't afraid to be a fanboy on occasion. I tell stories from my own life because I like telling stories. I review with smiles, hearts and frowns because they are fun and I think whiskey should be fun. Life's too short to take something that is meant to be enjoyed so seriously. I really hope you folks are having as much fun as I am. Let's raise a glass to another five years when we will look back at today and marvel that a bottle of "good" bourbon only cost $40-$70.
I'm kidding...I hope.
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