The site fell far short of the goal of having 300 articles and reviews posted. In fact, this will be number 198, assuming WordPress isn’t lying to me. A year ago, there were 77 articles in the database, so while the progress I made didn’t quite live up to the expectations of its editor, I still managed to post more than 100 articles, columns, and written and video reviews.
My goal for site design tweaking was simply ignored as more pressing matters took precedence (I spent a lot of time on the road and keeping busy with clients, but I’ll admit to taking more than my fair share of downtime, as well). Additionally, I believe the quality of the articles was generally good, but more depth and analysis is certainly warranted. The top article of the year by far was Gluten-free beer market grows, expands, and I’ve received plenty of good feedback from readers suffering from celiac’s disease and those simply looking to cut back on the amount of gluten in their diets.
As I look ahead to the rest of 2012, I’m looking forward to what could prove to be an exciting year for the Canadian craft beer industry and, hopefully, for Beer In Canada. Although I was remiss in reporting on the great Beau’s home beer delivery controversy, for those who missed it, I’ll point you to Jordan St. John’s column on the ins and outs of the incident that I hope will lead to an actual modernization of Ontario liquor laws (rather than the half-assed modernization initiated mid-way through 2011). For Ontario, this could prove to be a landmark year in liquor law history.
For Beer In Canada, my goals remain more or less the same as they were a year ago — some site redesign, higher article quality and more regular and frequent contributions from its editor. I also hope to get the video series back up and running … as soon as I fix those pesky sound issues.
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Have a great 2012, and thank you for reading.