session_logo_no_friday_text_inside_200I’m starting with a plea: Please, if it doesn’t have to end, don’t stop The Session. 

The Session has been in existence as long as I’ve been a beer blogger, and has provided me with points of view and access to the minds of other writers and bloggers for years. You (collectively) have provided examples of thought-provoking and interesting writing when it used to be so much more difficult to connect to – and continue to be a place to find new perspectives when the general social media world is becoming saturated with fluff. Though I’m not what you would call a regular contributor (though I have hosted a few), I do read, share and comment – and the posts and collaborations and thinking involved in their execution gives me inspiration to reflect on my own writing.

I think gathering a community to discuss common topics in writing is still essential in any niche. There are so many bad pieces of writing out there about beer that it is still refreshing to find a chunk of dedicated bloggers actually talking about things beyond the clickbait and the listicles.

Maybe in our increasingly fractioned lives we need to just find another way to be reminded – or a swift kick in the ass to remember why we are all doing what we’re doing. Perhaps it’s a simple an email list? Perhaps a little more encouragement from colleagues and hosts reaching out to those who should contribute? I know this places more of the work on the host, but I think a small amount of effort there could make significant gains.

I admit I hadn’t paid attention to the slow decline of people willing to host – and I’d like to volunteer right here and now to host a future session. Sign me up.

If I do know one thing – if it must end, let’s end on a high note. Go out with a bang instead of a whimper. Let’s set a number – getting to the end of 2015 perhaps? Or hitting a convenient (albeit meaningless) round number of total posts (110? 125?).

The rationale behind this type of exit would be to announce it – promote it – and reap that last sentimental groundswell of effort.

Has anyone ever quantified it? How many posts? How many words? How many different writers {Yes, Alan, I’m calling them writers} have contributed?  If it must end, let’s end with a triumph and a swell to celebrate the original purpose and the work put in by all.

Cheers -Carla