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100,000 Hit Self-Congratulatory Post

11 June, 2009

IN less than a year, my little Big Log shot from 10,000 total views to more than 100,000 earlier today. How did that happen? The 200-300 daily hits would partly explain that. But who’s reading? And why? For that, I’m hugely, and humbly grateful, and chuffed by my tiny band of fans, regular readers and subscribers. Even if I don’t know what you get out of my ill-informed opinions.

The other 999,995 readers however, are harder to explain. Mostly, they stumble upon this pokey little blog while searching for their favourite lager. Some of whom proceed to leave comments ranging from the rapid to the stultifyingly obnoxious about how their subjective opinion is better than my subjective opinion. Nevertheless, I’m chuffed to bits that anyone reads these posts at all.

Since starting this blog, there has been a flood of no one asking “what are your favourite beers?” Answering that question is not easy. Partly because there are so many types. And partly because people in anoraks will grumble.

Throwing caution to the wind, the most memorable was the Ruddles Rhubard I tried a year ago. No other beer smells of vanilla and tastes of rhubarb while still being an outstanding ale. If it had a face, it would be wearing a spinning bow tie and a clown nose. That’s the kind of lunatic creativity that reminds you why British ales are so much fun. The trouble is, I’ve never seen it on sale since.

So what do I drink that you can actually buy in the shops? If you’ve read any of the recent posts, you would probably guess Hoegaarden White Beer. And you’d be right. Sure, the Dutch, German and Austrian competitors are excellent. But you can’t buy any of them in the thousands of tiny off-licenses and supermarkets around London.

If I’m in the mood for something a bit more substantial, Guinness Foreign Extra Imported took over from Dragon Stout as my favourite stout.

If getting drunk quickly is your thing, then Gaymer K Cider is the way to go. Okay, I’ve not exactly taken it too the limit. But I think you stand much less chance of ending up in A & E with vomit down the front of your tee-shirt than you would with super-strength lager. Alternatively, a Scotch and ginger or Gin and tonic (as I’m enjoying right now) are both equally refreshing ways of intoxicating yourself quickly.

Any other honourable mentions? Crikey, there’s too many to name. There are countless ales from around the British Isles that are outstanding or special in their own funny way. Badger Tangle Foot, Badger Golden Glory, Fuller’s ESB, Wychwood Fiddler’s Elbow, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Wells Bombardier Satanic Mills and Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer are the first that sprung to mind.

Then there’s the genius that is are European ales. Special mentions here go to Duvel Belgian Golden Ale and Leffe Blonde. Both of which I buy regularly, not just because they are exquisite, but because the shops here sell them.

Cider turned out to be less interesting than I’d hoped. I’m still looking out for ‘real’ cider. Until I find it, Westons Premium Organic Cider is the best I’ve tried so far.

Then we get to the ones from further away. Frustratingly, most that turn up here are lagers. But despite this handicap, there are some stunners. For your curry, Bangla Premium Beer does nicely. From Poland, Perła Chmielowa Premium Pils Beer and Leżajsk Beer surprised by being good. Obolon Velvet proved that the Ukraine, and Eastern-Europe in general knew how to make excellent beer that wasn’t lager. And Pilsner Urquell astonished by living up to the hype. And not bad going, considering I knew almost nothing about beer when I started this blog.

In an attempt not to be typecast as the “beer guy”, I’ve tried my hand at other things too. Snacks for instance. The trouble with that was how difficult it was to find something interesting to say about a pickle. To save you from having to read my snack food reviews, all you need to know is that MS Black Country Pork Scratchings, Smiths Scampi Flavour Fries and John West Boneless Sardines are delicious. And that most pickled gherkins are the same.

Citizen journalism wasn’t beyond the bounds of my Big Log. Taking full advantage of London’s incredible East-End, I’ve been caught up in all kinds of danger. The protests at the Olympic Torch relay got me hooked on the adrenalin rush. But that was nothing compared to being “kettled” and charged at by riot police at the G20 protests in the City.

Those are the bits of the past I can remember. Where is it going in the future? I have no idea. But I can’t wait to find out.

What are your favourite posts or comments?

What do you like or dislike about this blog?

Got any requests for anything you want to see written about here?

Thanks for reading, chaps! Normal opinionated rambling will be resumed next post.

10,000 Hits and Counting! But Who’s Reading?

30 June, 2008

AMAZINGLY, the pokey little blog that you are reading, has passed its 10,000th view. From humble beginnings six months ago, my Big Log is still humble, but with a lot of people reading it.

Now receiving well over 100 views a day, and often much more than that, it is raising some interesting questions. Questions such as who the hell is reading my stuff?

Less than a handful of people regularly leave comments at the end of posts. So, readers, here is your chance to stop lurking. Come out of the woodwork and leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Introduce yourself to the world. Or the tiny proportion who read this blog, at least.

Besides the question of who reads my pitiful efforts at hurling words together, there are more questions. Questions such as why do you read my little Big Log? What do you like about it? And what don’t you like about it?

Then there’s the question of where to go from here. I never set out to write a blog that was 99% about beer and cider. That happened by accident. Whatever I decide to ramble on about, you’re the person who will either be entertained or bored by it. So it’s over to you… What do you want to see on here?

Here are some more questions to get you fired up for the comment that you’re about to leave on this post. What changes would you like me to make around here? What about reviews of other things? Things like breakfast cereal, crisps, wrist watches or raves? How about comments on things in the news and politics?

If you’ve never left a comment before, here is your chance.
Thanks for reading. Now I’m putting my feet up to read what you have to say.

Find My Stuff More Easily (Part 2)

25 February, 2008

Passing the 500 visitor mark since starting this pokey little blog a few weeks ago is astonishing. It means real people, like you, are taking time out from your busy day to read the words I hurl onto the screen. And that brings with it responsibility.

The biggest change is to the name. Seeing as the URL is, it didn’t make sense to call the blog anything other than Hywel’s Big Log. Something that makes sense considering my name is Hywel, and my log is indeed, very big.

Also added to the sidebar are dynamic lists of my most popular posts and most popular clicks.

What do you think of the changes? What would you like see?
How about an avatar so you can see who is writing this gibberish?
Or maybe you’ve got a subject that you’d like me to post about?
Whatever it is, let me know in the comments.

Blog Update: Find My Stuff More Easily

29 December, 2007

With a growing number of posts and content, it seemed fair to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. To that end, I have added a search box, calender, an achives link and links to my posts by category. That should make your lives that little bit easier.

If it doesn’t and you’d do things differently, then put your ideas in the comments.

Disclaimer: I’m too tired to write a proper post today, which is why you’re getting this housekeeping instead. Complaints in the comments as usual please.

Welcome to My Rambly Wambly Bloggy Woggy

19 December, 2007

IF you can read this, you have made it to my rambly wambly bloggy woggy. Congratulations! This means that you can pat yourself on the back, safe in the knowledge that you have more intrepidity and swashbuckle than your fellow blog readers.
This first post is the ideal place to introduce myself to you. But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I will remain an enigma, but if you check back here regularly, you’ll pick up enough to get an emerging picture of who I actually am. To get the ball rolling, I’m male, 25 and recently moved to London’s East end in search of my fortune.
On this blog, I will share with you all kinds of thoughts, stories and opinionated reviews.
Let me know what your thoughts and opinions are by leaving a comment. Infact, go and do that right now!

Hello world!

19 December, 2007

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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