Sunday, May 30, 2010

Grilled!

When I started this blog back in 2006, I never expected it to amount to anything other than giving me the ability to say, "hey, I've got a blog". In fact, Another Pint Please started off more travel blog versus the grilling, beer, photography mash-up it is today.

As time went on, I used APP as a place to document my backyard exploits. During this process, I have met some great people (IRL and otherwise) and I believe, learned a lot about food, grilling, and beer (and not just because of consumption, mind you!). This has always been a hobby for me. The only professional training I ever received was from the guy at ACE Hardware explaining how to fill up a propane cylinder.

Internally, I have always felt my writing suffers from a grammar standpoint. This I hang entirely on my 7th grade English teacher who through her inability to teach, stunted my understanding of the English language. This train wreck of a learning experience explains why, still today, I grasp with dangling participles, misplaced modifiers, and commas.

So, imagine my surprise when I was contacted by two editors who wanted to hire me as a freelance writer for a new magazine. Hitting Barnes & Nobles and Wal-Mart Supercenters across the country this month is Grilled and yours truly is involved. For the first issue, we used some historical content from this site including a recipe and pictures. Better yet, one of the pictures was used for a Stephen Raichlen recipe!

Grilled!


Starting with the next issue, I will be writing original content. I am excited, but nervous at the same time. It is easy to kick back and upload a grammatically disastrous post about a frivolous topic of my choosing. It is something else to have an assignment, deadline, and an editor. I feel especially sorry for the editor.

Next time you are at the store, pick up an issue. I am not just saying this because I am in it. This really is a great magazine. I still have not had time to absorb the entire issue. There is some great content and some great pictures. I am really proud to be a part of its launch.

In closing, I would like to thank you. If it was not for my circle of food bloggers, friends, and weekly readers, I would not have had the encouragement and support for this blog. I also need to thank Zoe. She puts up with enough from me as it is and here I am adding one more thing to my "to do" list! I owe you all my thanks and gratitude for giving me the ability to have this new venture. Grill on!

12 comments:

Cynthia said...

I am overjoyed at this news! Hearty congratulations! I only wish we got the magazine here in Barbados. You have much to teach us. I know that I learn something new every time I come here.

Congrats again!

Leah said...

Congratulations Mike! You are a good writer and I will be anxious to read your articles in "Grilled"...love your food and photography!

Josh Bousel said...

Congrats! You deserve it and you'll do an awesome job. I can't wait to pick up an issue now!

Curt McAdams said...

congrats! I'm a bit jealous. :) Let me know if they have any other spots open up!

Andrew said...

Congrats! you'll do great, I know I've learned a lot from your blog, and I'll definitely be looking for that first issue!

gyeong said...

Congrats! Just stumbled across your blog. Grilling, beer, and photography lured me in. Now I'm gonna spend the next few hours catching up on your past posts while my brisket smokes :)

Mike said...

Thanks everyone! This is a neat opportunity. I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on my progress.

Dave said...

I just went looking for it at my BN, didn't see it.

I think your cameo in your most recent vid clinched the deal. Reviews were good all around.

Nice job!

Ty'sMommy said...

Fantastic!!! It is awesome to get recognition like that, even if you never intended it to amount to much. I think we are all in the same boat there. Congrats! I will be sure to grab a copy.

Andy Berndt said...

Sweeeeeet! Does the mag have a website? I was trying to find more info about it. Maybe it's new?

brian said...

Wow. great work! I'll definitely be checking out the new magazine. Your writing is always clever and creative. Leave the grammer for the editors. that's what they are there for!

Mike said...

@Dave - I have a friend that found it at a BN...next to the adult magazines! Not sure what to make of that!

@TYM - Thanks, and you are absolutely right.

@Andy - No website that I know of, and yes, it is brand new. It will come out every other month.

@Brian - Thanks! I appreciate the kind words and will definitely take your advice!