On the one hand, this might seem like a big deal to change our name and logo. On the other hand, we think it simply reflects what the conference already is.
The Beer Bloggers Conference has always been inclusive. We don’t judge beer bloggers as to their writing or frequency. We welcome all beer sponsors regardless of who they are. And we have always had print beer writers who don’t blog attend our conferences.
In many industries, there has been a rift between bloggers (New Media) and writers (Old Media). In the same way the beer industry is more cooperative than competitive, this rift has never really been an issue in the beer world.
In fact, we actually already consider all beer bloggers to be beer writers, since that is what they do. Beer blogging is a specific platform for writing and not all beer writers use this platform, which is why we decided to change our name to be more inclusive.
Our URL has remained the same and we are still using the #bbc15 and #ebbc15 hashtags, at least for now.
So whether you consider yourself a beer writer or beer blogger, please consider joining us at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference or the European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference this summer!