Reflections on 8 Years of Wine Blogging

January 14, 2012
Vinography  | Alder Yarrow

bigstock_Slice_Of_Eighth_Birthday_CakeEight years ago, I decided that instead of giving my friends the same advice over and over again about my favorite wines and restaurants, I would start a blog — both so that I would have someplace to send them, and so that I could learn about what a blog was and how it worked.

And that, as they say, was the first day of the rest of my life. I’ve been writing about wine almost every day since then, pausing only to go on my honeymoon, hang out with my new baby girl, and go fishing in Alaska this past August.

It’s been quite a ride.

I’m not in a position to offer significant insights into the overall growth of blogging as a practice or as a medium, but I’ve watched essentially the entire lifetime of wine blogs on the internet. From the intrepid few who joined me in 2004, experimenting with personal wine writing and amateur criticism, to the era of intercontinental Wine Blogger Conferences and the professional wine blog.

Here are my thoughts on what’s happened over the last eight years. Read full article

Eighth birthday cake image courtesy of BigStock.

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