The conversation about wine bloggers and wine writers is getting rather frustrating to me but I have not yet jumped into the fray…until now.
Do I consider myself a wine blogger? The answer is yes based on societies definition, we have a blog and most of those posts are about wine. Do I consider myself a wine writer? I personally do not, but based on the fact that I have written words on paper and the subject was wine…well, anyways, who gives a damn.
The topic of whether wine bloggers are important or significant is for no one to decide other than the readers/ viewers; as well, it is not up to wine writers to decide who is a wine writer, the consumer will. I almost wonder if the wine writers that question the abilities of others to write about wine are simply at that stage of “burn out” and have nothing else to write about.
Let’s look at an analogy, there are different types of chefs based on the kinds of food they prepare, yet they are all chefs correct? How about another analogy? If this winemaker makes nothing but Sauvignon Blanc and oaky ass Chardonnay, isn’t he still a winemaker even though he isn’t making the beautiful, artistic, sensual, animalistic red wines? Hell yes he is!
I have complained about this problem of over analyzing and attempting to stick everything in a category time and time again. Just because we don’t do our wine blog the way you do, doesn’t mean crap, other than we do it the way we do it…staying authentic to ourselves is all we can do. If people love it, fantastic, and if they don’t they will read your seventeen paragraph boring synopsis on the wine you just drank.
How about another analogy? Napa, CA. wines are better than Paso Robles, CA. wines…I say crap to that too. There is nothing about “better”, it’s about being different. All these areas, just like all these wine “writers” and “bloggers”, offer something different that is OBVIOUSLY pleasing someone.
I guess my point would be this, if you want to get into wine blogging or writing in the attempt to get free stuff you are a complete nimrod! If you’re a “real wine writer” or “super blogger” than keep your eyes on your own paper and do what you do, don’t worry about us uneducated peons over here, geez!
And by the way, our wine blog is at http://www.HootnAnnieBlog.com
A quick extra thought: what is wrong with people doing what they want, so long as they are not causing harm, and doing it from their perspective? That is how we end up with change, innovation, evolution, etc. So maybe these holier than thou wine writers and wine bloggers are afraid of change?? Just a thought!