A One Year Anniversary For Fermentation


Today marks the one year anniversary of Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog.

I’ve been trying to figure out what this means; apply any significance to it. On the surface I know it means this: 541 posts and 589 comments. Seeing how I rarely post on weekends it means an average of 2.07 posts per day over the past year.

I can also say that along with having finished my first year as a wine blogger, Wark Communications is also finishing its most successful 12 months in the decade that it has provided communications and public relations services to the wine industry. Are these two circumstances linked, you ask? Well, I can most certainly point to projects and clients that have resulted directly from the exposure the company has gained from my blogging. So, if anyone out there is wondering if blogging is an effective way to promote one’s business or services, I can affirm that it is.

But clearly the past year of wine blogging has meant much more than that:

-I’ve come to know many, many fellow wine bloggers who have inspired me
-I’ve gained a new and more compassionate view for the life of the wine writer
-The opportunity to participate in most important discussions in the wine industry have come my way
-I have learned a great deal about the Typepad Blog service
-It has been said that I’ve encouraged others, including some wineries, to take up blogging
-I’ve found myself, rather than only clients, in print, on the radio and in front of the camera
-And…I’ve had the chance to do my small part to bring attention to some great wine voices.

The year of blogging has not been without set backs however. Twice the Fermentation URL has been changed, once voluntarily and a second time under compulsion by threat of a lawsuit. I’ve made a couple horrific mistakes that found there way into print that were not altered, changed or deleted quick enough.

Yet, the level of satisfaction that has come my way via Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog really overshadows everything else. I look forward to a second year and most of all to engaging my readers in provocative discussions and offering them something of interesting to dwell upon as they sip.

Posted In: Personal, Wine Blogs


12 Responses

  1. Terry Hughes - December 1, 2005

    I discovered your blog 6-7 months ago and have been stimulated, challenged and greatly informed by it. The amount of work you do on it is amazing. It’s clearly much more than a marketing vehicle; it’s a vocation!
    Here’s to another rich year, Tom. Cheers.

  2. Lenn - December 1, 2005

    Congratulations Mr. Wark.
    With so many wine blogs out there, I find it hard to keep up with all of my favorites, but I can honestly say that yours is one that I visit every day without fail.
    Bravo…and I hope you’re celebrating with a bottle of something good.

  3. Mike Duffy - December 1, 2005

    Happy Anniversary, Tom.
    You write well on topics of interest, and bring an authentic voice. I’ve learned a lot about the wine biz from reading your blog, and you’ve been supportive of my efforts over at Winery Web Site Report (thank you!).
    I hope your second year of blogging continues the upward trend for you and your business (minus the horrific mistakes, of course).

  4. Tom Wark - December 1, 2005

    It’s going to be a Bottle of Mayo Family Piner Ranch Pinot Noir and a Bottle of Rutherglen Tokay…

  5. Tom Wark - December 1, 2005

    Hopefully nothinig too horrific in the future. Thanks for your support.

  6. weekendwino - December 1, 2005

    Congratulations. Your blog is an inspiration to newbie wine bloggers like myself. I am learning how hard it is to continuously come up with meaningful, informative, and worthwhile posts. But you and the other veteran wine bloggers inspire me to try and reach a higher level of writing and you teach me so much about wine and writing and even philosophy. Thank You!

  7. Franco Ziliani - December 1, 2005

    Congratulation for your blog, very interesting and well made !
    Franco Ziliani

  8. Tyler - December 2, 2005

    Complimenti! Great job! What would a day be like in the wine blogosphere without 2.07 servings of Fermentation? A sad one.

  9. jens at cincinnati wine warehouse - December 2, 2005

    Congratulations! With more than what 75 wine blogs out there now it is difficult to read them all regularly, but there is a short list that I always check out when updated. Yours is one!
    jens at cincinnati wine warehouse
    (the bad guys won!)

  10. Tom's Adoring Wife - December 2, 2005

    Happy Birthday Baby!

  11. barbara - December 3, 2005

    Congratulations Tom. Thanks for all the stories. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  12. Dave Nelson - December 7, 2005

    Happy anniversary, Tom! I’ve enjoyed the blog immensely the six months or so I’ve been following it. You’re setting a very high standard!

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