The Challenge is Discipline
Of late I’ve been taking more days off from blogging than the usual weekend retreat. Honestly, when I do take days off, it’s usually because I simply forget to blog. I cannot remember the last time so many things seemed to weigh so heavily on my thinking. Normally, my focus is narrower. Recently however it’s because I’ve been spending a great deal of time thinking about the following things.
Solutions to the tyranny of the three tier system
The Limit of Blog Monetization
Pre-Prohibition Vineyards as National Monuments
Distributor Consolidation after the Anheuser Busch-InBev Merger
Inter-Wine Association Relations
The American Wine Blog Awards
Many of these these issues I merely need to wrap my mind around and figure out their consequences. Others I am actively trying to manipulate. Not until recently have I realized how difficult it is to do a really good job of narrowing focus without losing focus or losing sight of issues that are important, but not the most important.
But this reminds me what I love so much about the wine industry as it is shaped today: the scope of wine’s impact and implications is spectacular. Law, culture, economics, consumerism, philosophy, politics, history, aesthetics. The challenge is discipline.