The Wine Blog Categorizaton Project
I don't know how many wine blogs there are today. Over a 1000 in the English language is the best I can offer and even that is such a useless estimate. Most folks who have gone about attempting to categorize and list the various wine blogs that exist eventually just start to list them. Alder at Vinography has a pretty damned impressive list—about 700 or so in English. But that's the best that even he can do: "Blogs in English".
Categorization. It's everywhere, yet no where to be found in the word of wine blogs.
The person who goes about attempting to categorize the 1000 (1200?, 1100?) wine blogs that are out there will have my eternal gratitude. But how would such a categorization categorize? I started thinking about this as I was looking at the various nominations that have been delivered up in the 2011 Wine Blog Awards. There are 8 categories of blogs there: Best Overall, Best Writing, Best Business blog, Best Single Subject Blog, Best Presentation, Best Wine Reviews, Best New Blog and Best Winery Blog.
It's a good enough categorization for awards purposes as it hits a lot of the bases without being so specific as to divide every blog into its own category.
But what if we were to go about categorizing all the blogs we could find? How?
1. To be useful, it would have to create categories that allow us a decent chance of finding what we are looking for.
2. It should be such that it will introduce us to blogs we didn't think we knew we wanted to read
3. It should take account of the way the world of wine divides itself and assume that wine blogs are likely to take on similar divisions: Varietal, place, professional, amateur.
Clearly what we need is an industrious person to go about looking at all these blogs and placing them in various categories, with the understanding that a single blog might not only be, for example, written by an amateur, but also focus on tasting notes and only of wines produced in Oregon.
Clearly we would need a search mechanism. The searching blog reader should be able to tell the engine they want a blog that focuses on Pinot Noir and travel; or emphasizes wine law; or is general in nature and prone to essays of the same sort.
Every now and then I come across a blog I've never heard of. The blog will be very good and interesting and I enjoy reading it, but from the looks of the comment section, it appears the author is toiling away in obscurity. Then I discover they have been doing this lonely toiling for two and a half years. At first I'm astonished at the lack of ego possessed by the writer, then I realize I need to let them know someone is reading. So I'll write them. Sometimes I'll write about them. But most of all, I'm impressed.
It ought to be easier for me to find these blogs I've never found. I wish it were. I wish someone would take up the "Wine Blog Categorization Project".