Wondering About Wine Bloggers and the Wine Bloggers Conference
-If I’ll discover any alternative to using social media and email to drive readers to a blog that is both effective not a time suck?
-If we will ever see a wine blogger commit to posting multiple original, compelling articles a day (5?) in an attempt to rise quickly to the top of the pack? It’s something I know will work, yet perhaps no one has the time or imagination
-Whether the same kind of blogger camaraderie will be exhibited among the attendees in Walla Walla that existed at the earlier Wine Blogger Conferences.
-Will Lew Perdue, in his Keynote Speech, deliver doses of tough love or go for the warm embrace?
-Why I still have hope that more bloggers will take up the cause of consumer rights and post much more about the various regulatory and legal obstacles that prevent wine lovers from fully engaging in wine and hinder the development of the American wine industry. Hope is there, but it’s waning.
-If the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Wall is every bit as amazing as the reviews and write-ups say it is. I’ll be able to report on this Thursday evening.
-Who I will discover at the Conference that checks off all the boxes for wine blogging greatness including, curiosity, great writing style, breadth of knowledge, commitment to the form and stamina.
-If there will be any talk at all at the Conference of the upcoming Supreme Court case that will determine if American wine consumers in most states will have access to nearly every wine available for sale in the United States.
-To what extent national politics will find its way into the discussions at the Wine Bloggers Conference and whether or not, if it does, if the conversations are germane to the issue of wine and wine writing.
This marks my 9th Wine Bloggers Conference and second visit to Walla Walla in that context. I’m excited to still be connected to this community after publishing FERMENTATION for nearly 14 years and to still be involved in the development of this conference. It is more than anything else an excellent source of inspiration for all who attend.