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I find it interesting that the advent of alternative media formats, like blogging, have not only enabled millions to publish by removing barriers to entry, but have also forced those same would-be self-publishers into a strange situation. That is they’re not just reporting, writing, and publishing. They’re also editing, formatting layout work in terms of text/pictures/etc., and acting as photographers.
It’s also interesting that this “jack of all trades, master of none” scenario is playing out in traditional print media as well, though it’s being driven less by independence and need and more by financial cutbacks (which themselves are in part a result of the alternative media phenomenon).
It also means that the modern-day reporting warrior carries not just a notepad, but a camera and lenses; one eye on their story, the other on the lookout for a decent shot.
I consider myself a terrible photographer. Which is why I’ve not invested thousands of dollars in a decent SLR camera with primo lens attachments. It would be like giving a Stradivari violin to a monkey. I do, however, at least try to take pictures that are not uninteresting and that give me a chance of sparking some memory of an event…
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So… this weekend my E-mail Inbox was getting flooded with notifications from twitter, the micro-blogging platform that connects people by allowing them to broadcast short messages of 140 characters or less describing what they’re up to and… well… uhm… well it’s just the sort of thing that you sort of need to be using before you totally understand it. Sort of.
Anyway, I figured that something was going on, because while I tend to get a few additional follows on twitter almost every day, this weekend the number of twitter notifications was hitting SPAM-like levels, and I was totally at a loss as to why, but in these situations you don’t question good fortune, you just hope enough people stick around after they figure out that they’ve mistaken you for a celebrity or whatever.
Turns out that a recent post by Dale Cruse, which listed me among 11 others as “Must Follow” winos on twitter, was picked up by uber-blogger Darren Rowse, the mastermind behind the truly awesome and inspiring ProBlogger.net. Darren featured the post on TwiTip.com, which is one of the key twitter resources for anyone who “gets” the fact that twitter is not used exclusively by 14 year old girls and is actually a vibrant and powerful social media platform in its own right. Darren also has about a quadzillion twitter followers.
So I was very happy to see that the influx of new followers had a logical explanation, and I’m deeply grateful to Dale and to Darren for the exposure. Check out the entire post (and see the rest of the list, which features some awesome wine twitter folk) at http://www.twitip.com/12-must-follow-wine-people-on-twitter/.
For you new twitter followers out there – thanks! I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing any of the inane wine banter that I spew out via twitter on a regular basis, but I look forward to reading what you have to say, anyway!
Back in April I wrote about my perception of the intended audience of wine blogs and wine writing, which at times seemed (to me) to be other writers and bloggers instead of wine consumers. In that article, I also postulated that some of that “inbred writing” was a good thing, because it meant that a good portion of wine bloggers were in fact wine consumers who were sharing their experiences on-line with other wine-blogging consumers, and that this would ultimately have a positive impact on the wine industry as a whole.
I also offered up one example of such an uber-consumer, The Wine Whore:
“Take someone like The Wine Whore, whose blog unabashedly exists solely on the premise that it will feature a wine review in exchange for receiving a sample (no guarantee it will be positive, thankfully). A lot of people (especially wine writers) will probably hate that idea. I love that idea.”
Reaction to The Wine Whore blog has been mixed, especially within the wine blogging community itself. Some view the premise as an affront to wine writing. Others think the idea is a well-needed smack-in-the-face to an industry that too often takes itself far too seriously. I sit squarely in the latter camp. Usually.
I caught up with Randy Watson, the man behind The Wine Whore, to see how the blog was getting along nearly six months into its young life. In summary: pretty well, despite its detractors. Randy’s twitter account numbers nearly 6,000 followers, and he has a sizeable friend base on facebook as well – and no, they’re not all wineries and PR folks…
Check out the interview with Randy below, and share your thoughts on whether or not The Wine Whore is a bane, or a thing of beauty…
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