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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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Wanna take a survey?
Oh, c’mon. It’ll be fun!
Some of you out there might remember Tracy Rickman, who co-chaired one of the break-out sessions at the first North American Wine Bloggers Conference. Tracy is a Consumer Research doctoral candidate at Auburn University, and her dissertation pertains to wine blogs as an information source, with a focus on adding to the theories regarding media studies. You can see Tracy in action at the WBC by checking out the videos from the break-out sessions.
I guess in a way wine blogs are her guinea pigs. Which I can totally respect, since it means that someone is paying attention to us! Anyway, as far as I’m aware there is no hidden agenda on Tracy’s part, just the pursuit of knowledge (and of course her dissertation).
As the next phase of her dissertation work, Tracy is conducting a survey about readers’ experiences with wine blogs. This means that YOU have a chance to influence what might be the only study of its kind with respect to wine blogging.
The survey itself will take you maybe 15-20 minutes to complete, and will be open for about two weeks. According to Tracy, currently there is about a 38% completion rate for the survey – which good, but I know that you people can do way better than that!
Anyway – head over to dbm.questionpro.com and lend a hand by taking Tracy’s survey. You can even use 1WineDude.com as the survey topic – just try not to say too many bad things about me, okay?