We’re #1! Sort Of! We Think…

Vinted on September 24, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog

Intrepid Wine Enthusiast editor and fellow blogger Steve Heimoff pointed out to me this week that 1WineDude has somehow found its way into the top slot in PostRank’s wine blog rankings.

Steve and uber-wine-industry blogger Tom Wark have both recently penned blog posts about the various rankings of wine bloggers in one form or another – both takes are well worth a read.

What does the PostRank ranking mean?  Aside from the obvious – i.e., temporary bragging rights over #2 Wine Library TV – I’m not sure what it means.  I attempted to find out by checking out how PostRank comes to its ranking decisions, but I couldn’t figure it out in 15 seconds, so I gave up.

I’m grateful, I’m happy, and I don’t plan on changing anything because all of this ranking business doesn’t tell you whether or not you’d like reading 1WineDude.

For those bloggers finding themselves at the top of any of the various ranking algorithms these days, I’d offer the following bit of time-honored wisdom:

According to General George Patton, "For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning…”

I like to think that warning went something like this:

The higher the monkey climbs, the more you can see of his butt.


(images: postrank.com)





  • David Honig

    I think it was "sic transit <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a0/Gloria.jpg/200px-Gloria.jpg&quot; alt="" title="" />"

  • 1WineDude

    Update: I'm back to #2. **Already***.

    Damn, that was quick!

    • @suburbanwino

      Second? What would the sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo think? Remember when he destroyed Johnny's second place trophy? "Strike First, Strike Hard, Show No Mercy"….just kidding! Congrats! It sure beats being mired in relative cyberspace obscurity.

      • 1WineDude


        What is that the Taoists say about not letting the "breezes" (positive or negative) sway you?

  • ChrisO

    Hey Dude!

    You deserve the top spot in my book! Keep up the witty posts about wine it is a refreshing break from all that stuffy old media crap!

    So glad you are not going to let this inflate your heard like some cheap mylar balloon at a 5 year old's birthday party.


  • Chriso

    Opps make that head not heard

    • 1WineDude


  • Gary


    All the hard work an hours eventually pay off. Good job. You deserve all the praise. You will take over first again over time and it will be time to celebrate once again.

    Take care,

    PS – Steelers really are missing Troy of Troy!

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks for that. I'm not too worried about being #2 behind Gary V. in terms of hustle :-). Cheers!

  • Steve Heimoff

    "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" — Ozymandias

    • 1WineDude

      Maybe it should have been "look on my monkey's butt and despair!"?


  • Dylan

    Honestly, as long as you're able to keep doing what you love to do, awards, rank, and the rest will come on their own, and at best, come second to what brought them to you.

    • 1WineDude

      Amen to that!

  • Ken Payton

    I am not even on the list. Foolish. What bullshit.

    Grab the brass ring, Joe. Feel the weight in your hand? In the final analysis Steve Heimoff and his fans can go f*ck themselves. Join his poisonous circle. The rest of us will carry the weight. Are you listening, Joe? You are an inch away from drowning in a luxurious, piss-filled pool.

    • 1WineDude

      Bit extreme, don't you think?

      • Ken Payton

        No, I don't. You tell me what sense a wine blog list makes without mine on it. You are becoming increasingly isolated. Simple as that.

        • 1WineDude

          Ken, I'm guilty of being a lot of things, but isolated ain't one of them.

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