So, at some unearthly hour tomorrow I am off to Turkey for the 2012 European Wine Bloggers’ Conference (http://ewbc.vrazon.com/), although it is now dubbed the Digital Wine Communication Conference in light of the fact that social media has grown in importance of late.
I am really looking forward to it. There will be some great people there. Indeed, I suspect the main reason that many folks will be attending is to meet each other. I’m hoping we’ll have a lot of fun.
But I am also a bit nervous. The problem is, I think some people misunderstand me. I worry that they might judge me badly because I’m one of the invited speakers, and that they anticipate that I’ll have a big ego to match.
In truth, I am just like many of the participants there, who blog, tweet and facebook about wine from the perspective of enthusiasts, not professionals. I love wine. I started writing about it on the internet after catching the wine bug, and by 2001 I was blogging, just because I loved wine.
That’s what I’m still doing. But I’ve been lucky enough over the last few years to have enough wine writing work, and supportive sponsors of this site, that I can make wine writing my living. This doesn’t mean that I think for one moment that I am a big shot, or that I am any different from ‘amateur’ bloggers (I hate this term ‘amateur’ – very often these amateurs know more than ‘professionals’, are smarter, and can write better to boot).
So I hope that being a pro won’t count against me in this environment. I am just someone who loves wine, probably drinks a bit more of it than I should, and tries to shares some of my experiences online. I have been lucky in my timing – being one of the first to write online, and having the second oldest wine blog (the late Joe Dressner was first, I believe), has helped a great deal. If I were starting out now, the competition would be intense.
I am really looking forward to four days of interaction with some great people, beginning with the BYOB dinner tomorrow night. I am just bubble wrapping the magnum I am bringing now, which I will have to check in – let’s hope it makes it to Izmir.