Sorry to miss the European Wine Bloggers Conference

Today is the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna. I would have loved to attend, but it’s a big clash with half-term, when I have a self-imposed travel ban so that I can be home with the kids.

There’s a live feed for those, like me, who couldn’t attend, but this currently isn’t working. I’m following proceedings by using the twitter tag #ewbc.

I’ve been blogging for a while (since 2001, making this one of the oldest of all wine blogs), but there’s lots I have to learn, and the speaker list at the conference looks really good.

One thing I would say, though, is that I have a problem with the label ‘blogger’. I’m not seen as a proper blogger by some, simply because I do other things apart from just blog. On one site cataloguing UK wine bloggers, I’m not listed as a blogger, but in a separate section for blogging journalists. I see blogging as a tool for communicating – it’s good for some purposes, but not for others. I take my blog seriously, and it gets a lot of traffic, but while I like to be taken seriously as a wine blogger, I don’t really want to be labelled as a blogger.

My policy for blogging is little and often. Rough and ready. Immediate, with a strongly personal voice. Of the moment. I’m probably breaking lots of rules.

Anyway, I shall be following the proceedings in Vienna with interest.

3 comments to Sorry to miss the European Wine Bloggers Conference

  • “…breaking lots of rules”

    who cares.

    Your content is good, your recommendations are very solid and I have never felt like I am reading an advertorial….. like most food & restaurant blogs.

  • Hi Jamie
    I’m just back in the UK from Vienna. It was a very interesting, well run conference.

    As regards the use of the word ‘blogger’ – I think the conference title is actually little misleading. A more accurate description might of been ‘European Wine & Digital Media Conference’ or something similar. As you say blogs are just one tool for communicating about wine – something the conference was very quick to acknowedge.

    Anyway, hope you can make 2011 in Franciacorta.

  • Can’t think of any rules that you could break? Do you know of any?

    As to the name “blogger” it’s becoming a remnant as in “The Masons” are there any Masons in the masons anymore? 🙂

    In the end the whole event is about communication, and publishing, in print, video, audio or otherwise!

    Hope we can see you in Franciacorta next year!

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