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.