Since I started blogging and tweeting and all that jazz a few months ago I’ve “met” loads of great people. Of course I have to say “met” (with the rabbit ears either side) because obviously most of us haven’t really met.
We spend a fair bit of our weeks, driving our loved ones crazy, tapping away at our keyboards and smart phones. We do really annoying things. Nothing in our days is safe from being tweeted about. No wine is ever uncorked without the threat of a blog post hanging in the air. We are wine bloggers, like it or lump it.
It’s a funny thing to be a part of really. Doing that thing where you sit there in silence reading through your emails and letting out the occasional chuckle cos you’ve read something funny from one of the blogs you follow. You’re sat there in a room, on your tod most times, interacting with your e-friends.
When I first heard about the Wine Bloggers Conference I thought, “what a bloody good idea!” And having read posts from many of you out there about your experiences from the 2014 event, where e-friends became…well…friends, it sounded like something we need to get going over here in the UK.
I’ve been lucky in recent weeks to have actually converted a few e-friends to friends, having met and chatted away with both Ant “confessions of a wine geek” Davies and Tim “the Riesling fanatic” Milford over quite a few glasses of wine of late.
Funnily enough, the last time we met before Ant jetted off on holiday was a random one down at a Cava bar near St Paul’s in London called Copa de Cava (check it out!). I was there with some friends and so was Ant. As if the meeting wasn’t random enough we had no idea how to introduce each other! “Er, this is Mike, my…er…e-mate!” Ant let out to his wife and her mates. I think she and my wife corrected it to “e-pissheads”, harsh but fair!
My point being is that this new world of wine blogging has left me e-meeting lots of good people and making lots of new e-friends. I think my wine drinking over the next few months has to involve converting a few more of you guys into full on friends, over plenty of glasses of lovely wine!