I’ve been doing this blog for a couple of years now and still enjoy writing it. Lucky that, isn’t it? I started it off as just something to do to stop me losing the plot entirely at the end of my old career, but as time went on I felt a bit more into it as something I do. I’m a wine blogger. But if you ever want to see faces wrinkled in disdain at you, go try going to a wine trade event in the UK and tell them you’re a blogger. It’s like you’re something nasty they’ve just stepped in.
It struck me the most when I was away in Bordeaux with this Millesima blog awards thing. Toma, the guy who writes Vinopedia Serbia (pictured above), made the national news when he won his award. I’m not even sure my mum rang me! The US guys and girls that were over there brandished the title “blogger” with enthusiasm and pride. Me? I was trying to think of ways of avoiding it like the plague.
We spoke about it during the week. It’s funny isn’t it? The whole point of being a blogger is to not actually be a writer. You’ve got no ties to anyone, you’re just a normal everyday wine drinker who writes a bit on the internet to help out other everyday wine drinkers to enjoy it along with you. Blogger power in the US, in Australia, in Asia is pretty huge. In the UK, in wine at least, it’s really looked down upon, and I’ve been made to feel really shit by quite a few people.
Well enough of all that. I’m claiming it back. I’m going to go back to being a blogger, and proud to do it! No more “I’m a writer” or “I write an editorial”. Bollocks to all that. I’m a blogger, that’s what I do.