Reflections on Rod, Humour, and Social Media in Wine

10 Jun

Yes, that’s Diana Ross before Michael stood in for her.

I’ve been doing this ‘real’ wine blog for 115 posts plus and it’s time to reflect on the journey – what I know now. I accept that its a bit self-indulgent on my part but it’s my blog.

I started this public wine schtick about 8 years ago, when I led wine tastings for friends and colleagues. Then I started writing an email to a few friends about what they might want to pick up from the bi-weekly LCBO releases. It grew to an email to a hundred and fifty people when I thought that I’d better grow and that’s when I started this blog.

What I’ve learned:

§   #1 – There is a youuuge community of people a lot like me; that love wine and write about that love. These communitypeople know a lot about wine, want to learn more about wine, and are great at sharing their experiences. I never imagined that there was a group of people that I’d fit in with (sniffle, sniffle). This community has been incredibly important to me as I trundle onward. Encouraging, educating, correcting, and challenging me as I go. I’ve altered my blogroll on the right banner to better reflect those folks. I owe a lot to these people. It would be great if those following me also read their posts as you’ll learn a lot, have a few laughs, and meet some new wines, wine stories and some great people from all over the world.

§   #2 – My sense of humour is an acquired taste. As I write each post I just free-wheel and then edit accordingly. Here’s the problem: I break me up. I mean, if you know me, I am the person that enjoys my humour the absolute most. It’s not an endearing trait, I’m told. The phrase I frequently hear is, “I don’t find that funny at all, Bill.” So, I have to take out much of what I think is incredibly hilarious because : 1) people won’t find it funny, because it may not be; 2) people will think that I’m not really serious about wine and, paradoxically, I’m serious about absolutely everything in life; and, 3) so that people won’t be put off and will read down to the bottom – where, it just so happens, there’s a pretty funny bit. I think that wine should be fun unless it’s your business and even then maybe a bit. So I’ll try and focus the silliness and get a little more serious. No, on second thought, I’m not doing that because ………. well, I break me up too much.

§   #3 – There is a lot I don’t know about wine – may never know – particularly within the professional ‘wine education’ paradigm. Like in a previous #MWWC – wine is a mystery to me. I’ve tried to learn sans Google on my wine journey. It means reading those aforementioned bloggers. It writer cartoonalso means reading lots of books, magazines and, most importantly, drinking a lot. I love it all more than when I started – the drinking of the wine the most. Despite my gaps in knowledge, I don’t think that I’ll take a a WSET course or ever get my certification in britt detection. I don’t dismiss this education or minimize how much it helps people to appreciate and enjoy wine. It just isn’t for me (school-a-phobic?). If I keep reminding myself that the mystery is sometimes the best part, Bill will be fine.

§   #4 – This web stuff is a lot of work. I had my friend Louanne set it all up and insert the posts, links, and art for a while. Basically all the hard work. She made me look all 21st century. And then she…………well……….she sat me down and said that we needed a change……….it wasn’t working for her…………she said that it wasn’t me, it was her………..told me she was holding me 

rodback by doing everything for me………that I should do it myself to better get the results I wanted, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. I thought then and still do that there was someone else. I was gutted. But, I pulled myself together and here we are. I’m a bit old for this social media stuff. How old is he? He’s so old he saw Brian Jones with the Stones, Neil Young with CSN, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and Rod Stewart (picture on right) with the Jeff Beck Group which means I heard Rod when he was really good. But I try to do the blogging/Twitter/Facebook thing as well as a child of the sixties and seventies can manage. It’s a lot of work. Isn’t it fellow bloggers? But bottom line? I break me up or I’d just drink and not tell people about it.

Come to think of it, I think I’ll do that right now – drink that is. Do I have any more 2008 Beronia downstairs? Do I? Are you shitting me? Of course I do.

A big thanks to those that follow me, comment on my posts, and keep me honest. Let’s have some fun and share a glass together before too long!

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7 Responses to “Reflections on Rod, Humour, and Social Media in Wine”

  1. AL June 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    two out of three ain’t bad…I don’t know about keeping you honest!

    • Duff's Wines June 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      That’s the hard part. Thanks for always paying attention and being the subject of some of my cryptic comments.

  2. Nance June 11, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Bill – a blonde joke????

    • Duff's Wines June 11, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      I hadn’t even noticed that. Unintended. But, come to think of it, I was blonde once.

  3. Stefano June 11, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Congrats on your 115th post, a very enjoyable one by the way. Looking forward to reading many more from you. And, I appreciate your humor! 😉

  4. shannon March 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

    Omg…..that pic of you! Love your posts!

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