Wine Bloggers’ Conference: The Aftermath

That probably sounds more foreboding than it actually is but I’m okay with that.

My writing professors always said that the title of a piece needed to draw the reader in so maybe this is about doomsday in Charlottesville , VA or maybe it’s not. I guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out.

Spoiler: It’s not about doomsday in Charlottesville.

There’s all sorts of recaps for WBC floating around. Some good, some bad, some funny. This one is more personal (put on your group hug shoes and let’s get ready to do this).

Big events like WBC tend to evoke big emotion from yours truly. Last year, I was so overwhelmed with the amazing experience that I had that I still have a draft of what I wrote directly after the conference ended that I’ve chosen not to publish.

This year, I’d say my emotion was just as big, but the emotion was different. I’d had a fantastic time, drank great wines, visited super awesome places (Monticello, anyone?) and best of all, hung out with some of the coolest people I know.

I feel lucky enough to call a number of the attendees friends and to have even shared a hotel party or two with one of our keynotes, Eric Asimov (who’s pretty badass because he’s so down to Earth).

But back to the emotion. I was left feeling unsure about the future of this blog. Why? Let’s get into that.

My life in 2011 has focused less on wine and more on losing weight and building a solid foundation with my fiancé for our life ahead (no, we haven’t set a date for our wedding and I don’t want to make any of this post about that, honestly).

I was thinking about how I don’t post as much as I used to and even worse, I don’t follow through with posts that I have ideas for. Sometimes, it just feels like I’ve lost the motivation to keep up with this old thing (I started this guy in January of 2009 so in the land of blogging, that actually is pretty old).

And then I thought about it some more. So what if my focus in life is changing? That just means that maybe the focus here should change, too. After all, if you go back to my very first few posts (please don’t), I wrote a few wine reviews, and that’s something that I find extremely boring and unhelpful now.

I stopped writing them after something like the 4th one, which shows how quickly I adjusted my writing and content a couple years ago when I was unfulfilled.

I started my blog back then with the ultimate goal of gaining employment in the wine biz, and that happened less than 9 months after starting to chase my goal. What did I do then?

I refocused this thing to be a more personal account of my own life within wine. That’s worked for nearly two years but maybe it’s time to readjust again.

I’m not sure exactly what this means for me (or for the blog), but it does mean that I’m not closing shop, even though I’d thought about it quite seriously. It might mean that while I get my act together, there won’t be many posts.

In the end, I hope that there’s a positive result to be found and that I can continue trying my best to deliver the best stories that I can tell.

In the end (which really might only be the beginning if you think about it), I’m sticking around and everything is pretty much unicorns and rainbows. I love writing and I love writing about wine.

Look at how Millennial I am, posting a Lisa Frank image. My generation is so unique that no one could possibly think that they understand us. (I really did have this stationary set, fyi.)

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http://ancientfirewineblog.blogspot.com/ Jason Phelps

I’d say this is the most honest and personal post of the conference that I’ve seen. Based on my life’s experience I’d bet you’ve got an advantage here. You are willing to do the deep thinking.

With the short amount of time I’ve been able to spend with you I find you both funny and interesting so I don’t think it matters what you chose to do next, as long as you are doing the choosing.

Writing about art from bubble gum stuck under public transit seats isn’t my bag, but if you went there I’d come and read it!Jason

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

This is seriously one of the sweetest comments ever. I enjoyed getting to meet you and hang out this past weekend (and even our flight woes were made easier by having a buddy). Thank you for all of the cool wines and next time you have something going on in NH, let me know. I’m in (schedule willing).

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

This is seriously one of the sweetest comments ever. I enjoyed getting to meet you and hang out this past weekend (and even our flight woes were made easier by having a buddy).

Thank you for all of the cool wines and next time you have something going on in NH, let me know. I’m in (schedule willing).

http://twitter.com/reneewinerd Renee Keele

Very nice post! And the lisa frank unicorns are so perfect! My sister I believe also had this set becuase it look for familiar! I am glad you are not throwing in the towel as I like to read your blog becuase it is so personal and well written.

I have also enjoyed following your weight loss journay both here and on twitter! so good luck in the future whatever it brings you!:)

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

The weight loss journey and wine blogging may not be mutually exclusive down the road. I may find some neat ways to combine the two. We shall see. Thanks for the kind words, Renee!

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

The weight loss journey and wine blogging may not be mutually exclusive down the road. I may find some neat ways to combine the two. We shall see. Thanks for the kind words, Renee!

http://twitter.com/GrapeEnvyGuy G.E. Guy

Very cool post. Finding one thing and sticking with it is a very safe sounding theory, but few people nail “it” the first time around. I’m still trying to nail it and leaving a lot of hammer marks in the drywall around it.

Whatever direction this blog (or another blog) may take, it was great to meet you this weekend.

+1 for bubble gum transit art. Actually, that sounds like a band name. I can play tambourine if you’re in!

http://twitter.com/GrapeEnvyGuy G.E. Guy

Very cool post. Finding one thing and sticking with it is a very safe sounding theory, but few people nail “it” the first time around. I’m still trying to nail it and leaving a lot of hammer marks in the drywall around it.

Whatever direction this blog (or another blog) may take, it was great to meet you this weekend.

+1 for bubble gum transit art. Actually, that sounds like a band name. I can play tambourine if you’re in!

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

It was great meeting you this weekend as well. I’m so happy to have such a fantastic conference that brings together cool folks from all over and makes us really think about what we’re doing and figure out better ways to get to that end goal of writing thoughtfully about a subject we love.

As for the band part, I was never musically gifted but I could probably try out a harmonica or something (easy).

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

It was great meeting you this weekend as well. I’m so happy to have such a fantastic conference that brings together cool folks from all over and makes us really think about what we’re doing and figure out better ways to get to that end goal of writing thoughtfully about a subject we love.

As for the band part, I was never musically gifted but I could probably try out a harmonica or something (easy).

http://twitter.com/GrapeEnvyGuy G.E. Guy

Very cool post. Finding one thing and sticking with it is a very safe sounding theory, but few people nail “it” the first time around. I’m still trying to nail it and leaving a lot of hammer marks in the drywall around it.

Whatever direction this blog (or another blog) may take, it was great to meet you this weekend.

+1 for bubble gum transit art. Actually, that sounds like a band name. I can play tambourine if you’re in!

http://twitter.com/GrapeEnvyGuy G.E. Guy

Very cool post. Finding one thing and sticking with it is a very safe sounding theory, but few people nail “it” the first time around. I’m still trying to nail it and leaving a lot of hammer marks in the drywall around it.

Whatever direction this blog (or another blog) may take, it was great to meet you this weekend.

+1 for bubble gum transit art. Actually, that sounds like a band name. I can play tambourine if you’re in!

Anonymous
HOw did YOU have that stationary set when I did! I think that Unicorns are un-age group specific 😉

As for changing the focus of your blog, even before this conference, I was struck by the same thought. My life has been busy this past year and I find myself blogging less, and trying to blog with more meaning. I don’t think that is a bad thing, I think it’s the evolution of your blog.

As someone who has blogged since 2008, through two short boughts of summer vacation aka unemployment, and major life changes, I would encourage you to think more about what you want to say and how you want to say it, and not worry about posting often or posting what you think other people want.

In other words, DON’T leave me Amanda! The blogging community would be at a loss without your posts. I look forward to seeing how you evolve, as both a millennial (you not me of course) and a wine writer.

Well, Thea. There’s this thing called supply and demand and when they made those stationary sets, clearly there was a lot of demand. Unicorns. They’re in high demand ALWAYS.

I’m glad I’m not the only one having these thoughts/feelings. I was thinking that a change needed to happen before the conference as well and afterwards, the feelings have been overwhelming.

Change is good (for both of us), right? Let’s shake things up and really try to put out the best stuff we possibly can. I’m not leaving you but now you better not leave me!

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

Well, Thea. There’s this thing called supply and demand and when they made those stationary sets, clearly there was a lot of demand. Unicorns. They’re in high demand ALWAYS.

I’m glad I’m not the only one having these thoughts/feelings. I was thinking that a change needed to happen before the conference as well and afterwards, the feelings have been overwhelming.

Change is good (for both of us), right? Let’s shake things up and really try to put out the best stuff we possibly can. I’m not leaving you but now you better not leave me!

http://twitter.com/mariepayton Marie Payton

Amanda, it was so great to meet you at WBC11! Keep at it with the healthy living – in my humble opinion, nothing is more important than that. I consider drinking wine to be part of contributing to my health (well, maybe not at the afterparty after the afterparty after the … )

Not only have studies shown that people who enjoy a drink or two live longer, but wine is social, and being social makes you live longer and more fully. Hope to see you soon!

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

It was great to finally meet you, too! Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’m digging this living healthier thing so I’m excited to see where I can go from here.

http://www.suburbanwino.com suburbanwino

If you start out with no focus, then you never have to get caught up in these “refocusing” efforts.

You know I dig your outlook, so I hope to see some stuff here. Wine or not. I’m just a fan of writing from friends that doesn’t make my head hurt or stomach turn. Thankfully, yours does neither 🙂

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

Yay for posts that aren’t vomit inducing! I’ll be writing more here, for sure. I just really wanted to clear the air about how I’ve been feeling lately and I’m hoping that I did that in the most entertaining way that I can.

It was great to see you again and meet the misses over the weekend. I checked flights down there and they’re amazingly reasonable. Once we complete our move and attending weddings, we’ll have to chat about coming for a visit.

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Weeklywinejournal

I have yet to make it to a Wine Bloggers Conference! The staying motivated part is difficult. In the beginning it was new and exciting and it seemed like new opportunities and things were happening all the time.

Now the time is just flying by, and I am at yearly events quite frequently! I hope you stick around, find a new angle, I enjoy reading your blog 🙂

http://www.thewineingwoman.com/ Amanda Maynard

You’ll need to get to a conference eventually! I enjoy them mostly for the people I get to hang out with that one time a year but you’re right, time is flying by between them now. I love this blog so there will be more. Thanks for reading, Tim!

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