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Vinography Turns Seven

birthday_cake_sm.jpgThere's some sort of reality distortion in our brains that keeps us from being able to observe our own aging process. It happens so slowly and so gradually, and in our heads we're always the same person, so the passage of time seems surreal.

That's a little how I feel as Vinography turns seven years old this weekend. I can hardly believe that I've been doing this wine writing thing for that long. It's a little strange.

I remember when the idea of starting Vinography first occurred to me, as a way of both digitizing my somewhat obsessive note taking habit, as well as giving my friends someplace to go to answer their increasingly frequent requests for wine advice.

At the time, I typed the phrase "wine blog" into google, and I looked through every single search result (a process, if you can believe it, that only took about an hour). I searched on blogspot and every other hosted blogging platform available to the public, and I could only find a single wine blog that had ever been created. That particular blog had been started in August of 2003 and was abandoned after about six or seven posts.

So, without much precedent (of course, the term blog has now been retroactively applied to most any web site that included serialized postings, which means that there were, in fact folks doing the "blogging" thing about wine, most notably Joe Dressner and Jack Keller) I dove in.

The first thing I had to do was come up with a title for the darn thing, and being trained as a photographer, I was familiar with the etymology of the word photography, and decided that the term vinography might suit. I typed that into Google and got literally zero results. Wish I had taken a screen shot of that one.

I installed Movable Type, chose the default template, and I was off and running in my own little universe that I called wine blogging -- the first day, as they say, of the rest of my life.

There are still a few of you readers around who showed up in those first few months that I was figuring out just how much I loved expressing my passion for wine through my writing here. Thank you so much for spending a little bit of your time reading what I have to say.

And for the rest of you who have come along in the intervening seven years (or in the last ten minutes) thank you, too, for your interest and your participation in the conversations I start here.

You folks who read, and especially those of you who take the time to comment, are a big part of why I keep doing this day after day.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pop a cork or two.

P.S. If you haven't yet taken my reader survey, I encourage you to do so, even if you don't want to win the tickets to the ZAP Zinfandel Tasting that I'm giving away.

Comments (22)

01.17.11 at 10:52 AM

Happy birthday! I came across your blog just a few weeks ago and I have to tell you that is the one I like most out of all the ones I am following. Keep up the good job Alder!

doug wrote:
01.17.11 at 12:08 PM

Happy Birthday !!!

Milanie Cleere wrote:
01.17.11 at 12:10 PM

Congratulations, Alder. You're an inspiration!

Sam Folsom wrote:
01.17.11 at 12:23 PM

Always a great read, Alder. Congrats!

Mark wrote:
01.17.11 at 1:28 PM

Congrats Alder!

Mark wrote:
01.17.11 at 4:47 PM


Congrats on 7 years! I hope it doesn't come with any type of 7 year itch to walk way! Many of us are really in your debt for helping to create a medium where people both as consumers and those of us lucky enough to be ITB can go for honest evaluations and information.

Martin Silva wrote:
01.17.11 at 5:12 PM

It's great to see someone with so much passion for what they do. Good job.

Alfonso wrote:
01.18.11 at 5:37 AM

Like they say at Frogs Leap Winery, "Time's fun when you're having flies!"

Todd wrote:
01.18.11 at 8:17 AM

Keep up the great work, you are out front and setting the pace...
Going to be in Charlottesville in July?

Rita wrote:
01.18.11 at 6:45 PM

Happy blog birthday! I adore reading your work. Here's to another 7 years!

Susan wrote:
01.18.11 at 8:11 PM

I hope you keep it up for another seven years. I was just introduced to you and your blog at the San Francisco Public Library panel, San Francisco Bites. Thanks so much for participating. I look forward to reading your blog going forward.

John Skupny wrote:
01.19.11 at 11:31 AM

A hearty congratulations on the seven years of great stuff!

01.20.11 at 12:12 AM

Yes, Congratulations indeed - and many, many more. As you mentioned time flies, but the contribution you have made to the wine world has been consistent, passionate and for the lack of a better word "a gift" to the wine community. Thank you!

clive wrote:
01.20.11 at 12:27 PM

Happy Birthday Huge congrats and as others gave already said; may you be here for a lot more years to come. Your blog is fantastic, even for those of us that barely know how to spell wine let alone know anything of value about it

Chris Lopez wrote:
01.20.11 at 2:51 PM

Congrats Alder! My wine world wouldn't be the same without vinography. Happy Birthday!

BaroloDude wrote:
01.21.11 at 1:07 PM

thats one dog year for your blogging! Congrats.

Now to avoid the 7 year itch, bloggingwise....

Rich wrote:
01.22.11 at 11:59 AM

Congratulations and don't stop! They say seven is the age of reason.

Asgar wrote:
01.24.11 at 2:05 AM

I have neen following your blog for the past few weeks and found it interesting. Keep up the good work. Happy birthday

Mary wrote:
01.24.11 at 11:51 AM

Congrats and Happy Blog Birthday!!! I second what the commenter above said, you have always been an inspiration to me also! Cheers

Jen wrote:
01.31.11 at 2:24 AM

Albeit a bit late- Congratulations on your 7 years!

Sheehanigans wrote:
01.31.11 at 2:23 PM

I heard about your blog in an academic article published by the Journal f Wne Research ref 209, Vol 20, No 2, pp. 145. www.vinography is cited as one of the largest consumer-created blogsout of about 555 wine blogs in english.

So happy birthday and congrats!

According to Yarrow (2008), sites like yours attract >40,000 hits per month. That sound about right?

Sheehanigans wrote:
01.31.11 at 2:28 PM

Aha! I see you ARE Yarrow! Sorry about that -- guess you spoke to Dr Liz Thach, Sonoma State U, about her article, Wine 2.0.....

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