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A Birthday Card for Myself

After being laid-up with a wicked virus and sleeping, literally, 55 out of the last 60 hrs, wishing that the evil gnomes living under my bed would stop beating my body with baseball bats while I slumbered (maybe that’s the TheraFlu talking), all pounding migraine and body ache, I am happy just to be sitting at the computer typing with some level of functional normalcy today.

Credit caffeine.  As of this morning, I could not tell where the head and body ache flu ended and the caffeine withdrawal started.  Five cups of Joe later, some normalcy has seeped into my brain, if not a vague clarity of thought. 

Thankfully, at this point, my engine is running on three of its six cylinders so I can now break my arm patting myself on the back – something that has become wine blogger de facto standard around blog birthdays.  That as a preface, I would like to note that today is Good Grape’s 3rd birthday.

779 posts and almost 400,000 words later, it has been an interesting period of my life, sometimes a bit consuming, but all of it has been fun and educational.

To be honest, I am not sure where wine blogging is headed – over the course of the last 14-15 months social media has become so omnipresent that it at once has distracted people from blogging, while making blogging a foundation from which social media engagement springs.  Undoubtedly, the next year to year and ½ will bear continued changes, but I am sure I will be doing this come b-day number four and five. 

Overall, there have been dozens and dozens of lessons learned, and certainly I have learned a lot about wine in the process, but, perhaps, the biggest take-away is that the community around wine on the Internet is special (and make no mistake, the wine industry in general is the most genial group of people I have ever interacted with, making technology people seem like self-serious librarians at the dance).  The relationships that I have forged in this community have and continue to be a source of inspiration, and one of the primary drivers of why I am certain I will be writing a birthday post in years four and five.

The other perhaps simpler lesson learned is anybody can write a book.  Exhibit A is the fact that 400,000 words is roughly the equivalent of five or six reference guides, the likes of which are published in the wine category every year.

Without too much ego-induced mania, or navel-gazing, I would simply like to say thanks to the good folks that have happened across this site, left a comment, or who read regularly.  It is appreciated!



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On 01/24, mydailywine wrote:

Happy Birthday Good Grape!
Your contribution to the wine industry online is noted and appreciated.

On 01/25, 1winedude wrote:

Well, happy b-day bro!

I am the 1st to admit that I suck at following blogs, but yours is one of a handful that have made my Netvibes “Wine” page.  Hope to seee many more years!

On 01/25, Sonadora wrote:

Many happy returns on your blogiversary. I think I’m mixing my metaphors there.  Here’s to year 4!

On 01/28, Learn About Wine wrote:

Let’s hope sites like Twitter and Facebook never replace dedicated blogging addicts, even if they do afford a quick fix. The appeal of old school blogging (can I call it that yet?) for me is that I like not having to deny a million friend requests from someone not even old enough to read my material. I can’t even begin to understand the appeal of twitter. But then maybe being almost 40 has something to do with that…

Happy birthday Good Grape, cya on your fourth.

Phil

On 01/29, Alder wrote:

Rock on, Jeff!!

On 09/24, porno wrote:

To be honest, I am not sure where wine blogging is headed – over the course of the last 14-15 months social media has become so omnipresent that it at once has distracted people from blogging, while making blogging a foundation from which social media engagement springs.

On 10/19, computer games wrote:

I also like wine so I always interested in it and everything what is related with it.


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