New_years_toast-thumb-324x410 I know, a list of resolutions is a really original thing to do this time of year, but I'm doing it anyway.  I'm not going to lie, my starting of this blog was not very well thought out.  I have a habit of just jumping headlong into things without thinking, a habit that has lead to much frustration on the part of my long-suffering wife.  Most of these resolutions are remedies to various issues that I've noticed on the blog, or in my blogging habits.  I do have a few non blog items, but mostly this list has to do with my wine life.  I'd love to hear what your wine resolutions are this year too, so feel free to post them in the comments.

  1. Try to write at least one publication worthy post a month.  These would obviously be longer posts and wouldn't be of the "What did I drink tonight?" variety.  I've had several ideas floating around in my head, and it's time to buckle down and spend the time to get them knocked out.
  2. Start recording video posts.  I'm still working on my plans for this.  I really would like to do something other than video wine reviews, as I think there are plenty of people doing a great job at this already.  That's not to say that I won't do any video reviews, but I don't want that to be the focus of my video endeavors.
  3. Start learning French.  Why?  Just because I think it's cool.
  4. Put together one wine tasting party a month.  I really enjoyed putting together the last tasting that we did.  I would like to explore some different formats, and make sure that I find a venue where I can invite more people than we did last time.
  5. Be more consistent with posting my tasting notes on Cellar Tracker and Cork'd.
  6. Generally clean up the ol' website, especially the sidebars.
  7. Improve (or create) my format for wine reviews.  Right now it's been really haphazard.  I am glad that I did away with my stab at the 100 point system.  I question whether anyone can really be accurate with this format, but I guarantee that I am not that exact.  Still, I would like to come up with a better way to provide some consistent feedback on what I think about a wine.  I'll give myself through the end of January to come up with my new format.
  8. Become more involved in the wine community.  I have met some really great people since I started this blog, but I haven't really engaged in the community as much as I could have.  I'd really like to work on building more relationships and learning from other people.
  9. Create some cool informational pages on the site.  I have been thinking about some information that I would really like to see grouped together in one place, so why not make that place my website?

Ok, I think that's enough for now.  I really look forward to what 2010 will bring, and I hope to get to know all of you better in the upcoming year.  Seriously, leave a comment with some goals or resolutions that you have for the upcoming year.  I'd love to hear them.

Update – I forgot one.  I also plan on tasting at least 50 new varieties of wine this year.  I'd love to say that I will join the Wine Century club this year, but I have to be a little realistic.