There was so much good stuff going on this week on blogs that I read, that I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one thing. Here are three posts that I really enjoyed this week -
- The Wine Whore and Josh at Drink Nectar put together one of the most entertaining tasting videos that I have ever seen. The tag-teamed a tasting of Kiona Wines, and really hit it out of the park…, I kind of mixed my sports metaphors a bit there. Anyway, you can see the video on both Drink Nectar and The Wine Whore site.
- John Cesano posted a great review of Randal Grahm’s fantastic book, Been Doon So Long. His thoughts on the book match pretty closely to mine, and John does a great job of capturing the essence of the book.
- Katie Pizzuto from Gonzo Gastronomy posted a great work of wine fiction on Dale Cruse’s Drinks Are On Me blog. As if writing one of the coolest wine blogs on the planet wasn’t enough, Katie writes some mean fiction too.
This week I have to throw myself under the bus for the bad. There was a nice little example this week of how it’s easy to make a mess of things in this limited accountability world of blogging and Twitter. Yesterday my Twitter feed came across with this message:
RT @tomcwark: Why is @bgardner stealing my blog content and publishing it here: (Vino: I’m deleting the URL, as I don’t want to give the pirate anymore traffic) ….as though it was his own work???
I naturally thought, “How dare @bgardner steal Tom Wark’s work? I’ll show him, I’m going to retweet this right away!” So I did. I noticed that a lot of other Twitter folks did the same thing, so a veritable retweet storm had started. That would be great, accept that it turns out that @bgardner was just the designer who created the template for the website.
@DaveWebb: @tomcwark You guys erroneously pegged @bgardner as content pirate. Pirate is using his theme.
Someone was using his template to pirate other people’s traffic, and poor @bgardner was stuck in the middle. I felt awful, and issued an apology. Still, I know that the damage is already done. The moral of this story, is to check into this kind of stuff more closely before you retweet. You wouldn’t want your reputation sullied by something that was passed on by a bunch of people with a quick retweet reaction.
My most sincere and humble apologies to @bgardner for my part in yesterday’s fiasco.
This week, I feel that the good can also be ugly. Another Twitter message that I got this week said,
Wine Whore Review:Tag-Team Threesome: Kiona Wine http://bit.ly/a9wk1a
Fortunately, the threesome in question only involved @TheWineWhore and @nectarwine drinking some @kionawine. Still, not the kind of image that you want to have planted in your brain on a Monday morning.