Yesterday was a packed day, filled with a ton of activity, lots of wine tasting (possibly too much), and an incredible amount of bonding with great new friends from around the country. Pretty early on in the day, I realized that I was going to be too busy having fun to spend much time blogging. Today I'm busy too, but I wanted to get out some updates for you guys, who are probably waiting on the edge of your seat to know what I'm doing with every waking moment of my day </sarcasm>.
9:15 am – Today I'm starting off the day listening to a fantastic panel on improving your writing. First up was Hardy Wallace, who jumped in with both feet and demonstrated why he is an effing rockstar. Hardy talks with so much passion, it makes me feel like I'm sitting in the Dirty South Baptist Church, getting the good ol' wine writing gospel. Andy Purdue and Meg Maker both come from a more traditional writing background, and had some great knowledge to share. I've talked with Meg quite a bit in the past, and she has been a tremendous help to me in my writing. Had a little controversy on the topic of paid vs. unpaid writing. I'll elaborate on this later.
10:15 am – I have the great misfortune of following up the funniest guy in wine blogging, Joe Herrig (Suburbanwino), who absolutely nailed his portion of the Top Gun Wine Blogging panel. Joe talked about being true to yourself, and to your readers. Don't be an unbranded range animal, be a free thinker. I followed up with a talk about working within your local community, and using your real world experiences to strengthen your blog. The panel seems to be generating a lot of positive feedback on Twitter, so I'm excited about that. Drew Lazorchak (Vineyard Vlog and Wine Soiree) also killed his part of the presentation, busting out some serious passion and enthusiasm.
1:45 pm – The 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference is officially over. The 2011 Conference venue has been announced as Charlottesville, Virginia. I'm excited to be able to experience yet another new wine region next year.
I have started the goodbye tour around the conference, and am working my from room to room, trying to make sure that I don't miss any of my many new friends. I was able to track down most of them, but I'm bummed that Joe had to take off in a rush to make it to Seattle for his flight, and I wasn't able to say adios to him. I also missed saying goodbye to one of my newest favorite friends, The Beer Wench.
Now it's time to head out to Spokane, which is a whole new post.