Although my activity as a blogger has slowed to a trickle here on Vinotology, I still count myself as a part of the blogging community. I keep telling myself, and all of you, that I am going to start blogging regularly again. I suppose that I have, if you consider once or twice a month to be “regular”. Most social media articles on blogging would argue that this kind of output does not constitute regular or consistent production. Ahh, well. I do, in fact, still have plans to up my content output, although as I get more and more active in production work at Alexandria Nicole Cellars, I become more and more unsure of where the time for blogging is going to come from (even for my employer, let alone myself.)

Regardless of any of that, I am on my way to Portland tomorrow for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference. I always feel like a child that is awaiting a trip to Disney World in the weeks preceding the conference. As the tweets fly around the Twitterverse with the hashtag #wbc12, I become even more excited with every passing day. Emails and Facebook invitations to extra-curricular tasting events with various wineries start to flood my inbox, and I start to think about how little of the next few days will be spent without a wine glass in my hand, and I smile. Visions of Pinot Noir start dancing in my dreams. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

For all of my excitement about the wines that I will be tasting and the info that I will be taking in about the Oregon wine world, my favorite part of the Bloggers’ Conference is all of the awesome people that I will get to see again, and the new ones that I will be meeting. My first conference in Walla Walla was when I first got to meet a number of people who I already considered friends, and who now I consider to be good friends. Many of these people have been extremely supportive of my journey into the belly of the wine industry, pointing me at interview opportunities and even giving me a place to stay while in their respective areas. Getting to see these people again feels a bit like a homecoming. This kind of event is a perfect example of the wonders of living in the social media age. If it weren’t for blogging, Twitter and Facebook, I never would have met good friends like Josh Wade, Drew Lazorchak, Ed Thralls, Joe Herrig, Joe Roberts, Paul Mabray, and Jeff Weissler, just to name a few of the many wonderful friends that I’ve made since I started blogging. This is really a great community to be a part of, and I can’t wait to see everyone again.