I’ve followed The Wine Economist (Mike Veseth) for years and have a lot of faith in his judgement, both about wine and writing. This piece was exceptional and I really believe applicable to bloggers of all stripes in this internet driven world. For some of us (retired from other professions) writing is pure joy and we strive to perfect our art, amuse, educate and interest a very diverse group of readers. For others writing represents a dream to good enough to focus on it professionally and while I really love to write, I hate to think that I contribute to the erosion of their ability to make a living. It may however be an in evitable reality.
The wine industry finds itself embroiled in major transitions as historic distribution channels crumble in deference to on-line options. So, it seems goes the wine writing business. Writers like Mike have taught me most of what I know about blogging and wine, but more than anything else that, whether you write for fun or profit, you must treat your writing as a business. It must be good, it must be interesting, and most of all it needs to be accurate.
This post, in my meager opinion, must be read by all writers, not just those interested in wine. You will get a dose of reality and learn a lot about being better at your craft. Thanks Mike for continuing to be my hero and mentor.
Sue and I are back from the Professional Wine Writers’ Symposium at the Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley and it is time to reflect upon the experience. Herewith some notes and a list of five things that I think I learned about the wine writing business.
Anatomy of an Amazing Experience
The wine writers’ symposium has been going on for about a dozen years and it is an amazing experience. The idea is that you bring together a faculty of experience professional wine writers to teach, coach, mentor and help network a group of rising star wine writer participants. (This year’s “student” group was so well qualified that the student and faculty roles sometimes reversed — a good thing.)
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