Yes, I admit it, I’m a failure.
Well, ok, maybe not a failure—perhaps it’s just that I get discouraged too easily.
I began Inspired Imbiber* full of the promise of the blog, chest jutting out proudly, thesaurus at my side, ready to scribally share my experiences and insights with fellow travelers in the world of Pacific Northwest potation. I strove to write cleverly, informatively, perceptively—even perspicaciously. I found photos to add to the blog, people to quote in the blog, places to visit in the bog, and organoleptic delights to describe in the blog. I awoke each week with thoughts of fresh subjects to write about.
Two comments over three months is all I received in return. And let’s not talk about the blog metrics reports.
So I should expect more?
One source I checked (Technorati) estimates that in September of 2007 there were over 106 million blogs in the ‘sphere; nearly two are created every minute. Someone should care about the Inspired Imbiber??
Deflated and dispirited, I let the light of my vision die out, and the effluence of my verbiage ebb.
I’ll imbibe in silence, I concluded.
Sigh . . .
But NO! That is not the way of the word warrior . . . that is not the spirit of the Inspired Imbiber! There is goodness to share, there are experiences people will want to read about. There is an audience, and I’ll find it . . . by gum.
OK, all humor aside, one of the ways blogs find their audience is through the assiduous linking of posts amidst the tapestry of the web. Simply writing isn’t enough—you have to market your blog spewings in the laissez-faire bourse of the Internet.
I am used to the print world. My day job is co-owner, co-publisher, wine editor for a 20-year old food, wine, and culinary travel magazine called Northwest Palate. We cover the Northwest Epicurean Lifestyle . . . and we live that lifestyle large—in print, and increasingly Internetally.
And we will be doing more of all that. For verily, I have much to say about the wisdom of Northwest Imbibing, the inspiration of Imbibing, and the joys of Imbibing in the great Pacific Northwest (meaning Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Idaho). And along the way, I have the hubris to believe that I can impart some information, some hard won intelligence about the world of drink, that might be helpful—and perhaps even fun—to other interested parties.
Did someone say party?
Stay tuned . . . there’s drinks for all . . .
*Inspired Imbiber 1.0 used a different blogging platform and is accessible at www.nwpalate.com