So, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve basically been on radio silence since the summer with only a few exceptions. I want to fill you in on what’s going on and what are plans are for this blog moving forward.
First of all, this was a very hard summer for us. Grape Envy Guy contracted Lyme Disease, and he spent much of the summer very ill. He’s doing well now, but the summer was stressful for us, and it involved very little wine.
Second, my job shifted over the summer and through the early part of this year. It became very writing-centric. Because I was spending so much time writing in my professional life, I found it hard to motivate myself to blog. In the past, blogging was a nice break from myriad aspects of my job.
While I always wrote as part of my job, it wasn’t something I did all the time, so blogging was something I enjoyed doing as a break from my other responsibilities. When I was writing all the time, however, it became a chore, so I needed some time away. My job has shifted back to the distribution of responsibilities I had previously, so I’m hopefully that I’ll again have the energy for blogging and that I’ll find the same synergy I did in the past where blogging in my personal life made me a more comfortable writer in my professional life.
Third, both GEG and I got somewhat bored with what we were writing when we were writing. We started this blog as a tool to help us pay more attention to the wine we were consuming, to help us learn, and to help get us out of our wine rut. It did all those things, but along the way, people started reading it and caring about what we had to say. We felt that we had to do certain things (visit wineries at a certain pace, check out new wineries, etc.), and some of the fun wasn’t there. We essentially wrote ourselves into a new wine rut. We still love wine, local wine, and VA wine, but we’re in a different place than when we started this blog.
Given the changes in our palates and our desire to continue learning about wine, experiencing new to us wine, and playing with wine and food pairings, we’re ready to shift the focus of this blog to reflect where we are currently.
To that end, our posts may be a bit more sporadic moving forward than they have been in the past (although much better than the last 6 months). It’s likely that we’ll figure out a rough schedule over time, but for now, we don’t know what it is. We’ll continue to talk about Virginia wine, but you’ll probably notice more discussion of wines from other parts of the country as well as from other parts of the world. After all, VA does some wines very well, but we like more diversity to our wine drinking than we can get just in VA.
You’ll also probably notice fewer posts about visits to wineries. I’m sure we’ll talk about them from time to time, but we’re just visiting wineries less often. At this point, we have some we really enjoying visiting to do tastings and or to hang out at, and continually hearing about those wouldn’t be at all interesting for you. There’s also always new wineries opening up, but honestly, few of them offer wines that really intrigue me off the bat. Given that, we’ll talk about wineries when they are noteworthy for good or bad reasons, but otherwise, those visits will just be something we do from time to time.
As always, we value our readers and the community you’ve helped us create here. We hope you’ll stick with us through these growing pains. In the meantime, be sure to fill us in on what you’ve all be up to.
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