The most important thing to remember with any list is that it’s subjective to the author, and it’s limited by that person’s experiences. I’ve heard a lot of scuttlebutt about Paul Mabray’s 9 Most Important Wine Bloggers in the US list since it was published; and it’s a good list, based on his experiences and relationships.
And, as with any list, it’s not so much who is on the list; but rather, it’s about who’s not on the list. That’s always the way it’s going to be. You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and a list is a sure fire way to have that prove itself to be true.
When I saw the title, like so many others, I was curious to see what Paul’s perspective would bring. There were very few surprises, as I had hoped it would be. The one hiccup for me was to find someone only blogging for a year on the list as being listed as one of the most important. That’s a subjective addition, in my humble opinion. People’s worth is developed over time, dedication, experiences, connections, and reputation. A one year blogger is a great addition, if listed as such, but would all of us see that as one of the most important as Paul Mabray has? Not really… but it’s Paul’s list and it’s his party. That’s the beauty of it all. It’s one man’s perspective, with brings me to another opinion.
One man’s perspective about men, that is… There are no women on this list… Not one.
Now, I’m sad after so many years of being a woman’s libber. Sigh… that there isn’t one woman who jumped out, as I can think of several who offer leadership from one area or another.
I decided to try to better understand his list, too, by getting some available analytics (on www.compete.com) for his people. I need to prove to myself that he’s not only got some established wine bloggers, but he’s also got some up and comings, as I saw it. If a wine blogger’s been around a while, s/he’ll show up on this site. The date for this numbers gathering was 1/20/12. I’ll list them from the highest to the lowest.
- Jon Bonne – blog.sfgate.com/wine~ 610,929 unique visitors for the month. (Remember, this is a newspaper, so the numbers will be exorbitant as compared to an independent blogger. Jon has a built-in audience, and someone else will inherit those numbers when he moves on.)
- Eric Asimov – the Pour (New York Times) ~ 109,804 unique visitors. (Again, this is a newspaper, and the wine blog has been diluted to become food and wine, being called Diner’s Journal about dining, food, and wine, so it’s not really measurable in the same way as a strict wine blog with that singular focus, because Eric moved on from daily blogging.)
- Alder Yarrow ~ vinography.com ~ 12,338 unique visitors for the month. (This one is solid for understanding how many unique visitors do visit his site daily.)
- Tyler Coleman – www.drvino.com ~9,252 unique visitors. (Same as Alder above.)
- Steve Heimoff – www.steveheimoff.com ~ 3,149 unique visitors.
- Tom Wark – fermentation.typepad.com ~1,700 unique visitors
- Joe Roberts – www.1winedude.com ~ 1,216 unique visitors for the month
- David White – www.terroirist.com ~159 unique visitors for the month.
- Lenn Thompson/Evan Dawson aka NY Cork Report – www.newyorkcorkreport.com~ No data found for newyorkcorkreport.com.
PERSPECTIVE from the female point of view. I couldn’t help myself, and had to check out my own numbers as compared to these other sites, because I wanted to see how any female, including myself, fit into this study:
- For this period, www.wine-blog.org had 2,077 unique visitors for the month.
So there, that’s pretty interesting, huh, for all the numbers.
- The two biggest numbers have to do with print media, which millennials think is dead, so I’ m thinking not-so-fast, guys…
- Jon Bonne
- Eric Asimov
- The next two numbers are bloggers who are seasoned in the short blogging world, but seasoned, none-the-less.
- Alder Yarrow
- Tyler Coleman
- The next group are the average, passionate wine bloggers.
- Steve Heimoff (Steve’s an established wine writer with Wine Enthusiast, so he’s got a built in audience)
- Tom Wark
- Joe Roberts
- And, last , but not least, are the up-and-comings
- David White
- Lenn Thompson/Evan Dawson
I went through this exercise so you could see how subjective anyone’s list is. This way if you’re not on the list (and I’ve heard from several who aren’t), take heart.
Please understand, I adore Paul, and he knows it. What I’m writing isn’t a rag about Paul, it’s a balancing act. I believe in fairness, and with all that I’m hearing, I want to write the yin of the yang. Then, we’re in balance as wine bloggers once again.
Because Paul’s list doesn’t have one woman, there are bloggers that I know who have just as much power and influence from my seasoned deck chair. It’s a male/female world, and I want to bring some lightness to further balance Paul’s group.
I had one wine writer say to me in an upset manner, “You’re not on that list!” Well, I wouldn’t ever expect to be on a list like that, because I take myself too lightly, so I expect others to do the same. (I’ve set my own stage.) Anyone who reads my blog knows that I’m a stream of consciousness kinda gal. Today, it’s dark and heavy and a rant, the next day it’s what we learned in charm school and how to apply it to the wine world.
Before I begin with my Top 10 List (not really one upping it from Paul’s, I just like a top 10), I have to tell you that Jose asked me, “”Who do you see as the top female wine bloggers?” I thought and I thought, and I realized, I don’t have that top, pinnacle person. When I started wine blogging, I was ahead of most of the pack. I knew plenty of women writers, but I didn’t see a clear leader like an Alder or Dr. Vino. I was the only female, wine professional blogging. I had no role models. I set my own course, which I’ve stuck to…a wine journal from a wine publicist. Today, it could be a wine I’ve tasted, tomorrow it could be some issue that’s really set me off. Regardless, it’s from my learned experiences.
I’m NOT going to include those included in Paul’s list.
Tomorrow, the list. I want them to have top billing, not be on the bottom of this blog as a footnote. They’re too important for that, and I do take this list seriously.
- The 9 Most Important Wine Bloggers in the US (vintank.com)