It’s  now been 10 years of wine blogging for me. My anniversary date is December 29, 2005. So, I celebrated on that day by not writing anything, and continuing with my last week of the year’s stay-cation.

  1. I can now let a weekday go by and not feel that I have to write a blog post.
  2. When naming wine blog, it was a risk not putting my name to it, and simply calling it “Wine Blog.”
    • Being a wine marketer, I wanted it to be on page 1 of Google, when someone typed in “wine blog” into a search.
    • Success…
  3. Backlinks rule, and have a lot to do with a blog rising to the top of Google’s listings.
    • A backlinks company did an assessment of my wine blog. I was floored…
    • “We have found 413 new backlinks for this page in the past 30 days.”
    • That’s what 10 years of blogging creates, if nothing else… History.
  4. Most fascinating information I just learned from WordPress:
    • “The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 87,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
    • “The busiest day of the year was August 27th with 1,645 views. The most popular post that day was The Removal of Wine Train passengers is a symptom of a bigger problem.”
  5. Only the passionate need apply as a wine blogger, if it’s going to have staying power.
    • A lot of people have come and gone.
  6. I could have written several books during this time.
    • In the 1960s, a friend asked me, “Hey, Clarke (maiden name), if you’re so smart why aren’t you rich?”
    • Today, my answer would be, “Because I give it all away.”
  7. Wine blogs connect people from all over the world in ways one wouldn’t foresee.
  8. The only thing that’s consistent with my blog… Inconsistencies.
    • It would seem that I have no focus.
    • But… My wine blog is a wine publicist’s journal… Any segment of this business is fair play.
  9. If you want a wine blog audience, you have to be fearless and take on some real issues, sometimes.
  10. Writing about wine has polished my skills for writing children’s stories.