Coming in from the Cold
Welcome to the new Winedr blog!
As from today blogging comes in from the cold, as I have replaced my old Blogger platform with this new blog, fully integrated within Winedoctor. It’s long been my intention to do so – finally I have gotten around to actually doing it.
Early on the old Winedr blog featured a lot of new tasting notes and links through to Winedoctor, but with the passage of time a nagging doubt grew within me that this wasn’t really what blogging was about. Blogging should more spontaneous, honest, provocative, engaging and stimulating (as I wrote in my post, Censorship by Harassment) than that. Dare I say it should be more opinionated?
In recent weeks I have been using the blog to express my opinion, rather than just link through to Winedoctor. There’s been some good debate as a result, which I have really enjoyed. Sometimes I’ve been cheeky (as in Bordeaux: who are you reading?), sometimes more critical (as in Bordeaux: trade down or trade away?) and sometimes I’ve used the blog to increase my understanding, both of wine and my own palate (as in Oxidised Wines: Where’s the ‘Charm’?) often with some success, it has to be said. Debate and discussion is a two-way process, and I’ve learnt from my blogging. It’s been good.
So much so that I have imported all these posts, those that have stimulated debate and which on review seem worthwhile, into my new blog here. Those simply linking back to Winedoctor (as in “today’s update is….”) I haven’t brought here. All the relevant comments have been imported (by hand – not a quick or easy task), and no tasting note has been lost – all have been filed somewhere in the depths of Winedoctor right from the outset. This is important, because I don’t intend leaving my old blog up for all eternity; duplication of content on the internet is probably not a good thing, and I’ll be taking it down rather than leaving it as an archive.
There are a few features that still need tweaking – I won’t bore you with all the details, but I need to make sure the navigation is good (please inform me of any broken links you might find) and it would be good to get some avatars (or gravatars as they seem to be called on WordPress, which is what I am now using) installed – but otherwise we are good to go.
Please feel free to test out the comments (fingers crossed it works!).