Saturday, May 01, 2010

What's It All About?

My recent posts have been all over the map – even by my usual standards. As I’ve returned to posting more often, one of things I’m struggling with is what this blog is about.

When I started writing Brim, I thought that my audience would be local and that I would write about wine with respect to my small corner of the world. I quickly realized my readers were from coming from all over the U.S. and even overseas. It wasn't what I expected, but I was thrilled all the same.

So I started writing for a more general audience of wine lovers. That went okay for a while.

Then my ADD kicked in. A quick look at my résumé reveals that I have difficulty focusing on any one thing for very long.

Writing exclusively about wine seems so limiting, so I started writing about my adventures in cooking – which led to some summer posts about gardening. And, it’s difficult for me to write anything without talking about my dogs.

I certainly couldn’t write about wine without writing about my wine drinking partner, E. On several occasions, she has pointed out that Brim has become a journal (albeit alcohol-centric) of our life.

I have to say that I admire some of my blogging colleagues who have found success blogging exclusively about wine. (I’m looking at you Sonadora and Dr. Debs.)

Brim has turned into an outlet for me to write something other than the corporate-speak I get paid to write. I’m grateful for the small group of loyal readers who have stuck with me. I like writing, and I miss it when I stop.

Going forward, my goal is to keep mixing it up.

I’ll write some short posts about wines I’m drinking and where to get them for my local readers, along with some other local, beverage/dining related stuff. I’ll also write some longer posts about my take on wine, beer, spirits, cooking and gardening. And I’ll write some completely random posts on other stuff that's on my mind, although I promise to avoid topics such as stupid politicians, bad drivers and celebrity gossip.

And I’ll keep writing about dogs.


Ann Flower said...

First time commenter here. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. keep on posting.

Sonadora said...

Thanks John.

Glad to see you are back at it, but sorry to read about the loss of your pup.

John said...

Thanks for commenting, Ann. I really appreciate it.

John said...

Thanks, Megan. If my memory serves me right, you're a dog lover as well.

Sean said...

You're blog has always been about one thing to me, pretty consistently. Living life. Wine, music, good food, dogs, gardening, time with friends. Slowing down. Being happy with the simply things. Unplugging. Living the analog life. We all need to strive for this and BTTD is a diary of doing just that. John being John. That's what I come here to read.

John said...

Thanks for a wonderful comment, Sean. Feedback is very precious to me. I'm beyond grateful.