Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wine Bloggers Set to Strike - Blogout Near

Above: wine bloggers aren't quite sure what to do with themselves if they aren't posting blog entries.

The wine blogosphere will be empty beginning at midnight tonight.

Unhappy at not getting the attention they feel they deserve from professional wine publications, the closely-knit community of wine bloggers worldwide has decided to stop typing at 12:00 am Thursday, January 10 until sufficient recognition has been accorded to them.

One of the issues at stake is the fact that parts of, or even an entire blog are reprinted elsewhere without any compensation or credit given to the blogger.

The strike, or “Blogout” as it is being called, will impact the upcoming January edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, or “WBW.” Pioneered in 2004 by blogger Lenn Thompson, publisher/editor of the Lenndevours blog, the idea is simple: each month a different host is selected to choose a wine from a particular category, to be tasted and then reviewed simultaneously by the wine blogging community on the specified Wednesday of the month within their respective blogs.

January 16 was to be WBW #41, featuring wines from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia area of Italy. Now it looks like the tasting may take place, but no one can write about it.

One blogger, who requested not to be identified, said that tasting notes will probably have to be posted on a site such as Cellar Tracker and anyone interested would look them up over there.

“It’s not the best way to do it,” said the blogger, “but I’m not going to cross the cyberline.“

When asked what there would be to do in the absence of posting blog entries, another anonymous blogger responded, “Well normally I’d spend the time catching up on what my fellow bloggers are posting, but there’s not going to be any new postings. This will be a great opportunity for me to read the first selection for the Wine Book Club that recently started up, though. Of course if this strike keeps up, I won’t be able to write my book review or neither will anyone else,” said the blogger.

Meanwhile, Google has added additional high-capacity servers for their Twitter service in anticipation of a high volume of messages being posted by bloggers with nothing better to do during the Blogout.

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