Friday, July 11, 2008

Be True To Your School

Gee, I didn't even realize it but this past Tuesday (July 8) marked the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY for OneWinePerWeek! And it's been a blast doing this. Thank you, dear readers!

I have had the fortune of drinking many excellent wines, a fortune made better by the fact that most of them were not real expensive. I was mulling this over the other day and it occurred to me that the factor that distinguishes a worthwhile wine from one not so worthwhile is if you can tell that the winemaker took pride in what he or she produced.

Were they trying to be true to their own self, their own vision of what the wine should be, or were they following a formula or aiming for a certain result motivated more by $ than taste? There's nothing wrong with making a profit, certainly not a generous one either, but it should always come from a motive of quality and integrity, not from seeking profits above all else.

Above all else, no matter what a person does, the motto should be, to thine own self be true. You know, carpe diem and all that stuff (haha, just joking.. I know that doesn't mean the same thing but when it comes to latin, who can know for sure).

That same motto applies to the bloggersphere as well. Does our writing truly reflect the vision of what we set out to do? Are we true to ourselves?

When I first began this blog, I intended to just write reviews about the wines I drank and make a bit of small talk. Then the idea came to me to poke fun at various aspects of the wine world - to have some humor. Later, since I am so enamored of music, I added YouTube music videos to the wine reviews to try and match the wine with the music.

Lately, though, I've been pretty dry when it comes to ideas for things to write about (oh, you don't have to tell us, it's obvious! You say..). Or at least along the lines of my original idea, to add some humor to the wine blogging arena. Like the post from earlier this week about Wine Astrology which I initially thought was a good idea until I actually started trying to write something along those lines. But, shudder, there it is up on the blog anyway.

So what I am trying to say through all this rambling is that I think it's time for summer vacation! I've been drinking some wonderful wines and intend to keep posting reviews, but for everything else I think I need to recharge and refresh myself. Then when the inspiration strikes, uh, carpe diem!

For whatever it's worth, I'm going to take a break from posting all but tasting notes/reviews for a season.

By the way- I found the picture of those fish at this site. They sell mugs with that on the side - I like the design!


Sonadora said...

Congratulations on a year!! Looking forward to more! Sorry it too me so long to get here to congratulate you...that work filter and all...I read it on Google Reader when you posted though!

MonkuWino said...

Thanks, Sonadora! I appreciate the nice comment. I haven't had much time to keep up with this blog or with reading other blogs but I do make it a point to read yours - I subscribe to an RSS feed to stay up to date. Congrats on the new domaine name and web page format, too!