Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!”
~Hotel California; written by Don Henley, Glenn Lewis Frey and Don Felder
Travel woes plagued many of us who attended this years Wine Bloggers Conference. Whether they were problems on our way there or our way home, many of us have stories about our travels to and from this years conference.
Marcy Gordon of Come for the Wine summed it up perfectly on Twitter: “The Conference You Can Attend But Can Never Leave”. In all honesty, that’s what it felt like. A group flying out of Elmira-Corning had a delay that ended with some of them having either a late night/early morning arrival into PDX, crazy routings or having to stay the night upon arrival in Chicago. I experienced a 3 and a half hour delay in Washington-Dulles because my ride home had a bird hit the engine.
…and that’s not including the fact that there were many of us who faced baggage issues as well!
Our adventures aside, there was a lot of great content that came from the conference this year. From answering criticism about wine bloggers to learning about what makes the Finger Lakes region unique, there was not a lack of information to share.
What did I learn? I actually learned the most from the session that I missed due to me having to leave in order to catch my flight home. The two presenters, though, posted their advice on their blogs as well. Meg Maker of Makers Table shared her fabulous remarks in her post titled The Story Only You Can Tell: Advice to Wine Bloggers. In reading back through, this advice isn’t only for wine bloggers. It can be applied to any field of blogging. What resonates the most with me is this:
Good wine writing demands more than just a palate and a vocabulary. It demands curiosity, creativity, insight, and diligence—and that’s true whether you approach your work journalistically or view your blog as a strictly artistic endeavor.
The other presenter from the session I missed was the one and only W. Blake Gray of The Gray Report. While his post wasn’t a word for word of what he had to share, he did write a brilliant piece on Why People Like to Bash the Wine Bloggers Conference. He also had a great quote about the conference itself:
It’s summer camp. For grownups. With wine. It’s lurching down the hallways of the Radisson at 1 a.m. listening for loud voices behind doors to find the next party.
More than that, it’s meeting friends who also love wine and love to talk about it. It’s a reunion and a beginning. It’s like Comic Con or a Star Trek fan convention or the Juggalo meetup or any gathering of people who share a hobby.
…and that’s exactly what the Wine Bloggers Conference is. It’s about stalking the hallways, listening for loud voices or propped open doors to find an impromptu party. It’s about meeting friends who have a common interest. It’s about playing cards against humanity with 20 people in a hotel room and a desk full of wine.
In summation, WBC is a family reunion…with really good wine.
Other posts I’ve enjoyed thus far?
Wine Bloggers Conference: It’s more than a conference. It’s a community. by the fabulous Leeann Froese of Town Hall Communications
Come for the Wine, Stay for the Camaraderie: Wine Bloggers Conference #WBC15 by the one and only Marcy Gordon. The wine writer…not the AP Finance writer. I’m sure that the Finance writer Marcy Gordon is a delightful person, but I love our Marcy Gordon even more.
Why I am a Bad Blogger and Wine Writer by the amazing Mykh’ael Wilson.
Disclaimer: As a participant of the Wine Bloggers Conference, I was given a discounted rate for being a citizen blogger with the understanding that I will produce at least 3 blog posts about the conference.