hello goodbye

Monday, November 26, 2012

In some form or other, this blog has been chugging – occasionally sputtering – along for the past six years or so. It’s been through four major redesigns, and several not so major. It’s been nominated for a couple of Poodle awards, and recognized frequently by the major blog accumulators (is that the term?) as having an interesting post to link to.

All good.

But as you may already have noticed, it’s time for me to de-couple from blogging, at least till further notice. It’s clear I don’t have Fermentation’s Wark ethic. Unlike Heimoff, I desperately need time-off. A Prosemaster I may be, but I’ll never ascend to Hosemaster heights. Being 2WineDude (or 92WineDude) isn’t gonna cut it. Wild Walla Walla Wine Man? Not so much.

Speaking for myself, this is a welcome change. The blog has been challenging, inspiring, occasionally frustrating, but always compelling, in the sense that I wanted to show off my chops, express an opinion or two, engage in the lively discourse that social media inspires, and simply keep on top of events in the world of wine. Mission accomplished.

My writing about wine isn’t going to change, but my day-to-day projects and priorities are transitioning in significant ways. I am moving further into a consulting mode, backing away from the relentless writing deadlines that have prevented me taking on other, more long term projects. I am making time for more speaking, consulting, and actual wine making projects. More on that shortly.

My work for Wine Enthusiast and the Seattle Times will continue as before. These new projects will be in the mix, while the blogging and other freelance work will go away. I will continue to leave the blog up so that the hundreds of archived posts are still accessible. And I will continue to post updates, rants and (hopefully) entertaining muses on my Facebook page.

In all honesty, having a totally free day once in awhile is a luxury that I have rarely known for many years. It’s time to do a bit more of nothing. More guitar. More reading. More time with my dog! Thank you all for your interest in this blog over the years. It’s been great. Happy holidays, drink well, and I’ll see ya later.

Peace out...

PaulG

28 comments:

Catie said...

It must be going around. Just last week, I was contemplating a vacay from my blog, but it is one of the few times that Chloe (the dog) and I can bond, as she loves laying on my feet while I type away.

Paul, perhaps after a rest from blogging you will come back and arise as the "Wild Waitsburg Wine Man." Catchy title, me thinks. Have a good non-blogging holiday.

doug wilder said...

Good luck with the new projects, Paul. Those of us who do step away from blogging have different reasons but I believe it is to do something more ambitious and individually fulfilling. I did pretty much the same thing in 2011, but my timing was such that I posted it on April Fools Day. I bet it kept my two readers guessing if it was real or not. :)

Hdchappy said...

Thanks Paul, I will miss your blog posts and best wishes on your new adventures!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Paul,

Congrats! You were always inspirational to me, and a lot of fun to read. I'll miss your wine advice and insight, but I'm happy for you. A blog is, in many ways, a terrible waste of time. And if takes you away from your family and guitar and books and doggies, it just ain't worth it.

Of course, now that you have more time, you need to comment more on my blog.

I know it must have been something of a tough decision to walk away from your blog, but I'm sure you feel very much relieved at this moment. Good for you.

Stay in touch, my friend. It sucks to lose one of the talented voices in Poodledom, but I, for one, am happy for you.

I hope our paths cross one day soon.

In admiration,
The HoseMaster of Wine

Anonymous said...

It is with great joy to read that you are taking time for yourself. That is so important to ones life and lenghtening that life. Your dog will provide good therapy and a dose of reality(what is and isn't really important)Projects that are mentally pleasing contributes to your well being as well. Throw in a glass of wine from your cellar, wow. Good luck.
BobbyC

PaulG said...

Thanks, everyone for the kind words. Ron, I am especially wracked with guilt over not checking in with your blog recently. Please insert a long list of worthless but creative excuses [here]. I will be passing thru your neck of the woods in mid-January - would love to get together if you are around. Cheers, PG

Jo Diaz said...

It's definitely going around. Just this past weekend, I - again - dreaded the writing process, an that's been happening for the last six months. I need more time to myself, to write for my grandchildren, garden, and leave some spare time for just curling up with a book or a movie.

I get it Paul, and still know where you live when I need to find you... but, I'll still miss you. :)

Lenn Thompson said...

I had a discussion with someone last week about shutting down the NYCR site as well. Ultimately I decided that I still have some work to do with it, but I understand completely.

You've been an inspiration -- both for your writing and for your focus on a singular region. Your blog will be missed, but I'm sure I'll find other ways to read your writing. Good luck!

Ron Washam, HMW said...

Paul,
I'll make a point of being around when you're down here. Let me know the dates and we'll plan something. I look forward to it.

Don't feel guilty about not checking in at my blog. Hell, nobody reads blogs.

And I echo everyone's sentiment of Good Luck.

Sean P. Sullivan said...

Here's a toast to all that has been and all that is to come! Thank you for all of the years of great reading and inspiration.

Thomas said...

Paul,

I never commented here, but I did look in once in a while. You did fine work.

Oh, watch out for Ron. He makes appointments with wine geeks that he may not keep...the stories that I could tellya.

Bob Silver said...

Good luck - go slay some more dragons.

Matthew Levy said...

Paul - Cheers to your many great years of blogging! Thanks for keeping it fun and interesting. All of us at Schramsberg Vineyards wish you the best with your future adventures.

Mike Dunne said...

Best of luck, Paul, in finding endeavors more exciting and rewarding than blogging. By the sound of so many of the comments posted in your wake you just may be a role model for the rest of us thinking of hanging up the blog routine.

Dave Larsen said...

I've really enjoyed your blog but know you've been a very busy bee and understand the need to make a change. I have a lot of respect for your wine reviews because of the extra time you give each wine. "Posemaster", I liked that one. Best of luck!

Marlene Rossman said...

Paul, you have always written honestly and from the heart. Stick around, buddy and continue writing!

Tim Smith said...

There are times when you just need to back off and relax and recharge...I personally have always enjoy your blogs...but you are correct there are many more projects and other priorities with in you life. So enjoy! And thank you for all your insight.

See you from my visits to Waitsburg or around Walla Walla

cmolchany said...

Good luck to you, Paul!
- Cindy & Crew from Wine Bloggers Conference

Chris Wallace said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and frankly, I will miss it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts over the years and best wishes for your other endeavours.

PaulG said...

Thank you all. I do intend to keep on writing, and commenting, in some mix of formats. If you are not already a Facebook friend, please sign on and we'll go from there. Cheers, PG.

1winedude said...

:-(

Art said...

For a minute there, I thought you wrote that you were leaving to spend more time with your GOD; so I said, "Oh jeez, we've really lost him now!" But maybe that really wouldn't be so bad . . . who knows? What I DO know is that the stock value of Washington wines just went way down. Not to worry, though -- like everything else, it will recover . . . and so will we. All the best, Paul, and send back all my samples!

PaulG said...

Art, nowhere did I say I was retiring from writing about and reviewing wine! Au contraire, I will be more involved with wine than ever before. Just not blogging. As for spending more time with my god, well, dog only knows...

Nicolas said...

Paul - happy for you. I'll miss the blog. Take care

Nico

Jameson Fink said...

Cheers to more time for books, guitars, dogs, and plenty of doing nothing.

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely miss the blog...

and I predict you will be back (c'mon, this isn't the NFL and you're not injured). A little time off (and, I do mean a little) will do ya good. You have a couple of decades left ("Take it from a Fool Who Knows" (a 'Little Village' reference)).

Later! and Cheers!
wine_gent

aka Jimmie (Rutherford Hill Winery)

Karen Tripson said...

I will miss reading you here, but I will still be reading you in the other publications and your book.
Seattle Bon Vivant

maggie valencia said...

Paul, this is sad news but understandable. I will miss this blog very much. Maybe you will come back to it again one day in the future. Enjoy your newly found free time. Cheers!!!!

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