I should let you know right now that this blog post has absolutely nothing to do about wine. That should make brother-in-Spain happy. This is a behind the scenes look at my wine blog – because as usual something else has distracted me from writing about wine.
Internet search engine statistics are a fascinating thing. Just this past week 14 people in Egypt had nothing better to do but look at my wine blog. Are they even paying attention to what’s happening outside their own homes?
Also, over the past year the top 3 search words that get people to my blog are …
1. Albert Einstein
3. Speedy Gonzales.
I’m thinking of printing off bumper stickers. “Einstein and Speedy Gonzales love gooseberries” – that should drive traffic to my site.
Speaking of traffic – here are my stats as of this week. It’s 90 thousand people more than I thought would ever read something I wrote.
If you are going to the LCBO – or “the Happy Store” as my friend DaniBP calls it – and you want to know what the wine blogger (me) is buying these days then I have something for you.
At the right of this blog page – just under the shameless self-promoting image of my face – is a link to the LCBO Quick Pick list category of my blog entries. A click and a scroll down this category will give you some good ideas. But don’t get used to it. My brother-in-Spain doesn’t read this blog for the wine recommendations – in fact he gets mad at me for suggesting wines and not writing foolishness.
So this is for you Guitar Glen, Rugby guy, and anyone else who doesn’t have the patience to read through my thoughts on Albert Einstein, J.Crew, gooseberries, and the dreamy David Beckham looking for wine notes.
Back to the photo of me – isn’t shameless self-promoting what the word blog means?
I have been doing some blog analysis recently and I found that often people get to my blog by Google searching the words “Einstein” and “Gooseberry”. Interesting that people ever search for the word gooseberry. That I can’t explain. Maybe I should start using those words more in casual blogversation.
My other observation concerns fashion blogs - read mostly by women. “J.Crew” is a highly searched word. Probably thanks to America’s obsession with what Michelle Obama wears (I’m getting a WWMOW bracelet for my wife). What is really interesting about fashion blogs is that readers comment on the blogs all the time. My friend blogs about fashion and her “blog” turns into a virtual internet chat room (I guess they’re all virtual) with all the comments that follow a post. I’m lucky if I get my two closest relatives and that linktrap.com guy to share anything witty on my blog.
Understand that I’m not pleading with people to comment on my blog. I don’t really have time for that. I guess all I want to say is – Thanks Uncle Albert Gooseberry Einstein. You look great in your J. Crew sweater.
I obtained a bottle of Gooseberry Wine this week - same supplier as my High Bush Cranberry Wine . This wine had only a hint of smelly sock on the nose. I was a little disappointed because I like being offended by a wine’s nose. I once had a delightful Coyote’s Run Cabernet Franc that smelled like a goat farm (and not in the good way) but it was the best wine at the wine festival. In any event I did not detect any evidence that a cat had peed on this gooseberry bush, just good old gooseberries.
My collection of Uncle Art's wine
This Gooseberry wine was not nearly as tart as the instant puckering taste of a gooseberry but rather tasted of very nice ripe fruit. I also received a lovely Elderflower wine that was delicate – like you would expect a flower wine to be – and became a great conversation piece at the Craig’s birthday party. Uncle Art, keep making wine and don’t forget who your relatives are!