Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wine Bloggers Conference 2010, Walla Walla Washington

I got some absolutely wonderful news today, I was awarded a scholarship to the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. Words that jump out of my brain right now are: excitement, joy, surprise, motivation, encouragement, relief, and gratitude. All of those words help sum up this blog post.

For the past few weeks I've really struggled with this blog, writing then deleting a lot of posts. In retrospect, that was a bad idea, I should have saved them. My point is that I've felt a bit lost, where do I take this blog? It's in it's infancy to be sure, with a handful of followers and maybe a few more readers. That doesn't bug me, I hope in time it'll grow.

I've thought to myself that I'd really like to do more food, beer, and wine industry posts instead of just writing about wines I like and posting a picture of them. That probably won't grow my readers by much since so many others are doing it. Today I was discussing the blog and what direction to take it in with my Dad, when I realized I don't need to necessarily change direction as much as change scope. Adding more content by writing about the aforementioned subjects will do just that.

So, what does that all mean? Why am I so excited about the Wine Bloggers Conference? Well it's like this: Going there will teach me so much about writing, blogging, and creating content that when I get back I will be able to truly expand the scope but do it the right way. You who've read most of my blogs remember I wrote a piece a few months ago explaining why I wanted to go and how important the WBC Scholarship is.

Well, the evidence is right here on this blog. Being recognized as someone who deserves support makes me so much more encouraged and so incredibly grateful. I guess this is how we feel when we're truly passionate about something. In all honesty I can't wait to write more and hopefully bring a unique voice and perspective to my site.

So I just wanted to post up that great bit of news I got today and share it with everyone who reads this. I think I'll be seeing some of you in Walla Walla this year, we're going to have a superb time!

Beau Carufel


  1. Congrats, Beau! I can totally relate to pretty much this whole post. You'll figure it all out. If not before WBC, there are some great minds going and it'll help to talk to them.

    Like you, I never thought I'd get a scholarship, so it's truly thrilling and exciting. Congrats again, and see you in June!

  2. Congratulations Beau! Can't wait to meet you! Be prepared for a life changing experience when you attend this conference. Things will only get better!

  3. Congrats on the scholarship! I wish I could go too, but I have rehearsals starting for a play I'm in this summer. I'm sure you'll have a great time, and I'll definitely be at next year's!

  4. Thank you all for the kind words, I'm really honored and excited to go to this. It's gonna be epic!

  5. Congratulations!
    I was a scholarship recipient last year and WBC was an amazing experience. I also blog about beer, wine and food. Let me tell you, you will NEVER run out of things to write about. Started the blog 4/11/10 and now we have 6 of us writing to try to make a dent in all of the content that we are so passionate about.
    Hope to meet you at the conference!

  6. Congrats Beau! Look forward to seeing you there!

  7. Is that you Dan? Glad to hear you're gonna make it, looking forward to having some good wine with you.