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Sun-lit grapesLet me ask you a question (no, today is not Saturday and this is not a quiz post) – what do you think the numbers in the title represent?

Any ideas?

Okay, here it is.

3 years.

415 posts.

1863 comments, which translates into more than 900 dialogs.

Today is third anniversary of Talk-A-Vino blog.

This blog started on March 29, 2010 with this post. Started is somewhat of a big word, as the very next post came out almost 4 month later, on July 20th (interestingly enough, it was about Wine Century Club, same as my post from yesterday).

From there on, this blog went forward. Slowly. Sometimes, I was questioning the entire premise of this writing (believe me – I still do). Sometimes, the going was easy. And sometimes, getting a single word out was as easy as successful as convincing oneself that tooth pain is enjoyable. But – there was always something else to say. Something else to share. And the lucky day would bring a comment. An opportunity to talk and to engage, to have a dialog. I think ultimately, the dialog is what I value the most in the whole blogging paradigm. Yes, I can express myself, I’m talking about the subject I’m extremely passionate about – but I really strive for discussion, strive for dialog, strive for the feedback. Good, bad or ugly – doesn’t matter; having any feedback is much better than having none. This is why I included the number of comments as probably the only metric I care about. No, I’m not trying to lie to you – of course I look at the number of views and visitors. But – dialogs are what really matters, and it is the major reason for this blog to exist.

Okay, I think you got my point (can I please have a comment from each one of you, so I know my message went across? What, no comment? Well, please promise that you will leave one next time?).

Considering that any birthday is an opportunity to reflect, I wanted to give you my own retrospective and tell you what was planned, what worked, what didn’t work, what I liked and what I didn’t like. I dutifully scrolled through many posts, to no avail – I’m ashamed to admit, but I like a lot of them…  Here is an “oenophile” mini-series – Fears of the Oenophile, Five Essential Traits of the Oenophile, Five Traps of Oenophile. And then there are Wine and Time, Wine = Art and Taste Of Wine – Engineering Approach, as well as the “wineries” mini-series – BV, Ridge, Paumanok, Chateau Ste. Michelle, … Wine quizzes, Daily Glass, Bars and Restaurants, Travel – all with pictures (can I share one more number? 1309 pictures are attached to this blog…).

Many things didn’t work as planned. My Daily Glass is very far from even weekly. My Categories are all over the place – grapes, wines, experiences and regions are all just lumped together, without any system. I don’t update pages on time (Top Wine Ratings is 5 month behind, for instance)…

Well, it is what it is. It is a live blog. And does create dialog. Thus, I’m happy. Cheers!



  1. March 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Congratulations and happy birthday to your blog. I know what you mean by the challenge of generating comments and dialogue. Sometimes I wonder if the people viewing my blog are actually reading what I have to say. Keep up your great work on your blog

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words! Completely agree – it is so interesting to know how many “views” are actually the “reads”… That’s why when you get a comment that means that someone actually read it : )

  2. Jayne
    March 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm


    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thank you very much! I love your bright designs, looking forward to see more of them.

  3. March 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thank you very much! I rarely leave comments in your blog, but I love your photos and paintings, especially the watercolors.

  4. March 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Congrats! Love the blog, keep up the good work!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thank you very much! Love your blog too!

  5. March 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Congrats! My own 3 year anniversary of my blog is coming up in May. I share the sentiment about loving when I get a comment – when something I’ve said impacts somebody enough to share a few words. I’ve learned a lot from your blog; keep it up!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words! Love your blog too!

  6. March 30, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Happy anniversary! İ can relate to the feelings you have about blogging. İ’ve been blogging for 6 years. İ simply started writing because İ enjoyed it so much and İ didnt care so much about comments as my blog was just my personal journal. But when İ got a comment, it made me happy and encouraged to do better. But with my new blog, İ am a bit lost in directions at the moment, but İ hope İ will find my way and celebrate my first birthday.
    when İ look at my old blog, İ feel that İ put so much work and passion into it and it is much better than my new one. İt is like my baby now that even if it is old and outdated, İ can’t abandon it.

    Happy blogging and thank you for all the good writings!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Thank you very much! I agree – I started the blog just because I wanted to share my passion, but comments definitely make you feel better… I’m not really familiar with your old blog, but I like the new one : ). Keep it up, I’m sure it will shape up on its own.

  7. March 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! I agree that interactions and the people you “meet” are high up on the rewards list. And sometimes, you do actually get to meet! Keep up the good work. Your posts are always so informative. Although I often wind up reading five at a time in my rare catch-up spells, I always enjoy them.

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thank you, Alissa, appreciate all the kind words! And the face to face meetings are absolutely the best!

  8. March 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    BTW, went to nominate you for WBAs but you already have been. Congrats!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thank you very much! Appreciate it! I did the same for your blog : )

  9. March 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations Anatoli! I must say that I enjoy reading your blog so very much and you are an inspiration to me to keep writing! On those days when I don’t necessarily feel like sitting down to write, I get an email about your newest post and reading it fills my head with new ideas and the fingers just start tapping away.

    Keep up the great work, and here is to many more years of Talk-a-Vino!

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words, Jeff and I’m honored to be a source of inspiration for your blog, which is definitely one of the very best (I told you many times how much I enjoy your writing). Your blog is one of the very few I’m subscribed to over e-mail ( I follow majority through wordpress reader), and I can tell you that you definitely return the favors with your posts as you also help to keep me going : )

  10. March 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Yay! Happy blog anniversary, Anatoli!!! I love your blog and your posts that are always so thought-provoking and interesting, the wine reviews, everything. And I totally agree with you that dialog is key to the entire blogging experience. Let me join Jeff in toasting (what else, right?) to many more years of wine blogging from Talk-A-Vino! 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you, Stefano, appreciate your kind words very much!

  11. PSsquared
    March 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Happy Blog-aversary, friend! I’ve learned so much from your writing, and I really enjoy reading your blog. Here’s to many more wonderful years for you. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      March 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you very much, my friend! Appreciate all the kind words!

  12. April 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Congratulations and happy blog-anniversary! Keep it up 🙂

    • talkavino
      April 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thank you!

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