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Looking Back and Looking Forward

VineyardsI’m sure you guessed from the title and the timing of this post that I want to talk about past year 2015 and freshly minted 2016. Yep, I’m predictable like that, you are correct.
So how was 2015 for 2015 for Talk-a-Vino in my own eyes? Great, but challenging. Very challenging. 2016 will be equally difficult, with great potential to be even more challenging, a lot more.
Sure, I will explain. Nothing happened with my love of wine or passion for blogging – both are as strong as ever. What I had (and will have) a problem with is time – my main line of work (the one which pays the bills, you know) is incomparably busier than two years back, and finding quiet time for the labor of love is now not easy at all. No, I’m not complaining, just explaining the change in cadence of the posts coming out.
Talking about 2015, there were few new things which I started doing. During the year, I was offered a few opportunities to meet with the winemakers, and was unable to find time – this is how the concept of virtual interviews came to life. I realized that even when I can’t sit down with the person in the same room, I can still ask questions – and get great answers. I also offered to profile wine apps for any of the app producers who would be interested, and so far had 3 posts in that series – by the way, the offer still stands if anyone is interested.
From the things which I didn’t like so much, but they still happened in 2015, was stopping the series of the Saturday wine quizzes. I had lots of fun creating those, but reached the point when it became very difficult to create challenging, but fun questions, so I had to stop the series, at least for the time being.
What should you expect in 2016? I definitely will continue the virtual interviews – as a matter of fact, one of them is coming out very shortly. I also have good number of posts which I really should’ve written last year, but did not. There were wine dinners, there were tastings, there were winery visits which never made it into the posts. However, the subjects are still worth taking about, so you should expect to see some of those “posts from the past”. I don’t know if I will make a series out of those posts (as an engineer, I like to organize things, may be even more than necessary), add short intro to those posts, or simply put them out without any regards to the “past” – no matter, they will still appear on Talk-a-Vino pages.
2016 is on, so let’s raise the glass to all the fun things which are ahead of us. Cheers!

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  1. January 8, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Wishing you all the best for a bright
    and happy new year!

    • talkavino
      January 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Thank you! Happy New Year!

  2. January 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Your upcoming posts sound wonderful. Looking forward to it! Best wishes for a very happy 2016!

    • talkavino
      January 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Tonya! Cheers!

  3. Victoria
    January 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Happy New Year! Wishing you new bright wines and adventures!

    • talkavino
      January 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thank you!

  4. January 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I empathize. Despite a paying job, time to write is still somehow elusive. Scratch that. Time to clear my head and write meaningfully still eludes me. We are still happy to hear from you when you have time!

    • talkavino
      January 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, my friend. I know we both struggle in similar ways with our passion…

  5. January 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Happy new year! Looking forward to what you’re going to post this year.

    • talkavino
      January 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you, Stefan! Cheers!

  6. January 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Anatoli, I understand the difficulty in tending to your blog. I have slipped a bit the past few months. Keep your passion but realize that life outside of this virtual world can be challenging. I will read with interest, as always, whatever you can get around to posting.

    • talkavino
      January 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Bill, appreciate the support!

  7. January 10, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Those quizzes took so much time. I am with you: fun but incredible time sucks….

    • talkavino
      January 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      it goes somewhat easy for a while. but then it becomes a real drag…

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