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Sep 08

Technical Difficulties

Forgive our extended lull. Not only am I having some trouble with the host of my blog, I'm also having more localized trouble. I installed Snow Leopard on my Mac last week and, as I saw someone state on Twitter, a real snow leopard would have caused less damage to my computer.

I'm in the midst of downgrading my operating system back to regular Leopard, fighting with my email and calendar programs (that no longer seem to work), finding my various contacts, appointments, emails, etc …

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Jul 28

Ethics and Integrity

This isn't a wine post. It's an ethics post.

You see, I just got back from BlogHer, where I was disappointed in a lot of things. In particular, I was a bit floored to find all these women wanting to have sponsored posts. Now, in all fairness, it wasn't everybody, but it was enough to turn me off. In session after session, this topic came up and well, I just don't understand it.

You see, pay for post or sponsored posts mean that someone is being paid (in either product or money or both) to write a positive review post about the product. In my mind, this compromises credibility.  I simply cannot comprehend why anyone would want to do that. With that in mind, I've signed the Blog with Integrity pledge, just to reinforce the Disclaimer & Sample Policy I already have for this blog.

And just so you all know exactly where I'm coming from, here are the key points of my review policy:

1. I do accept samples, as it's a great way to be exposed to new wines. However, I do not guarantee a positive review. I may hate it or just find it okay, not great. It's the risk someone takes when sending free wine into the blogosphere.
2. I may not get to the sample right away, although I'll try to be fairly timely.
3. I will always inform you – my readers – when I'm reviewing a complimentary meal or experience, or a sample wine.
4. I will not take payment for posting a review of any sort.
5. If a winery or company advertises on my site, I will not review their products during the time in which the ad runs. If the ad runs forever, I won't review their products at all.

I'm also a pretty big supporter of Creative Commons. That means that my blog is licensed under Creative Commons – Non Commercial. Aside from the Enquirer, to which I've granted special permission, you can use my content but you cannot edit it and you must credit me with the creation.

I use Creative Commons photos all the time. Previously I used any and all images licensed under CC, but since the Enquirer deal, I'll only use photos licensed for Commercial use. I will always provide attribution to the photographer as required under the license.

This all boils down to Don't Steal and Give Credit where Credit is Due.

Finally, you all are pretty timid in the comments, often preferring to email me. I've never really had any trouble. "Gentle readers" is a phrase that truly applies to you, and I appreciate that. But just in case, a quick reminder that we live by the Bill & Ted Rule here: Be Excellent to Each Other.

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Jul 13

Waking Up on East Coast Time

Well, we arrived back in Cincinnati yesterday, after a long day on various airplanes. In fact, we had to rise at 2 am to catch our 5:30 am flight out of Vancouver.

Today I'm trying to re-acclimate to our own time zone (something which doesn't ever come easy to me), catch up on an obscene amount of email, and try and sort through my 3.5 GB of photos and videos.

I hope to be back to regular blogging tomorrow.

In the meantime, if I could have a virtual round of applause for all of the amazing guest bloggers who filled in for me while I was gone. You guys rocked! And such a diverse selection of topics – thank you again!

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Jun 26

All’s well that ends well

My huge thanks to those of you that stepped forward, either by voting or endorsing me or both, as I tried to land the Really Goode Job.

Alas, the dream job in Sonoma, creating social media for a winery, remains just that: a dream job.
I did not make the Top 50. And while I really am truly crushed about this, I wish those who succeeded well.

In fact, I think it's really cool that 50 folks did make it and I can't wait to find out who gets the Really Goode Job. So a huge congrats to all of you!

Meanwhile, I head to Alaska on Tuesday next week for a long and well-deserved vacation.
And while I still hope that someone looks at me, sees my skills, and realizes I should be marketing for a winery somewhere, I also still love being here in Cincinnati.

Cheers!
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Jun 25

That Last Push … I Need Your Vote

Hey everyone! Sorry for the shortage of posts. I'm in DC all week on business and my fill-in posts didn't arrive as expected this past week. I can't believe it's Thursday already. I actually need more days in the week this week.

Next week I head to Alaska, but I think you'll like what we have in store for you while we're gone. Unlike this week, you'll never even know we're gone, we'll keep you so busy!

Today is the last day of Round 1 of the voting for the Murphy-Goode Really Goode job contest. I could really use your support. This is your last day to do what you've been thinking about doing for the last two weeks – vote! 

Go to http://bit.ly/reallygoodejob. Enter your email address and, unless you want information from Murphy-Goode, do not click the checkbox.

Next, go to your email. There will be an email from the Murphy-Goode webmaster asking you to confirm your vote. Click the link and voila! You're done!  You won't receive spam or anything from Murphy-Goode, I promise.

Tomorrow they announce the Top 50 (I have my fingers crossed) and immediately thereafter, Round 2 begins. And yes, the voting starts all over again.

You can vote once per email address. Since I'm out of town, I haven't
been able to get out the vote as much as I would like to this week. So
let's really show support now!

Cheers,
Michelle

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