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Jul 23

A Big BlogHer Welcome

I'm now in Chicago at BlogHer. I'm lucky enough to speak on a panel on Saturday on Food Blogging (and Wine Blogging, dammit) in a Recession.

So if you ran into me at BlogHer, well, let me show you around the site a bit.

Wine Events: I am speaking on Wine Blogging in a recession, and one of the best ways to enjoy a wide range of wine types (and prices) during a recession is to go to a wine tasting. In Kentucky, the recurring tastings are generally free and in Ohio there is a small charge (sometimes as low as 25 cents, sometimes as much as $5). Additionally, there is a wide swath of special events that occur. Maybe they coincide with one of your own special events so you can justify the cost of a winemaker dinner.

Food & Wine Pairing: My friend Natalie MacLean developed a pretty cool wine/food pairing tool and I embedded it on the site. You can access it anytime from the toolbar at the top. It works in two ways – what kind of wine do you want? and what sort of food do you want? (There's also an iPhone version of the tool in the iTunes Store.)

Recession Wines: Sticking with the theme, whenever I come across a wine that is both a great deal and gets a great view, I tag it as a Recession Wine. Feel free to check out the category and see that you can add good wine to your home-cooked meal for a rather affordable price.

Wine Maps: If you're anywhere near the Cincinnati area – even within a
few hours – it's worth a visit to come learn about our amazing
Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana wineries. You can access all sorts of local
winery trails (and wine tasting trails) on our maps page.

Thanks for visiting! 

Cheers,
Michelle

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Jun 08

All the News …

This is a week of news. I have a couple of announcements here and there. We'll start with the least of them.

If you haven't visited in a while, there's a new look and feel as of today. This is really the half-way point in the Big Redesign. I'm still on Typepad, but when time permits, I'm switching to WordPress. The new WordPress template has Cartoon Michelle (seen above), but a lot more grape vines a little bit of everywhere. It's a little cleaner too. But we're halfway there.

My graphic designer for all this awesome vineness and cartoon me was John Rizzo, who as far as I know doesn't have a web site showcasing his amazing art. I love his penchant for swirly bits. And cartoon me is pretty darned cool.

More news a-comin' down the pike, so hold on to your hats.

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Feb 26

Big News: BlogHer Panel

If you're in the blogosphere, and female, you know that BlogHer is sort of the end-all be-all of blogging conferences. It boasts an amazingly huge number of attendees (not all women, by the way) and a wide range of topics.

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This year, I've been asked to speak on the Food Blogging in Time of Recession panel at the July BlogHer conference in Chicago. I know, I'm not a food blogger. But what's food without wine? I'll be speaking, I think, on both finding Recession Wines as well as how to be a wine (and food) blogger during a recession. It sort of cuts back on fancy dinners and such – unless you're a bit creative.

Being asked to sit on on of these panels is a big honor, and I'm thrilled to have the chance!

I'm lucky enough to grace the panel with "Crockpot Lady" Stephanie, Hetal Jannu from Show Me the Curry, Deborah Hamilton of Lunch in a Box, and Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes

Because the other bloggers on the panel are more specialized in home cooking, I'm hoping to talk about both how to find those recession wines, but also (with a little coaching from Julie at Wine Me Dine Me), I hope to offer some ways to eat out on a budget – including finding a sweet spot on a wine list. 

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Jan 04

Welcome Hoperatives!

Hoperatives

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Kevin & I want to welcome our good friends Tom & Carla to the
alcohol-blogging fray. Tom & Carla are avid beer lovers (they
guest-posted for us in the past) and are channeling that beer devotion
into blogging.

The new site is called Hoperatives,
which should tell you that they're serious about their beer. You can still get Kevin's beer reviews and such on this site (also accessible
through beer-guy.net), but Tom and Carla will be taking it
further on their own blog, even touching occasionally on home brewing.

Welcome!

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Dec 09

Technical Upgrades

Note: This post was relevant when I hosted on Typepad. As of Nov 2009, we moved to WordPress.

There’s been a slight technical upgrade at my blog host, Typepad. You and I both reap the benefits.

There are a lot of great back-end features that make my life as a blogger a lot less hassle. But the commenting feature has changed as well, and it’s rather cool. You now have no reason not to come make comments!

Comments are now threaded. This means you can reply to someone else’s comment. I can’t tell you how fantastic that is! So if Ed says something that Jane wants to respond to directly, she can.

The comment form has changed a bit as well.

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What’s different? Well, first off, your comment is amazingly important, so you can write that first. URLs in your comment will be automatically hyperlinked as well. Once you get your thoughts down, then you can enter in all the fun information like your name, email (not displayed), and your own URL. As usual, you’ll still have to enter a CAPTCHA code to post (anti-spam mechanism), but you will get a chance to preview before posting.

Finally, you can optionally sign up for a free Typepad Profile that will show your photo and previous comments as part of your post. It’s pretty cool, albeit not required.

Now, if I could just find a graphic designer willing to donate their mad designing skills to improving the look and feel around here, we’d be set!

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