Happy (Belated) 2nd Blogiversary, The Academic Wino!

Technically, The Academic Wino turned 2 years old LAST Saturday June 8th, however, I was insanely busy with my travels to the Wine Bloggers Conference (check out my summary of that event here) and well, I forgot to schedule this post before I left.  Whoops!

Anyway, no bother–a lot of people are late with birthday greetings, so I can be late with this Blogiversary announcement as well!

Photo By Tux Paint (http://tuxpaint.org/) [GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo By Tux Paint (http://tuxpaint.org/) [GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

I just wanted to thank each and every one of my readers out there.  You have all been so amazing and have contributed so much to the discussion of wine research be it through your comments, your Facebook messages, or your Tweets.

For my one year blogiversary, I had mentioned that we were nearing 1000 followers on Twitter–today, we’re at 2,738!  That’s great, but let’s try and do better!  To follow me on Twitter, please click here!

In regards to Facebook,  apparently the number was too embarrassingly low for me to even mention in my one year blogiversary post, so I’m not certain how the 2 year mark compares with the first.  However, at this moment, The Academic Wino has 488 “likes” on Facebook!  That’s great as well, however, I’d really love to see that number go higher.  As an aside:  I’m planning on giving the 500th “like” on Facebook a $25 Amazon.com gift card, and as an incentive to the other 499 of you, all of your names will be entered into a random drawing for another $25 Amazon.com gift card to be selected after we’ve hit 500 “likes”.  To “like” The Academic Wino on Facebook, please click here.

It’s been an amazing two years in which I’ve been able to grow and develop not only my blog, but myself as a writer.  In two short years, I’ve managed to build up content and credibility to much that I was named a finalist in the 2013 Wine Blog Awards (Best Industry Wine Blog category).  I am eternally grateful for that honor and I promise to provide the same if not better content going forward.

I currently run this blog on a relatively part-time basis, as I have a separate full-time “day job”.  Over the years, I’ve struggled internally over what I’m supposed to do with my life in terms of a career, and all the experiences I’ve had so far with The Academic Wino over the past two years has shown me what I’m truly meant to do.

I love researching and writing about wine, and it is my dream to pursue that line of work permanently.   However, in order for me to launch into that career full time, I need more paid work!  🙂  If you’re interested in talking with me more about possible career options (either part time or full time at the moment), please visit my Hire Me page for more information and for a link to my LinkedIn profile.

Once again, thank you all for an amazing two years!  I’m incredibly excited for the future, and am looking forward to sharing it all with you 🙂

What's a birthday post without me looking ridiculous?  Cheers!

What’s a birthday post without me looking ridiculous? Cheers!