Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hangin 'Em Up, Time To Say Good-Bye. Why Wine Blog's Final Post

After five years plus, I am deciding it's is time to remove Why Wine Blog from the Web.  I can come up with a few phony excuses, but in reality I am just getting bored with trying to find a routine that will allow me to do more activities in my retirement years.  I would like to say that I just can't find anything new to say, but I haven't said anything new in the last three years.  If I am just going to give my take on a wine I like, there's not a whole lot of new descriptors or pairings (with my limited diet) to come up with.
The blog has lasted much longer than I thought it would.  It was very successful for what I was looking to do.

Sometimes decisions that have to be made can be very difficult, for a variety of reasons.  The above paragraph was drafted in June, 2013.  At that time, I still was just toying with the idea of wrapping up Why Wine Blog.  There were a few reasons I thought would be in my best interest to retire the blog.
One, it would give me more time to enjoy my retirement outside the house and off the PC.  It seems every time I logged on to write a new post, I would spend more hours on social media sites, games and music (mostly Doo-Wop).
Two, I felt that I had run out of things to say about any wine.  Often I would write a draft on a wine I tasted and find what I was saying about the wine was almost word for word with a past post.  That really dd not do well for the psyche.
Three, and most important was my health.  Since mid August I have had no desire to drink wine or any other alcoholic beverage.  I thought at first, that this was a psycological issue that would eventually go away, but now I am aware that it may be more of a medical issue and I just don't want to fool around with it.  I still drink wine on occasion.  Usually when I am eating out at a restaurant with a decent wine list,  but never at home. My wine fridge is almost empty and I have no desire to add to it..  I just hope that this will help me loose the 35 lbs I added since I retired.

I will keep the blog on-line until December when my URL comes up for renewal.  By then I will know if I can take the blog in another direction. If I decide to delete the blog, I will delete my Facebook Why Wine Blog Page, Twitter and any other account I used strictly for blog promotion.  I could never understand when checking a wine blog and finding it has not been updated in a few years, but still shows up on search engines as an active web-site. I will be keeping my personal Facebook account and would still like to remain in contact and friends with many of the people that I met or got to know because of Why Wine Blog and I will still be following many of their wine blogs. I will still do a few wine tours, if not for wine, but to visit the beautiful country that is 1000 Islands, Finger Lakes and hopefully the Hudson Valley.  Only now I will make sure the fishing rods and accessories are in the car for the trip.

So, unless I can come up with a reason, other than wine tasting, to keep Why Wine Blog open, this will be my last post.  Thank you to all those that followed and read the blog. 


Stuart Robinson said...

Hey Joe, Sorry to hear this - but I guess you know what motivates and when its time to hang up the tasting glasses. All the best, stu (aka thevinsomniac)

joeshico said...

Thanks Stu.
Hopefully by the end of the year I may decide on taking this blog in a different direction. No more reviews, but maybe something aimed towards NY State tourism to wine country. That was my wife's idea.

in vino veritas said...

All the best. I understand completely as I haevn't written hardly anything in the past 2 years. Enjoy your time with your family.

Rachele Bennett said...

Things come and go. After NOT blogging for a long time, and realizing I couldn't keep up with 3, I merged them all, ended up with NA pagerank and just started posting when I felt like it. I find it fun, again.
I wish you all the best in your new adventures, whatever they may be, and hope your health improves.
I am so glad we got to meet IRL and never figured that between you, Randy and myself, that I would be the last one blogging :)

All the best, to you, my friend.