Wine Spectator Online is nearly 10 years old now, but we are constantly launching new features on the site. One of the most recent--and most successful--is our editors' blogs.
This section is off to a grand start. Four senior editors are now blogging, posting new entries on average several times per week. In the first month, more than 40,000 visitors came to read our blogs, resulting in more 100,000 page views. This suggests that our editors' blogs have considerable appeal to Wine Spectator's growing world of magazine readers and Web site users.
The blogs make an interesting contrast with our forums. For many years, this site has offered an open forum--and I mean open--where wine lovers can gather to discuss a wide range of wine topics or just rant. These forums are very popular. Thousands of wine lovers have signed up as members, and many more "lurk" on the site just to read the discussions. Some threads end up with many thousands of viewers. It is our way of giving wine drinkers access to a community and a home to visit.
But some of our editors have been reluctant to comment there, myself included. For one reason, the site allows posters to use screen names. While most posters behave responsibly, there are some who write inappropriately from time to time, saying things they would be otherwise afraid to say if they were required to use their real names. Some clearly have a hidden agenda, though we have no way of knowing exactly what it is or who they are.
The beauty of the new editors' blogs is that they are offered behind a wall--that is, only online subscribers can read them and post comments. Everyone is required to use their real names.
When you read their comments, you see intelligent and mature points of view. They may be provocative but they are stated without malice. These responses are most refreshing and appreciated by our editors and thus encourage us to participate more freely and more often.
It is the hope of all senior editors that you will take advantage of our new area. Our goal is to continue to build an educational and informative community of wine lovers at Wine Spectator Online. The new blogs are one way to achieve this.
What would you like us to blog about? What issues are important to you? If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can make this new area even more useful to you, we would appreciate receiving your comments.
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