steveheimoff.com gets Best Blog nomination
The folks who run the Wine Blog Awards announced finalists in the eight categories yesterday, and good old steveheimoff.com is one of five nominees for Best Overall Wine Blog.
I always thought they should change the name to Best Wine Blog, because I’m of a generation that thinks of “overalls” as a sort of trouser with shoulder straps. But whatever, I’m glad to be so honored. Congratulations are streaming in. I’ve heard from the Pope, the Queen, the President, the First Lady and other friends of mine in San Francisco and Oakland who wish me well. You can, of course, vote for me if you choose to.
“You must believe me when I tell you” how difficult it is for me to ask for your vote. (Readers with a mind for history may understand why I stressed the above phrase. It is a reference to someone else who famously used those words. Do you know who, and what the statement was about? The winner gets a free one year subscription to this blog, as well as my respect for a knowledge of history at a time when history seems less important to many people than the newest Xbox.) It goes against my grain to solicit votes. I could never be a salesman, although I respect the successful of that species. It is embarrassing to ask people to do something that benefits, not them, but oneself. If you vote for me, let me know, and I’ll send you a three dollar bill, autographed by me personally.
Last year I was nominated for Best Writing, but didn’t win. For me, it’s always been about the writing, and writing, as writers know, is about voice. Voice is the soul of the writer, expressed in words. Human beings feel soul when it emanates from other living things–not just people, but animals. Horses and dogs have souls, and as a longtime cat owner, I know cats do, although they can be stubborn little things. For all I know, plants also have souls, and when I am in a contemplative mood I fancy I can sometimes feel the soul of a tree as it susurates in the breeze. I’m not sure about that, but I know that I pour my soul into this blog (for better or for worse), and if people like it, it’s because they’re tired of writing that’s rote, formulistic, inauthentic or inaccessible–writing that feels like it came out of a robot.
Tom Wark, who writes the Fermentation blog (also nominated for Best Overall Blog), started the Wine Blog Awards some years ago. Yesterday, he came under some weird attacks in the blogosphere, for reasons I cannot understand. I’m not going to name the blogs where these attacks are coming from, because I don’t want to get involved in another round of blogger wars which thankfully have quieted down over the last year or two. But really, bloggers have much to thank Tom for and no reason to get upset or criticize him.
Getting this nomination is confirmation that my blog remains relevant going into its fourth year. We all want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves and that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you out there for reading and liking steveheimoff.com and voting for me. It is for you I write this blog.