I’ve said it before, but the point bears restating: damn, there are a lot of drink blogs now. Twice in the past month or so I’ve had to do a survey and compile the folks I found, simply so I wouldn’t lose track of them all, and there are more than 50 drink-related blogs and other sites in my Bloglines reader (and that doesn’t even include the new ones I haven’t got around to adding yet).
The good thing I’ve noticed about drink blogs, and spirits and cocktail-related sites in particular, is they tend to be run by a damn nice bunch of folks (and I’m not saying that to be patronizing — I’ve had almost nothing but positive experiences when dealing with my fellow bloggers de booze).
So what to do with such an agreeable lot of tipplers? How about dedicating the next round of Mixology Monday to each other. I propose that on Monday, July 16, I’ll host MxMo XVII with the theme: Blog Love. What the hell does this mean, I hear you ask? Actually, it’s quite simple: to participate, simply pick and prepare a drink — an original or a classic, whatever you prefer — that you’ve read about on another person’s blog, and write a post about it, giving a shoutout to the blog where you found it. Should you wish to highlight a couple of favorite drink blogs you visit and tell us why you do, that’d be even better.
I propose this for a couple of reasons: first, over the past 15 months a regular and growing group of bloggers have come together to participate in events such as Mixology Monday, and after learning about so many new blogs this way, I think it’d be great to extend some recognition to some of the great folks in the food-and-drink blogging community.
My second reason involves some ulterior motives: five days after this Mixology Monday, at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, I’ll be moderating a panel that includes Rick from Kaiser Penguin, Darcy from The Art of Drink and Chuck from The Gumbo Pages for a presentation called “Cocktails and the Blogosphere.” Now, each of the panelists knows why we started blogging and why we find it such a fun and interesting thing to do, but I’d like to hear from more folks who are members of the growing online cocktail community. Why’d you start crossing your cocktail shaker with your keyboard? What prompted you to take the inherently social act of mixing drinks and go all Web 2.0 with it? Who are all you people, anyway?
If you can factor a little navel-gazing about you and your blog into your MxMo post, I think it’d be really enlightening. What’s more, I’ll cull some of the more interesting bits from participating posts, and I’ll introduce them at Tales of the Cocktail for our group of attendees (a group that includes, at last count, at least two members of this cocktail blogosphere thing I keep going on about — and Camper is even threatening to live-blog the event).
So, if you’ve been thrilling to Richmond Gimlets or knocking back Bourbon Lancers or Green Ghosts ever since you read about them online, let’s hear about it. Just get your post up by the close of Monday, July 16, toss a note in the comment section of this post, and tune in to see the roundup.