Out of shape at 33

Out of shape at 33 is one of those targeted ads you see on Facebook. They are insidious, but ultimately they are an acceptable trade-off for many Facebookers (you reveal your birth date so your friends can get birthday reminders in order to buy you a drink; you suffer thereafter a torrent of tanned, toned abdominal muscles that call you out by your age, peppering you with reproach about your wanning fitness the day after your birthday).

But they are only annoying as they are effective. Internet incantations of laziness prompted me to post this, after all.

Finally, after six weeks of inactivity and silence, I am posting. Finally, after a marked increase in bottles of calorie-rich wine (that just so happened to match my sudden hike in vacation time, which always carries with it wanning physical activity)!

And, sure enough, this post comes after a time away in which I celebrated my 33rd birthday. So that's me who's out of shape. There's no contest: I really am out of shape at 33. At the very least, this blog space is a testament to it.


I bring up Facebook mostly because I'm on it and I'm on it a lot. (Oh, don't act surprised. You're on there too. So is Steve De Long of De Long's Wine Moment. So is David McDuff of McDuff's Food and Wine Trail.)

Need more proof of how much I'm on there (other than the sad abs-in-my-face story)? Here:

Yes, I've been somewhat busy with a new foray for Weingolb set in an exciting collaborative environment: it's called the Facebook page.

Here's what a Facebook page brings:

  • public access to everyone on the Internet (notice that I didn't say it was a Facebook profile!) so it's not restricted to registered Facebook members (though Facebookers do get the added benefits of an improved social networking experience, which is something that has entirely changed the raison d'être of wineblogging for me -- thanks especially to BrooklynGuy, Bill "the Caveman" Zacharkiw and Joe from Joe's Wine

  • a multi-purpose wall for writing comments, wine reviews or comments on wine reviews (or...?)

  • a discussion board for enhanced development of forum topics

  • the easiest photo and video upload tool on the planet -- accessible to all, whether you are a reader, administrator, weindoktor or plonkpupil

  • built-in RSS and news feed features for reliably keeping track of updates

  • event creation -- though it's a bit stiff and I admit could be better -- and the usual web 2.0 bells and whistles

  • automatic web tracking and metrics (bye-bye slow-loading Site Meter)

  • But most of all, the biggest thing it brings is:
  • convenience and ease of access... since I'm already always on Facebook!

Ooops. I've forgotten a bit about wineblogging. It has been a long, long time since I last wine blogged. I meant to say... Here's what my Facebook page brings:And those were just wines suitable for the celebration of my 33rd birthday. Plenty of other everyday wines are documented too.I'm about to post reviews on Château Candastre, another French southwest wine from Gaillac, this time red, and a Limoux sparkling wine from Laurens.

Drink up!

Thanks to all the clever bloggers I have continued to read during my slow-down and switch. They have kept me inspired. I may never publish notes once a day as I did when I started this site. But I am hopeful that this move could ultimately be better than the blogging of my early days anyway.

So I hope you will visit me over here on my re-launched page.


Joe said...

Hi Marcus - Thanks for the comments. Yes, I have checked out the new page, but no idea how to use it (other than read it, of course). I apologize - will check it once in a while, but hard to track given my Web 1.01 knowledge - easier if I were a member, no doubt. We should have a drink for your 33rd, let me know when you're free!

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Marcus said...

How to use the new page:

If you are not a facebook member the collaborative nature of the page does diminish rapidly -- you can see the discussion boards but not participate, you cannot even see the events at all. Wall posting is restricted to facebookers, and commenting at every level is removed. Many fans are masked until you sign in so attempts at community building are negligible as an outsider.

So in some ways it could seem less dynamic than a blog. Sorry about that Joe. I didn't realize that while the page content is entirely public, many of the 2.0 features only turn on after you create an account.

But that only takes a second and you don't even need to have a facebook profile enabled to get that account. Go for it!

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