While minding my own business yesterday, checking out free Dilbert cartoons and looking for sexy Pilates vlogs, I was rudely interrupted by Cate O’Malley of the Well Fed Network with the following announcement:
Just a heads up that your site is officially in the running for the 2007 Food Blog Awards – head on over to www.wellfed.net for the news.
I clicked my mouse or whatever on the blue words to download my trophy when I discovered that I was not alone: apparently there are others out there who write about beverages and such! Teeth gnarled, fists clenched and toes curled, I decided to check out the competition.
First off, there’s the teenage boy who lives in his parents’ basement and blogs to the internet under the alias “Paul Clarke“. Paul is a regular contributor to Imbibe (kind of a magazine about robots and stuff), and during his summer vacations Paul travels to huge geek conventions in New Orleans.
It takes the entire Long Island High School debate team (Go, Chargers!) to make the wine-dork website over at Lenndevours, yet not a single member is old enough to drink alcohol. The comments on the site often break out into flame wars over who would win in a fight: Captain America or Cyclops from X-Men.
Speaking of comic books, high-schooler Tyler Colman posts his wine stuff under the internet handle “Dr. Vino”, a thinly-veiled reference to “Dr. Octopus” from the Spiderman comics. Tyler was nominated for a James Beard award earlier this year. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with James Beard, he played “Scotty” on the television show Star Trek.)
San Francisco is home to two things: computer nerds, and people who smell like garlic. Cameron and Anita from Married… With Dinner are covering both bases with a website about food. When two dorks find each other, it’s a beautiful thing – but when they can get a computer involved, it’s poetry in motion, people. And you know there were lightsabers at that wedding.
So that’s the crowd I’m up against. Should be a no-brainer, but just in case, head on over to the polls and help me crush the competition.