The Wine Bloggers Conference has been taking place annually since 2008 – six conferences in all to date.
Historically, when we set out to find a keynote for the conference, we first look at who the person is within the wine industry. We then look at what they do around the topics of writing (be that blogging, print journalism, novels, etc), social media, or something that we feel the community of wine bloggers would appreciate. A foundation in wine, however, has been a key element.
This year an alternate opportunity presented itself, and we feel like it is time for us as a community to look outside of ourselves for deeper inspiration on the secondary thing that brings us all together once a year: blogging.
Corbett Barr is a blogger’s blogger. What started out as a personal sabbatical from startup life (in the form of an RV and road trip through Mexico with his wife) has turned into several thriving online blogs and businesses.
Very early on in his personal blogging adventure, when his focus was on the intersection of lifestyle and career goals, Corbett realized that most bloggers struggle with a fundamental problem – growing an audience. This led him to start Think Traffic in 2010. Quickly, bloggers flocked to Think Traffic to learn from Corbett and get inspiration for their own projects.
Always keeping the Golden Rule in mind to whatever methods he applied, Corbett taught others by sharing his successes, failures, experiments, and ideas. Many top bloggers (across all niches) today owe a lot of their success to the things Corbett Barr has shared with them.
In 2013, Corbett joined forces with two friends and online entrepreneurs, Chase Reeves & Caleb Wojcik, and relaunched Think Traffic as Fizzle. The Fizzle blog is called The Sparkline, and Fizzle itself is a community where budding bloggers and online entrepreneurs can receive training from various experts, engage in forums, and get support with their projects.
Andy Perdue, Editor and Publisher of Great Northwest Wine, is a Fizzle member. When asked about Corbett Barr, he had this to say:
When I decided to launch my own business in 2012, I found Corbett Barr and his Think Traffic site just as he was launching Fizzle. The moment Fizzle opened to membership, I joined. What I’ve been able to learn as a result of Corbett and his team’s work has helped lead me to early success with Great Northwest Wine. He continues to be a mentor, an inspiration and a friend.
Corbett is an expert in niche blogging and is a regular figure at major social media events, and we are very pleased and excited to announce him as the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference keynote speaker.
As we get closer to the conference, we’ll be doing more with Corbett in the form of a Google Hangout On Air. Stay tuned for details on that, and help us welcome Corbett Barr to the Wine Bloggers community!
You can keep in touch with Corbett on Twitter: @CorbettBarr
To learn more about Fizzle, visit their site: http://fizzle.co/
About the Wine Bloggers Conference
The 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference will take place in Santa Barbara County, CA where upwards of 400 wine bloggers and industry representatives will assemble to discuss all things wine, blogging, and social media.
Registration is still open for the conference, and we anticipate a full house. You can register now here.