• Brad Johnson

Rose Colored Glasses

Updated: Oct 31, 2018

You’ve likely heard of “rose colored glasses” or rosy retrospection, a tendency to think of past events in often unrealistically positive terms. That’s where the “good old days” live, in the past, in the warm pink hues of bubble gum and lollipops.



At the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference I kept hearing attendees gush about the speakers, organizers, other attendees, and the quality of the conference. The sweetness of the comments was cloying, oozing with hints of late harvest happiness and I went into curmudgeon mode, not my best trait nor my proudest moment. But in my own (weak) defense I have put on conferences, have organized talks, been a presenter that has “killed it,” and can sniff, slurp, and spit my way through a wine competition with the best of ‘em! Yet.. yet… and yet, the words continue to echo in my mind about the conference and how amazing it was.


You know… in reflection, it kinda was. Amazing, that is.


While at the conference I was hyper-critical of the flow, of some of the speakers, of some of my fellow attendees, and I did my best to keep my distance and to observe and be a little standoffish.


Despite my best attempts to isolate myself, due in part to my social shyness, I met some really nice people and since the conference and I’ve been fortunate to grow a social network of really interesting (and super nice) wine writers and bloggers. While at the conference I was able to interview one wonderful person in particular, Leeann Froese (The Vineyard Birder) and her interview will be part of an upcoming episode on my podcast “Theory of Wine.” Thanks Leeann!


By opening myself up through my writings, offering a free viewing of my documentary “Wine Diamonds,” and asking #WBC18 attendees to be a guest on my podcast my perspective has shifted, a lot, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to attend, meet several of you in person (many more virtually), and looking back I think, if I’m not mistaken, there is a definite pink hue over my conference experience today.


Thank you to the organizers (who I should lifted up), to the attendees (who I should have introduced myself to), and to presenters (who I should have listened more closely), and finally to me (I learned a lot about myself during and after the trip).


Cheers to Self Discovery and Nice Wine Friends!

~Brad


Full Disclosure Policy: In keeping with my policy of full-disclosure this posting is part of the agreement with the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference (Zephyr Conferences) as a citizen blogger, discounted admission in exchange for 3 blog postings. This is the third and final of those postings.

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