Winebits 515: Birthday Week 2017 — welcome, Gen X and Millennials

Birthday week wine news: Gen X and Millennials have learned to love the blog, plus way more posts than any one Curmudgeon should have to write

Younger and younger:  Almost half of the blog’s visitors between November 2016 and November 2017 were younger than 44, more than a third were 25-44, and only one out of five were Baby Boomers. In other words, the blog has finally become relevant to the next two generations of wine drinkers. I’ve been working on this for several years, and am very glad to see it. Maybe the Gen X and Millennials can save us from the tyranny of scores and winespeak. Plus, the blog is even less male — 53 percent this year, compared to 55 percent last year.

Almost 3,000 posts: I don’t think about it much, given that writing for publication every day is the norm in the newspaper business, where I started. But that’s a lot of writing, especially since I teach and write 50 or more freelance pieces year. Still, as I have said since 1991, when I got out of the newspaper business: It beats working for a living. No matter how many times I pound the keyboard or scream at the walls when I get stuck, I never have to attend a meeting. Ever.

Linux still at one percent: There was a brief dustup among Linux geeks last month when a consultancy reported that Linux’s share of the worldwide desktop computer market in September reached almost seven percent. It’s usually one percent, and the consultancy immediately said it had made a mistake but wasn’t quite sure where. I’m here to report that it remained about one percent on the blog, so my statistics are more accurate than a company that gets paid to study these things. No, I don’t know what that means.