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What does everyone else know?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

A lot, actually.

How ironic that I call this blog “What does John know?”. I never meant it to be a pretentious thing. I’m sorry if you interpreted it that way. In fact, it seems the older I get, the more I realize how little I really know. (Or maybe I’m just beginning to forget more?)

Either way, I feel that my calling in the whisky world has always been to bring people together to share a common passion, not to be the definitive authority on the subject. To this end, I have started to establish links under the category “What does everyone else know?” You’ll find it on the right hand column of this blog. (Scroll down.) I just started today, so the list is small. But I will continue growing it in the future. There’s some great stuff going on out there. Don’t miss out on it.

So, I ask two favors of you:

1) Check out the sites in my links and learn more than I alone can share with you.

2) If you see a good whisky blog that I don’t have a link to, let me know. I’ll do what I can to add them to my list of links.

To start, I’m focusing primarily on blogs. There are a couple of forums and podcasts I check out on a regular basis, and I am including them too.

I’ll still let you know, on a nearly daily basis, what I know. But please take a look at what the others are doing too. You’ll learn a lot.

Looking for new whiskies? Follow me on Twitter

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

When I find out about a new release, I’m using Twitter to let people know about it. It’s quick and easy.

For example, today I posted up information on a new 30 yr. old Old Pulteney, and also the new limited edition Balvenie Madeira Cask 17 yr. old.

I also post up information about other news items. I want to make sure  you’re not missing out on this information.

You can follow me two ways. You can follow me directly on Twitter (@johnhansell), or you can read my “tweets” on the right hand margin of this blog’s home page.

Don’t forget to go back

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I’ve been blogging (and tweeting) quite a bit lately. This is partly because there’s been a lot to talk about.

Some of the existing threads have continued to develop long after I posted up new topics. Don’t forget to go back and revisit them.

Two years and counting…

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I just noticed that WDJK is two years old this month. (It took me one year just to figure out what I was doing!)

The biggest component of WDJK is you. Thank you for taking the time to tune in. Most of all, many thanks to all of you who participate. You are this blog’s biggest asset!

When I post something up on WDJK, I like to imagine that we’re all sitting around in the same room together, sharing a dram or two, along with some interesting conversation. That’s the tone I try to set. We might be from all over the world, but we are united with the same passion. 

For the thousands of you who lurk each day but don’t say anything, please don’t be shy. Join in. There are no wrong answers here.

And, of course, if you can think of a way I can make this blog better, here’s your chance to let me know. Post up your thoughts and I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

Where to find me–and why

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Obviously you know about my blogging, but there are other ways you can communicate with me.

I’m on Twitter (@JohnHansell). Just like this blog, I use Twitter exclusively for business–and only for sending out information. I use it when I have something very brief to say that doesn’t require a formal blog posting. I often use it to inform people about breaking news, new whisky releases, and informal “I like this whisky or don’t like this whisky” comments. Many times I will give my general opinion of a whisky via a “tweet” sooner than I do here on this blog, because it’s faster and easier to do.

For example, yesterday I tweeted that I really like the new Dewar’s 18 year old blended scotch. I also tweeted that I prefer the “Fine Grain Oak” expression over the “Coarse Grain Oak” expression of the new Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection whiskeys. Sure, I’ll be putting up a formal blog review of all these whiskies very soon here on WDJK, but my opinions of them are already on Twitter.

I arranged my blog so that you can see my tweets on the right-hand column of my blog page. However, you can also sign up for Twitter and “follow” my postings, similar to the way you might be following my blog postings.

I am also on Facebook. I know that a lot of people use Facebook for business, but I don’t. Not under my direct name. If you want to know what I’m doing outside of my whisky life  or engage in more casual conversation, just sign up to be my “friend” on Facebook. When you do this, just be sure to comment that you are reading my blog, so I know how you’re connected with me. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that I won’t “friend” you. (I get a lot of friend requests every day and I have no clue who they are.)

And, of course, you can always email me if you have a question that you can’t fit in the conversation here ( I try to respond to every legitimate email that I get.

What post topics would you like to see?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Okay, let me hear from you. I’d like your feedback. (Not that we aren’t having fun already.) Tell us about a topic you would like to discuss.

Please remember that I will only be able to address a handful of the topics, so don’t be disappointed if I don’t get to yours. But,  if there’s a consensus on a specific topic, I’ll start a thread.

Thanks again for participating and offering your thoughts.

What do you think of a Malt Advocate whisk(e)y forum?

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I’m giving it some thought, and I know that some of you have asked for it. Do you think it’s a good idea or are there already enough of them? Just exploring here…

I trust you

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Until this week, all blog comments had to be approved by me before showing up on WDJK. Many bloggers set it up this way for two reasons:

  1. To keep any spam from being posted up. Every so often, one sneaks through.
  2. To make sure no one crosses the line and says something offensive.

The downside to this is that there’s often a delay between when you send your comment and when it actually gets posted up, depending on what I’m doing at the time. I have a Blackberry with me all the time, so these delays usually aren’t very long. But still, I’m sure you would rather see your comment post up right away.

So, I changed the settings over the weekend. If it’s your first time posting a comment, I still need to approve it before it shows up. However, any comments by you after that will automatically be posted up. I’ll be sent a copy of your comment after the fact, with the option to delete it, spam it, etc.

I let you speak your mind freely here, and I’m sure you’ve all been enjoying the lively discussions. People reading this blog are intelligent, passionate whisky enthusiasts. Let’s keep it going–the right way.

And if you’re just lurking and haven’t contributed anything (my blog stats tell me that there are thousands of you doing this every day), please feel free to join in on the discussions. There are no wrong answers here.

On vacation beginning today, but still posting up cool info. while I’m gone

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

WhiskyFest was last night and I learned about a lot of cool new whiskies coming on the market. (And I am very tired.) Now I’m off to the Caymans for some R&R until April 8th.

However, I wrote up some blogs about what I learned at WhiskyFest and they will automatically post while I am away. So, please keep checking in. You can comment too, but remember that I approve all comments before they post. I’ll only be checking the blog sporadically, so if your comment doesn’t post up right away, don’t worry. It will eventually.

Great news: I’m now on Twitter!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Look at the right-hand column of this blog. You’ll see there’s a new “What I’m Doing” section below my “Recent Posts.” This is my new Twitter account, which I have linked here to What Does John Know? via one of my blog software “plugins”.

Many times I find out about something that would be of interest to you and very timely, but it’s not big enough to post a formal blog about it. Twitter is designed to be quick, easy, and short. And it’s easy for me to do on my Blackberry. For those of you who have WDJK? on your RSS feed, you can also do the same for my twitter postings (called “tweets”).

Here’s the scoop. I try to blog every day, and I think I’m getting you a lot of good information–before most other people find out about it. Twitter will now allow me to get information to you even faster and more frequently! And I might use this platform for somewhat less formal postings too, which I think you will enjoy.

So, when you come to check out my blog postings, don’t forget to look at the right-hand column for my tweets under “What I’m doing.” Even if I haven’t blogged that day, there’s a good chance I tweeted at least once.