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  1. I’m just honest (and maybe a huge fan!). We will most definitely have to catch up, enjoy and discuss more wine in the future 🙂

  2. You’re such a sweetie Haley!! Thank you so much for all your support and it was so great to meet you and see that wine gets you and your hubby just as excited 🙂 Look forward to catching up for a wine or two again soon!

  3. Fantastic post Casey! 🙂 I think your blog is fantastic, I don’t know how many times my husband has heard “travelling corkscrew said this/recommended this/tried this”, and it was lovely to finally meet you as well. I love how much of your passion comes through on your blog, and how it is always such an honest point of view, and such a great read!

  4. Yay that’s brilliant Star, if you come across any goodies yourself let me know x

  5. Thanks for popping over L! And for your lovely words. Being a blogger in Perth is extra special as the blogging community is full of so much support and fun here, we’re so lucky 🙂 x

  6. Hey Alex, yeah I’m liking using the hashtags however it’s more about the terms. I think it’s important to disclose if someone has particularly requested a mention in exchange for a freebie compared to when I’ve been given something with no promise of anything in return 🙂

  7. Thanks for the kind words Jess. I really enjoyed writing this post and sharing a bit of me with you all 🙂 x

  8. Thanks for taking the time to read the post Reeva and I’m glad I could share some insights into what really goes into a blog. Catch you on twitter 🙂

  9. Thanks for stopping by T, the digital world is truly a fabulous place to be immersed 🙂

  10. You write for very much the same reasons as I do. One of the great things about the digital world is that people from all over the world can share their knowledge, tips and passions with each other. Keep on going!

  11. Your reasons for writing are very similar to mine. One of the great things about this digital age is that like-minded people from all over the world can share knowledge, tips and their passions with each other!

  12. Love it! I have been thinking about starting a blog lately but I dont think I actually have the time to dedicate to it, so seeing your hours broken down makes me realise I do need more time before I can commit to running a blog. Love following you on twitter too 🙂

  13. I love posts like these. It takes the ethereal blogger and portrays them as what they are… a real
    person. Kinda like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs, you see them for how talented they are, purely from sharing something that’s personable. Thanks Casey! X

  14. You know what I love about posts like this…? It takes the writer from just a blogger on a web page somewhere and shows them as a real person. Like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.
    No matter how many followers you have, you’re just like every one of us and I am ALWAYS drawn to a post that someone rights about themselves and makes it personable. Thanks Casey! X

  15. I like the idea of using different,defined hash tags for tweets. I was going to use #freebie but I thought that that actually sounded a tiny bit disrespectful – so I’ve just gone with #hosted but realise now that while that will cover dinners/functions (I’m mainly a food blogger so that’s mostly what things are) it doesn’t work for samples …

  16. What a wonderful, thought provoking read Casey! Having recently just started our own food blog, I often get asked the very same questions – a lot of people ask why I put so much time and effort into STM. Like you said, it’s a passion project and I am (so far) getting so much joy out of experience! Swan Valley is one of my all time favourite places, and it so often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Your blog is so inspirational for those of us who love to support local businesses in the area! 🙂

    x L

  17. This was such a wonderful, thought provoking read Casey! Having just recently started our food blog, I often get so many of the same questions – a lot of people ask me why I have such an expensive/ time consuming hobby. But you outlined it perfectly! It’s a passion project, one that I am (so far) getting so much joy out of doing. Your blog is so inspirational, just because I absolutely adore Swan Valley and it often doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If I ever need to check out a place new, I’ll always have a look at your blog first! 🙂

    x L

  18. Thanks for the kind words Marieke!! I really do love what I do, and being able to chat with great people like you about all things wine is just awesome! Thanks for being such a wonderful supporter of the TC 🙂

  19. What a great read. Anyone that follows you can read and feel your passion for what you do – with a good smattering of humour thrown in. A shining example of a great blogger. And if you get some freebies out of it – well deserved I say. Love your work. And, yes, Tylers is right up there on the list of Swan Valley must dos.

  20. Thank you Casey! 🙂 Likewise, I’ve definitely been inspired to try a few new wines after your recommendations! x

  21. Thanks Star, the blogging world is definitely an interesting one to be a part of! Loving your blog, it’s so inspirational 🙂 x

  22. Great post Casey! I think a lot of people have the misconception that most bloggers sit around receiving free stuff all the time, living a very cushy lifestyle – people who aren’t familiar with the blogging world often have no idea how much time/energy/money it actually takes to make it all happen. That’s why you often see bloggers who you can tell have zero passion for what they write about drop off.

    You totally deserve the odd freebie every now and then!