Blog post 5: Most common form of content Sunday, Sep 18 2011 

I’ve recently discovered most of the online content available to tea enthusiasts is mainly the blogs I have mentioned in previous posts (A Girl With Tea and Tea and Sympathy). For someone searching for information on tea, many of these kinds of blog posts (especially in the case of A Girl With Tea), are more of an ‘evergreen’ content – meaning it is more along the lines of a feature article that doesn’t rely on timeliness. Aside from the online element, teas and tea houses are often mentioned in food and lifestyle magazines, so think Delicious, Frankie and even Vogue, as more of a review (which is generally a little more reliant on timeliness). Hence, most of these publications are text-based, and are actually not online (this is the part where I say, “Hey! An opening for a niche area of interest! Hurray!”)

Tea? Or wine? Or both!

The reason I think this may be case is that these publications have built up a reputation of having the latest information on cafes, restaurants, nice foods and wines. (as a side note, do you think tea has become a ‘trendy’ beverage lately? Long gone is the question :”Do you have your tea black or white?” Now, it’s all “Would you like a black tea? White tea? Green tea? Flavoured black? Rooibos? Herbal tea? And may I suggest you try this tea without milk? It tends to mask the lovely flavours etc…” Yep, tea is the new wine. I digress…)

Yet there are very few publications that keep tabs on what is happening in the tea world, but do cafe enthusiasts want it? Find out in my next post! 🙂

Who To Follow Sunday, Sep 4 2011 

When keeping up to date in the world of tea, perhaps try following these sites/people:

Topix news – Tea

This is a handy little site which basically compiles news and information about tea from various media publications (if you enter in what sort of information and news you’re looking for). This is particularly handy, as it can be difficult to find a tea-only publication that solely and independently produces news on tea, whereas this publication just compiles everythingwritten about tea recently and puts it all in the one spot.

Tea and Sympathy

Mentioned this in my previous post, but I enjoy some interesting little tidbits from this blog, whether it’s excited about a celebrity who has gushed how much they love tea, or any events that their shop might be holding in New York. Unfortunately, I don’t live in New York, but if you do and you love tea – have a look at this site! They also have a Twitter account.

A Girl With Tea – Blog

This blog is the product of a young woman going through her own ‘tea journey’ – she is exploring the changing culture of tea, and how drinking tea can affect other areas of life, and explaining why tea is back in vogue (because didn’t you hear?Coffee is sooooo…. last season) She also describes her experience with tea and meditation on a day-to-day basis, thereby taking the reader on the journey as well. A fairly easy site to get around, and I’m glad to see she isn’t just preaching hearsay about tea and meditation, and is instead being honest and critical when she needs to be. Like a good online presence, she also has a Twitter.