Oh, the small things that make a blogger’s day brighter!

Making waves . . .

This past December 6th, at 3:06 PM, after reading and rereading, and rereading several more times, I finally clicked the “publish” button of the very first post of my newborn blog page. This blog was created on the spur of the moment; few days earlier, I threw the idea to one of my students, she had a blog of her own and advised me to look into Word Press. Over the weekend, I checkout the site, created my page, and on Tuesday … voilà, Sharing My Italy . . . the Blog, was born and traveling in cyberspace! My dream of sharing my country with the world was turning into reality. Today, six months later, after clicking the “publish” button 47 more times, my little blog has received over 5000 hits!!! It might not seem a lot to some of you, but it sure seems a lot to me, and I am celebrating.

Few days past June 6th.

And look at how much color on the world map….82 Countries and counting!

On my quest to conquer the world

No, it is not the board game, Risk, but at time, it certainly feels like it! There is a total of 193 countries in the world and in almost half of those, at least one soul, has read one of my posts . . . I am exhilarated.

Who knows, may be one day one of my posts will make it to the Word Press’s “Freshly Pressed” page . . . now, that would call for a major celebration!

This past Easter, I wrote a post to express my gratitude to all my followers and readers. I rambled about the excitement and the anxiety that comes with the act of publishing each post, the staring at the stats and waiting for a comment or a “like”. It is not much different today, however, I am a lot more relaxed and when I feel uneasy, I remind myself that the purpose of this blog is the pure enjoyment of putting into words my love, knowledge and appreciation for my beautiful Country. And to be able to share it with half of the world it is pretty darn good!

To make my day as a blogger even brighter, I am honored to accept yet another award:

The  Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Doesn’t just the name sounds marvelous?

Grazie, grazie, grazie to Meg Travels for the nomination! Meg has a beautiful and inspiring blog herself and I encourage you all to visit. She has just return from a trip in Italy and you will love to read what she is sharing.

In order to accept  the award, I will dutifully follow the three rules :

  • First, acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page.

One more time Grazie Mille Meg Travels!

  • Next, list 7 things about yourself.

I suppose I should tell you something that I have not already told about myself, so since Italy is not the only thing I love, I will reveal few more of my favorites. I assume you already know that my greatest love are my amazing sons and wonderful husband. And of course, to my family across the ocean: I love you all! Wow, now it sounds like the Academy award acceptance speech; good thing there is no music interrupting me and I will never know if  by now, by boredom, you have switched to a different page.

Anyway, here we go 7 things I love:

  1. I love art . . . a day at a museum it is a good day for me.
  2. I love fine shopping . . . window-shopping would do it too.
  3. I love fashion . . . Italian, mostly!
  4. I love to travel . . .everywhere.
  5. I love to read . . . fiction only.
  6. I love to sketch my dream home . . . I have “many” sketches.
  7. I love my two dogs, Luna and Vera . . . they are the reflections of our family: fun, loving, playfully mischievous, and just wonderful.
  • Last, pass the award to 7 bloggers who inspire you.

In not particular order:

  1. A Word in your Ear
  2. Writingfeemail’s Blog
  3. The Blissful Adventurer
  4. Heart Rome
  5. Tea&Biscotti
  6. Mondomulia
  7. The Volunteer Fringe

Congratulations to all and to an even brighter tomorrow!

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I am back and . . . with an Award!

MY NEW AWARD!

Well, I am back . . . at least I am trying. After a wonderful vacation with my lovely husband to Turks and Caicos – I know it is not Italy! – I returned home where a little family crisis was expecting me. Be assured, not a tragedy, but enough to make my head spin and enough to make me completely forget about blogs, stats, tweets, sleep, and so on.

Thanks to Dutchgoesitalian who kindly nominated me for the Illuminating Blogger Award, I am slowly starting to get my mojo back.

Grazie Mille Letizia, I really needed this!!!

Little rules to follow in order to accept the award:

  1. The Nominee should visit the award site Food Stories and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom.
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog. Again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Dutchgoesitalian !!!
  3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post. I always look at the small details. I am pretty much obsessed with that!
  4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.
  5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site Food Stories .

My nominees are – drum roll . . .

Tea&Biscotti

Our Kitchen Inventions

Two black dogs

Meg Travels

Mondomulia

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited my blog on Mother’s Day . . . I have just realized that it has been my most viewed post . . . GRAZIE!!!!

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! A presto . . .

Another Award? Yes, the Kreativ Blogger Award!!!

Kreativ Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award by Meg Travels. I love her blog and I am so flattered . . . two awards in seven day! You don’t need to remind me that these are not “real” awards . . . I know that!

Still, I can be excited at the idea that another of my cyber friends thinks I am so awesome that I deserve to be in the spotlight – again – for few hours. I certainly enjoyed my Versatile Blogger Award last week and I am sure I can handle another moment of fame!

Once again, few rules to follow in order to accept the nomination.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass the award to 7 nominees

HERE WE GO

Thank you Meg Travels for the nomination! I am honored to be in such great company.

Meg Travels and I share the same passion for planning and researching trips. Beside traveling in Italy, I love traveling everywhere. Tell me where and when, and I will be planning, booking, packing, and ready to go. You will find many useful information on Meg Travels ‘s journal. So, please pay homage to her blog!

Now for the 7 things about myself; I am wondering if I should share My things from last award or should I disclose a little more about myself? I am going with the latest . . . but, don’t ask for more!

  1. I love little black dresses . . . and black skirts, pants, blouses . . .
  2. I am 15 years younger than my brothers . . . so, I will always be the little sister.
  3. Sardegna is one of my favorite places in Italy.
  4. When I lived in Italy I had a maid and a babysitter everyday . . . why did I leave, you may ask?!
  5. I finally don’t think in Italian anymore . . . but, I still have my accent.
  6. I travel in Italy twice a year, to see my relatives and friends, and to discover new places to share with you all.
  7. GELATO . . . LOVE IT, no need to elaborate.

My seven nominations, no easy task to narrow to only seven! Visit these blogs, you will enjoy them as much as I do.

Please note:

  • These are not in any particular order.
  • I apologize if you have already been nominated.
  • You do not have to accept the nomination.
  1. emilyluxton
  2. Tea&Biscotti
  3. Going Dutch  (My first follower – Thank you!)
  4. Finger, Fork & Knife 
  5. Manipal’s Photo Blog
  6. mondomulia
  7. Juls’ Kitchen 

Versatile Blogger Award

One thing that I love about my new life as a blogger is that I feel like I have acquired a new set of friends . . . cyber friends! It all starts with a “like” at the bottom of a post, then there is a  “tweet”, then a shy comment, and finally comes the “follow”. And there you are, connected through an invisible thread to hundreds of people all over the word. People that you will most likely never meet, yet you share with each other a small part of  your life in this fantastic world where the only requirements are to be polite and respectful of each other.

It is in my blogger’s world that I gained a new friend, Tea & Biscotti,  a blogger from UK, in her own words: “ English by birth, Italian by choice”. I think you can see the connection here!

By  Tea & Biscotti, I have been recently honored with a nomination for an award! Yes, you heard it . . . an award!

Well, let me clarify. It is not actually an award, but rather a recognition from other bloggers.

It sounds pretty amazing to me to think that the delightful Tea & Biscotti finds my blog interesting enough not only to read it herself, but also to be worthy of others’ attention.

Needless to say, I am excited to accept the Versatile Blogger Award.

Few rules to follow when one accepts the award:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or that you follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the VBA site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, first and foremost, MILLE GRAZIE to Tea & Biscotti; not only has she nominated me for this award, she has also been following my blog and my tweets, and she has often shown her support. You should definitely check out her blog. It is full of surprises, it’s joyful and loving when speaking about her “Bambina”, is sensitive when speaking of social issues, and mostly, it makes you feel in a good mood.

Selecting my 15 nominatios has not been an easy task. Not because I couldn’t find enough blogs/bloggers worth of the award, but rather because I could find something interesting in so many.

But a choice must to be made so here they are, in no particular order, My Top 15:

  1. emilyluxton
  2. Zen and Genki
  3. Meg Travels
  4. GREENWORDCHEF’S BLOG
  5. Our Italian Table
  6. Going Dutch
  7. Daniel C. Doolan’s News Updates
  8. Homemade Delish
  9. HeartRome 
  10. Finger, Fork & Knife 
  11. Food Lover’s Odyssey
  12. Manipal’s Photo Blog
  13. napoli unplugged
  14. mondomulia
  15. Juls’ Kitchen 

Lastly, My 7 little things about me:

  1. When dining out I NEVER skip dessert.
  2. I always wear my pearls.
  3. My biggest accomplishment is my two wonderful sons . . . the joy of my life.
  4. My inspiration to become an architect came from the Greeks temples of Paestum and . . . The Jetsons cartoons! (I know you are wondering).
  5. My dream is one day to live in a little house on the beach.
  6. I cannot go to sleep if I don’t have a piece of chocolate.
  7. I love Prosecco!

To all my nominees: you are not bound to accept my nomination and please, accept my apology if you have already received this award.