welcome to bleedingespresso.com!

Ta daaaaaaaa!

I still have some tweaking to do, but please look around and let me know what you think. Be kind, though, because my eyes are literally crossing after many, many days of learning many, many new things in front of the computer.

Now the fun part.

To celebrate the move and new look, I’m going to give away a $30 (thirty US dollars) Amazon.com gift certificate to one lucky winner. If you win and can’t use an Amazon.com gift certificate, we can discuss an equivalent prize.

Here’s how to enter the drawing:

1. Link to me in your blogroll OR if you already link to me, update your link to http://bleedingespresso.com.

2. Subscribe to my new feed OR if you’re already a subscriber, sign up to the new feed; really you should be automatically transferred shortly, but you can never be too sure, right?

3. Comment and let me know that you’ve done either or both of the above by 11:59 p.m. CET Monday, January 21, 2008. You can comment as many times as you like, but only one comment will count for the drawing.

Along with a new look, I’ve come up with lots of exciting ideas for this year to be discussed soon, and I do hope you’ll come along for the ride.

As always, thanks so much for reading, and best of luck in the drawing!


[tags]contests, moving to your own domain, new blog designs[/tags]

163 Beans of Wisdom to “welcome to bleedingespresso.com!”
  1. 01.14.2008

    Hey, this looks great! I thought there were funny goings-on when I tried to see your site a few days ago. This is looking very snazzy and professional. I look forward to stopping by again soon. πŸ™‚

    Ciao Seamus! First commenter! Woohoo! I’m not sure why there would’ve been funny goings-on over at Blogger, but all that means is that I’m glad to be out of there πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for your comments on the site look–very appreciated.

  2. 01.14.2008

    Hi Sognatrice, I really like it, easy to look around. Love the links across the top, Recipes, Favourite Posts etc.

    Can’t wait to find out about your exciting ideas. I will be along for the ride!!! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Anne! One of the biggest pluses to coming over to WordPress are those tabs at the top–I love them too!

  3. Hi Sognatrice! This looks so different. I think it is going to take me a while to get aclimated! πŸ™‚
    Best of luck!
    I went ahead and changed my links to you both on the Foodie Blogroll and Jenn’s Travel Closeup.

    Have fun with your new blog!

    Thanks Jenn! I know the feeling about getting used to the change…but change is good, right? πŸ™‚

  4. 01.14.2008

    Lookin’ good! And I’ve updated the blogroll and the feed…looking forward to your new posts on your new site.

    Thank you much! Looking forward to seeing you around here!

  5. 01.14.2008

    Updated both my blogroll and my feed. Congrats in the new site. πŸ™‚
    I like it already! LOVE the whole “beans of wisdom” in place of the word, comment. Very creative.

    Thanks Giulia! So you noticed my beans…good eye πŸ™‚

  6. 01.14.2008

    Like your new look! Congratulations Sognatrice. Your hard work payed off! I will relink you now. I still don’t know what a feed is.

    Constance, feeds are the best! All the blogs you love in one place so you don’t have to hop around wondering whether they’ve been updated or not! I use Bloglines, some prefer Google Reader–there are many choices, but TRUST ME, you will be so thankful to have one set up. It saves *so* much time and lets you spend your internet time actually reading the blogs you want rather than clicking all over the place, sometimes for nothing. I can’t recommend it more, seriously.

  7. 01.14.2008

    Congrats on the new blog layout and self-hosted site! It looks fantastic!

    Thanks Reggie! It’s been quite an interesting experience, as you well know.

  8. Done, done, and done! Congrats on the new look – site! I know how much work it is!! πŸ™‚

    I *know* you know…thanks and thanks for your help as well πŸ™‚

  9. I like it!

    I have updated everything.

    Thanks bella!

  10. 01.14.2008

    Whoot! Girl, this is a nice new home. Now the “scary” part is over…or has it just begun? I like it.

    Gah! Please tell me it’s over!

  11. 01.14.2008

    believe me, i know the feeling… i’ve also spent more than enough time recently swimming in wordpress css code. ahh, just another language to add to the ol’ cv, eh?
    and you’re all updated on this end…

    Grazie! Your place looks great too, although I haven’t commented yet. I’m getting there! And yes, it certainly *is* another language on the CV. Geez Louise.

  12. antonino

    hey there!!! Very good restiling. Very good work.

    Thanks Antonino!

  13. 01.14.2008

    hi and congratulations on your cool and snazzy new look!
    it looks fab!
    i don’t use the feed thingy myself but i’ve just updated my blogroll with your new link!
    happy new blog, sognatrice

    Thanks Vanessa!

  14. 01.14.2008

    Congratulations on your new site!! πŸ™‚

    I sooooo suck at CSS, so I admire people who can do this stuff.

    Yay for new sites!

    Tina, practice makes perfect…you just gotta dig in! Thanks for the congrats πŸ™‚

  15. Kristin

    Hi there! I linked you to my yahoo – whatever that means. I’m a tad resistant to change so I’m still getting used to your new site. But I know I’ll love it soon.

    By the way, Matt got two baskets in his second bball game!! Watch out Duke and Temple!!

    Love ya, K

    K, I hope the new place is growing on you. I know how much you like the status quo πŸ˜‰ And Gooooo Matty! Woohoo!

  16. 01.14.2008

    i had to come back and comment again to say two more things:
    1. hi michelle!!!! i love that you use your own name on here now πŸ™‚ and it’s such a pretty one too.
    2. wow! i can’t stop browsing. you’ve done so much work on this! all the tabs and sections and columns are full of great stuff. well done!

    Thank you thank you thank you! So happy to hear you’re having fun looking around πŸ™‚

  17. ally bean

    Very neat-o. Looks wonderful. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!

    Thanks Ally! Plans are in the works!

  18. 01.14.2008

    yay! It looks great! I’ve changed your address on the links on my blog sidebar, and updated my feed reader! I’m excited to explore your menu items…

    Thanks Erin! Hope you enjoy your visits here!

  19. alexmom

    Complimenti, Michelle. It’ll take me a little while to get used to the new format, but the first impression is amazing. Just one thing…….The Title block goes beyond my computer screen, and there’s no horizontal scroll bar to move the page to the right. But that just must be my computer and I just need to figure out how to re-size.
    Your ability to teach yourself this techie stuff is inspiring. ciao ciao

    Hmm…I don’t know much about this horizontal bar thing, although I do know that the page is formatted to fit a screen that’s bigger than my old blog was formatted for. If you still can’t find a bar to scroll let me know and I’ll look around for some info.

  20. 01.14.2008

    It looks fantastic!
    I’ve fixed up my reader so should be a-okay.
    Congrats on the new digs!

    Alyndabear, thanks for coming along!

  21. 01.14.2008

    Hubba Hubba zing aing aing
    This site’s got everything.
    Much bloglove,

    From a blogging pro like you, these comments mean even more–thanks!

  22. Linda

    Congratulations!! Looks great. Can’t wait to go and look in all the nooks and crannies.

    Great job Michelle.

    Thanks Linda! Looking forward to your place (hint hint) πŸ˜‰

  23. 01.14.2008

    I went over to my blog and updated your new info! It looks great and I’m in awe of how much computer time it probably took for you to get there!

    Thanks Jane! And yes, lots of time, but *so* worth it πŸ™‚

  24. 01.14.2008

    I love the new site! You must have worked yourself silly getting it all transferred over. Great job!
    I’m updating my blog roll right now.

    Thanks Loulou! Transferring everything was actually pretty easy…getting it to look the way I wanted was the hard part….

  25. 01.14.2008

    Sognatrice-love your new look! I’ve updated your new address on my link to your blog.

    Thanks Janie!

  26. 01.14.2008


    I’m still looking around… I like it so far, but I wanted to hurry up and get my name in the drawing! Aaah, cupidigia! πŸ™‚

    Name in. And take your time looking around πŸ™‚

  27. 01.14.2008

    Congrats Sognatrice!!!

    Looooooks good πŸ™‚ Yey! It’s so good to be done, isn’t it? oh, right… I’m still not done tweaking mine, so I wouldn’t know… snif, snif.

    At this point I’m not sure the tweaking and fixing ever stops but hey, so long as *most* of it is done, I’m happy! Best of luck to you!

  28. 01.14.2008

    Congrats! Believe me, I know all the hard work involved. You look mahvelous dahling πŸ˜‰ I’ll update your address and my subscription too πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Robin! I know you know all about this πŸ˜‰

  29. 01.14.2008

    Sorry Sognatrice, forgot to say I have updated my blog roll !!

    Thanks Anne! You’re entered!

  30. 01.14.2008

    Congrats on making the big move! I am going to update everything right after I post this. The new site looks great, and I think you are going to love having so much control over your blog… it’s a learning experience to be sure, but it’s so much fun. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Aimee! I’m already loving that control part…and it’s fun to learn!

  31. 01.14.2008

    Very nice, Michelle! Very slick. I’ve updated my link to you.

    Thanks Karen! Good to see you here!

  32. Carole D.

    Molto bello, pero’ I will miss the other one. It was so unique and so familiar.

    I will continue enjoying reading your postings, don’t ever stop perche’ I need my daily dose.

    Grazie bella!

    Ciao Carole, I know it’s difficult to adjust–I feel the same way whenever someone changes their blog look. I just wanted something brighter and cleaner, and I think I’ve found that. I hope you’re getting used to it!

  33. 01.14.2008

    I will update your link. Nice job on the new blog, I should probably do my the same sometime.

    Thanks John. I had been putting this off for at least 6 months–had to work up the energy πŸ˜‰

  34. 01.14.2008

    Your new site looks great. And I have updated my feed and will shortly adjust my blogroll.

    Thanks Charlotte! I’ll be around to visit you soon too!

  35. La Casalinga

    I like the new look…I’m impressed by all of the work that went into learning how to create it!! Updated your link on my blog.

    Thanks Casalinga!

  36. 01.14.2008

    Brava…Brava!! You did a great job, Michelle! I am just complimenting you now…I haven’t updated you yet, so dont “enter” me.

    It looks great…now who can say you weren’t “working” when you were at “home”???

    Esatto! And thank you πŸ™‚

  37. Dana

    Love the new site Sognatrice! Your link is updated on my site. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much Dana!

  38. 01.14.2008

    Brava! Great job! Dont enter me just yet cause I haven’t updated my blog, I am just sending along congrats….and auguri!!

    I’m guessing you got an error after the first comment–no worries. It’s my learning the language of “plug-ins” that probably caused it. I think everything is fixed now. I think.

  39. 01.14.2008

    CONGRATULATIONS Michelle!! I updated my blogroll to show the way to your new home. It’s great! Fabulous job!

    I don’t have much bloghopping time lately, but I’ll be around! πŸ™‚

    Sabine, whatever time you make for me is plenty. Thanks for updating!

  40. 01.14.2008

    Great looking Michelle!!!

    I will change to the new link later today when I get home from work. I couldn’t connect to the new feed for some reason.

    I haven’t forgotten about your book. It should arrive soon.


    Karen, really there’s no rush! I hope you’ve been able to connect to the feed by now. There was a conflict with one of my plug-ins that was messing things up. Should be fixed now.

  41. Barbara

    Altho I couldn’t get your link to subscribe in a reader to work, I have updated your address on my Bloglines page. As someone who’s puzzled and frustrated by computers, I’m completely in awe of everything you’ve done. Congratulations!

    Thanks Barb! I get puzzled and frustrated too, believe me, but I also get a weird satisfaction at the end that makes it worth it πŸ™‚

  42. SabineM

    Wow, I LOVE IT! Nice job! I have been wanting to make a change, but I am too chicken and worried about the “extra” work!

    Thanks Sabine! Don’t be chicken…just do it πŸ™‚

  43. 01.14.2008

    i added you to my blogroll and RSS’ed ya, baby!

    Woohoo! Thank you!

  44. 01.14.2008

    Michelle, it is lovely. It is amazing what you have done with your blog, the things you have accomplished, with content and function. I am still getting used to how things look and navigate here. It looks great. My blogroll is updated and, of course, I will keep coming by.


    Thanks David for your continued support and kind words–both are *very* much appreciated.

  45. 01.14.2008

    You’re new site looks great. I made the changes. Thanks!

    Thank you much Food Hunter!

  46. k

    love the pinkish text color! :o)

    Thank you K πŸ™‚

  47. 01.14.2008

    Your wish is my command πŸ™‚ Link updated, feed updated, love the new look!!

    Thanks Annika; good to see you πŸ™‚

  48. Of COURSE I’ll update my feeds–thanks for the note! And congrats on the move–looks terrific!

    Thanks so much Michelle!

  49. Jennifer H.

    I just love your site and really love the updated look! I have updated my feed and am ready for more! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Jennifer! I don’t hang out on MySpace much, but I’ll come and visit you πŸ™‚

  50. 01.14.2008

    Hey Michelle! Your new place looks great! : )

    Everyone seems to be switching to WordPress. It’s making me think about some upcoming changes…

    Thanks Anali! If you need any help with WordPress, just send me an email–not like I’m a pro now or anything, but I’ve definitely learned a lot in the last few weeks.

  51. 01.14.2008

    OOH, love the new site! Great job Sognatrice!

    You’re all updated on my blogroll!!

    Thanks Karina!

  52. 01.14.2008

    I’ve updated you! Love the new look πŸ™‚

    Thanks Delina! Good to see you!

  53. 01.14.2008

    Clean! Cool! Wonderful! I love the new look, and I’ve updated you on my blogroll.

    Enjoy your new location!

    I’m loving the “clean” too–thanks Anno!

  54. 01.14.2008

    Complimenti, Sogna! Molto bello, davvero. Mi piace.

    Was I patient or what?

    Pazientissima! Grazie πŸ™‚

  55. 01.14.2008

    I updated you on the blogroll and subscribed! The site looks lovely *virtual pat on back*

    Thanks Jessica! I love *all* pats on the back πŸ˜‰

  56. violeta

    updated my feeds! πŸ™‚
    happy new web house and happy writing!

    Thanks so much Violeta! Such a pretty name πŸ™‚

  57. Michelle

    LOVE the new look! Will definitely be around reading. I no longer link to any blogs from my blog so I won’t be in the contest but I do keep up with you via bloglines. Happy new home on the web!

    Michelle, you can still be in the contest so long as you’re subscribed–thanks for your continued reading πŸ™‚

  58. Ah ha! Looks like you went the WordPress route too!! Congrats on all your hard work… looks great. I’ve done the udpates and subscribed… throw me in the hat for the contest!!

    Yes I’m on the WordPress train too. Thanks and good luck!

  59. Bipolarlawyercook

    Gorgeous. I just testing the revised link from my site and it worked like a charm, as did the reader update. I will be interested to hear from you what you think about BlogHer and Google Ads…

    I really like the new design (wordpress?) and the back pages, especially the idea of the archives by month with titles, and the recipes. I like the way you’ve organized those, too. I have one suggestion, though, which is that the red is a little faint against the white, maybe turn it up a tone or two?

    It looks fabulous, overall. Congrats on such hard work to deliver such a great final product!

    Why thank you for the fabulous feedback. Now…I’ve been with BlogHer for a few months and I’m very happy with them. I believe applications are closed right now, but you can sign up for a notification so you’ll know when they open up again, and I definitely recommend them. I’ll be interested to see what happens with Google Ads too. Too early to tell….

    I saw the archives listed post by post on another site and found it *so* helpful; I only wish that I had known of an easier way to generate that list without physically typing and linking. Man that took a while! But so worth it, like anything.

    As for the text color, it should be kind of a mauve? I wasn’t able to find another shade that was darker but still matched the header at least a bit. But I’ll look again πŸ™‚

  60. 01.14.2008

    Huge congratulations and a big hug!

    Ciao Elizabeth! Thanks and un abbraccio anche a te πŸ™‚

  61. 01.14.2008

    sorry hit “submit” too soon.
    and Sognatrice — dreams do come true!

    Hah, I’ve done that many times myself…and yes, yes they do πŸ™‚

  62. 01.14.2008

    What a great way to get everyone on board with the move! I’ll link you up again. πŸ™‚

    Thanks, and thanks for visiting!

  63. 01.14.2008

    Wow Michelle, the new place looks great, congrats!! I did subscribe and I’ll be updating my links here in the next week or so (it’s sorely overdue) but I would have done so without the incentive – that doesn’t mean I don’t want to participate!!! πŸ˜€

    Hi Vivi! Thanks and I know what you mean about things being overdue; it took me a while to get all this moving too!

  64. 01.14.2008

    Brava! I like the clean look of your new blog. It looks professional, and that my friend is a compliment well deserved! Congratulations! I have updated my blogroll. I am glad you are back, I missed your postings.

    Thanks Beatriz! I was definitely going for clean and professional, so I’m happy to hear your impressions πŸ™‚

  65. 01.14.2008

    Congratulazioni! This looks quite nice, and you appear to be settling in well! I’ve updated your link from Boots.

    Grazie Girlie πŸ™‚

  66. 01.14.2008

    Well, my dear you have created a new lovely place here. I was wondering why I couldn’t open your blog page the other day and now it all makes perfect sense. I have had you on my blogroll and it already opens up to this new site for some reason. So we are all good! Please enter my name in your giveaway and when you have time, please stop by my site and sign up for my ATC giveaway if you are interested. Thanks for always making my day brighter when I come by for a visit. It’s always lovely to stop in to the Bleeding espresso blog. You are a most charming blogger. Ciao, Debbie

    Debbie, I was crafty in redirecting the blog, wasn’t I? I hope I’m still in time for your giveaway! I’ll be right over!

  67. 01.14.2008

    Here you are! I kept waiting for something to appear in my reader, but it never did! Oh well, I’ve added this page to my reader, so I’m good to go.

    It looks lovely!

    Hmm, if you use Google Reader, I’ve also had others tell me they weren’t getting my feed. Oh well is right–I’m glad you found me πŸ™‚

  68. 01.14.2008

    Not only did I update you, I blogged you!

    Why yes you did! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  69. Rebecca

    Congratulations on the new – light and airy – site….You are all updated….

    Thanks Rebecca!

  70. 01.14.2008

    Looks great. Can’t wait to look around a little more.

    (PS: I updated you, baby.)

    Thanks Lisa! I hope you spend *lots* of time looking around πŸ™‚

  71. 01.14.2008

    Congrats. It looks great.

    Thanks Meg!

  72. 01.14.2008

    Brava bella! I know how much work this took. At first use it seems a little more difficult to navigate and a little more confusing to look at. You have a lot going on here. I am sure I will get used to it and I do love the tabs! The category tabs on the right columns seem a little hard to see. I like the header and the little beans! I have subscribed and will change your link on my blog right now. Baci!

    Jeni, I know it can seem overwhelming at first, but really everything is so much better organized. Actually it wasn’t organized AT ALL at the old place, so anything would’ve be an improvement as far as organization goes πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting!

  73. Gil

    Nice clean look and you’ve kept the fonts at a nice size. I’ll miss the old header as I could almost smell the beans. Maybe, it might make a nice footer?

    Gil, I’ll think about the beans. I was wondering if the font was a bit too small for some people, but one can always make it larger through the browser, so I stuck with my first instinct. Glad you like it!

  74. 01.15.2008

    All done here, kiddo! Got your link changed, did the feedburner thing – whole nine yards! I’m really proud of myself too in that I did it all this quickly. I’m getting faster maybe -perhaps organized ??? -in my dotage, huh?

    Like the site too – really nice -or “Neato, Guido!”

    I’m proud of you too! And I’m happy that you like the new look πŸ™‚

  75. 01.15.2008

    Yay! Looks like new homes are all around these days! It looks wonderful! All is updated on my end!

    Congratulations on your new home!


    Thanks Keiti!

  76. Enza

    I havent been around in months so i was shocked to see your new site. Very nice Michelle!

    Ciao Enza! Well you came back just in time; glad you like it πŸ™‚

  77. 01.15.2008

    Ciao Sognatrice. Updated tutto. The sight looks fantastico. Congrats!

    Thanks Italianissima!

  78. 01.15.2008

    Hey there! Great new digs! Now when I type in bleedingespresso.com (which I often do by mistake) it will actually GO where I want it to!

    I’ve also updated your link on my blog.

    Now for that newfangled RSS thing……lol

    I’ll be back later to check out more!



    Salena, you’ll wonder what you did without the RSS thing after you get it, I promise. And I’m happy to hear you’ve searched for me πŸ™‚

  79. 01.15.2008

    Everything looks terrific and you’re all updated! Woohoo!

    Woohoo from here too! Thanks Jen!

  80. 01.15.2008

    YAY! I did all of the above! I also love the new look. Very nice.

    Thanks Heather! Good to see you here!

  81. 01.15.2008

    The new look is nice. Your header doesn’t quite all fit on my laptop screen.
    Happy New Year too.

    Sarala, the header is 1024 pixels so if your screen is smaller than that, no, it won’t fit. Sorry! Happy 2008 to you too!

  82. 01.15.2008

    Love the name of your blog and love the look. I am absolutely terrified of making any changes to mine and it’s getting a little dated looking, sigh… I’m putting you on my bloglines feed…ciao

    Thanks Rositta! Don’t be afraid to play around with your look though…it’s actually quite fun once you get going.

  83. 01.15.2008

    I updated my blog feed AND I updated your link on my blogroll. count me in, baby!

    Thanks Susan! You’re in!

  84. 01.15.2008

    Oh yay! Look at this! It’s lovely!

    Thanks Flutter!

  85. 01.15.2008

    Hooray! Well done! I’m not gonna ask how many espressos it took you to get thru this but the result is fab. I wish you happy in your new home. Changing the links as you read this. xxInge

    Inge, thank you for not asking, and thanks for changing my links πŸ™‚

  86. 01.15.2008

    Love this!!
    Totally enter me. I’m updating your link on my blog. And I’ve got you’re feed on my bloglines acct.


    Thanks Bella!

  87. 01.15.2008

    Awesome new site! I linked to you at my blog and I subscribed to your new feed. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!

    Thanks Smtwngrl!

  88. Imani

    Uhmmmmmmm….I am sure this was a lot of work, Sognatrice and I applaud all you’ve done and learned. Still, it will take me a long time to get used to this new look. But, it is YOUR blog and I will continue to be a fan for the content…tanti auguri!

    Thanks for sticking around Imani; come on–change is good!

  89. 01.15.2008

    I’m new to your blog and I love it! I’ve added you to my blogroll and subscribed to the feed – looking forward to reading more!

    Welcome Rochael! And thanks!

  90. Eileen

    Wow!!! I think this looks great!! I’m so proud of you : ) I can’t wait to see and read more!

    Thanks Eileen! Glad you like it πŸ™‚

  91. Helen

    looks good, am waiting for more of the Wednesday cooking blogs…

    I shall do my best Helen! Thanks!

  92. Zandria

    I like the look of your new digs! And yes, I’ve updated your subscription in my feed reader. πŸ™‚

    Woohoo! Thanks Zandria!

  93. 01.15.2008

    Congrats! It’s lovely!

    I’ve added you to my bloglist!

    Thanks Geggie!

  94. 01.15.2008

    I love your knew home! And looking forward to all the exciting things that will be happening here.
    You are in my bloglines and I have link on my blog.
    Have fun !

    Thanks so much Vee! Nice to see you!

  95. 01.15.2008

    Got ya linked and I updated the feed. I’m along for the ride too!

    Megan, woohoo! Thanks for coming along!

  96. 01.15.2008

    Congratulations on the big move and well done in moving to wordpress! I’m going to do all the requirements here and join the contest!

    Thanks Grace!

  97. 01.15.2008

    I’ve done both and linked to you from An Island Review. Love the new look!

    Thanks Kailani! So happy to see you here!

  98. Cleopantha

    Ciao ,
    E bellisima! You have done a great job on the website. l look forward to visiting more often.
    PS. A belated Happy New Year l hope it’s a fab one!

    Ciao Cleopantha! Hope you’re having a great 2008 so far and that I’ll be seeing more of you πŸ™‚

  99. Joanne

    Congrats on the new home. Looking forward to reading more – I’ve signed up for the feed and put you in my blogroll so please enter me in the draw!

    Hi Joanne, thanks for reading! You’re in!

  100. 01.15.2008


    I just found your blog through Geggie. I love it! Being another Italian girl, I am so jealous that you’re able to live in Italy full time. How amazing. I love the look of your site, and can’t wait to keep reading.

    Oh, and I’ve linked to you on my blog, so please enter me in the drawing. Oh, and if you’d like to link back to me, please feel free.

    Ciao Bella! Happy to see you here and I look forward to getting to know you better as well πŸ™‚ Love that Geggie!

  101. 01.15.2008

    Hi! I love your new look! I’ve come here via An Island Review, but I’ve visited your site many other times. I’ve added you to my Google Reader.

    Fun giveaway!!

    Hi Lulu! Thanks for stopping by and adding me to your Reader!

  102. Maryann

    Wonderful new look, Michelle!
    I’ve updated my link to you πŸ™‚

    Thanks Maryann!

  103. 01.15.2008

    Very clean, easy to read and navigate. Thanks for the help with the umark tip. I found something for Mac when I knew what I was looking for. With all these new clean sites I’m seeing it looks like bloggers days are numbered for me too, since it doesn’t seem like any of their templates fit into these styles of blogs. I’m sure you’ll be even more widely read than you already are. Buona fortuna!

    Glad that you found your watermark help! I really like this sort of look, and yes, like you said, the Blogger templates don’t really do it. If you need any help if you move, let me know!

  104. 01.15.2008

    oops, forgot to say that I have updated your link….


  105. CrystalGB

    Your blog looks great. I subscribed to your feed.

    Thanks Crystal!

  106. 01.15.2008


    Meraviglioso!! (One of my favorite words to say in Italian)

    Can’t wait to see the new posts!

    Thanks Lisa! It *is* a great word!

  107. 01.15.2008

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see all your ideas… Your link is posted and I have subscribed!!
    Keep up the great work,

    Thanks Jill!

  108. 01.15.2008

    I have changed my subscription also!

    Thanks SalemHouse!

  109. 01.15.2008

    I would love to go shopping on Amazon! Thanks for the chance to win!

    FYI – I am subscribed to your feed!

    Happy Tuesday to you!

    Jennifer πŸ™‚

    Thanks Jennifer! And best of luck!

  110. Erz

    Have added you to my blogroll and subscribed to your feed. Thanks!

    Thanks Erz!

  111. Andrea

    Wow! Everything looks very nice! Good job on the new look. I’ve subscribed to your new feed.

    Thank you much Andrea!

  112. 01.15.2008

    LOVE your new look!!! Congratulations and Good Luck! I have been wanting a new look, but have been a little scared to take the big step!

    Thanks Bermuda…and don’t be scared!

  113. 01.15.2008

    Oops….forgot to tell you that I updated my blogroll to reflect your new address!

    You’re in!

  114. London Southern Belle

    Love your new space! I read you through bloglines! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Amanda x

    Thanks Amanda!

  115. 01.15.2008

    Great new site, Michelle! I’ve updated your new location on my blog list of fellow bloggers. πŸ™‚


    Thanks Christina!

  116. 01.15.2008

    Done! I have to take a look at your new design at home…on the computer at work it’s all kinds of messed up LOL, which is normal with this computer cause IT’S all messed up!

    Janet, I hope everything looks OK on your home computer! Gah!

  117. 01.15.2008

    I love the new look!!! I’ve updated my location, added you to my link list and subscribed!! I am sure there are going to be new things that I discover with your update!!!

    Thanks Wendy!

  118. 01.15.2008

    This is my first time here…and it is great!! I am subscribed and I added you to my list of visited blogs~ Thanks for a great giveaway…and I am keeping my fingers crossed!


    Welcome Sarah! I hope you’re enjoying yourself here!

  119. Novelist

    I have updated both! I LOVE your new blog! Bravo! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Novelist!

  120. 01.16.2008

    This is my first time visiting your site and it’s really well done! The recipes look yummy and it’s really cool how you have a tab for your favorite posts. I’ve added you to my blogroll and subscribed to your feed. I look forward to browsing through your blog!

    Welcome Briggie! I hope you’ll enjoy yourself here!

  121. 01.16.2008

    Hi Michelle,
    I love the new look, tabs and all! Just added you to my blogroll.

    Thanks Alice!

  122. 01.16.2008

    I’m so glad this is up and it looks SO GREAT! I love it!
    Very nice. All your hard work paid off, it shows in so many ways around here.

    I will update my blogroll asap too, of course.

    Much excitement for you and big hugs!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Thanks Scarlett and V! So lovely to see you here πŸ™‚

  123. 01.16.2008

    love the new look. i have subscribed and added you to my blogroll. thanks

    Thanks Stacey!

  124. Scicci


    So easy to get around!

    It’s like a long-awaited sequel to your favorite book. Job well done and well worth the wait!


    Grazie mille amico mio!

  125. 01.16.2008

    Done, done, and now DONE! πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the new digs… AND the 126 comments so far! Wow.

    Thanks Stefanie! I know–crazy number of comments here and I hope they keep coming πŸ™‚

  126. 01.16.2008

    I’ve added you to my blog roll at http://www.goodiesformom.com

    Thanks Lois!

  127. Taowyn

    I subscribed to the feed. Congrats on the new look.

    Thanks Taowyn!

  128. 01.16.2008

    Okay, I have updated your link. I love the new site. It looks really great… πŸ™‚ And I am the wife of a web designer. Just an FYI. πŸ˜€

    Thanks Mae–your comment means a lot πŸ™‚

  129. Beverly (Tejase)

    awesome job, michelle!!! love the new look and love seeing all the comments (you’ve got a fabulous fan club). πŸ™‚ the best is yet to come… i can just feel it! looking forward to seeing more!

    Thanks Beverly! And I look forward to seeing more of you as well πŸ™‚

  130. 01.16.2008

    Wow, you’ve got a lot going on in your new site. I updated my blogroll with your new site. and I love Amazon! I have a huge wishlist of books I want. πŸ™‚

    Diana’s last blog post..Valentines Day Giveaway!

    Hi Diana! Best of luck!

  131. 01.16.2008

    Love your new look! I have linked you in my blog

    Thanks Cecilia!

  132. 01.16.2008

    Love the new blog look! It’s very nice. I’ve updated my blogroll with your new site.

    Erin’s last blog post..What do you do when things just aren’t going your way?

    Thanks Erin!

  133. Chris

    Very nice site. I’m pleased I stumbled upon it.

    Thanks Chris!

  134. 01.17.2008

    your name by any other domain would smell…. the same.
    As sweet? Perhaps like coffee?

    After reading all the positive comments, perhaps it would not smell the same, but sweeter.

    I’ve linked your freshly brewed cuppa.

    I’ve never subscribed to anyone before, but I’ll go do that now. πŸ™‚

    Taffiny’s last blog post..sometimes

    I feel very special to be subscribed to by you πŸ™‚ And believe me, the coffee smell is pretty dominant around here….

  135. JT

    Hi…I forgot to mention yesterday, that I have updated both my link and subscription to this wonderful place! πŸ™‚ Also, I have pretty much caught up, as best as one can in a day…with what’s been “brewing” on here. I commend you on allowing your natural literary talents to evolve, as this should be a very rewarding experience for all of us…who simply love your stuff! I especially enjoy, the hint of sarcasm from time to time…which, as I once read, is simply a reflection of one’s intellect…on the offensive. πŸ™‚

    Thanks JT! And you really couldn’t stop the sarcasm if you tried. And now I see that you wouldn’t want to. Lucky you! And I like what you’ve heard, by the way.

  136. Sam

    Love the new site, really clean and crisp. Congrats!

    Thanks Sam! That’s exactly what I was going for πŸ™‚

  137. 01.17.2008

    Anyway, I love the new site, the new look, the new posts . . . everything! And I’ve added you to my blogroll at aloneandunobserved.blogspot.com, and have subscribed to the new feed. Ciao!

    pizzocalabro’s last blog post..Tweet Tweet

    Grazie mille Pizzo Calabro!

  138. 01.18.2008

    Oh…that’s great! Because I was just thinking about redoing the blogroll on the site…and I wanted to put your site on it…perfect for me!! I’m doing it right now…

    sadira’s last blog post..Baby…It’s Cold Outside…

    Sadira, so happy to oblige! Thanks for your support πŸ™‚

  139. 01.18.2008

    Your link and feed are all updated over at my place! (Finally!…took me a few days with the crazy week I’ve had, but I did it. Yay!)

    Your new place looks fabo!

    DebR’s last blog post..Ready, Set….

    Thanks Deb! Yay is right!

  140. 01.19.2008

    I’m a friend of The Daily Rant…found you thru there. Great blog! And I’ve blog-rolled you. Hell yeah, I would have grabbed a handful of those Eye-talian balls! Looks like a blast!

    Lynn’s last blog post..Time

    Ciao Lynn! Welcome and thanks! You can still buy some balls on Ebay you know….

  141. -S.

    Hi there – I have been reading off and on for a while now. I got here through The Great Pretender. I have signed up for your feed with Yahoo.

    Good Luck to you and the new site is great.


    Thank you much -S. (and The Great Pretender!)

  142. Anita

    I have also subscribed to the new feed and look forward to be reading a lot of new interesting entries to share with my Italian class.
    Grazie tanto!

    Thanks Anita! Hopefully I’ll give you some fun stuff!

  143. 01.19.2008

    I have finally subscribed to your feed and blogged about and linked to the contest (since I don’t have a blogroll):

    Blogosphere Generosity

    Grace’s last blog post..blogosphere generosity

    Aw thanks so much Grace!

  144. carol

    You have a nice new home and have been added to my bloglist. Good luck.

    Thanks Carol!

  145. lissa

    it’s great that you finally got your own address, congrats!

    lissa’s last blog post..Waiting for sleep

    Thanks Lissa!

  146. 01.19.2008

    We’re in. Linked up and ready to go. Wishing you all the best in your great new home. x

    amanda’s last blog post..Mad Tom

    Woohoo! Thanks Amanda!

  147. 01.20.2008

    I just found your site and I love it. You’re living my dream. I think about getting an Italian passport and moving to Italy all the time. My family are originally from a town outside of Genoa. I’ve reached a dead end trying to trace the family tree in the U.S., so I think my next move is a visit to Italy. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    Grace’s last blog post..Review: Dr. Hunter’s Hand Creme

    Ciao Grace, and welcome! Sorry you haven’t met with much success so far on getting an Italian passport, but keep trying! There are lots of options!

  148. 01.20.2008

    Hi there!

    I just found your blog – I’m in bed with the flu so I’m spending the day reading about other people’s experiences in Italy, trying to learn from your experiences and stay positive about the Bel Paese (I teach English but my heart isn’t in it, to put it mildly … ‘nough said).

    Anyway, I am put a link to your site in my blog.

    All the best,

    Mrs Fisch

    Mrs Fisch’s last blog post..Can’t wait!

  149. 01.20.2008

    Love the new digs, Sognatrice!

    I updated my blogroll with you new link!

    Bren’s last blog post..My Monkey Repairman

  150. 01.21.2008

    Yo Sognatrice!

    LOVE the new look. Glad I made it over here in time to enter your contest, too! (I’ll go update my blogroll and get yer feed!) Maybe I should go buy a corno to up my chances? πŸ˜‰

    I’ve been battling some power outages up here in Naples and my blog has suffered as a result, but I’m also planning a major re-vamp of my site.

    Yours is very inspiring. Hooray! πŸ™‚

    mentalmosaic’s last blog post..New Year’s Eve in Naples, Italy

    Tui, I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles. Been there, hope to not do that again but probably will…can’t wait for your new look!

  151. 01.21.2008

    I am updating right now!! Great new place here!

    poppy fields’s last blog post..Deep in the heart of Provence…

    Thanks Meredith! Good to see you!

  152. 01.21.2008

    I think I missed the contest, but I wanted to tell you I love the new site! So welcoming… Great job.

    nova’s last blog post..The Writing Meme

    Nova, you’re still in time…so long as you update my link πŸ™‚

  153. 01.21.2008

    Link + subscription added!

    Woohoo! You’re entered πŸ™‚

  154. Anait

    Ciao! I love your blog and I think you did a great job with the website! not sure if its too late for the contest, but I added you to my email subscription πŸ™‚

    Thanks Anait–you made it in time, FWIW πŸ˜‰

  155. My feed reader has been duly updated. (For a second there, when I logged in today – the first time in a couple weeks – I thought, wha? She hasn’t written but one post? How unlike her! And now I understand.)

    The new site looks great, BTW!

    Jessica, Italy Logue’s last blog post..Video Intro to Rome

    Hi Jessica! Yes I’m still here and writing! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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