1st of the month featured blogger: april

Sorry, no April Fool’s joke this year even though last year’s was *so* much fun for me, because today we have the:

1st of the Month Featured Blogger

Frances’ fabulous photoYes, singular. Just one featured blogger this month, and you know why? Well other than being one of my very most favoritest bloggers and photographers in the whole world (her photos decorate this post), she is the proud owner of five blogs.

You read that correctly, and here is a list of blogs by Featured Blogger Frances:

Macy’s Flower Show by FrancesFrances is also the founder and fearless leader of the group She Who Blogs, a lively group of women bloggers who offer friendship, laughs, shoulders to cry on, advice, and plenty of other great things.

I’m a member, and in fact, Bleeding Espresso is this week’s featured blog at the main site, so click here to check out my interview. And for more information on joining She Who Blogs, contact me or leave a comment.

NYC, Thanksgiving Night 2007I’m not sure how Frances and I first “met,” but I’m so happy that we did. I can always rely on Frances for a kind word, inspiration, a fabulous pick-me-up photo, or a thought-provoking post about friends, family (especially growing up with Italians), and life in general.

And New York City? If you don’t love it already, Frances will convince you that it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth–I would love to teleport myself there each morning (NY time!) and walk through Central Park, sharing a coffee with Frances as she snaps photos like this:

Central Park

Enough of my rambling; you should be busy getting to know Frances.

Go Blogforth
(or Blogjem, On the Go Blog, Photostroll, or The Meme Section)
and multiply the blog love!

20 Beans of Wisdom to “1st of the month featured blogger: april”
  1. Joanne

    Hurray for Frances! Great choice – she was an old friend almost right away and the work she does for She Who Blogs is out of this world.

    Joanne’s last blog post..The language of potatoes

    Frances is truly an amazing woman, isn’t she? Thanks for sharing some love Joanne 🙂

  2. 04.01.2008

    Thanks for the introduction. I’d love to go meet Frances myself!

    Happy Pesce d’Aprile!

    Cherrye’s last blog post..Adieu, Pazzo Marzo

    Hope you don’t have any jokes played on you…I’ve been safe so far 😉

  3. Christina

    Fantastic blogs! Thank you for sharing!

    on a side note, I’m so glad you linked to last year’s prank. I hadn’t read about P, he sounds incredibly sweet. I LOVE how you met, too cute!

    Christina’s last blog post..She’s working 9 to 5

    Always happy to share stories about P; glad you enjoyed Christina 🙂

  4. 04.01.2008

    I just checked out the interview on She Who Blogs. Very cool.
    There’s a world of interesting stuff on her site. And since I love NYC, I can’t wait
    to discover more of Frances’ pictures.
    Oh, please, please, please pass on any wordpress tips. I’m a newbie to blogging and still trying
    to learn the ropes. Grazie!!!!

    Linda’s last blog post..Milanese Expo!!!!!!

    Linda if you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me; I’m working on some posts with some tips, but it’s slow going right now.

    I hope you enjoy Frances and her NY musings as much as I do 🙂

  5. 04.01.2008

    Thank you, thank you for the links to Frances’ blogs! How could I have missed these before?? And I loved reading your interview on She Who Blogs.

    kacey’s last blog post..The Never Ending To Do List

    You’re very welcome Kacey, and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂

  6. 04.01.2008

    Excellent choice! Frances is definitely one of the most amazing bloggers out there, isn’t she? I’m always amazed with all she does!

    Heading over to read your interview in a bit.

    Karina’s last blog post..We Interrupt our Regularly Scheduling Programming…

    Absolutely one of the most amazing bloggers out there Karina; I hope lots of people reading this will take my advice and go visit Frances 🙂

  7. Frances sounds like a kindred spirit! A blogger, lawyer, writer and musician. She sounds like me! I’ve enjoyed checking out her blogs. I don’t know how I never came across her before. That’s one of the things I love about visiting you, Michelle. You’ve introduced me to a whole different realm of bloggers. I love food, but that’s not all that I am. It’s refreshing to be able to talk about something else sometimes! It’s good for my ever disappearing waistline too! 😉

    I’m intrigued by She Who Blogs. What is involved to participate? BTW, I really enjoyed your interview. Congrats on being the featured blog there!

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy’s last blog post..It’s Partytime with the Daring Bakers!

    I’m so happy you’re enjoying Frances’ sites! I’m always happy to share my favorite haunts–there are so many great blogs out there, aren’t there?

    I’ve sent you an email with more info on She Who Blogs, and if anyone else reading this is interested, just let me know 🙂

  8. 04.01.2008

    Wow. I cannot keep one blog up and this woman has five blogs!!! And they are all fascinating (and current)!!!

    She is wonderful, she has some really wonderful stuff. Thank you for the recommendation.

    witnessing am i’s last blog post..Father

    I don’t know how Frances does it either; she does even more with She Who Blogs that doesn’t even appear in the blogs…crazy! You’ll love her memoirs and photos especially, I think 🙂

  9. 04.01.2008

    Thanks for the pointer, I’ll go check her out!

    poppy fields’s last blog post..Poisson d’Avril

    Enjoy 🙂

  10. 04.01.2008

    I “met” Frances through the Photo Hunters; her photography is amazing!

    Janet’s last blog post..Photo Challenge – Shiny and Era

    I love her photos too Janet 🙂

  11. 04.01.2008

    Ohmigosh I ended up in tears on the 186 bus.
    I was sitting there reading my Bloglines, came across this post and the waterworks started.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you.
    Sending much bloglove towards Italia,
    Who loves being a she who blogs

    Frances’s last blog post..serious business

    Oh now you weren’t supposed to cry on the bus! But so be it 😉

  12. 04.01.2008

    Five blogs? FIVE? Plus other projects? Plus she actually has a life?

    Girl is making the rest of us look like underachievers… 😉

    So true Sara, so true!

  13. 04.01.2008

    Wow – how does she do it? Impressive. I peeked at her blogs and will definitely need to go back! I also read your interview on She Who Blogs and loved it! I’ve been reading over there quite a bit since you told me about it a few weeks ago. I really should join, huh? 😉

    You know I think this already I wanted to share with the rest of your bleeding espresso readers how truly helpful you have been with your personal tutorials in setting up my own domain. A true blessing. And you do it so cheerfully! 🙂 You are a gem, my friend.

    Dory’s last blog post..Dear Sun,

    Yeah, come on over to SWB Dory! You’ll love it 🙂

  14. Anne

    Hi B/espresso….just left comment in wrong blog…It was a great interview, I love reading yours, very inspirational.

    I would really appreciate it if you emailed me your mini tutorials , I have been thinking about changing for a few weeks now, have been looking at templates etc, so anything you have would be really really helpful.

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks and take care xox

    Anne a lot of the stuff I’ve written is really in response to questions, so if you have some specific ones once you get going, that’s where I would be the most help; in the meantime, check out this blog with WordPress tips:


  15. 04.01.2008

    Those are great shots!

    jason evans’s last blog post..Under the Willows, Part 3 (narrative poem)

    Aren’t they amazing Jason? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  16. 04.01.2008

    Whoohoo Frances!!!

    Teena in Toronto’s last blog post..Ten on Tuesday

    I’ll second that 😉

  17. 04.02.2008

    Thank you for the links to Frances’ blogs.
    I just start and I already think she’s amazing.

    Agreed Rose! You’ll love her more every day 🙂

  18. SabineM

    I love FRANCES! Great pick for this month! She is my blogger star! ;-))

    SabineM’s last blog post..You have to see this….

    Yeah! Mine too 🙂

  19. 04.02.2008

    I am a fan of Frances too! I think she makes the prettiest pictures and she has totally changed my view on New York!

    Jientje’s last blog post..I’m taking a day off …

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on Frances, Jientje 🙂

  20. 04.03.2008

    You’re the 6th or so ex-pat living in Italy that I’ve come across. You all make it so appealing. I haven’t been in years and would love to grace my spirit with the soul of that country.

    Read your 100 things about you. You had me crackin’ up. Lots of commonalities: law, writing, getting up early (or want to anyway), and about 40 other things. Nice job!


    FlaNboyantEats’s last blog post..Dinner Party Creativity: Mint Chocolate Ganache Flan

    Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed a read through my place; I look forward to getting to know you better as well 🙂

    Also, Italy definitely has its downsides, but some of us wouldn’t have it any other way 😉

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