2009 Bloggies Finalist for Best European Weblog

On Friday I got some amazing news:

Bleeding Espresso has been named a finalist in the 2009 Bloggies for Best European Weblog:

2009 Bloggies

Vote for Bleeding Espresso here!

2009 Bloggies Voting

I am truly humbled and honored to represent the Bel Paese this year, and I thank all of you who nominated me from the bottom of my cuore.

We’re up against fabulous blogs Scaryduck, Iceland Weather Report, Bitchy Jones’s Diary, and one of my very favorites, last year’s winner, and perpetual finalist Chocolate & Zucchini, so it’ll be an uphill battle to win, but as the cliché goes, it truly is an honor just being nominated.

I congratulate all the finalists in this year’s Bloggies, especially my friends at Thursday Night Smackdown (Best-Kept Secret Weblog), Travellious (Best Travel Weblog), and Secret Agent Mama (Best Photography of a Weblog).

For those who are visiting here for the first time, a warm welcome from sunny southern Italy:

Approaching Chiesa dell'Immacolata on Flickr

The best place to start learning about me and the blog is in the About section, which also includes links to more of my writing, and through my favorite posts, hand-selected and provided for you in the “Best of” tab above.

If you are so inclined, please vote for Bleeding Espresso at the 2009 Bloggies by February 2…just in time for World Nutella Day on February 5th!

Grazie mille!

41 Beans of Wisdom to “2009 Bloggies Finalist for Best European Weblog”
  1. Gil

    Lotta choices on that link, but you got my Vote! Good luck.

    Should’ve mentioned that you don’t have to vote for all the categories for your vote to count…thanks Gil!

  2. 01.26.2009

    And we are surprised why? Great competition but for this round I’m going with the coffee!

    Willym’s last blog post..Happy Year of the OX

    Che dolcezza 🙂

  3. You know me, I’m a caffeine addict!

    Well done and good luck.

    amanda@A Tuscan View…’s last blog post..Brace yourselves…

    I so owe you an email Amanda! Be patient please! I’ll probably be without the Internet for a couple weeks 🙁

  4. joanne at frutto della passione

    Best of Luck Michelle and congratulations on the nomination!

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Pasta al cacao

    Thanks so much Joanne!

  5. 01.26.2009

    You bet I will!

    Thanks Irene!

  6. 01.26.2009

    Woooo Hoooo Congratulations, I have been voting for you 🙂

    anne’s last blog post..There are times…

    Why thank you Anne! Much appreciated!

  7. casalba

    Brava! Auguri!

    Thanks 🙂

  8. 01.26.2009

    Congratulations!! As I commented a long time ago, your blog was the first blog I ever started reading on a regular basis. You definitely have my vote 🙂

    Love the photo. Beautiful view!

    girasoli’s last blog post..“chipped”~ PhotoHunt

    And I love your blog too 🙂

  9. 01.26.2009

    Congratulations Michelle, you have my vote.

    Beatriz’s last blog post..American

    Grazie bella!

  10. 01.26.2009

    My vote is in (for you, it goes without saying)! I bookmarked the page, because I want to check out some of the other nominated blogs in other categories!!! Good luck Michelle!

    Thanks so much Kim 🙂

  11. 01.26.2009

    Saw a post on Wee Birdy re: voting & went to bloggie site. I saw your blog & marked that down to vote for in your category. I want to look at the blogs in other categories (e.g., best African blog) & mark down votes for them.But for sure, absolutely, definitely will be voting for you by end of week. I’m surprised that you are surprised. Anyway: auguri!!!!

    baci & ciao bella (& everyone else,too)!

    Susan & GG’s last blog post..Neil Young: Week’s End

    Thank you so, so much Susan & GG. I was loving exploring the other finalists too until my Internet crapped out…but I’m still doing my best to get around!

  12. 01.26.2009

    I’m voting for Scary Duck cos he is my online BEZZIE.
    I’ve NEVER met him but I am SURE you understand.
    I HOPE you come a close second. That’s ALL I can say 🙁

    Julian Meteor’s last blog post..Saturday Night Report

    Julian, your presence here is enough for me…thanks for coming back 🙂

  13. 01.26.2009

    What excellent news — and so well-deserved! Off I go to vote!

    anno’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: Phantoms & Shadows

    Grazie mille Anno!

  14. 01.26.2009

    I voted for ya, baby! If only I had time now to go check out all those other great blogs…

    saretta’s last blog post..Fish Market

    Be sure to bookmark the page! That’s what I’ve done for when I have more time…whenever that might be….

  15. 01.26.2009

    Congrats!!!!! Now I’m off to vote for you.

    Thank you 🙂

  16. 01.26.2009

    congratulations! you’re famous!

    Andrea’s last blog post..January 23 is National Pie Day

    Hah! I see you have a blog now…will be over soon 🙂

  17. I voted for you! My Boyfriend Is A Twat’s reign is OVER!!!1!

    (I just really wanted to write that sentence. I’m sure you understand.)

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..teh enz.

    Yes, yes I do 🙂

  18. Yeah! Of course you have my vote.



    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Yes, the dollar is on the upswing again.

    Grazie bella!

  19. 01.26.2009

    In bocca al lupo!!! You have my vote 🙂

    Anait’s last blog post..Aime

    Thank you!!!

  20. 01.26.2009

    That is awesome! Congrats and now I am off to vote for you! 🙂

    Aimee’s last blog post..Healing vibes needed!

    Thanks so much Aimee!

  21. 01.26.2009

    Already voted for you (and TNS!) the other day – saw you up there and threw you a little party in my head – had a great time, wished you were there! You are the best!

    In bocca al lupo….

    PS: Served my Limoncello cocktails at your party – guess where you can find the recipe for that today?
    (don’t hate the player, I learned from you…..!)

    anna l’americana’s last blog post..Limoncello cocktail instead…..

    Oh I don’t hate the player…great idea 🙂

  22. 01.27.2009

    Kuddos to you… This is my first visit, but I wish you the best. You do have a very nice blog!

    gwen’s last blog post..The 109 Day Link Building Explosion – Day 26

    Thanks Gwen! Thanks for coming by 🙂

  23. I totally voted for you and sent my readers your way too =) Good luck!

    coffeejitters (Judy Haley)’s last blog post..Bleeding Espresso makes it to finalist round in the 2009 Bloggies

    *Much* appreciated Judy!

  24. 01.27.2009

    Congrats Michelle!! Great Job!!
    In bocca al lupo!!

    Katie’s last blog post..Losing is half the battle

    Thanks Katie!

  25. sabineM

    Voted FOR YOU… and yes I love Chocolate and Zucchini. … I had no idea they won last year!

    sabineM’s last blog post..Weekend Snapshot: Bob’s Big Boy

    Thanks Sabine!

  26. JT

    Thrilled…but not surprised!

    Because you absolutely freaking ROCK, Girl!

    And regardless of the vote, the WORLD has ALREADY taken note!

    Thus, the well deserved nomination.

    Badalato, we have liftoff! 🙂

    Great job, Michelle!

    Hah, thank you kindly 🙂

  27. JT

    And yes, I voted…for both you and Perez Hilton!

    Perhaps the two of you will get to present together in the near future.

    And what a presentation *that* would be….

  28. maryann

    Done! Love ya Michelle 🙂

    Grazie mille bella!

  29. 01.27.2009

    Best of luck!

    Scaryduck’s last blog post..On using these new-fangled internets to send a personal message to your Member of Parliament

    And also to you 🙂

  30. 01.28.2009

    Congratulations! That’s really impressive.

    flurrious’s last blog post..Grace Not(e)

    Thank you 🙂 I was uber-surprised and honored!

  31. 01.28.2009

    Congrats! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!

    Aw thanks so much Shan 🙂

  32. JT

    Feedjit LIVE clearly shows how powerful the nomination has become…with a new stream of curiosity from the Bloggies site to a certain “Calabria paradiso di prosa.” I watched it in real time for 15 minutes and it was incredible. It’s a whole new version of (Two thousand) “Niners” are in search of literary gold. Well, EUREKA…they’ve found it!

    Hah, hopefully they’re enjoying what they’re finding and will eventually join the discussion in the comments!

  33. Congratulations! Does it feel like being nominated for an Oscar? 🙂
    I voted for you of course!

    It feels pretty darn nice, Grace! Thanks for your vote 🙂

  34. 01.28.2009



    I voted for you with every email address that I have (several), so it will add to the count and we hope you WIN IT!
    Because, truly, you deserve it!

    Much love to you and good luck!!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Shenanigans

    Thank you *so* much bella 🙂

  35. 01.28.2009

    Of COURSE I’m so inclined! Wooot! Congrats! And my vote is in. 😉

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Why I Love Mark Bittman

    Thanks so much Jen!

  36. 01.29.2009

    Congratulations Michelle!

    Sending my greetings from SheWhoBlogs. 🙂

    Thanks so much Fran!

  37. 01.29.2009

    Congrats! You’ve got my vote!!!


    Thanks so much Heidi 🙂

  38. wunschdenker

    Hey Sognatrice! It’s been a while, so thought I’d pop in and – well, vote!! IMHO your blog *is* the best! Best of luck and keep us posted! Hope to see you come spring!
    Ciao, ciao – best to P and the pooches

    We’ll be waiting, and thanks for coming by, voting, and for the kind words 🙂

  39. 01.29.2009

    Congrats! my vote was cast! Hope you get it Michelle… it would be well deserved. One of my friends from HS mentioned she has been reading Italyville (they have to of course… force fed) and she mentioned how much she loves another blog… Bleeding Espresso! no surprise there.

    joe@italyville’s last blog post..Italian Pet Peeves

    Aw thanks Joe, for the vote and for passing along word from your friend 🙂

  40. 01.29.2009

    Congrats on your bloggie nomination! We were just as excited (and surprised) as you were to get a nomination…thanks for the shoutout! 🙂

    I’m crossing my fingers for both of us! In bocca al lupo!

    Kelly’s last blog post..Offbeat Accommodations: CitizenM

    Woohoo! Truly an honor isn’t it?

  41. 01.30.2009

    Great blog, great links, you’ve got my vote, visit me at http://chickenhouseproject.typepad.com/too_late_for_tuscany/

    Jonty’s last blog post..Double dilemma

    Thanks Jonty! Will do 🙂

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