Poll: What do you think of the new WordPress Reader?

This past week the folks at WordPress went and changed the scope of how we read our favourite blogs, and there’s a lot of people angry at the changes. If you click on a title in the reader an annoying pop-up window shows up, we can comment, like and share but we can’t read the entire post. To read the entire post we must click yet again to open the blog post, very annoying.

Not only that … in the last few days I have noticed a dramatic decrease in visitors to my site!

I know of other bloggers in the WordPress community who feel the same way, losing readers, likes and comments because of this new change does nothing for the bloggers who blog at WordPress.

Just two weeks ago I spent $99 at WordPress to customize my site and make it more reader friendly. Then the kind folks at WordPress pulled the wool over my eyes designing a new reader that is not reader friendly, in any way shape or form.

I’m curious what you all think? Take my little poll below and leave comments in the comment section.

I look forward to your responses.

(Now I wonder how many people will click twice to read my entire post. Time and stats will tell.)

Happy blogging.

4 fabulous blogs I love right now

I should be out running or taking a nice September afternoon walk or preparing fresh, local ingredients for a traditional Italian tomato sauce, or even attempting to write my book. Instead, I’m inside being delightfully pulled in by the following four fabulous blogs and I just can’t get enough!

Each blog is jam-packed with hilarious tales of life, cooking, learning languages and eating! So, it’s no wonder I haven’t accomplished much since I finished working at the beginning of the month. I’ve continuously come back to each blog excited to discover something new and I haven’t been disappointed. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

4 fabulous blogs by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

  • Lady Of The Cakes – Vignettes from a multi-lingual, multi-cake-eating freelance existence. LOTC and I are similar in many ways:  I too am not sure what to say when people ask me “where are you from?” Is where we are from our birth place, the place we spent most our adult life or the place we call home, now? Plus the fact we both seem to fail at doing the required things and all the rest we do in the wrong order. LOTC is beautifully witty, full of sarcasm and worth a read. 
  • Maple Leaf Mamma – Where feminist motherhood meets expat life in ItalyFirstly, her blog name is HOT and creative, it makes me wish I had been more original naming my blog. Michelle is full-on funny with posts like: Bilingual toddler speak (complete with cute video) and her latest post: On deceptive appearances and silver linings which made me reflect on my own ups and downs living in another country, all the while, others outside the realm of expat-hood seem to think I have it all.
  • Bites for Babies – Spicing up baby’s meals one recipe at a time. Written by a Canadian who spends her summers in Sardinia with her family! Instant like! She also whips up amazing dishes for her children that would make any adult jump for delicious joy. Lisa has virtually taught me how to make polenta, after a dreadful attempt to ‘wow’ my husband with my polenta making skills. I am forever grateful.
  • BarbedWords in Italy – Living and writing in Italy. And quiet a bit of cooking… How can someone move to Italy and not enjoy the food, or speak the language? Well, this Brit did it and shares all the fabulous exploits in this entertaining blog. I love the post: Top Ten Tips on how not to write a novel, find an agent, get published and become rich and famous because so many of the points I can agree with. In 1997 I moved to Australia with the idea of writing my book and sixteen years later, with countless I’m-moving-to-XYZ-to write-my-book statements, I find myself living in a mountainous town in Sardinia, Italy still trying to write my book.

I hope you can find inspiration from these four fabulous blogs like I have.

Care to share some of your favourite must-read blogs? Leave a link the comment section below.

Happy reading and happy blogging. 🙂

How Two Travel Bloggers Met | Bagni di Lucca to Trinita

When I started writing My Sardinian Life I had no set goals in mind. I hadn’t planned that my little blog could bring sunshine to the many colourful pockets in our world. I didn’t expect the positive comments of encouragement. I didn’t really expect anyone to comment at all! These were just my thoughts and daily life in Sardinia, Italy who would be interested in that?

I continued to post, comment and discover other travel blogs. I found new destinations and people, and put them on my bucket list. The list is now, virtually endless.

I am grateful to have met another blogger who has supported my writing pretty much from the start. How the world brought us together, or why, I will probably never know. I’m just happy it did.

Allow me to introduce you to Debra from Bagni di Lucca, Italy via Brisbane, Australia.

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Awesome Blog Content Award | The ABC’s

Nia over at photographyofnia awarded My Sardinian Life with The ABC Award. An awesome surprise to wake up to this cloudy, grey morning. Thank you Nia.

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Top 6 Things I’ve Learned in a Year of Blogging | Part 1

It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since I began writing My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda. I never thought I would actually write things that people would read, and I never thought I had the courage to publish what I’ve written.

My first blog post was written one year ago today. It’s a simple post on how everything, I mean everything in Sardinia happens domani, tomorrow. Things still happen domani, even after a year. You can’t change a culture, but you can change yourself.

I started My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda with no set goals in mind. I’ve been a writer my entire life, but my writings were always kept private. It was time to come out of the closet and announce to the world that I, Jennifer Avventura am a writer.

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For The Love Of Blogs

I’d like to share with you some of the wonderful blogs I’ve found here on WordPress. I like sharing, and sharing is caring. So pass it on.

In no particular order of importance:

  1. The Frugal Goddess.
  2. RunStreet
  3. italianliving1
  4. Wandering the World
  5. Our Italian Table
  6. The Book of Terrible
  7. Markosun’s Blog
  8. Love versus Goliath
  9. Alone … With Cats
  10. An Expatriate in Rapallo

I hope these ten blogs bring you as much pleasure as they’ve brought me. Happy reading and Happy Blogging.

Blog Surfing One Peace At A Time

WordPress and writing have been but a distant memory this past week. And now I’m back with a brand new attitude.  I’ve found with blogging (what do I really know? I’ve been blogging for only a few months) that if you want readers, you need to be a reader.  It’s also VERY important to comment on the blogs you’ve read. I want to know who my readers are and am pleased as punch when they gift me with a comment.  With writing and WordPress, there is homework.  If you want traffic, you will need to put in the time to direct them down your street.

This post will highlight some of my favorite blogs, right here on WordPress.  I’m a subscriber to these blogs for a reason and I hope you find some value in each one.  Have fun.

  1. Follow the wonderful and wicked adventures of Gaia and companions travel the world. http://wanderinggaia.com/
  2. Because everyone should know. http://unkeptwoman.wordpress.com/
  3. A Divorce Brick?  For Wonderful wit and humour. http://mikaleebyerman.wordpress.com/
  4. A great blogger who keeps me reading. http://unsanityfiles.wordpress.com/

Did you know that WordPress has this really cool tool called the Readomattic.  It’s in your dashboard.  Click it to discover the most recent posts on WordPress.  I’ve found some amazing blogs.  The following are ones I’m discovering now, in this moment.

  1. Great poetry! I always click on things I like. http://magewing.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/an-ultimatum/
  2. I clicked on this one because I like the title.  http://jessdowse.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/between-trees/
  3. I lost my Nana this year.  This was the most recent post when I returned to Readomattic after the 2nd. Like this blogger, I too have wonderful memories of my Nana.  http://perfectlymixedup.com/2011/03/16/wordless-wednesday-my-great-grandma-bammy/
  4. Well….wasn’t this just a nice read. http://andywhisenant.net/2011/03/16/permission-to-start/
  5. About Italy, Roma?  Click.  Beautiful photos. http://randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/arrivederci-roma/#comment-437