“You have to give it a few years,” Husband reminded me, empathy in his voice. “These things take time.”
That was three years ago, and I had just hit the publish button on one of my earliest blog posts. I was new to social media in general, and honestly, a little scared of putting myself out there, for all the world to see. But also, once I jumped into the blogging game, despite being nervous, I also felt a little dejected, to share a piece of my heart in writing that I thought was substantial, and only having one or two visitors a month coming by for a visit.
A few months after I launched Prayers and Piazzas, I published Italian and Me: A History, which was the first piece to attract readers outside of my network of friends and family. It was the encouragement I needed to keep going.
Just shy of my three year blog-o-versary this year, I was thrilled to reach 300 followers (thank you Ishita of Italophilia!). And I’m very excited to say that since then, that number has more than doubled! Thank you to everyone, for making 2016 a wonderful year for my blogbaby.
To recap, here’s some of your favorites from the year:
Top Posts for All Things Italian
Top Posts on Things Not Involving Italy
And from the category of It Takes a Village…
I have loved connecting and collaborating with other bloggers! Guest writers here this year included Melissa Muldoon of Studentessa Matta, Valter Baldu of Tourist by Chance and Rachel Vermiglio Smith of The Italianista. Thank you all for sharing your time and talents!
And I was especially honored to be featured on other outlets: Marching Away from Me at Mamalode; Alberobello and Its Trulli at Tourist by Chance, Reasons I love Italy and why I learn Italian at Studentessa Matta.
I also met my goal of posting more regularly through the weekly feature “A Snapshot From”. This series will continue in the coming year, and I thank you for all who stop by here for these Tuesday posts. Your favorites “Snapshots” were Morning in Firenze, Snapshots from Italy, Framed and Alla Stazione: Helpful Italian words for train travelers.
A few weeks back, I asked you all to share what you might like to see here in 2017. Here’s some of those comments:
“I would love to hear about how you live/incorporate Italian culture into your everyday life here in the U.S.”
“I do love learning new phrases as my knowledge of Italian is limited, but far more than that I love how your site reveals the hidden histories of places and stories of people in the Italy not visited by most outsiders.”
“I would love to hear more about the smaller villages in Italy.”
“I’m new to your blog, but I like when you weave a little of your personal story in with the post.”
“I love hearing about your Italian experiences with new words and inspiration…Keep them coming.”
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts! I will certainly work to incorporate those requests, and I look forward to continuing to share my love of all things Italy with you in the coming year. Thank you for being part of the Prayers and Piazzas community, and blessings for a beautiful, healthy and joy-filled 2017.
A note to readers: Bloggers, please share your work with us here! I invite you to leave a link in the comments section to one of your most popular posts or your top favorite post from 2016. Not a blogger yourself? Feel free to leave a link to a post which you especially enjoyed this year.