I meant to write a post on the 31st wishing you all “Buona fine e buon principio” ( which is the kind of thing we say in Italy to wish people a happy celebration of the end of the year and a promising beginning of the new one ), but then LIFE HAPPENED and maybe I had to recover since I partied way too hard for a lady of my age.
How was your 2017? As far as this blog is concerned I have to say that, even if I opened it in 2016, 2017 has been the year I have started to take it a little bit more seriously, I have decided to focus it on Italy, I’ve blogged more consistently and I got the opportunity to know many of you, readers and fellow bloggers. It has been an enriching experience and I want to thank every single one of you who dedicated some of his/her time to read what I wrote in here, and left comments and replied to mine.
On Blogs’ Comment Sections
I will never tire to say it: comments and exchange of perspectives are the true power of blogs and the so-called Internet 2.0 and enjoy them immensely. From my humble position of new blogger, even if it’s hard sometimes because of LIFE, YOU KNOW, I encourage all those people who blog to dedicate a little bit of time once in a while to comment on other people’s blogs or tweets and posts, not only with the mere purpose of engaging in “comment marketing”, as the gurus of the SEO call it, but also as a means to enrich yourself, since hearing what other people have to say with an open mind, always helps approaching a topic in a more objective way and pushes you to overcome false beliefs and the cage of your own prejudices.
I think that lately we give the Internet for granted and we always tend to focus on the downsides like cyberbulling and all the negative stuff connected with it. Just think about it, until few decades ago it was unimaginable to get to know and keep in touch with people of different cultures and being inspired by them, both as persons and as content creators. I have lost count of how many times I have been inspired to write new things thanks to comments or other people’s blog posts. This doesn’t mean copying others’ ideas OF COURSE, it’s just being inspired by their point of view and their particular take on a subject.
The other day there was a “discussion” on twitter about lack of comments and how frustrating is for creators to see how much click-bait content has the upper hand over quality content. Concerning the lack of comments I have to say that, as a reader, I often find myself in the position of having nothing “to add” to a post even if I enjoyed it. As bloggers we have to admit that certain times our posts do not spark a conversation and we should probably get better in involving people and opening a communication channel. Concerning the fact that dull stuff always wins over quality, I think it’s not news as this is a problem creators have always faced even before the Internet.
What do you think? Did you write blog posts that deserved better views and comments in your opinion during this last year?
What’s in store for this blog in 2018
If you’re passionate about Italy and you don’t know the Dolcevitabloggers linkup yet, this is the right time to discover it. This is a linkup that takes place every 7th of the month and every participant is required to submit an Italy-related entry. The topic is decided by our lovely hosts Jasmine, Kelly and Kristie. I’m going to keep writing for this project, check their blogs to learn more about the requirements if you want to join too;
12 Weeks In Italy
Those who have been following me here on WordPress, are aware that I used to carry on a campaign called 100ItalyFacts on Instagram and that I shared my weekly entries also in here. Well, now the project is back with a new form and I’m going to bring it on WordPress every Sunday again. Every week I’m going to post 7 facts related to a particular topic and then on Sunday I will embed all the Instagram posts of the week and talk more extensively about the related topic. Stay tuned, this week’s topic is Rome!
As promised last year, I’m going to post more about the arts and the customs and I’m also working on a couple of pillar articles/guides that will help you understanding the so-called Italian Regionalism, the language and the mentality of Italian people. Feel free to ask for specific topics if you want to learn about something in particular.
Well, what to add? Thank you for sticking by, consider to follow me on the various social media and to follow my blog through email (check the sidebar on the right). I wish you all a wonderful 2018!