Oh, it feels good to say that. And although I’m still sort of settling into this new space, it feels really good to have a new home that’s all mine.
I spent many years building my former online Italy guide from scratch, but it was not my site – I didn’t own it. Parting ways with that employer meant leaving behind a site to which I had been devoted, and a readership I was always thrilled to hear from. It’ll take me awhile to get Italy Explained built up to the level I had reached before (that one took a few years), but I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. I plan to bring the same enthusiasm for Italy to this project, and I’ll still be giving you the same kind of travel advice that I give to family and friends.
I have plans to release some of the information I put on the site as ebooks, collected by subject matter so they’re easy for you to take to Italy whether you’ve got an internet connection or not, and of course a long list of articles I’ll be adding to the site. Please do let me know what you want to see on Italy Explained – even if you think it’s already on my to-do list. Hearing what you’re most interested in will help me shift that list according to your priorities.
In the meantime – follow me on Twitter, hit the “like” button on Facebook, check out the posts I’ve gotten up on the site already (three guesses as to the topic of the first ebook, and the first two don’t count), poke around the site, and let me know what you think. Yes, you can open the medicine cabinet and closet doors. It’s an open house, y’all.
If you’re among the readers who didn’t know me in my former life as the Italy girl, that’s cool. Welcome to Italy Explained, where I hope you find what you’re looking for. If you’re among the readers and friends who have been quietly encouraging me behind the scenes, I thank you for all your support. I’m excited to see what we can build together. Andiamo, amici.
Oh, and since this abode is still new, there are likely to be some oddities and perhaps broken bits here and there. Please let me know if/when you find one, would you? My developer and I appreciate it greatly.