This week I have a series of shout-out’s for people who have recently enhanced Ciao Amalfi or helped make my blogging life a heck of a lot easier. The first goes to the wonderful team at BlogHer, a great online resource for women bloggers. Head over there and explore their online community of great writers and bloggers! You may have noticed the BlogHer ads that appeared over there on the right on Ciao Amalfi a couple of weeks ago. While applications for BlogHer ads are currently waitlist only, I am very honored that BlogHer made an exception and wanted to include my blog in their advertising community. Thanks a million to the BlogHer team for the opportunity to host your ads, and for making the whole process so easy to use and understand. Grazie mille


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Another shout-out goes The Blogger Guide, a great blog that has easy to use illustrated tips for using Blogger. When I needed to make layout changes recently, I found a great tutorial that took me step by step through changing Ciao Amalfi from a two column layout to a three column layout. They even share the images to use for free! So a great big thanks to The Blogger Guide for helping this html novice update my template so easily and painlessly.



My final shout-out this week goes to Scintilla over at Bell’Avventura, who answered my plea for help on Twitter about watermarking photos. (Many thanks to everyone who responded and offered great suggestions for me to try out!) I had been using various online websites for watermarking, but hadn’t found one that didn’t drive me crazy in various ways. Many thanks to Scintilla for suggesting Windows Live Writer, which has been a dream to use so far. I can upload photos, edit and watermark them, do all sorts of fun things (head over to Bell’Avventura and see the creative things she has been doing with photos recently), write and preview my posts, and then publish all directly from Windows Live Writer. I am still adjusting to the change, but so far I am very pleased and find it easier to use than the Blogger pages for composing posts. Grazie mille Scintilla! 


NOTE: The Sant’Antonio procession in Amalfi yesterday was out of this world amazing! I felt very honored to be on the first boat in the procession with the statue of Sant’Antonio. I have some incredible photos and videos to share with you all. It will take me a couple of days to get the videos uploaded, but it will be an exciting week coming up on Ciao Amalfi!


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  • Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura

    Thanks for the mention! I find WLW uploads photos so much faster and has so much more scope for creativity.
    I applied to BlogHer ages ago but no response yet. You *are* fortunate!

    June 14, 2009
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Hi I need to know who to change the size of my header ..i want to make it a bit bigger.

    Yes Scintilla is great, she introduced me to Windows Live Writer too!!

    June 14, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Congratulation Scintilla!!
    Your so lucky Laura to have been a part of the celebration of Sant’Antonio ! Looking forward to the videos! Enjoy 🙂

    June 14, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Scintilla! As a Mac lover I was a bit skeptical at first about WLW. But I can't get my Mac to work on our new wireless for some reason, which means I am PC bound. But WLW just made that so much better. It is so easy to use! Yes, I was a bit shocked when I heard from BlogHer a few weeks ago. Hopefully you will soon!

    Ciao Anne! Hum, I'm not sure how to change the size of your banner image. I tend to just poke around with the html in the formatting section. But save a copy first! 🙂 Maybe it is something that blog could help you with if you contacted them???

    Ciao Chuck! Oh, the celebration for Sant'Antonio was amazing! I have had a busy weekend and haven't even had time to download them yet. Will be coming later this week! 🙂

    June 15, 2009
  • Lola

    Another very fun and informative shout out, Laura! Thank you.

    Let's see the video!!!

    Lola xx

    June 16, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lola! Thanks so much. I just had a chance to download the videos yesterday. I can't wait to share them! 🙂

    June 16, 2009

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