Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm a schmoozer!

Thanks to Jessica in Rome who handed me a Schmooze award. I am quite honored as this is my first blogging award.

Aw, shucks!

So what is the schmooze award? I'm quoting here from Jessica's blog:
“As it goes, schmoozing is the natural ability 'to converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection. Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way.' "
So now I get to pick 5 bloggers who have the power of the shmooze.

nyc/caribbean ragazza I love reading about her high-powered life in the midst of the crazy LA movie scene. She's got some great insights and stories.

Tracie B. at My Life Italian has a fantastically funny outlook on living the expat life in Italy. Plus she's from Texas so I have a soft spot for her.

Kataroma always has an intelligent and usually witty comment to say and I find that her experiences as a "third culture kid" in Rome often hit home with me.

Texas Espresso is also a fellow Texan who deserves the schmooze award. I find her blog interesting from the other perspective of expat. By this I mean American married to an Italian but living in the US. Since I know so many Americans married to Italians but living in Italy I like to read about her life on the other side of the pond.

Jeff in Puglia is a shmoozer too. He gets the award because I like to read about the expat life from a man's point of view. There are so many women expat blogs out there (nothing wrong with that, mind you) and this is a nice breath of fresh air from Puglia.

So now, if I've got this right, I post the directions to participate:

1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that have schmoozed you into submission.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the award.
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Power of Schmooze Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.


Anonymous jessica in rome said...

once again congrats! and when the heat breaks lets get together again!! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:36:00 AM  
Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

grazie!! what an honor. :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Texas Espresso said...

Hey thanks Avery! Here's my post

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 4:01:00 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

That is fantastic for you! How do I give one out? I have a gal who really deserves it?? I am also from Texas, dying to move to Italy, but pregnant with my first child and still stuck in Texas :) Congrats again!

Saturday, November 10, 2007 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger bleeding espresso said...

Hey there, I just saw that you're signed up to get "Girl with a Pearl Earring" at the Sisterhood; send me your address and I'll send it off to you!


Thursday, February 07, 2008 5:59:00 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi La Dolce Vita!

My name is Nick, and I am the Web Editor at Hg2 – a luxury city guide publisher based in London.

Hg2 is our slick abbreviation for A Hedonist’s Guide… - a luxury city guide series coveted by travellers who value both style and substance when it comes to soaking up a city. We’re not about the most expensive shops, bars, restaurants and hotels – we’re about the best. All our guides are compiled by writers living in each city, with content that is packed with insider knowledge and a voice that is irreverent, inspired, and, above all, intelligent. And at just the right size to slip into your Louis Vuitton carry-on, a copy of Hg2 is just as important as packing your passport.

We are currently in the process of launching our new Website, which will feature online versions of our iconic guides, a fully-comprehensive online store, a filtered hotel booking service, an exciting community forum and well-written, expert travel news and features published daily on our own blog. This should go live in the next few weeks.

In addition to producing our own news, we are looking to source content from other blogs that are based in (and focus on) the cities we cover, from Berlin through to Miami. We’re looking for content that exhibits real ‘insider’ knowledge, covering the very best a city has to offer from the newest restaurant openings to the latest art exhibitions. If you know about something, have been and rate it, we’d like you to share it with our readers. The tone should be personal, and truly reflective of each city’s individual voice.

In exchange for regular content feeds from your RSS, we propose that we give you a prominent visual presence on our newly-launched Website. There will be three distinct tabs in the revamped ‘About Us’ section; one for the Hg2 team, one for our writers and one for our bloggers. You will be featured in the latter, complete with an icon/avatar of your choice, a two- or three-line summary about you and your blog, and a link back to your Website. Not only will this drive our discerning readers to your site with an inbound link, but it will also enable you to target a largely travel-orientated demographic. What’s more, the partnership will increase your profile as a blogger/writer with an official Hg2 title assigned to you as our official source in your particular city. It’s a great opportunity for those looking to make the move into professional travel writing, and for those seeking more exposure.

Once you have agreed to the partnership, your content will appear in the ‘News’ feed boxes on our Website. Naturally, we will not be using all content sent by bloggers and reserve the right to edit/amend the copy to fit in with the word count of these boxes and style of our brand. In any case, reprinting your content word for word will result in us being penalised by Google and affect our ranking (Google favours the site that has printed duplicated content first).

We are extremely respected in the industry with a dedicated readership of style-conscious travellers, and we believe that the proposed partnership would benefit both of our brands. No work is necessary on your part, just your permission. If you are interested then please get in touch and we can move forward with this as soon as possible.

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Kind regards,

Nick Clarke

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger joe said...

Dear Avery,

My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film Italy and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joe Pinzone
Casting Producer
P: 212-231-7716
Skype: Joefromnyc

Friday, July 24, 2015 11:29:00 PM  

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