Welcome to Blogatory: This Blog is Now Live!


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After several false starts I think it’s safe to go live now. I’d been testing and updating to make sure everything is in working order. Let me tell you, this has been a real education! There was a lot of research and prep work involved, but I really love being able to customize this blog the way I want it.

About this blog:

Comments: One of the things that was important to me was the comment feature. This blog not only has a subscribe feature since I always reply to comments and I want you to see them, but it also employs CommentLuv. I love this plugin. CommentLuv shows the last post from the commenter’s blog. It’s a great way to get some added exposure for your blog.

Blog Series: I have several of them in the wings. Some will appear right away and others I’m holding back for later. This year, you’ll see Cheap Tricks, short descriptions of money-saving tips. Please feel free to pin them to Pinterest or share on other social media.

Every Sunday, I’m also going to post my Menu Plan for the week. I’ve seen it on other blogs and I’ve often gotten some good ideas on what else to try for meals. But I must confess there’s a more personal reason I’m posting this series. I really need to keep myself accountable about what I prepare every week. I’ll talk more about menu planning and how it’s saved us big $$. It was a game-changer for us.

Link Luv: I plan to share some of the best links I’ve found along the way that save money and time. By the way, if you find a shareable link appropriate for this blog, email me. I’ll be sure to give you credit with a link back to your blog.

Pages: If you click on each of the pages above in the navigation menu, you’ll find information about me, my books, and my alter-ego, Book Cover Diva. There’s a contact page too if you want to reach out and talk to me in private.

You’ll notice there’s nothing populating the main categories of DIY, Homesteading, Recipes, and Saving Money. Those will get filled in as new blog posts appear so you’ll have one easy-to find place for each category. It shouldn’t take long. I plan on posting regularly.

Subscribing by Email: I apologize for the inconvenience, but I don’t have that set up yet. I want to be able to offer a nice incentive for signing up and that’s the only thing left on my to-do list. Hopefully, I’ll have something in a few weeks.

Stick with me! I want you to comment often, but I know there’ll be more posts than you’re used to seeing from me. I’ll understand if you can’t say hi every time, but please do comment if I say something witty or equally dumb! And don’t forget about CommentLuv. Every comment you make is a link back to your posts.

For now, take a look around. Read my About Me page and let me know if I described myself (and my lifestyle) accurately.

My old blog turned 9 years old this month. It seems apropos that this new blog is starting off in the same month as the old one.  I waffled about this new direction for a long time. Now that I’ve committed myself I can see it was the right decision.

Thank you all who came from my old blog. Most of you have been my friends for many years. I hope to continue to see you here regularly. My old blog will probably be up for a while longer during the transition but eventually it’ll be shut down.

Welcome to MariaZanniniHome.com. Welcome to my new home!

What do you think about my domain name? I tried a lot of different ones, but when I added ‘home’ to my name it immediately felt right. It’s not just about home life, but everything we do to make our friends and family feel at home.

Add MariaZanniniHome.com to your blog reader or bookmarks.

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All original content copyrighted by Maria Zannini 2016 - 2018.


  1. I tried logging in, but it’s not recognizing my log in. But now the comment box is showing, so who knows? I’ll blame it on this laptop, because it hates that I replaced it and knows I’m forced to use it until I get Big Red back. 🙂

  2. Yay new site! I can’t wait to poke around!

    I’m curious about what web host you went with, because I’m definitely starting to outgrow wordpress.com and need to look at alternatives. I’ve currently narrowed my field down to two, but am still hunting to see if there’s something that’s better.

    • Rebekah: I used InMotion. If you remember I mentioned on the other blog how much research I did to find the right host that wasn’t too expensive yet provided enough security.

      These guys have been great. Very responsive and helpful.

      • Very cool! I was actually just looking at them this morning. Otherwise, I’ve been looking at SiteGround and BlueHost (though BlueHost is more likely to be dropped off my list). Thanks, I shall do some more research into InMotion!

  3. I like your name of the blog and what you are going to be featuring on it! Looks good too! Congrats on getting it up and running. Question, until you get the email up and running, can you at least post on your old blog that you have a new entry on your new blog? Otherwise, I might forget to keep checking back here 🙂 Thanks!


  4. The new blog is terrific, and the domain name is inspired. Meal planning is something I need to do more of, particularly now when it’s usually just me and my guy at the table, so quite interested in yours.

    • Lynn: I’m so glad you like it. I was bummed when I found my name on a squatter, but the idea of home summed me up perfectly.

      re: meal planning
      I’m glad it’s just not me. Making myself write out a menu has been a tremendous help.

    • Jackie: If you use Microsoft Outlook you can subscribe through that. It’s at the bottom of the page. It won’t pop up in your regular email box though but in your RSS folder.

      I’m working on finding the best plugin now to add a subscriber list.

  5. Anne Gallagher

    Maria, this is fantastic. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. It also gives me the inspiration I need to get my own .com, something I’ve been thinking about for months. Congratulations. I also love the name.

    • Anne: It’s a lot of hassle to get started, especially if you don’t like getting into the nuts and bolts of customization, but I absolutely love how much control you get by self-hosting.

      Even if you don’t do a blog, there are so many options for creating a web site.

  6. Welcome to your new home! *offers Krispy Kreme donuts since it’s really hot here and I didn’t feel like baking — PS the drive-through option is awesome*

    It looks great, Maria! and I remembered to add the new site to Feedly — I won’t lose you 🙂

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