Hello and welcome to Vicoli and Caffè!
When I sat down to write this “return to blogging” post, I struggled a great deal with the starting words. I wanted something original, full of character, but after a couple of hours of writing, deleting, writing and deleting again the same three or two words, I took a big glass of aperol spritz and went for a classic hello.
One can never go wrong with hello. I suppose. But that’s not why you’re reading this or why I’m here. Let me introduce myself! Let’s see…
I’m Cam, your not so local aro-ace overlord, usually grumpy, quite fond of cats, coffee and thunderstorms, writing from Italy and based in Rome.
There’s a chance that you already know me, because nope, this isn’t my first blog! But hopefully it’ll be the one I will stick to.
My blogging path started in Italian and as a book blogger with La Lettrice in Soffita.
After a while, finally broken by the morally dry and bigoted Italian community, I took the decision to switch for apparently nicer virtual lands. I slowly started to blog both in Italian and English, until the transformation reached its final stage and The Reader in the Attic was born.
It was a fun and nice experience, but not built to last. Partially for the same reasons of why I left behind the Italian sphere, partially because I was growing tired of book twitter “method” of talking stuff, partially because of many more partial reasons that would compose an immense list no one is asking to read.
Despite taking… wow, almost two years of hiatus? Well, despite taking such a long pause, I did missed blogging, having a space of my own where I could write how and what I wanted
I created a new dimension for myself, something new with a touch of my past. This how Vicoli and Caffè was born.
Why Vicoli and Caffè?
Books and writing have always been a huge part of my life. Both pushed me towards one of my favourite hobby-job – blogging, of course – and later to meet people that became close friends of mine.
But it wasn’t enough. Soon I found myself in a box. I could break that box occasionally, but the people interested in the box didn’t want that from me. I could write a silly little “bookish relatable” tweets with no originality or personality, a book blog post about a topic old as dust, and get more engagement than me talking about important topics that were dear to me.
There was a point when, after launching a poll, I came to realize that a very small percentage of my followers cared about me as a person that was also a blogger. The majority wanted a blogger that fed them content over content they perceived as “good” for them, but cared very little if I, as a person, faced any issue or had any other kind of interest that slightly diverged from the usual.
I’m perfectly aware this is part of the blogging’s reality: you pick a niche, you create content for said niche, people interested come to you, you keep creating and they remain entertained and active.
But I was never one to fossilize and the perception – then confirmed reality – that I couldn’t do anything else besides talking about books over and over, drove me away from my life as a book blogger.
What can I find on Vicoli and Caffè?
Vicoli and Caffè is a literature and lifestyle blog. Big words, right?
And maybe you’re asking yourself, if I wrote down literature, what the whole section above was about. Don’t you want to get “book blogging free”?
It makes sense, I swear!
Books are an important part of my life. So is writing. But so are many other things. Vicoli and Caffè was created to contain multitudes, possibly very well calibrated multitudes that won’t take space over one another.
This blog is a space where I can still talk about books while not leaving aside all of the rest. In the end, books can be a lifestyle. In a way, reading is a hobby for some, for others even a profession – it shapes our habits and so our style of life.
The same do writing, researching, gaming, traveling, eating, dressing… and more.
Vicoli and Caffè is a space where I can equally share tales about my passions and the life around me. Think of it as your home and the city where you live.
There’s your house, where you sit to read, grab a coffee to drink while plotting a story, or spend some nights diving into the narration and the action of a videogame. It’s the place where you take care of yourself, maybe you have a routine that supports you during the week. And when you open the door of your house and go outside, your world morph in a new reality made of streets, people, your and others cultures.
Vicoli and Caffè is both places, a chance to share what I love and the world I grew in, in a nice mix of hobbies and culture. I hope you’re ready for a good dose of “italianity”.
If you want to know more about me and the blog, don’t forget to check the “About me” section. You can also find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads if you want to follow me on socials. And for now, I think I’ve said all that I could. I even wrote more than what I was planning to.
Cannot wait to see you all in the comments and next time with newer posts!
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