nittyGriddy is 1 Year New! Happy Blogoversary!

1 Year and Still Goin’…

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Believe it or not, it’s been a year since I joined this fabulous and unbelievable blogosphere that has in such little time altered my life, working hours, passions and goals.

I’d like to tell you that I’m pleased with my blog’s outcome and progress so far – and I can and can’t! There’s a reason for both.

Allow me to explain…

What I Didn’t Know

To be honest, when I first began blogging I had no clue as to what ‘that whole blogging thing’ entailed and what it really meant. Like many others who know squat about blogs, I assumed they were mostly personal, and I certainly wasn’t interested in writing for the masses about my private life or that of my friends. Nor was I too keen on interacting with people I don’t personally know (I actually still abide by that ridiculously hard-ass principle with my personal Facebook account). But at the same time, I knew I wanted to write – more than anything else. And so I did – about anything and everything.

I had read numerous blogs for work or fun but nothing concrete or educational about the rules of engagement, the tips and tricks, the do’s and don’ts…I hadn’t the faintest idea of what being part of the blogosphere included; the new friends and connections that could be made, the silly orangy sign that read RSS, finding super keywords for SEO, traffic building, Meta tagging, the whole Twitter folly, guest posting, pingbacks and trackbacks, permalinks, widgets and plugins, the joys and perks of commenting, Google Analytics, WordPress, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Digg, Seth Godin and Darren Rowse…pretty much the whole shindig and shebang!

I obviously knew what most were – I work as a Copywriter for crying out loud – but I had no clue that blogs depended on all of them to survive (except for Seth and Darren)!

Everyday I read, read and read some more. And everyday, I learned a little more. I did that, until I found my niche. Now I keep reading and I keep learning, but my blog has a theme, a style, a purpose, a mission, a vision, an objective and an engaging atmosphere.

What I Didn’t Do that I Do Now

But here’s the thing, I was stupid! Okay…maybe not stupid – much too strong of a word and let’s face it, I’m everything but! Let’s just say I wasn’t wise enough to know what I wanted yet and what to look for. I didn’t start reading and learning what I should have before I began.

It took me a while to realize the potential that a good and consistent blog could have and the doors it could open. It was only months later, that I took the ‘not-stupid’ hat off and put the ‘wisen-up’ thinking cap on! And only then, did I experience the thrill of being part of this immensely vast and overwhelming virtual society.

So, YES! November 27th, 2009 may be the day I registered (and 4 other names) on Just Host, and published my first blog post, but it certainly isn’t the day that I became a passionate blogger and Social Media enthusiast; one that wakes up every morning wanting to read the next useful article that I can learn from, Tweet and comment on; one that goes through the day searching or thinking about what I can blog about next; one that can’t carry on a conversation without mentioning something about blogging or bloggers.

What I am thrilled about however, is the last few months – which to me have been the differentiating factor as to how my blog and I have evolved. These are the ones that brought me to where I am today. Besides all the positive stats, they brought me to meet all the wonderful peeps that I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed interacting with.

My Reason for Writing this Post

For my 1st anniversary, I was initially set on writing a special post sharing what I’ve learned about blogging so far and what my goals are this coming year. But instead, I thought it more appropriate to mention the sites and bloggers that I’ve met or come across along the way; those that have supported me; those that have taught me more than many of my IV league college professors; those whose words made an impact; those that have encouraged my writing; those that have Tweeted and retweeted; those that have commented till their fingers dropped…It is because of these folks and more that I have come to love and be proud of being a blogger!

This is my version of Thanksgiving :)! This is me saying “thank you, muchas gracias, grazie mille, mille merci, shukran and tausen dank to all of YOU – my fellow blogger friends, readers, commentators, mentors, Tweeters…

I would have loved to tell you all that your checks are in the mail or that your gifts are being Fed-Ex’ed, but then I’d be a shitty liar – much like a shitty singer ;). So instead, I hope you’ll accept my simple yet sincere good wishes.

“May you all be blessed with nothing but health, happiness and a boat load of bloggin’ success!”

IMPORTANT Note: These are in no particular order.

Although I would love to name and talk about every single person and blog that I read, admire and learn from – I can’t. So if my early Alzheimer’s temporarily kicked in while writing this post and I forgot to mention you, then my sincere apologies. Truly, deeply, honestly! I beg of you not to hate me or verbally lynch me. Instead, I kindly ask that you add your name in the comments. But if you feel the need to curse me for my short-term memory loss, then please be gentle and sweet; my blog is rather sensitive about her age lol :).

Who I’m Thankful For

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Mashable – I don’t know you Pete, but besides being pretty, you’re what I aspire to become. Well, not you exactly, but your blog – a Social Media empire with many minions of writers! But with me as Queen Bee :D.

Danny Brown from – You, your accent and your insightful (and even snarky) words, all rock! I have learned a ton from you and I look forward to continuing. Both of your blogs have become a part of my daily religious reading! Thank you for being an intelligent, supportive, engaging and encouraging blogger friend :). You’re a wonderful and prime example of an A-list blogger with an attitude that’s not too big and almighty to give the rest of us the time of day. And I for one, greatly appreciate that Mr. Brown!

Hesham Zebida from– I don’t care how non-perfect your English writing skills are ;)! Cause for one – your posts are always useful or helpful in some way or another. And two – you truly are an inspiration to many – including me. Thank you for allowing Famous Bloggers to be the host of my first 2 guest posts! Through your hard work, dedication and friendly nature, you have succeeded in creating an awesome community and I’m honored to be part of it.

Tristan Higbee from – I’m gonna’ disappoint you and keep this shorter than my usual novels lol. You’re a fantastic writer who has managed to grasp my attention in every post and eBook you’ve written! Your talented knack to whip up what seem like daily posts is incredible! You’re witty, amicable, engaging and supportive and I thank you for that Mr. Higbee :)!

Thu Nguyen from – Every time I visit your blog to read another one of your fabulous posts, I walk away having learned something new. But the thing is Thu, I can never seem to leave your blog having read just one post, somehow you get me to crawl through one page after the next ;). It’s a pleasure learning and engaging with you my very cool and ambitious blogger pal.

Michele Welch from – Michele ma’ dear, your sweet nature is admirable and your weekly wraps are the epitome of perfection :D. Not only are you kind but you’re also generous and genuine with the information you share. Your posts are always so informative and your writing style leaves us wanting to read more. I have no doubt that your blog and business will continue to boom.

Patricia Millman from – Now like I told Tristan, I’m gonna’ make the effort here to not write you an eBook ;). I came to know you before I actually met you. Your comments are not only everywhere I go, but they add real value and portray the kind of person that you are; genuine, interested, unselfish, kind and encouraging. I hope your blog flourishes even faster than those lovely lavenders of yours that you love so much. Your presence and passion are clearly obvious and I think I speak for many when I say, “come back soon and leave another of your super 2 cents :).”

Aaron Lee from – Aaron you Twitter King, you :)! I don’t think anyone needs to tell you how great the Social Media content on your blog is. You wouldn’t be where you are today if it wasn’t. You’re much wiser than you are young and we all have a lot to learn from you. Regardless of the hundred of thousands of followers you have, you still manage to make time to engage and get to know certain peeps. I for one, am grateful for that. I hope that in the process, you were also able to find enough time to study for and ace your exams ;).

Christina Kingston from – Tina ma’ dear, I could pretty much write an essay about you lol! What can I say? Your genuine and straight-up nature and character are a breath of fresh air. Your writing style is just fabulous – much like you. Your oumph and pizazz make you the rockin’ gal that you are! I’m grateful for our new found friendship and I look forward to continuing our long and humorous discussions :).

Gini Dietrich from – My dear Mrs. Spin Sucks. For some reason, I’m inspired to list all the US presidents names here but I’ll spare you the dorkiness ;). To you others reading this, I say, “never mind, you just had to be there.” I love the interesting content you provide on your blog – plus your posts are usually short and very informative  – contrary to the length of my useful ramblings ;). But what I look forward to even more are our amusingly witty Twitter chats and commenting sessions. You are simply an all-round super gal that I thoroughly enjoy learning from and talking to. Stay cool!

Troy Claus from– I came to know you through that awesome Danny fella’ and I’m glad I did! I think I’ve read every post of yours since the day you took up blogging. They’re well thought-out and written and always to the point! And although my comments may be longer than your actual posts, I thoroughly enjoy leaving them for you as I always look forward to your amusingly witty replies – see pages 4 and 9 ;).

Mars Dorian from – It’s true Mars. The World Needs You! Your positivity, dedication, assurance and energy are remarkable. Not only that, but you’re a pretty cool dude as well ;). You’re always willing to help but also capable of listening and I respect that. You have undoubtedly made an impact in the blogorealm [I’m trying not to be repetitive with the sphere thing lol] and will continue to do so. Your will is inspiring and your posts are always entertaining to read and very much useful. Thanks for spreading your passion and influence. May the force be with you :D.

John Aguiar from – Your story and passionate reasons for blogging are truly inspiring and heart-felt. Sénior John, you were one of the first folks to believe in my blog’s potential when you so generously featured me in your post, “Top 10 Up and Coming Women Bloggers” a few months back. For that, I am super grateful. Your blog rocks the block in content and resources. And on top of that, you’re kind and encouraging and your ego-boosting compliments and #FF’s are always appreciated :D. Salud!

Olin Hyde from – The distinguished gentleman entrepreneur whose posts make me feel like going back to internet school and familiarizing myself more with some of today’s web words :D. In Laymen’s Terms Olin, your posts are well thought-out and researched and I often like to read them twice. Not because my brain is below average nor do I have ADD. But because I genuinely want to learn more about strategies and the Web 3.0 – and the detailed posts you provide allow me to do that. You’re an earnest peep with a creative and analytical mind who has a flair for intelligent ideas and discussions. I appreciate your continuous support and interest.

Ana Hoffman from – If there ever was a Tzar(ina) of SEO, you’d be her, Ana :). When you click publish on a new post, I’m all over it! I never thought that SEO, link building, traffic generation, blog auditing and all those other dreadfully essential tools of success, would captivate me so much. And yet you have found a way to keep my eyes glued to your daily posts of ever-so useful tips and tricks and pools of tools! I don’t know how you do it, but please keep doin’ it. I’m lovin’ my daily dose of Cafe learning :).

Notable Mentions of Bloggers I’m Thankful for

Thank You nittyGriddy is 1 Year New! Happy Blogoversary!

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Ingrid Abboud aka 'Griddy' is a whole lot of things with a ridiculous amount of interests. For one, I'm a Social Media enthusiast with a tremendous passion for writing and blogging. I'm also a pretty cool Copywriter but a more serious MarCom Consultant. But most of all, I'm the proud owner and driving force behind - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

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  • Jens P. Berget

    Wow, I can’t believe your blog is only 1 year old. I have just discovered it (I discovered it today) and I can’t believe that I haven’t been here before. You got a lot of interesting content and you write really really good.

    Happy blogoversary!

    – keep sharing.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hello again Jens :).
      I just finished replying to your comment on my “9 Free eBooks” post lol.

      Yup – believe it or not, nittyGriddy is but a baby still haha. And like I said, I didn’t really start learning the ropes (or taking the adequate time and measures to) until a few months ago. But I’m thrilled that I did as I’m loving every minute of this awesome journey!

      I’m happy that you discovered this little blog of mine and I hope you will continue liking the goodies that I have to share :).

      Thanks for your kind wishes and compliment about my writing. It’s always a pleasure to hear that your work is being appreciated by others.


  • element321

    Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the mention. You’ve got a great site and I look forward to reading more of your articles :)

    Funny, I read most or have read articles from most of the blogs you have mentioned…

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi James,

      Thanks a lot for stopping by here and leaving your kind wishes and encouraging words :). I appreciate it.

      It’s no surprise that you may be familiar with most if not all of the sites and people mentioned. I can honestly say that they’re great – including you! I’ve learned so much from all of you these past months – it’s insane to the point of overwhelming lol! But it’s fantastic and I’m loving every minute of it.

      Looking forward to reading your next post either on Famous Bloggers or elsewhere :). You always have useful content to share.

      Thanks again.

  • Tito

    Happy Blogosversary – I hope I spelt that correcctly.
    Looking at your achievements in the 1st one year online gave me much courage and inspiration to go on this journey too. I have only been here 6 months and will write a post like this sometime soon, :)

    Thanks for the list of useful blogs, certainly a great thing to share than the traditional food, wine and drinks we are used to having on anniversaries such as this :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Tito,

      How nice of you to stop to share those kind words and wishes. Thank you.

      It’s been a great year so far and I look forward to achieving the goals I’ve set for the next 6 months. I’m happy that this blog post effected you in some way and I will be looking forward to reading your 1 year blogoversary post :).

      From looking at your blog and the quality content (and design) you have to share, I can easily say that it seems you got the hang of things much faster than I ever did. Some really good business and entrepreneurial posts you got there. Nicely done! I’m glad I came across it. I’m sure I have a lot to learn from you as well.

      As for the useful blogs I listed – not only are they well written and insightful – but the authors behind each are simply fantastic in every which way. I highly recommend all of them for there is tons to learn from each of their respective fields and expertise.

      Although writing about wine and other drinks I may have had to celebrate would have been fun lol, I found it much more appropriate and useful to commend and thank those people that I’ve learned from and engaged with along the way. Plus, I just had a ‘real’ Bday not too long ago, so I didn’t want to overdo it with all the celebrating haha.

      Thanks again for stopping by. I look forward to seeing you around these parts more often.

      Cheers to your continued success Mr. NaijaPreneur :)

      • Tito

        Your response made me smile, thanks so being so Unusual. You really do take your time to reply comments, they are not random, always have a way to strike a chord. I read your unusually long comment on Adam’s blog post about the need for commenting, and I must say, truly, Your reputation for being a long commenter befits you :)

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  • Anonymous

    I am glad to know that your blog is now one year old. (I think I should written a post like this when mine turned 1). Your post clearly shows what your have learned and what you have accomplished. Experience and knowledge are key elements in blogging. I hope you have a great successful blogging (and outside – real life) career.Thank you for including me on your list !

    And Congrats on Surviving the most important year of a Blogger’s blogging career ! You have made it through, now you are ready to accomplish great things !

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Jeevan,

      Always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you for all your kind wishes and supportive words. Much appreciated.

      It’s bee a great year but again, it was the last few months that made the difference for me as an active blogger. I’ll be looking forward to many more of them – hopefully each one will be more successful than the next. I’ve learned a lot and have a long ways to go but I’m grateful for the wonderful connections and friends (like you) I’ve made along the way :).

      I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your good work. Keep it up TechPupil :).

  • Anonymous

    Thanks my friend for mention my blog.

    You rock! I am just learning so much from my female blog friends these last months of 2010.

    So I am just grateful to know bloggers like you that really makes a difference in my book.

    2011 will be a new and exciting year where we will conquer our fears. How about that as a goal for 2011 to eliminate all my business, blog and personal fears. I will be the best ME of ME…

    Again thanks :)

    Cheers.. Are

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Are,

      You’re very welcome. It’s a great niche you got their and very interesting stuff to read.

      I’m glad us women bloggers are able to contribute to the learning process :). And I’m flattered that you think I make a difference somehow or somewhere – in my book – it means a lot to know your work and you – are being appreciated! Thank you for that.

      Your goal for 2011 sounds good! I think a few of us may need to borrow it. “I will be the best ME of ME” – I like that!

      In that case: Cheers to you Mr. Morch, and to you achieving your goal next year :)! May you do just that and a heck of a lot more!

  • Gini Dietrich

    Holy crap, woman! Again, I don’t know how you do this, but you are incredible! Congratulations on your first year. You seem to have gotten the hang of it long before I did. That’s a feat! And you can’t just list the Presidents. You have to list them with the wrong stat. That was so funny! Poor Danny having to endure us. Or was it Joey? Either way. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you! You make me laugh daily.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Gini – Thank you! That’s awesome of you to say – really! It’s such a nice feeling to know that your work is being appreciated – espcially by amazing people like you!I got the hang of it slowly but surely – but like I said – it wasn’t until a few months ago till I realized how to (and that I should) optimize the “behind the scenes” stuff. Although, I still have a sh** load to learn! But I’m loving every minute!That little commenting session was a riot lol! It was Joey’s blog – poor guy, we monopolized his comments by listing a few of those Pres’zz and their intellectual superiorities haha!I’ve definitely enjoyed our back and forths and I’ll be looking forward to a lot more of them :). Well, those and going through customs with ya. I’ll have to make sure to bring enough snacks for when they keep bumping us off a plane thanks to you know who’s hissy fits lol! But at least we’ll have lip-gloss power cause those pearly whites won’t get us far on their own hihi!Awesome of you to come by and leave that fabulous comment :).Have a lovely evening.Cheers

  • Praveen@Techperk

    congo :) All the best for your future

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Praveen,

      Thanks a lot for your kind wishes :). Appreciated!

  • Internet Strategist

    We know so many of the same bloggers I feel like I should already know you better. I know why we don’t – no CommentLuv so I’m not reminded to come visit you that way. I’m impressed that Danny Brown came by and commented. Congratulations on your first year and may there be many more. I’ll pay more attention to your content as it goes flying by. :-)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Gail,
      It’s great of you to stop by and leave your 2 cents :). Much appreciated!

      You’re absolutely right about CommentLuv – but the good news is that I will very soon be switching over to that awesome comment system. My blog is actually being redesigned and will be switched over to Headway – once that’s in place then I’ll be transferring over to CommentLuv.

      Although Disqus is great, I think CommentLuv has some added perks as we well know that are beneficial to both me and my fabulous readers and commentators!

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you here more often Grow Map :). You’ve got a terrific blog with some A+ content. I have a lot to learn from you.

      PS – As for Danny Brown: besides the fact that he rocks, I’ve somehow managed to get on his good side 😉 and I always love it when he stops by here to leave his thoughts. He usually gets a kick out of teasing me for leaving the world’s longest comments haha!


  • Mars Dorian

    lol – nice Ingrid.

    A big fat happy blogoversary as well – wow, in 4 months, it will be one year for me as well !
    I hope you achieved your goals, and if not, make the new ones as epic as possible. Let the sky burn with your blogging passion, and take this place to the next level !

    Awesome that you thank all the people that inspired you.

    You shine, Ingrid !

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Mars,
      Good to see you here :). By the lol – I’m guessing that you liked the little message I had for you there ;).

      As for my goals – unfortunately I did not set them from the beginning – but when I started learning more and more, I realized the direction that I wanted to go in. I’m pleased so far but only because of the last few months. The new ones I’ve set for the next 6 months, will surely keep me busy – I’ll tell you that much!

      I don’t want to steal your thunder and call them EPIC, so I’ll go with GRAND instead and leave all the epicness to you my blogger friend :)! But yes, I have every intention of taking this little baby of mine to another level!

      Thanking the people that inspire me or those that I admire and read often is the least I could do. If it weren’t for them, I probably still wouldn’t have a clue. Wow, I didn’t mean for that rhyme lol :).

      I wish I could have said more about each and more about others, but had I done that, I’d still be writing it till now and this post would have been published as a GRAND eBook haha.

      Cheers to the world needing you :).

  • Kiesha

    Hi Ingrid!
    Happy Blogoversary to you!! You’ve done a wonderful job. I’m glad you found your passion – it shows! :) Thanks for the notable mention – I’m honored :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Kiesha,

      Thanks so much for stopping by here to leave your wishes :). I absolutely love your blog and your writing. It’s very inspiring and is clearly a “must” daily destination for many of us – including me!

      I wish I could have spoken about every single person and blog that has inspired me in some way but I didn’t think sending you all to Barnes and Noble would be the best thing hahaha.

      You truly deserve all the mentions and credits you get – and more!

      Thanks again for your kind words. I hope to continue seeing you here :).
      Cheers to your continued success and to We Blog Better.

  • Danny Brown

    “Surviving” any year blogging is a nice achievement – surviving your first year (when most bloggers give up) is an even bigger reason to celebrate.

    Thankful to know you; awesome to be your friend; laughing at some of your War and Peace comments; and looking forward to many more years ahead.

    (I’m prettier than Cashmore, for what it’s worth) 😉

    You rock, miss. :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Danny, Danny, Danny (and No, this isn’t a typo, I actually said your name 3 times in my head lol)

      I gotta tell ya that it’s been a fantastic year being part of this blogosphere. And oddly enough, I never thought of giving up – not once! I took a long summer and I admit and I felt guilty about it. But the minute I set my bags down, I was all over my nittyGriddy :).

      I’m very appreciative of your kind words and wishes and even more so for having gotten to know you through this awesome journey of mine – which unlike others – I’m hoping won’t come to an end anytime soon. I’ll be looking forward to many more years of writing, reading, learning, meeting and sharing.

      Loved your comment lol and I’m thrilled you liked the little messages I left for each. Just Peace my friend ;). We’re peaceful people here in the Middle East hahaha.

      And for what it’s worth, I’m sure you are ;). What’s Cashmore when you got Brown? hehe

      Oh, and in case I haven’t said it enough – Thanks for everything Danny. You pretty much rock yourself!


  • John Paul

    Happy Anniversary Ingrid.. TY for including me in your post.. I’m glad I have helped you a little bit along the way :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey John,

      I appreciate you coming by here and taking the time to leave your wishes – thank you :)! You have indeed helped me along my blogging journey and I’m grateful for that.

      You’re awesome and I thoroughly enjoy reading your work.

      Thanks again.

      • John Paul


        • Ingrid Abboud

          Well said Paul! I couldn’t agree more with you! I for one, who not have gotten very far! It’s always nice to see people voice their appreciation of your work – and it’s equally nice when it’s reciprocated. We all need each other in this blogosphere of ours :).

          • John Paul

            I agree 100%

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  • Extreme John

    Happy Anniversary and thank you for taking the time to include me in your thank you to everyone, especially after such a short period of time. I appreciate that.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey John,Thanks a lot for stopping by here to leave your kind wishes. Much appreciated.You’ve done a heck of a job with branding – definitely makes an impact. Nice job! That straight jacket does wonders for ya lol ;)!I look forward to more of your very enthusiastic and useful posts!Cheers Mr. Extreme. Rock on!

  • Patricia Millman

    Hi Ingrid

    Firstly happy blogoversary :-) a new word to add to my list which I think is growing lol Thank you so much for your generous mention of me and my little blog. It’s been fun and continues to be so, getting to know you. Thanks to Rick I came over to your site. Love your writing style, love your blog what else can I say. So looking forward to the next year. Rock on gal 😉

    BTW I now have some more blogs to go check out cos although I have gotten to know heaps of peeps in the past couple of months, there are a few on your list I haven’t visited yet!. Will bookmark this page and work my way through. It’s Sunday here now and off to my Mother’s for a roast dinner. Yes it is going to be a warm day but Sunday is Mum’s roast dinner day regardless. Some traditions have to be upheld lol Have a great day and enjoy every moment of the much deserved celebrations of this amazing blog.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Ingrid Abboud

      I’ve been looking forward to you landing here today :). Thank you for the Blog Bday wishes!

      First and foremost my dear – your blog is not so little at all! Small niche but HUGE potential – and you’re well on your way!

      I love that you love both my style and blog in general – it certainly means a lot. Actually, it means everything! I know I can’t please everyone, but I sure as hell will try my damn hardest to please those (like you) that are worth pleasing – and myself in the process :). You see, I think what counts is that we too are pleased and satisfied by our own work.

      There’s a great list of names and blogs for you here. And many of these folks are just sensational writers and true leaders to learn from.

      Have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy your mom’s roast dinner :). I’m sure it will be delicious. It’s Sunday here too, but still veryyyy early morning – or should I say – late night :).

      Thanks again for your kind words. You’ve been a wonderful blogger friend, commentator and support. Truly appreciated.

      Wishing you and your lavenders continued success!

  • Gera @ SweetsFoods

    Happy Blog Anniversary Ingrid!!! Incredible how fast is time!

    All bloggers make mistakes at the beginning and later too (I’m one of them 😉 and we need continuing learning.

    Awesome list of bloggers to thankful for! And a truly honor to be part of this list- thank you!

    I’m a little “disappointed” with the post – I’m not seeing a big chocolate cake – impossible a birthday without it 😉

    For many and many years to come Ingrid!! :)

    All the best,


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Gera,

      Thanks so much for your kind and enthusiastic wishes – you rock! Indeed, time does go by quickly. It was only yesterday that my baby (nittyGriddy) was born. And look – it’s already walkin’ and talkin’ – plus one heck of a set of teeth hahaha ;).

      I made many mistakes and I continue to make them – probably out of laziness or stubbornness today though. But, I’m on my way – slowly but surely.

      And of course you’re on this list! I wish I could have spoken about everyone but then I would have had to publish this post as a 200 page novel hehe.

      As for the lack of cake – you’re absolutely right. But, you’re Mr. SweetsFood – so I was kinda expecting you to bake one and send it my way ;).

      Thanks a mil for stopping by and leaving your kind wishes. As usual, your support is much appreciated. To many more years indeed. I’ll Cheers to that!


      • Gera @ SweetsFoods

        Ingrid – yes your baby is walking and soon will be running!

        I’ll bake – (buy) a big cake and I’ll send you by email. Reserve me a slice after the party!

        Cheers – with Champagne :)

        Felicitaciones Ingrid!


        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hahaha thanks Gera.

          I’ll be expecting a nice and yummy chocolate filled email then :).

          Muchas gracias y salud!

  • Tony Hastings

    Congratulations Ingrid and thanks for the mention. I have only known you a little while but already value the connection greatly and enjoy following your super blog.

    Here’s to the next year and achieving all your dreams:-)

    T :-)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Tony,

      Great to see you here ;). Thanks so much for stopping by to share your kind wishes and very encouraging words!

      The same goes for me. In the short time I’ve known you and your great blog – I’ve come to appreciate both. Needless to say, that I also regularly read the very entertaining Top 10’s that you share.

      Thanks for your ongoing support.

      Cheers to next year! May it be even more successful for both our blogs :).

  • Thu Nguyen

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for the awesome shout out! I’ve came over from Michele not so long ago because I was mentioned as well and well, I have to say, you gals are making me blush! 😛

    Thanks so much my dear, you are really rocking it knowing all these fab bloggers because without a doubt, in no time, you’ll be the problogger here. I’m definite of it. Your enthusiasm, personality as well as those you’ve touched are the reason why bloggers like I exist. No really. You bring the joy back into the blogosphere and every party is not right without an ‘Ingrid’.

    Happy 1 year! With a glass of champagne raised (I hope you do drink haha), to another year towards social media and blogging domination! I’m very honored to be among these respected bloggers and awesome future stars. To you, us, and the unlimited thanks which goes around, comes back around. With these posts, I’ll look back with a big cheese face. LOL.

    Thank you so much Ingrid for rocking it girl. You keep doing what you’ve been doing. 😉

    Talk soon!

    • Ingrid Abboud


      Blushing is good – it adds to the cheeky and rosy complexion lol.
      You’re certainly most welcome and everything said is well deserved and true!

      In regards to me becoming a pro blogger – as we say, “from your mouth to God’s ears” :).

      I should be thanking you for all those awesome and generous compliments of yours. WOW, I’m very touched. All of you today are making my day :). Thank You 10x!

      I certainly will raise my glass of Dom and join you in Cheersing to that! Social Media and blogging domination it is lol! Thu and Ingrid will both be attending that party with bells on hehe.

      Once again – thanks so much. Your words and wishes are too kind – as are you. I wish you the same and much more!

      I’ll do my very best to keep all of you pleased and entertained with my work.

      Cheers again my blogger pal :)

  • TristanH

    Woo hooo! One year older and wiser, eh? Congratulations to both you and your blog! That’s an awesome accomplishment in the blogosphere these days.

    And thanks for the shout out and the kind words!! How incredibly awesome of you :) Really, that made my day, Ingrid. I hope your next year is even more awesome than the last! Hopefully in a year, both of us will be professional bloggers 😀

    Thanks again!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hehehe Tristan,

      Older and wiser eh? You’re talking about the blog of course and not me right? Hahaha
      Thanks so much for your continuous encouragement, super sweet words and kind wishes Tristan. I really appreciate you and them.

      I’m glad I was able to add a smile to your day but I really meant everything I said about all the people I included. You all rock and it’s been a pleasure reading you and interacting with you.

      I’ll Cheers to our future careers as Pro Bloggers :). Then we can look back and talk about ourselves in the past hehehe.

      Wishing you continued success Mr. BloggingBookshelf. Always a pleasure to read your entertaining posts.


  • Michele Welch

    Girl…I have to say, I just LOVE reading your stuff! There’s nothing better than reading something that’s so dam entertaining! You sure have a talent for writing. :-)

    Anyway, a) BIG congrats on your one year anniversary. You’ve come a long way and obviously your hard work has paid off and b) SUPER DUPER HUGE thank you for mentioning me in your post… truly an honor. Your kind words were just so sweet…made my day. :-)

    Keep rocking … look out year two!!

    • Ingrid Abboud


      You see why you’re on there? Because not only do I learn from you but you manage to leave a big smile on my face whenever you stop by here and leave those awesome and encouraging words of yours! Thank you very much Mrs. NewBizBlogger.

      Oh, and you’re most welcome BTW :).

      And I just LOVE writing my stuff hehe :). But what I love even more is seeing all you wonderful folks over here that take the time to leave your valuable 2 cents :)!

      Thank you for all that. I’m thrilled that you enjoy reading my work. I hope to keep you hooked and entertained for another year ;).

      Wishing you all the best and continued success.


  • Anonymous


    Now enough resting on your laurels. Get back to work! You have a big year ahead of you :-)


    • Ingrid Abboud


      Thank a lot Rick. I’m off my ‘laurels’ and already looking forward to the BIG year ahead – meaning tomorrow lol! By the way great post on Alex Whalley’s site :).

      Thanks a lot for your continuous support. Much appreciated.


  • Adam

    Hi Ingrid, first off all congratz to your first anniversary. It is so exciting to see where you were able to take your blog within one year and how much you learned on your blogging journey.

    I enjoy your articles, your unique style and looking forward to your future work.

    Persistent and passionate, those are the things that turn a regular blogger into an engaging one.

    • Ingrid Abboud


      Thank you so much! I’m glad you stopped by as it seems my short term memory loss kicked in when it came to mentioning you. A thousand apologies :(.

      I thoroughly enjoy having you come by to read and comment on my posts and am thrilled that you find them entertaining.

      You always seem to find kind and encouraging words to say and I appreciate that.

      It’s been an awesome journey so far and I’m looking forward to furthering it even more will all of you.

      Thanks again.


      • Adam

        Don’t worry Ingrid, if you would still like my contribution, you could mention me in your second anniversary post…Deal?:D

        • Ingrid Abboud

          I’ll tell you what Adam – even better – I’m gonna’ go and edit this post right now and include you :). Once again so sorry and yes, I still like your contributions hehe!

          • Adam

            Wow Ingrid:)) I did not expect that:) Thank you:) You’re far too kind:)

            Hmm..I really do not remember when I have posted so many smiles in one comment:)

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Adam – you’re most welcome. I’ve greatly appreciate your comments and support and you should have been on that list from the beginning. My bad, but hopefully I was able to make up for it :)!And no worries about the smiley’s – always good to see them :). As you can tell, i have a tendency to use them a lot as well. They just help show how one feels or thinks – and that’s good!

  • Hadyesta

    happy first anniversary to nittyGriddy, you rock Duude , a special thank you to the woman behind this amazing blog, every morning i check both my e-mails and your blog as if it was a ritual , i keep reading some old post again and again if there is nothing new to read ,
    i personally don’t like to read blogs i only read forums looking for answers but your blog attract me more and more, yesterday less than today and less than tomorrow .
    keep on enchanting us with your super duper posts , they are of big interest specially to me .
    yours truly H.E

    • Ingrid Abboud

      My dear Dude and Geek boy aka Hady ;)Thank you, thank you, thank you for those very kind and touching words. Now I’m hoping that you check my blog before your 2 emails hahaha.In all seriousness though – I know you well enough to know that reading blogs isn’t your favorite pastime but I also know you well enough to know that regardless of that you still stop by everyday to read my words and support my passion – and I am truly grateful to you. It means a hell of a lot!!!I will do my best to keep enchanting you with interesting things in hopes that your daily ritual will continue as long as nittyGriddy is online ;).I always look forward to seeing you here especially when you leave comments like this :D!Thank you again for everything. I genuinely appreciate your encouragement.Cheers to you HandyHady ;).^Mwah^