SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #23

Overwhelmed by Social Media SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #23Hello My Lovelies,

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Not just by all the work you need to do or negative occurrences, but by the great things that are happening to you all at once.

Sure you do and so have I lately icon smile SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #23 .

Lori Gosselin from Life for Instance wrote a great piece about things you can do to push your reset button when you’re feeling overwhelmed – for whatever reason. And to tell you honestly, it couldn’t have fallen at a better time. She has some A+ tips for ya so make sure to head over there after.

As I told my Lebanese-blooded (yes, I just had to slip that in there lol) friend Lori and her readers in my comment, there was a time when I would write when I was feeling overwhelmed or stressed out because of the bad. But now, because of my writing, I’ve been overwhelmed with good. Make sense?

More and more, I’m being mentioned around the blogosphere and rewarded for what I do or write.

Just this past week, I had the privilege of being mentioned on The Sales Lion (twice), Expat Life Coach, Troy Claus, Tech Work and one or two others. So to say that I’m “overwhelmed” would be an understatement. I’m all smiles and glee from all the kind and generous things people have been saying about me and my work whether in actual blog posts or in the corresponding comments section.

And speaking of comments, I’m also overwhelmed by the incredible ones that I’ve been receiving on this blog. WOW and thank you icon biggrin SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #23 ! I’m not simply talking numbers here, I’m referring to the abundant and valuable content within. None of the drive-by crap!

People have gone out of their way to leave thorough and meaningful comments, and of course I want to reply in kind to each and every one. So yes, I have been a bit slower than usual lately but no worries, I’m on the ball!

All these things and more are an incredible feeling of accomplishment and I want to make sure I don’t neglect or forget those folks (and others) who give me the time of day. I want them to know how much I appreciate them.

So what do I do?

I write again!

Every few days, I make a little “to do” list – the old fashioned kind with pen and paper. Yes…some of us still use “real” notepads and even mechanical pencils. I can hear you laughing at me so please chuckle silently lol.

I jot down the names of blogs and bloggers I need to acknowledge or thank, comments I still need to reply to, interview questions I need to answer, blog posts I want to share my 2 cents on (in my case it’s more like 4.5 cents lol), guest posts I’ve been asked to write that I’m already a year late on (fake cough if you’re one of those people), blog post ideas that cross my mind so that my crazy amnesia doesn’t get the best of me…and lots more.

I do this because I’m grateful. I do this because I care. I do this because it’s only natural to thank those who sing your praises in some way or other. I do this because I love it!

These people saw something in me or in a piece I wrote and it inspired them or made some kind of an impact. And to me, that’s a hell of an achievement and I couldn’t ask for more.

What about you? Do you ever feel overwhelmed in this way?

What do you do?

Should I have left this topic for this Wednesday’s Bring IT!?

PROBABLY YES, cause now I’m gonna’ have to scratch my head again to come up with another good one for you. Dammit Ingrid, you just couldn’t wait another 3 days now could you?!

Okay, enough of all this overwhelming talk. I’ll shut up and let you enjoy some fantastic reads!

Time for Some Goodies…

“Without further ado and blah blah,” here are this Sunday’s kick-ass SuperPosts on all things Social Media, Blogging Tips, SEO, Internet Marketing, Traffic Building, Online Money Making Tools and more.

Social Media

So you want your brand, your blog, and your business to grow, don’t you? Yep, I’m with you. Despite what some of us might claim, we all want growth of some type, otherwise we wouldn’t be working late into the night…

In their book of the same name, the Brains on Fire team make the following statement: You should want people to love or hate you, because it gives you something worth talking about. Like is a deathtrap…

Call me a social media addict, if you will. It’s hard to do business online these days without getting on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. In fact, it may even be almost impossible… unless you’ve got killer search engine…

When someone asks what the fastest way to grow traffic to a website is, first I tell them they’re asking the wrong question. Wanting to know the “fastest” or “easiest” way to do anything is a sure route to failure…

Are you overlooking some of the most powerful influencers on the social web?  Let’s find out. Traditionally, there has been a 1-9-90 rule when it come to creating and consuming content: There’s a new element…

Over at his excellent Convince and Convert blog, Jay Baer shares a post on how he feels white folks are the majority in social media. This feeling is based on his experience at the recent South by Southwest festival…

Blogging Tips

I confess. I am a random creative, about as right-brained as you can get. In high school, I aced the verbal section of the SAT’s. But man, I hated the math and science questions. You know, the ones like: Tom is taller…

You’re desperate for me to read your blog. I can tell. You’ve Tweeted the link, submitted it to SERPd and implored me to click your Facebook like button. But guess what? You may as well stop wasting my time and yours…

Do you wish you could tap into the minds of your readers and figure out exactly what they want to read on your blog? You can…let’s run through how. Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools as a blogger…

If you talk to  Howie Goldfarb anywhere – Twitter, here on his guest posts, or over at his own blog, you’ll know that he’s fixated on one thing. (Well, actually he’s fixated on many things, but one thing kept coming…

Passionate people are extra-ordinary and that is precisely what most bloggers want to be. The one thing that can take your blogging efforts to another level is passion. Be real. Be you. Show everyone what makes you tick…

Many times when you live abroad, the most common question you get is ‘what is your story, how did you end up here?’ The truth is that most people who ask you this question don’t really care about your life story…

By now, you probably know I am a total Kindle addict. I think every blogger can use a Kindle device (read my post on why I think all bloggers need Kindle). I use it all the time and I read about it all the time. I love…

Guest posting! The highway to unbridled blogging success! Nab yourself a spot on an A-List blog and suddenly it’s your name in lights. Traffic, engagement, the undying adulation of the unwashed masses…

Online Money Making Tools

On Friday, I received an email from the New York Times telling me, that as a subscriber, I now have the option to get my news on my phone or iPad and that they’re going to begin charging for that news. My first reaction…

On January 15th, 2001, a revolutionary website launched with a simple goal: to provide a home for the world’s knowledge. The aim was ambitious, but that wasn’t what captured the imagination – what grabbed people…

SEO

Keyword Optimization really works. March 2, 2011, I wrote How to Connect Twitter to Facebook. In 12 days (could have been sooner, but I didn’t check until 3/12), I ended up on the first page of Google search results…

Concurrent with SXSWi in Austin, Texas this weekend was the TECHmunch event for food bloggers run by Babette Pepaj of Bakespace. Babette rounded up a stellar cast of characters to present…

Traffic Building

If there was any doubt in your mind that making connections on Twitter can be good for your business, that doubt is about to get a massive beat down. Enter Triberr. My friend Dino Dogan of DIYBlogger.net along with Dan Cristo…

Internet Marketing

If the money was in the list’ then Santa would be the Top Affiliate every year, But he’s not is he?! We’ve all heard the expression ‘The Money is in the List’ but let me tell you that unless you are…

MishMash

When asked as a young child what I was going to do when I grew up, my response was: “I’M GONNA WEAR A SUIT, CARRY A BRIEFCASE AND GO TO WORK!” I always knew I was going to do my own thing, that I didn’t…

One of the brilliant things about working online as a VA is that you get to work one-on-one with so many different and amazing people. They come from all different walks of life, countries, backgrounds…

Mozilla Firefox, even though already fast can always be just a tad bit faster. In this article you will learn some quick and easy tips and tweaks you can learn and apply today to increase the speed of Firefox by 50x…

Becoming the first ever solo-female author under the acclaimed George Barna literary imprint intimidated me. Can I influence men? Can I play in the boy’s field? I had all these thoughts when I was offered

Over the past few hours alone, I have seen people using their online profiles to clearly indicate who they are. One lady called herself a visionary. A guy called himself a thought leader. Many referred to themselves…

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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 nittyGriddy.com - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

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  • http://www.WaxingUnLyrical.com Shonali Burke

    Griddy!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! So sorry to be late. I was working all day yesterday (and today) and just stopping to take a breather. Congrats on all the good overwhelming. You are such a nice person – you deserve it.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Shonali my dear – you are never late! This blog is your blog and I’ll always be happy to see you stop by – whenever you want! Plus, these posts are going nowhere lol ;) .

      Wow – sounds like you’re the one who’s overwhelmed. Best of luck to you with all your work. Hope you get everything you need to done on time.

      And thank you so much for the kind compliment. I would say the same of you and more!

      Have a great week.
      Cheers

  • http://twitter.com/YesVictory Edwin

    Hey Ingrid! Thanks for the mention, you rock! :)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      My pleasure Edwin :) . And thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/skypulsemedia Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    I love that link towards the end 4 ways women can influence men. Doesn’t Booze, Sex, and Flirting work? Great list as always Ingrid.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Howie,

      I’m glad you like these roundups :) .
      And yes – I would say that would definitely be influencer’s as well haha. But it works both ways with these ;) .

      Thanks for the smile today Howie.
      Cheers

  • Erica Allison

    Ingrid, you have the biggest heart for sure! I agree with John F up there…if I had to keep up with the many comments and guest posts, etc, I don’t know how I would do it! But you do, and with care and grace…so very nice. And I too use the pen and paper…extra fine sharpie (black) and my moleskin journal. :-)

    By the way, did you miss my post last week on Special Sauce? Well, you were mentioned as having that ‘something special’. Busy as you are, it’s understandable that you missed it…but I’m going to give you the link here so you can feel even more ‘overwhelmed’, but in a good way! ; ) http://www.allisondevelopmentgroup.com/blog/2011/03/whats-your-special-sauce/

    Thanks as always for lifting up your community and for sharing some seriously good posts each and every Sunday. I look forward to them so I can catch up on what I missed. Many blessings to you, Griddy!

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Erica,

      Well – it seems I’m about a year late in replying and I truly am sorry for the wait. I just hate to keep good folks such as yourself waiting so I’m really grateful to you for your patience and for your awesome comment here :) .

      You have just put the biggest smile on my face with what you said and I’m truly flattered that you think so highly of me. I will try not to disappoint you and my amazing community here.

      I had the chance to read your Special Sauce post and I loved it. I think you will see how much tomorrow ;) . I also didn’t get a chance to properly thank you for mentioning me in there and using my blog as an example – and amongst such other incredible writers – YaY and thank you :) )). Honored!

      I’m glad you enjoy these roundups – I think you will like tomorrow’s as well :) . Some really great reads – one of which may look very familiar to you.

      Have a good weekend.
      Cheers

  • http://twitter.com/lifeforinstance Life, for instance

    Griddy,
    Thanks Girl! You’ve just added to MY positive overwhelm LOL. I’m deeply honored by the mention.
    And I apologize for not fully understanding the comment you made on my site (possibly because I was so happy you were there I wasn’t thinking clearly :o )

    You said:” there was a time when I would write when I was feeling overwhelmed or stressed out because of the bad. But now, because of my writing, I’ve been overwhelmed with good.”

    I TOTALLY get it! When I went to university and was away from home for the first time, I used my writing to deal with everything! In fact, it was then I became a poet. [Wasn't THAT poetic!?! Nope- I'm not a poet anymore] but I understand what you were saying. What once RESCUED you from overwhelm is now the CAUSE of it! LOL Isn’t that a beautiful ironic twist!

    Do you ever feel like you’re in the Twilight Zone because things in your life are going so well? My new definition of success: When you feel like you’re in the Twilight Zone and then you realize you’re not – that THIS IS YOUR LIFE!

    Now I’m off to check out your links, especially the one about Guest Posts, as we have one today! Thanks again for gathering all of these in one place! The Blogosphere is a big and scary place :o
    Lori

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Ahlan Lori :)

      You’re most welcome and thank you for the inspiration :) . It was a great post and I’m glad I could add to your positive overwhelm with my little mention here.

      You were a poet? Me TOO! :) )
      I started writing poetry before anything else. I use to love it and it was my passion through out high school. It’s unfortunate that I no longer do so – cause in all honesty – I wasn’t so bad at it. Well – that’s what my professors use to say at least. One of them always tried to convince me to publish what I wrote but when you’re 14 and 15 – it doesn’t sound too enticing to you to share your life publicly in a book.

      “What once RESCUED you from overwhelm is now the CAUSE of it!” – I love how you put it this way. YES – that’s exactly what I meant!!! Thank you for putting it into better words for me :) .

      When it comes to blogging – I’d like to think that things are going at a good pace and hopefully moving upwards. Of course – there’s so much further I want to go with this blog and my presence online but one step at a time I guess lol.

      I really hope you enjoyed these links. I’m so sorry for my late reply. I think my overwhelm and my amnesia got the best of me lol. I really appreciate you being so patient.

      I will have some more links for you in a few hours so if you’re up for more reading homework – definitely stop by at some point.

      Thanks again for your wonderful comment. Make sure to let us know if your poetic side kicks in again – I know I’d love to read your work.

      Happy weekend to ya.
      Cheers

  • http://www.omnificdesign.com.au/ GraphicDesignMelbourne

    Hi, Ingrid.

    I would love to be overwhelmed soon. ;) But, so far, it’s still peaceful at my end of things and I am not complaining, I like to take things slow and steady anyway. Right now, it is enough for me that I am getting to know more and more great people everyday because of the bloggers that I already have had the fortune of knowing and your roundups have been great resources for me in meeting these people. So, a big thanks goes out to you and to all bloggers out there who are so generous with their time, their thoughts and with the blogs they’ve read over the weeks. ;)

    - Wes -

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Wes,

      I’m so sorry for the late reply. I think my amnesia got the best of me lol. I really appreciate your patience.

      The blogging overwhelm can sometimes sneak up on you without you noticing. It sure as heck doesn’t happen overnight – but it often happens so quickly that it seems like it.

      I’m so happy you find these roundups useful – I really do try my best to provide a good selection for people to enjoy and hopeful find useful as well.

      You are much too kind you with words here and I share the same sentiment when it comes to meeting some exceptional folks and bloggers. I guess all in all – many of us are fortunate to have each other :) .

      Thanks so much for your supportive words.
      Wishing you the best of luck with your blog and everyday work and life.

      Cheers

  • http://franstips.com/2011/03/ Fran Aslam

    Hi Ingrid:
    As a blogger, once I am done my work of the day, my job is to read and read. You know what do I read blog post, so much that I noticed that I am ignoring my blog, I simply add posts to my blog and that is it.
    But some how at this blog, I like the blog and the blogger. This blogger has a whole personality, like human beings, without influence, just simple caring one. I hope it stays just like that and you may still read all comments and reply to them. Your round up is informative and cool. I did like your selection and read some of it. Thank you. For Sunday, your post can cover the world of blogging for me.
    See you again
    Fran A

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Fran,

      Thanks so much for what you said about me. I really appreciate it. I’m happy that you like this blog and the blogger behind it :) . I really do try my best to keep you guys captivated all while writing about topics that interest me.

      I have no plans on changing the way I do things around here. I may just be slower at times but I’ll still reply.

      Enjoy the great reads. I hope you find a few useful.
      Have a nice week.

      Cheers

      • http://franstips.com/2011/03/ Fran Aslam

        Hi Ingrid:
        I love your response to my comment, it makes me happy that I made you feel good for few moments. Keep up with your lovelies, and you will be loved.
        Fran A

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Ingrid,

    An awesome round-up here.

    I feel overwhelmed at times but use a similar technique: I write down what needs to get done, providing myself with a tangible reminder of the tasks that need to be accomplished. Helps me immeasurably, along with being grateful for being so busy ;)

    Thanks for sharing and have a powerful day!

    RB

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ryan,

      Nice to see you here and thank you for sharing with us what you do. Seems like you and I are somewhat alike when it comes to writing stuff down. It sure as heck helps doesn’t it?!.

      Hope to see you around these parts more often.
      Have a great week.

      Cheers

  • http://hustlersnotebook.com Jk Allen

    Hey Griddy!

    I too have been feeling that sensation of overwhelm as of late. My blog has been growing, and with that comes in an boost in comments and emails. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t take time on replying to each – so I do it. On top of that, still connecting with other great folks online and offline as well as most important priorities: my family (wife and 3 kids: 7, 5, 2 y/o). AND – I work full time. No full time blogger for this hustler. So I can relate some. Now, I realize that our situations are different – I don’t want to pump myself up at being on your fabulous level – BUT – for my little world – I certainly can relate to the feeling of overwhelm.

    The reason I’m starting to feel this way is because since I’ve started my blog (8 months), it’s all starting to come together. It’s starting to make sense. With this realization, I’ve been making certain moves, hoping for certain results – and I’ve been getting them at levels that I didn’t expect to come so quickly. It’s a good thing for sure.

    It’s certainly great being mentioned by our friend Marcus. Each time he mentions me I feel a sense of accomplishment. Because he’s no average Joe. HE’S THE MAN and my friend!

    PEACE

    • http://www.thesaleslion.com/ Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      You’re too kind JK. The feeling is mutual brother. BTW, did you see Danny Brown’s post mentioned in the above? You’re name came up a few times in comments…great discussion going on with that article.

      Thanks again bud.

      • http://hustlersnotebook.com Jk Allen

        Hey Marcus – yes, I did see Danny Browns article. I read the article on Saturday and only this morningn got on there to comment. In doing so I noticed that John Mark and even Danny had mentioned my name. And again, that overwhelm that Miss Griddy speaks about surfaced in me again!

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Well you deserve every bit of it JK :) .

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Mufasa,

        It’s not that he’s too kind – although he is – it’s that he’s 100% right! I will second what JK said and then some! ;)

        Cheers P…..t

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey JK,

      I have no doubt that your blog will continue to grow even more and faster. You’re really doing a fantastic job and it’s great to see your named being mentioned more and more – whether in comments or blog posts.

      I’m like you – I want to do my best to reply to everyone and everything. But sometimes I’m a little later – especially recently but things should be back to normal soon. Connecting with new bloggers has got to be one of the best parts. But that also means more blogs to read and more people to make time to get to know.

      Everyone has their own level of “overwhelm” and maybe even their own way of dealing with it. what works for one may not work for the other.

      Wow – 3 kids :) ?! That’s great! God bless you all.

      And believe me – my level is fun and fabulous – but I still have a long ways to go. I’m still learning the ropes to a lot of this but I’m enjoying the ride especially when I have people such as yourself and many others next to me. It’s what makes the journey all the more worthwhile. And you are too kind to speak so highly of me – I am humbled and very much flattered by your support.

      It’s pretty amazing that after 8 months you can see the pieces come together and see some kind of reward with all the effort you’ve been putting into your blogging. It’s a wonderful feeling and although it may have taken months to get there it sometimes feels like it creeped up on you all of sudden. But then we realize that what happens this week or the next is an accumulation of all the work that has been done over the last months.

      Marcus – well…he’s just way up there in my book. Besides being an amazing writer and storyteller, he’s just an incredible human being and friend. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him more and more recently and much like you said – he’s no average Joe. He’s MUFASA! lol That’s what I call him actually.

      Thank you for your WOW comment JK – much like every one of yours that I’ve read so far – whether here or elsewhere. It’s really a pleasure to have you as a part of this community. You bring such value with you.

      Cheers to your continued success.

      • http://hustlersnotebook.com Jk Allen

        I JUST HAD to come back and say thanks for such a nice reply Griddy. How in the world do you find time! Seriously, thank you. (no need to reply, but I JUST HAD to say thank you)!

  • http://www.expatlifecoach.com/blog John Falchetto

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! youpee da youpee do! My happy dance here, for remembering and writing down on your list to put me in your Superpost.

    First things, I also use an ink pen and notebook to make my lists. Call me old fashion but it just feels better and easier.Pen and paper also when I mindmap my goals. I have used online software and it looks nice but I prefer pen and paper, faster, and more intuitive.

    I am AMAZED on how you keep track of all the comments on your blog and who to thank. Seriously if I had half the comments you get on your posts, I would quit my day job, quit sleeping and spend my time just trying to keep up with the comment deluge you have.

    Thanks for inspiring us all to be better bloggers and also better people by helping each other online.

    Now I’m hungry off to find some dinner.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey you sound just like Dora with that little song hehehe ;)
      I just love getting happy dances John – makes my day to see I may have done a little something to make another person I admire happy.

      Looks like you and I will have to defend each other if anyone teases us about our old fashioned ways. Much like you – it just makes it easier for me – plus I can carry it around easier and my little notepad fits in a purse haha.

      I’m sure I’ve missed a few comments and thank you’s here and there but I honestly try my best. The comments I get here are nothing compared to other folks who also go out of their way to reply.

      I should be thanking you my friend. Its people like you John who make ME what to be a better blogger. And helping each other is only natural. That’s how we learn and become friends :) .

      Hope you enjoyed your dinner.
      It’s always such a pleasure to read one of your super comments Mr. Falchetto.
      Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

      Cheers

      • http://www.expatlifecoach.com/blog John Falchetto

        Please drop the Mr. Falchetto Next you will be calling me 2mu :)

        I don’t carry a purse but the little molleskin notepad sure is useful and since I can be a bit adventurous, it doesn’t risk breaking by falling down, or the oh so familiar “but I though your iPad could float?”

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          LMAO

          You know I’m thinking of a nickname for ya don’t ya?! I will have one soon. Watch out! lol

          I hear ya – really – they’re just so much more practical. Well, at least for me and you! And just think – when you go climbing – if it falls from you – no worries! ;) And if you’re wondering why on earth you’d be carrying your notepad on a climb – well – maybe it’s just where some of the best ideas could come from – when you’re just hangin’!

          Merci ya John

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com/ Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

    So yes, I have been a bit slower than usual lately but no worries, I’m on the ball!

    Griddy?? ‘On the ball’?? Now, now….. ;-)

    But seriously, I’ve come to genuinely look forward to this post every Sunday, as it’s one of a very few items on the web that I look at before I get notification in my inbox, as it’s that good.

    Now to you and all this attention. It’s funny how blogging works. For 99% of us, we start off, with no traffic and likely no connections, and more than anything we want to be read. We want to be noticed. We want to be recognized for producing good ‘stuff’. But then, all of the sudden, when it happens, we find ourselves in a new position….one with the pressure of maintaining that image. It’s actually a very interesting cycle, as you and I are going through this phase together, at an unusually similar pace….but for me personally it’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one that has runs the gambit of emotions. (I’m not sure if that paragraph makes any sense but no doubt you’ll understand Griddy)

    But let me just say publicly it’s my opinion that you’ve only scratched the surface of this blog and of your writing potential. It’s kinda like that kid on the playground that is playing with all the kids, but when you walk up on the group for the first time, the kid just stands out and you know he/she is going to be special.

    That’s the course you’re on Griddy.

    And the fact that you take the time each Sunday to reflect a little and then give all of the attention to other great people, writers, and thinkers is just one more reason why you’re headed in the direction you are. People come here and leave GREAT comments because you make them think, laugh, question, search, and reach higher. This, in reality, is what an ‘A-lister’, or whatever you call it, is all about.

    So thanks for all you do Griddy. Thanks for your kindness to others. And thanks, of course, for being such a friend and support.

    Marcus

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com/ Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

    So yes, I have been a bit slower than usual lately but no worries, I’m on the ball!

    Griddy?? ‘On the ball’?? Now, now….. ;-)

    But seriously, I’ve come to genuinely look forward to this post every Sunday, as it’s one of a very few items on the web that I look at before I get notification in my inbox, as it’s that good.

    Now to you and all this attention. It’s funny how blogging works. For 99% of us, we start off, with no traffic and likely no connections, and more than anything we want to be read. We want to be noticed. We want to be recognized for producing good ‘stuff’. But then, all of the sudden, when it happens, we find ourselves in a new position….one with the pressure of maintaining that image. It’s actually a very interesting cycle, as you and I are going through this phase together, at an unusually similar pace….but for me personally it’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one that has runs the gambit of emotions. (I’m not sure if that paragraph makes any sense but no doubt you’ll understand Griddy)

    But let me just say publicly it’s my opinion that you’ve only scratched the surface of this blog and of your writing potential. It’s kinda like that kid on the playground that is playing with all the kids, but when you walk up on the group for the first time, the kid just stands out and you know he/she is going to be special.

    That’s the course you’re on Griddy.

    And the fact that you take the time each Sunday to reflect a little and then give all of the attention to other great people, writers, and thinkers is just one more reason why you’re headed in the direction you are. People come here and leave GREAT comments because you make them think, laugh, question, search, and reach higher. This, in reality, is what an ‘A-lister’, or whatever you call it, is all about.

    So thanks for all you do Griddy. Thanks for your kindness to others. And thanks, of course, for being such a friend and support.

    Marcus

  • http://live-your-love.com/ Brankica U

    Hey Ingrid,

    thanks for including me and my Kindle post :) I am going to add this to my “mentions” list. I created a page the other day (copied the idea from Tristan and Elise) where I list all posts that mention me. Guess who loves me the most :) THANK YOU!!!

    Anyway, as usually with these lists people say thanks I will check them out. But although I think that I won’t say it like that. I am actually gonna say that I loved Gini’s and Elise’s post. I haven’t read most of these and the 4 posts I have opened in new tabs, that I will read as soon as I post the comment are Marcus the Lion, Joey, Blogging labs and Guide Goods.

    I definitely need some help with Firefox, cause seems I crashed it with too many add ons, it is just not working the way it should, so I am using Chrome for browsing lately.

    Again, thanks for the mention and off to do some reading.

    Kisses from Roma and me :*

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Sharpy

      What can I say :) ?! It looks like you’re gonna need to dedicate an entire page for me and my mentions of you cause at this rate you’re gonna need page 2 very soon my dear. You keep kicking ass and it’s only normal of me to mention you and your work.

      As for your mentions page – I had tried doing that a while back but then stopped it cause I wasn’t sure which one’s would count as mentions and which ones would count as a little more than that. I got all confused and maybe a little lazy and stopped. And although I often try to save some of the posts that mention me in a bookmark folder that I have – I’m sure I’ve missed many :( . But I think it’s a fantastic idea. For now, I just have the guest posts I’ve written on a page here – but once my new design is done I hope it will look better – if not – I may come running to you for help and hire ;) .

      Some great reads here as always. Oddly enough – it’s my Chrome that has been crashing a lot lately and not my Firefox – I was thinking of using Firefox more again for that reason but most of my main bookmarks on this pc are in chrome :( .

      Enjoy the reads.
      Talk to you soon

      Big hugs to you and Roma – I bet she’s grown a bit now eh?

  • http://www.techwork.dk Thomas

    Hi Ingrid
    Thank you very much for mention me in this week’s SuperPost Sunday. It means a lot for a little fish like me :-) These SuperPost Sunday include so much great stuff that it will take me hours or even days to check it all out. That is actually what I have decided to do for the next week. I will put all the great links in my “Follow up” bookmark folder for now and use the time that it deserve for the next couple of days.
    Have an awesome Sunday Ingrid

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Thomas,

      My pleasure. Thanks for including me in your list :) .

      You’re right on both counts :) – these are all great reads – in my opinion – and they will take some time to go through. Your method of saving them your Follow Up folder is pretty smart. I’ve been doing some of that saving as well lately. I was recently introduced to Instapaper by a good friend – not sure if you’re familiar with it or not but it does come in very handy for saving links for later. Check it out.

      Thanks for dropping by. Appreciated.
      Cheers

      • http://www.techwork.dk Thomas

        Hey Ingrid
        Thanks for the tip about Instapaper. I have never heard about that one before. I will put that one in my “Follow up” folder ;-)

        See you around

  • Judy

    Ingrid,

    Thanks for the mention. Again. (Very humbling.) : )

    Yes, I have felt overwhelmed lately. Been writing tons of posts and, at the same time, dealing with a parent’s death. I just have to say that Danny Brown’s post on his own blog, “Precious Time” really spoke to me this past week. About taking time to step back and figure out what is really important.

    My answer to overload is to take a no-social-media day. Very refreshing because I actually get to be alone with my own thoughts.

    Thanks for all you do on this awesome blog. : )

    • http://twitter.com/lifeforinstance Life, for instance

      Sorry for your loss Judy! Losing a parent is very hard!
      Lori

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Judy,

      I loved your post – much like each one of yours that I’ve read so far :) . You have a fantastic way with words and always whip out some top notch content and analogies.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences. May they rest in peace. You must be going through a very difficult time and I hope you find the strength and courage that you need.

      As for Danny’s post – I couldn’t agree more! He and his post were the inspiration behind my last week’s SuperPost where I spoke of a similar topic. If you get the chance – I’d love for you to read it.

      Wishing you lots of health and continued success.
      Cheers

  • http://www.informationjunkiesanonymous.com Ryah Albatros

    It’s wonderful to see you so happy with all the great things that are happening to you, it makes me smile.

    So what do I do when I’m overwhelmed: Well, if it’s ‘bad’ overwhelm I withdraw, I don’t write or anything, I just go completely quiet. And good overwhelm has the same effect in some instances, say if I’ve been asked to do something and in the excitement of the moment I agree, and then realise I can’t keep my word for some reason.

    I am learning to be more upfront and just tell people when things have got too much for me, but it’s not always easy.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ryah,

      I have to say it has been a great feeling lately – and it definitely compensates for some other things.

      Funny how you and I are alike – I sometimes do nothing as well if it’s bad overwhelm.
      I think being upfront is admirable. Or at least let them know of the delay in time due to other things that you still need to finish up. The last few invites to guest posts I received – I had to let my host know that I would need some time and that I hope it was inconveniencing their schedule. The last thing I want to do is set a date and not deliver accordingly. Yikes – which remind me lol.

      Thanks a lot for sharing Ryah. It’s a really a pleasure seeing your comments here.

      Happy Monday
      Cheers

  • http://billdorman.wordpress.com Bill Dorman

    I would drown in trying to respond to everyone and that would be bad wouldn’t it? Whatever model our friend @GiniDietrich is using, copy it. She’s like everyone’s best friend and it’s legitimate. You are in that same mold and I hope you can maintain the pace.

    I’m really responding because I hope someday to have enough comments that I actually rate a picture on your wall of fame ‘talkers of the month’. What’s up with that anyway; I know my Avatar is a little stiff so maybe I can get a cool one like your new one. Hey, what a great idea; I’ll use your photo to drive traffic to my site……………….

    You da best; great post, great info, just all around greatness. How’s that, @Brankica would be proud as I have butt kissin’ down to an art.

    Have a great week.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Howdy Bill,

      I don’t know where that Howdy came from but I wanted to change it up a bit haha.
      I believe that replying to comments is a must! And in all honesty – I enjoy doing it and I’m thankful that they’re there – the more the merrier :) .

      As for Gini – you’re right – stalking her is a great idea. Heck, I’m even thinking of changing my haircut to look more like her hahaha ;) .

      I’m officially LMAO at you using my photo to drive more traffic :) . At your rate my friend – I have no doubt that you will be exceeding many of us when it comes to comments – you’re everywhere I go and I think it’s great that you take the time to share your views on so many posts and that you get to know the authors along the way. You will find that one you give people the time of day – they will give it right back to you.

      Hope this roundup lets you discover some new blogs. I do my best to include some of the great reads that I come across during the week. As for the butt kissin’ – hell I’ll take it haha. But I know you’re genuine in what you say so I’m taking your kind words as a compliment instead hehe.

      Happy Sunday to you Bill.
      See you again soon I hope
      Cheers

  • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

    Aka Aunt Gini. LOL!

    I’m also laughing at you using mechanical pencils. I know when you wrote that, you knew I’d laugh at you!

    But I do have to say, I’m impressed by how you keep track of things you need to comment on or thank people. I use my inbox for that, but it’s not always very effective. I may try your pencil and paper idea!

    xoxo

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      You bet your bottom dollar that when I wrote that I was thinking of you and a couple others people ;) . I was gonna call you out but I figured a few more would join you in laughing at me so I wanted to be fair hahaha.

      And of course it’s aka Aunt Gini – actually – as I said in my comment on Jim’s post – it might now be aka Aunt Gini “DD” ;) .

      As for how I keep track – I know it sounds silly but I do have a little notebook with me a lot of the time and since I love to write in general – it just makes sense for me to jot things down as I go. Plus with a pencil – I can erase and I can feel I’m in school all over again lol. Oh, and I rpefer my handwriting with pencil than with pen – crazy, I know!

      Thanks for being you Gin :)
      Always happy to talk with you.

      Ciao

  • http://www.itinerantentrepreneur.com/journal/ Robert Dempsey

    Hi Ingrid thanks tons for the mention. Now to answer your questions.

    I do feel overwhelmed by the awesomeness that people send my way in the form of comments, emails, Skype conversations, and assistance. And there’s only one thing to do in those instances – keep telling people how awesome they are!

    As counterintuitive as it may seem to many, I find that promoting others, and promoting them first, leads only to good things. There is no fear of a loss of authority, traffic, or something else we’re told that we “need” to succeed. That’s a bunch of crap. Unless you’re promoting shady people that don’t care about others, it always comes back in spades.

    So get out there and promote the awesome people around you!

    Thanks again Ingrid.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Robert,

      Thank you for that great comment. I appreciate you sharing what you do and how you feel – and I couldn’t agree more. Promoting others for their efforts can and WILL only lead to good things. I do this roundup because it’s my way of thanking folks for their writing. If an article is here it means it inspired me. It means I learned something. It means it’s well-written…And if that’s the case, then hell – as many people as possible should read it and if I can help out in some way, I most certainly will.

      It’s not the traffic that makes you a success – it’s the people you meet along the way that you take the time to get to know and learn from who also take the time to get to know you. That to me is a great success. And when they mention you or refer to you in their comments and blog posts – then you know you’re doing something right.

      Much like you, I’m surrounded with awesomeness and it’s an incredible feeling :) .

      Thanks so much for stopping by Robert.
      Happy Sunday to you.

      Cheers