SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #29

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Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you all had a terrific weekend.

Mine was pretty much the same…relaxing but tiring, hectic yet lazy, fun although nothing special. I guess it depends on the hour, right? 😉

Well, I’ve got quite the SuperPosts for you this week. 26 of them actually!

Don’t gasp, you don’t HAVE to read all of them – although if you’ve got some time to kill, I’d recommend that you do.

Plus, it’s not my fault really. I’m not looking to give myself more work or anything. It’s just that I came across some valuable reads and I couldn’t possibly keep them from you.

But before you go ahead and skip to the links, I’ve got a couple things to tell ya…

Disqus Adds New Conversation Booster

I know many of you are fans of the ComLuv and Livefyre commenting systems – as am I. But for some reason, I’m still using Disqus. And to my surprise, they’ve just added a fabulous new option which was one of Livefyre’s trademark’s to being with; the @mention.

That’s right – in case you haven’t noticed from blogs such as mine, Aaron Lee’s, Mark Schaefer’s, Social Media Examiner’s…you can now inform those folks you’ve mentioned in a comment that you have. It works the same way as Livefyre and in all honesty, I think it’s great. It should further encourage the discussion and entice people to stop by the blog in which they’ve been mentioned.

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Now all I need them to do is add the real time feature (for free) and the link to last post option (like ComLuv), and I’ll be the happiest blog commenter ever!

It’s something I’ve been thinking of a lot of lately and I was actually having fun working on a little comment system project of my own which would incorporate all the popular commenting systems into one – a three in one if you like. But of course – the name I came up with is way cooler ;)!

Anyhow, make sure to give it a go here so that you can call your friends to come over and hang at the Grid house ;). And speaking of the Grid house, last week Mufasa and Dino brought up similar points in which they said this blog’s comment section was like a “chat room” or Monica’s apartment in “Friends” where everyone comes to hang out and talk.

It’s funny cause that’s sort of how I see it too. A kind of “Central Perk” for smart and like-minded folks who like to mingle about meaningful things all while having a fun time learning from and about each other.

I know it may sound silly but if you think about it for a minute – you’ll see that it makes a ton of sense. Now all I need is a “Gunther” to bring you guys coffee and cupcakes while you’re here ;).

On Being a Lifestyle Entrepreneur…

Speaking of coffee, I’d love it if you grabbed a cup and headed over to my friend Troy Claus’s blog where I published my latest guest post. Some of you may have already read it, but if you haven’t, I promise that you won’t be bored.

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It’s my personal story about being a Trep and the things I’ve done to get to where I am today. It might not be very far, but it’s somewhere to start with nonetheless.

Before you start thinking that I’ve left you with a 3,000 word novel…I haven’t! I made all 1,600 words nice and spicy for ya and even talked a little about Trekkie’s ;).

So if you’re like me and believe in profit from passion, you might agree with some of the choices I made and the things I said. And if you’re not – I still want you to join the conversation and share your thoughts and story – because I know you have one.

Alright…I’ve done enough yapping talking. I think you’re much more interested in the article selections I have for you.

Time for the Goods…

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

Social Media

Kathryn sat at her desk watching her Twitter stream on TweetDeck.  There were a couple of people talking about a movie; she hesitated to jump in, because she had been watching for while. It always stressed her out, to feel like a lurker…

AOL and Nielsen recently released a report with some interesting numbers regarding gender and communications styles in social media. The report is concerned about how gender should be best addressed in social media marketing…

My blog is often inspired by things that happen in my real life. It is easier to tell something from experience than to make things up. Sometimes those things which happen in real life make me want to scream…

You have a great product, a great start-up that can do wonders, a real prospect, now how do you promote that? Social media experts will tell you to post it on Twitter, and then millions of people will flood…

A movement exists to quantify everyone’s social media strength across diverse social networks and blogs. This widespread strength is a sign of true influence, argue social media gurus. Perhaps from a mass consumer…

A little over a week ago I finally caved and joined the Empire Avenue bandwagon.  The site is similar to a stock market, in that the idea is that you ‘invest’ in others by buying and selling shares in them.  As is always the case…

Blogging Tips

This is my 500th blog post. It snuck up on me. I’m sorry that I don’t have anything particularly profound to say to commemorate this milestone, but I thought I would address a question I hear constantly…

Blogging in a crowded niche is tough, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to start a blog in a crowded niche. What it does mean is that there are lots of people interested in the subject and that you can potentially make money…

Site Sketch 101 has slowly been evolving into the beast that you see here today. During its nearly two years of existence, it’s acquired about 4,000 subscribers. That hasn’t happened by accident, but rather, from an intentional…

I ran across an amazing fact the other day. Most people quit blogging in the first 2-3 months. That crazy statistic smacked me right between the eyeballs. At last count, there were 31 million blogs in the U.S…

You can read all the blogging advice in the world, but none of it matters unless you take action. To set your blog up to be a massive success, you have to ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work…

It was only a few years ago that I had it all TWISTED. Not with blogging, but with life. I identified success by the amount of money I made. Call me crazy, but I’m keeping it real with you. I was a fool! I’m not materialistic…

“Success doesn’t happen overnight – especially when it comes to Blogging, but simply going out there and ‘being consistent’ isn’t going to get you anywhere. Not if you don’t have the right focus, the right drive…

Growing a successful blog takes hard work. But is hard work enough? As a blogger today one of the best things you can do to help your blog succeed is being able to adapt, adapting to new tools, new ideas, new behaviors…

I can remember well in Nov of 2009 just how I felt when I published my first blog article here on TSL. It was without question such an exciting and invigorating experience. With boundless enthusiasm, I could see massive…

How often are you commenting on blogs? I took a little break last few weeks, because I was too busy, but I am back to blog hopping as much as I can. So I noticed stuff that I don’t really like. And I want to make…


I recently found the most incredible service to help me automate the mundanely exciting task of pinging backlinks, and like many of the tools and services I use in my Link Building campaigns, it is completely free…


Some of you reading this aren’t going to agree with me.  What normally happens on blog posts is that people who don’t agree with the post generally hop to another blog without leaving a comment. Please don’t do that…

It’s been said, that the hardest words in the English language are I love you and I’m sorry. Last week a colleague no-showed for a scheduled conference call. It wasn’t really that big of a deal, because I was at my desk…

When you start blogging, you usually do it for one of two reasons – you have something to say and want to share it, or you read other blogs and enjoy how they can be used for growing a brand; a business…

I was pissed. It was 1998.  I was 14.  I had just put the finishing touches on my 90?s style bangs, sculpting and spraying them into the perfect 360 degree fan – you remember the kind where the top half curls backward…

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? How much information do you gather before making a decision? How much more information do you need before taking action on that decision? Are you afraid of being as successful…

I just had my first piece of press written about the Roller Coaster Tour thanks to the Muskegon Chronicle! Muskegon is where I’m beginning the tour so I naturally contacted them first. I got some interesting…

The most wonderful relationships can run their course; the greatest love affairs can go sour; the sweetest friendships can meet a bitter end and even the most invincible people may leave each other through death…

Opportunity is swimming all around us. It brushes your nose as you walk down the road, it floats around your head like a ring of Saturn. It never leaves you alone, always poking away, reminding you of those dreams…

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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.

  • Travel! Round the Globe

    This blog Is very informative , I am really pleased to post my comment on this blog .

  • Colon Cleansing

    Youve got style, class, bravado. I mean it. Please keep it up because without the internet is definitely lacking in intelligence

  • larry77889


    This is a great post  ,I bought some really cool  iphone case , will you try it?

  • Lena

    I enjoyed the Super post, what a host of information. I don’t have disqus on my blog or commentluv, seemed complicated as a newbie, but maybe I’ll give it another look. Thanks for the links to articles on bloggging tips, those will definitely come in handy for me.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Lena,

      Glad you enjoyed the roundup and I sure hope that some of them are useful to you in some way or other.

      Disqus and ComLuv as well as the others are pretty easy to set up so you should definitely give one of them a go. Best of luck to ya.

      Thanks for dropping by.


  • Anonymous

    I love that you call TSL Mufasa! :) great list and I’m still working my way through it. Thanks for including me (blush) and others from spin sucks. !! :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Lisa,

      Huh – for some reason I haven’t been getting notified of comments the last 2 days or so – Grrr….

      Needless to say that I loved your post my dear. You pretty much rocked it and then some.

      As for Mufasa – well…that’s his name! Jeez! Lol 😉

      Hope your week is going well and a big phat happy bday to you by the way!Hope it’s a great one – cause after all – you’re another year younger :-).

      All the best

  • Moon Hussain

    Hi Ingrid,

    I have about 7 of the suggested posts open here. Seems like you picked up on a lot of awesome stuff I haven’t had time to catch up on.

    Thanks for the collection!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Moon and welcome :),

      Glad you like this roundup. There are some great reads in here – hope you find a few that you like or come in handy for you.

      Have a great week ahead.

  • Ileane

    Hi Ingrid, I finally got back over here to your blog! Interesting to hear what Disqus is doing now. How does it notify someone that they have been mentioned? I guess through email assume – but what I mean is – will they show you the entire comment or do they just send you a link to visit the blog post? I’ll test it now with my other Twitter account to see what happens @BasicBlogTips:twitter
    I like your “Mish-Mash” category. Thanks for the rounding up some goodies for us. Chat soon!

    • Ileane

      Oh, I see how it works now. I got a Tweet from DISQUS_Mentions. It would be good if Disqus would at least tell me what blog I was mentioned on, that way I would have some idea of the urgency of my response. Otherwise, the @mention could sit there for days before I decide take a look.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        That’s a good point – I didn’t even think of that one :).

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ileane,

      Great to see you here. I really appreciate you stopping by to join the conversation.

      I was just about to answer your question – but you did so already in your other comment below haha. Sorry – my bad for being almost 2 days late to reply to you :(. It’s been a hectic week but hopefully back to normal as of tomorrow.

      The only thing that I do see though – is that when you skip lines to start a new paragraph it doesn’t always appear that way and you have to go back and edit so it’s not one bulky paragraph. Not sure if that’s a new glitch or something.

      Hope you enjoy the reads – they’re really good!

      Have a lovely evening.


  • Ileane

    Hi Ingrid, I finally got back over here to your blog! Interesting to hear what Disqus is doing now. How does it notify someone that they have been mentioned? I guess through email assume – but what I mean is – will they show you the entire comment or do they just send you a link to visit the blog post? I’ll test it now with my other Twitter account to see what happens @BasicBlogTips:twitter
    I like your “Mish-Mash” category. Thanks for the rounding up some goodies for us. Chat soon!

  • davinabrewer

    Like you I’d be happiest if comment system had these mention options along with the Comment Luv option for guest links, though I have a few more ideas for my ‘dream’ system. Just options and settings for different user controls, notifications, custom buttons. The real-time option is fun but not always ideal. And I’m kinda looking forward to your blog-off with Paul. 😉

    As always you find posts I missed or never got around to reading, like Lisa’s Apology or Brankica’s on comments… so many. Like Mack, now I’ll be even further behind. FWIW.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Oooo, I’m intrigued about your “dream system” cause the one I was having fun working on is my dream one too :)! Seriously though – how great would it be if we at least had a combination of these three – and just for you – real-time would be an extra option that you can choose if you want to hehe.

      As for my blog-off with Paul – I wasn’t aware it was on!!! Haha But I do find his idea interesting – now all I need to do is figure out when to sleep this year ;).

      I’m glad there’s a few in here that hadn’t read before – and sorry for having put you behind some more lol. But hey, just think – there’s more coming in 2 days hehe.

      Happy Friday Davina and sorry for my late reply here.

      • davinabrewer

        Not late at all.. I understand the need to sleep and shower sometime during the year. 😉 Not sure about the blog off, think someone was joking about it in comments. My dream system is just sort of a joke, something I’m kicking around in my head. It may or may not grow into a real post someday. We’ll see.My dream system is just sort of a joke, something I’m kicking around in my head. It may or may not grow into a real post someday. We’ll see.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Yes – sleep, shower, eat and rather important to me – but alas…it seems I do a lot of the last two and not much of the first :(. Oh well lol

          As for the blog-off – it was an idea from Paul Wolfe which he actually took a little further and turned it into a great post – which if I recall properly – you already read and commented on :). I left a few pennies myself on that one – just a few hehe.

          Hope your weekend is off to a good start.

          Cheers Davina


          • davinabrewer

            Yes, read Paul’s excellent post and commented.. One of us is stalking the other, think it’s you since you have an unfair time-zone advantage. 😉 Ahh sleep.. what can I tell ya, I miss naps. FWIW.

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Moi? Unfair time advantage ;)? I’m at least 7 hours ahead of you depending on where you are. Let’s just say we’re both friendly stalkers and call it even hahaha.

              Naps? Hmmm…can’t even remember the last time I had one of those :(. Oh well… 

              • davinabrewer

                I know, I miss sleep. I go on vacations and am like, forget naps and sleeping late.. there’s FUN to DO. So used to this work, work, go, go pace I don’t enjoy my relax time near as much, feel too much like a slacker when I should be DOING something. 😉 

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    This is a great roundup with so many of @ginidietrich:disqus ‘s friends! How do you spend so much time reading @Griddy:disqus . What with your Vogue fashion shoots, your guest appearances on CSI:Beirut, and your e-book tours. Plus your dancing with the stars preparation with @johnfalchetto:disqus for next season and the Uzbek themed restaurant you @troyclaus:disqus and @dannybrown:disqus are opening in the Maldives how do you have time to read and put all this great stuff together for us? Oh and don’t forget the fact you haven’t finished the democratization of the middle east and north africa yet (this really is taking too long btw) and with you being the lead negotiator for the Israel-Palestine peace process still going on (for years now why hello!!!) . And don’t forget the launch of your summer patio entertainment line with Martha Stewart and the fact you are on tour as a Super Star DJ with an Ibiza Summer Residency starting up end of June. I am exhausted just thinking of all the stuff you are juggling Ingrid!

    I think we should all be humbly grateful you find the time to put this together for us every week. Thank you!

    • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

      yep I dig the Disqus conversation implementation they stole from Livefyre! lol

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Stealing other people’s ideas and stuff form the net??!!! Why, that’s simply appalling – I didn’t think that happened! Muwahaha

    • Gini Dietrich

      WHAT?! B and @johnfalchetto:disqus are starring on Dancing with the Stars?! I am so jealous!!

      • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

        Yeah Gini, the producers took one look at smooth John F in his white shirt and said, “Get me the Expat Guy!!!”

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Will you be roaring in between dances? 😉

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Yes they are Gini. They will be starting with the Lambada and then finishing it off with a double flip and spin before they do the groove moves of the Macarena hahahaha!

    • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      Howie, that was friggin hilarious brother. Appears you’ve got that Griddy girl nailed!! 😉

      • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

        Sorry got carried away in prose. LOL You can guess my literary influences. I would miss a lot of stuff without her hard work and I bet she reads faster than me. Sigh.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Awwwww – thank you! I’m glad you like these roundups – I do try to keep them good and entertaining! :)

      • Ingrid Abboud

        I’m still finding a way to reply to him hahaha!
        I was dying of laughter – he’s wicked good eh? ;)!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      I think I read your comment about 3 times Howie :-)!!! The first time I was laughing my tooshie off – the second time I was thinking how cool it would be to actually do all those things – and the third time, I started to panic a bit at the thought of having to do all those things on TOP of blogging hahaha!

      Seriously though – I knew there’s a reason that I love it when you stop by.

      Now hear are my thoughts…

      My guest appearance on CSI Beirut was great although I was pissed about two things – first that they killed me off during that one episode and still haven’t called me back to ask me to be a regular. And second – I had asked to be on CSI Las Vegas! Grr….but I guess beggards can’t be choosers.

      As for MY Uzbek restaurant in the Maldives (beautiful islands by the way) – here’s how it’s gonna be: it was originally @dannybrown:twitter idea. Since spending last summer in Uzbekistan he came to love their food and took some cooking classes while he was there. In fact, I’m not supposed to say but Bonsai Interactive will be relocating to Uzbekistan and will also add a new service to it’s list – cooking classes.

      Oh, and DB will be the head chef at the restaurant and Troy will be the head hostess guy. But the great part is that we want to follow in the island theme and all so we thought a Hawaiian look and feel to the place would be great – so expect both of those Bonsai boys to be hula thingy’s, flower necklaces and stuff. Hahaha

      As for my other project – ambassador to the Middle East, lead negotiator for the entire region and poster girl for peace and love – well…that one is just too easy to do so it shouldn’t be too challenging (this is where the biggest sarcastic emoticon ever to have been invented would go! lol).

      Okay – I think I’ve rambled enough and my imagination has gotten the best of me hahaha. But of course – it’s nothing compared to yours Chief Alien.

      Thanks for this fantabulous comment! And sorry for the late reply!


  • SoloBizCoach

    Whoops, double post.

  • SoloBizCoach


    Do you think that DISQUS does a better job at encouraging comments than the WP comment system? I like the concept of DISQUS, but I don’t see where it is really better than a normal comment system. What am I missing?

    I really would like to adopt it, so I would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      Fred, my opinion here is that at one time, Disqus had some clear benefits over the standard wordpress, but now that the standard has replyme, I don’t think it’s as cutting edge in terms of ‘conversation’ like it used to be. But the fact that it still has ‘like’, and is adopting the Livefyre @ methodology, is a positive sign. Just my thoughts.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Thanks for stepping in here M :)! You see – that’s what I love about this little “Central Perk” of ours!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Fred,

      Please forgive my late reply to you here. It seems that Mufasa came to the rescue though and I’m thankful to him for giving you his opinion. I would agree with his take on it – although I’m sure there are a lot who will tell you they much prefer Livefyre for the conversation it entices and ComLuv for the commenter benefits that it provides. And yes – those two things are in fact great.

      In all honesty – I was planning to switch to ComLuv once I did a small redesign to this blog. But seeing this little new feature they added makes me think that they may improve some more in the near future and maybe add a few of the things the other two systems have. So I’m sticking with it for a little while longer – mainly out of fear for losing comments during the transfer hahaha – but eventually I wouldn’t mind using one of the other two!

      Each has it’s perks – but like I said – I know the other 2 are pretty neat so I would definitely check those out as well. See what works best for you and your audience. Or you could just ask them in a post :). Something I like to do when I’m not sure which way to go.

      Hope this helps you out a bit.

      Happy Friday to ya

  • Anonymous

    You should change the name of this post series to “Griddy shares her love on Sundays” 😉

    Fantastic range of bloggers and blog posts, once again, Griddy, I’m continually amazed by the efforts you go to to find all these, and then arrange them so we can read one, come back, read another, come back, etc.

    Thanks for including my GP at Mr. Falchetto’s place, he’s a top gent who didn’t hesitate to get it up there.

    Awesome GP at Troy’s house as well! I’ve shared my thoughts over there, but I’ll say it again, you are the Queen of Content. No-one else would leave such a comment on my blog that Akismet actually got scared and threatened to hide it as spam 😉

    Take care :-)

    • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      I don’t think most people realize Stu, as you so well put, just how much effort posts like these take. In fact, it would be cool if Griddy were to break down the time investment for these posts. With the tremendous amount of copying, linking, etc, I can’t imagine how long this took…..But that’s what makes Griddy so dang special.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        More work? You’re asking me to do more work?!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha
        If I actually did that M, you would think I was the biggest nerd (cool nerd that is) to ever have lived – but then again – I’m thinking you already do – so what the hell lol ;)!

        Thanks so much Mufasa.
        You’re right in that it does take time to compile and to organize and make it look somewhat good!

        • Mark Aaron Murnahan

          Yeah, Griddy, get to work calculating your work. Ha ha! Actually, it would be interesting to know, because I know how long I procrastinated that list of bloggers I put together. Maybe I am just slow and deliberate, but I think any list of good stuff takes a lot of care and time. We sure appreciate you!

          • Ingrid Abboud

            Sheesh! you too! hahaha 

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Stu,

      LOL – I like your idea my friend :)!
      I’m really grateful to you for realizing the amount of work and effort that goes into each one of these posts. It’s a week long process of compiling the posts but I do love doing it for there’s always something new that people may have missed. And yes – bookmarking these roundups comes in pretty handy – for I know they’re quite big and touch to read everything here in one shot unless you have a few hours to kill without life and all that other stuff getting in the way lol.

      Your GP at JF’s rocked the house – pretty much like each of your posts that I’ve read. You’re really doing a fantastic job! Keep it up!

      As for my GP at Troy’s – I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your comment over there and for all your support. I really could have gone on for another 2000 words but I figured I had to keep you guys awake till the end lol ;).

      As for Akismet – I’ve hung out there more times than I can count haha. But the good thing is that I get found eventually and in the meantime make a couple friends over there like Credit Repair and people as such spammers as such ahaha.

      Thanks again for dropping by and sharing your thoughts – I apologize for the late reply :(.

      Happy weekend to ya.


  • Mark Aaron Murnahan

    I like that Disqus added the “at”, but the function still seems to be just a bit buggy. I tried to include coffee-guy Gunther to get my fix, but I think your Disqus is broken. Guntherrrrrr … are you here?

    I went on a comment system tweaking binge of my own last week. I added Facebook comments, along with my Disqus. I like it, but compared chillaxin’ here in “Monica’s Apartment” it is just crickets. I think my live chat takes away a lot of the comments, but I still dig it.

    You and a few others we see around here are the subjects of a new blog post that I keep meaning to write about kickass blog communities. If you can get Gunther off his butt to bring me some more coffee, maybe I will get to it faster. :-) I have just been pulled in a squillion directions the past couple weeks, but I will pull it together soon.

    I see that our buddy @johnfalchetto:disqus is sure diggin’ the Disqus addition. Hi John!

    • John Falchetto

      Mark, you know me I’m a sucker for new toys :)

      • Mark Aaron Murnahan

        I would tease you relentlessly if you were not! :-)

      • Mark Aaron Murnahan

        I have noticed that the feature works much better for including people who have their Disqus account connected with their Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and other accounts. Otherwise, Disqus implements some guesswork and the results are inconsistent.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Funny – I didn’t notice that – great observation on your part :-).

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Pfff….aren’t we all! 😉

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hiya Mark,

      Just to let you know that Gunther got upset that Rachel didn’t show up so he’s pouting in the back room and throwing stuff around – he should be back really soon though lol :-).

      I like that Disqus did that as well – although I noticed one thing. Once you reply to someone – if you go back to edit your comment – the @mention option doesn’t work – unless if it’s just on my side and there’s some logical reasoning behind it that I have’t picked up on.

      I’ve noticed that a lot of people have added FB comments – I’m not too sold on it as I wouldn’t want to bombard the home feed or anything like that. Plus – I try to keep my personal account and my blog here separate. But I should check it out some more to see what the tweaking options are.

      Can’t wait to read your new blog post :))) – I”m sure it’s gonna’ rock!
      I just yelled at Gunther and kicked him in the butt – he should be out very soon with a keg of coffee for ya ;).

      Oh, and loved your article btw – in case that wasn’t clear haha. I also really liked the field trip one.

      Hope your week is going well. Talk to you soon.


      • Mark Aaron Murnahan

        Who needs Rachel when we’ve got you, Griddy?

        It seems to me that in order to get it to work, I usually have to go back and edit it. It often does not work for me on the first try. Since I usually have a typo to fix anyway, or a couple more cents to throw in, it is OK with me.

        Well, it is Tuesday, but I still don’t have that fluffy warm blanket of a blog written. I am working on it though.

        About that field trip … you know the next week I had a field trip with my daughter’s kindergarten class. We tweeted while I was on the bus. Toward the end of the trip, I posted a video of the quietest school bus ever. Again, like social media, those kids are full of surprises.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Haha! I would say a lot of people will disagree with you on that one about needing Rachel ;)! But hell, I’ll take it lol.

          I loved your post Mark – you made such excellent points and you covered the topic so well. Once again – I can’t thank you enough for mentioning me in there alongside my friends :).

          Happy Friday to ya Mr. Murnahan


          • Mark Aaron Murnahan

            Yeah, one of these days I will write something under 1000 words and you will know for sure I have hired a ghost writer! LOL 

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Hahaha! I think many will say that same thing for me ;). 

              • Mark Aaron Murnahan

                Well, you know … we have stuff to say! 

                • Ingrid Abboud

                  Absofrickin’lutely!!! :) 

  • Brankica U

    Hey buddy @Griddy:disqus :))))

    Thanks for listing me here, I had no clue that post will get sooooo many comments, 122 at the moment with my replies. It took it about a day and a half to become my third most popular ever :)

    OK, here is a question, reading the introduction to your post, I had this thought… I mean the way your weekend was and everything… Are you on drugs? 😛

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Sharpy,

      Well, you made some excellent points in there my dear so no doubt that it will be even more popular than it already is :).

      I’m afraid I’m one of those folks you mentioned in that my latest comments appear first – but I do see the option here to switch back and forth with that – don’t know if you see it too from your end – it says “sort by” and has a drip down menu. But again – I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone can see it.

      My weekend my dear is like usual. Some if it is rest, some of it is work, some of it is blogging, and some of it is fun. So yeah – you could say that I’m on the drug of life lol ;). The only one I would ever take.

      Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday. And I’m sure you’re looking forward to tomorrow ;). WooHoo!


    • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      Are you on drugs?? Freaking awesome Bran. Funny how I was about to ask @Griddy:disqus (had to play with the new toy) that very same question! 😉

      BTW, I knew as soon as I read that post of yours it would be a hit. Well done Sharpy!

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Both of you are on crack!!! lol 😉

  • Mack Collier

    Ingrid thanks for the mention, and putting me even further behind in my reading 😉

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Mack,
      An honor to have you here :). Your post was definitely enlightening and I hope more folks read it.

      Enjoy the reads – and sorry for the extra “homework” lol ;).

      Have a great evening.


  • John Paul

    Thanks for adding my post Ingrid. I Appreciate it :)

    This is a monster post.. with some great posts.. Don’t know which to read first haha

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey JP,
      It’s great to see you here :).

      Hope you had a great weekend.

      I really liked the idea and of course the different answers from each person on your post.

      You’re right – this post is rather big (much like the others) but hopefully filled with valuable goodies.

      As to which one you should read first – I’d say heck, take your pic, or go in order. Or I could be really selfish and say – start with mine over at Troy’s blog hahaha.

      Seriously though – I hope you enjoy these reads.


  • Gini Dietrich

    I think you should try the real-time feature and community engagement of Livefyre. Even though they don’t have Comment Luv (their only downfall), it’s WAY better for driving fans.

    I needed this this week so thank you. I was just feeling guilty about hitting “mark all as read” on the 1,730 blog posts I haven’t yet read. So I’ll read these and feel less guilty. After my bike ride.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      1,730 unread posts?!!!!!!!!! Jeez! And I thought the 201 that I had were bad lol.
      You know as well as I do that I love Livefyre Gin – and their team is just so nice and helpful – but I’ve had too many little problems with that system and I’m never quite sure why. So maybe I should wait a little longer till it’s perfected (or as close to that as possible).

      I hope you find a few in here that you like – the good thing is that out of the 26, I know for sure you’ve already read at least 3 of them so woohooo ;).

      Enjoy your 1 million mile bike ride. I would need a friend or a taxi to follow me if I ever rode that far cause I know there’s no way I’d be pedaling back haha.

      Be safe.

      • Lori Gosselin

        Gini – you have 1730 posts “unread” and Griddy you have 201. I’m not even confessing to how many (less) I have but I just have one question: HOW DO YOU TWO KEEP UP!?!? My Reader is getting fuller all the time (and these Super Posts don’t help 😮 ) So much great stuff out there. I’ve already RTed two of the ones mentioned here. But it’s Sunday night and I’m off until tomorrow! Thanks for being such great models for me in the Blogosphere Girls!

        • Gini Dietrich

          First, it was only 40 miles, B! Secondly, I read every night, Lori. I end up with 165-190 a day and I scan the headlines and first couple of sentences. If it’s something that looks interesting, I move them into a read and comment file. The others get marked as read. I probably comment on only 25-30 blogs a day and read maybe 40. But if I get behind (like the past two weeks), it’s bad and yesterday I decided just to say the heck with it!

          • Ingrid Abboud

            Wow Gin – 25 to 30 blog comments a DAY? That’s really impressive! :) I’m nowhere near that.
            I like the idea of your read and comment file – my copy you on that one.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hey Lori
          I now have 223 :). In all honesty – I do a ton of reading and keeping up is really hard and I often don’t. Especially since I read more blogs each day that I’m not subscribed to then the one’s I am – so I have to come back to those at some point and catch up with them. I figure I’ll be done in 2012 hahaha.Hope you enjoyed the rest of these reads as well as you Sunday.Talk to you soon.Cheers

  • Anonymous

    Personally I still think Disqus is clunky….but hey-ho it’s not TOOOOOOOOOO bad.

    There are some awesome posts mentioned here – I’m starting to think that you’re another one like Dino that has a clone tied up in the basement and it has to do a certain number of tasks per day before it’s allowed food or water or bathroom breaks.

    How else do you get around to read all these posts? Much less read them, but post the short story sized comments on them that you do?

    I’ve decided a need a clone of my own – where do I go get them from?


    Thks for including me btw….so JF knows, the cheque is in the mail as always 😉

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Paul,

      LOL – in all honesty, I was planning to switch my commenting system to ComLuv – but I wanted to do so when I did the redesign of this blog. But I like the new addition Disqus has made and if they could a few more things than I’d totally be willing to stay. But I see the perks of ComLuv and others and I’m of course still considering it big time.

      And yes – I had a couple clones made of myself so that I can sleep 3 hours per week haha. But you should really ask @ginidietrich:twitter about her clones – cause she has 3 of them and they’re in full power turbo mode 24 hours a day! It’s really quite impressive – my little clones look like losers next to hers haha.

      You know very well that I thought your post was brilliant – and I haven’t shy’d away from leaving my views but as you can imagine – I kinda need to gather a few intelligent thoughts for the examples you gave were very valid and made a lot of sense. You did a hell of a job writing that up and I applaud the stance you took and the evidence you used to back you.

      But needless to say that I still believe in natural talent just because I was always told that I had it and I’ve seen others with it.But my proof is only based on personal experience so far. In any case – I’m thinking whether to publish a little post of my own in reply to yours or to leave you with another 18,000 word comment haha.

      Will figure it out eventually….

      Thanks again for being the wonderful writer that you are. You always seem to write such thought-provoking posts which are a true pleasure to read and learn from.

      Cheers my friend.

      • Anonymous

        Let’s have a Blog Off! I really like this idea – I think it would generate some excellent debate – it’s almost like debating society back at school LOL! But I’m really loving the challenge of great comments – both trying to leave them and trying to get them so that they stimulate my own thinking! There are so many layers of learning that open with great blog comments….

        Read the first part of an interesting book last night. It was by a guy called Suzuki – not the one who invented the motorbike, the one who pioneered the Suzuki school of violin and piano teaching. He talks about the nature vs nurture debate in his book. He cites a REALLY interesting story – about two girls who were raised by wolves in India in the 40s. (I shit you not).

        One was 9 and the other 2. The 9 year old could run 4 legged faster than an adult human – who’d have thought that humans were so ‘naturally talented’ eh? (Also the girls had grown body hair on their shoulders and chests….). Totally freaky story. I need to go research it and check the facts (learned that one the hard way….) – anyway so far it’s a fascinating book. It’s called NURTURED BY LOVE. I may even review it at some stage – as you know this topic is one that resonates with me.

        Please feel free to disagree with me at any time. If you want to Guest Post a response to my column I’d gladly host it. The reason I’m not political is that I believe in democracy – and few politicians do! So I’ll gladly post a dissenting point of view in the interests of democracy!

        I’m rambling….the coffee hasn’t started working yet. Until it does I’m useless….take it easy and try not to read QUITE so much each week 😉


        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hey Paul,

          Finally – I made it over here :)! So sorry to have kept you waiting – I have no good excuse except for those silly one’s you hear all the time about work and life getting in the way and dumb stuff like that – so I won’t try and make up one ;). I do appreciate your patience though – so thanks!

          As for your idea of a blog off – that is indeed very interesting and you’re right in that it would generate quite the discussion – I would hope or think.

          I always said that the real gold is in the comments more so than the post itself. It’s where all the learning takes place and the new ideas come from. Most of the friendships and bonds I’ve made here were done so because of the discussions I had in the comment sections.

          As for Suzuki’s book – WOW on that story! I’m so interested to read it now and I can’t believe it!!! That’s just incredible!

          Did you finish reading it yet? I would love to read your review about it and I will make sure to look for it the next time I’m at Virgin – thanks so much for the recommendation.

          I just bought a book called “Social Intelligence – the new science of human relationships – by Daniel Goleman – have you heard of it? I haven’t started reading it yet but I did skim through it and I like how he starts each chapter with a story about someone or something. I’m looking forward to that one – all 400 pages of it haha. But I was attracted by the title and I know he wrote a book a while back called Emotional Intelligence – which I never read but I recall that it was a bestseller some time ago.

          I know it doesn’t have much to do with our little discussion but I know that you love to read and thought I’d mention it to you. If you have read it – I’d love to hear what you thought. I plan on starting it this weekend but with my ridiculous work load – it may take me quite some time to finish it.

          I love that you’re so open to discussions and that our little back and forths about natural talent are done so with such respect and friendliness. That’s what it’s all about – respect and hopefully learning from each other as we read each other’s views. Once again I must commend you on the terrific job you did with you post – you even had me questioning my opinion but I still stick to what I know – even though it may not be scientifically proven or anything like that. Like I said – I simply base my opinion on what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told time and time again that I was.

          I will have to find a better way to explain it though and although we might always agree to disagree on that – we do it with style and I’m totally fine with that :).

          You didn’t ramble at all my friend – I will take your intelligent musings any day!!! Heck, I’ll take the ramblings as well for I tend to do some of that every so often – but hey – it can’t all be serious talk right?! 😉

          Wishing you a wonderful weekend. I presume you will be swimming a lot. Hope you’re taking care of those knees!

          All the best and thanks for being such a great conversationalist and gentlemen.

          • Anonymous

            Hey Ingrid

            I’ve been thinking about the concept of ‘blog-offs’ – so much so that I ‘formalized’ how it could work and posted about it (excuse the gratuitous link!):


            Haven’t finished reading Suzuki’s book yet – life has caught up with me this week! Social Intelligence sounds interesting too….I’ll go check that out to add to my pile of books!

            Have a great weekend – don’t forget to read the ‘Blog-Off’ post – you’ll like it.



            • Ingrid Abboud

               Hey Paul,

              Please consider this blog as if it were your own! You are always more than welcome to leave your links to relevant articles here :). I’d be happy to read them – and for sure I will be reading the one you left me now – thank you :).

  • John Falchetto

    Hi Griddy,


    There was so much great stuff last week. From @jkthehustler:twitter posting at Mark’s to @DannyBrown:twitter rant on the blandness of social media. For once I have read a few of these links, but I will head over to the ones I haven’t had the time to catch.

    Now to the best one, your post on @troyclaus:twitter entrepreneur’s journey, I simply found it awesome and I don’t usually throw compliments easily. You defined who you were (a Lifestyle entrepreneur) and what motivated you (passion not money), heck if everyone could do that we would be in a much better world..

    As discussed earlier on Twitter, I really love to see great people rising in social media and changing the ever so boring players in this online world.You are an awesome community builder (sorry Marcus, you are too :) and to answer @dannyBrown:twitter ‘s post, the only way to change the blandness is to change the bloggers. So more Griddy, more personality in the writing, more passion in social media and less BS by others.

    Thanks Griddy for being you. :)

    Yala have a great week.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey John,

      There’s quite the selection this week eh? :)
      I’m hoping people will find their happiness in a few of these as I did.

      As for my GP over at Troy’s – you’re really spoiled me with all your kind words and support. I know you don’t give out compliments for the sake of doing so and that you mean what you say which is why I’m all the more flattered by your amazing words :). Thank you so much!

      As to the rise of the new A-listers with heart and personality…hear, hear my friend!!! I couldn’t agree more and I’ll looking forward to seeing US (our gang and some others) rise to that challenge and take on the blogosphere by storm – as you have done so already!

      Much like anything in life – the players continue to evolve and change!

      My dear Falchetto – thank *you* for being you!
      It’s always such a pleasure to converse with you and I hope to meet you, mip and bip one day soon.

      All the best

    • Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

      Dang JF, this was awesome my friend! Hear Hear to the new breed of blogging ‘communitizers’….but wait…Griddy is above the Lion??? What the heck??? 😉

      Nah, just kidding man, Griddy is an example to me in everything she does and there is never a comment of hers that I can’t read because I feel like I’m going to miss some incredible life lesson. In fact, I think she should write a book on community building. Ehhh Griddy?? 😉

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Hahaha! Nahhh, we’re equal Mufasa. And thank you for what you said – I feel the same about your posts AND commnents.
        Ummm…I think you should write one too M ;).

        • Mark Aaron Murnahan

          I think you are both nuts. I wrote three books in 2009. I am still scarred from the experience. Of course, if you do, I will read them. Well, I will at least buy them, sit them on my desk, and promise to read them “someday” as with all the other books. 😀 

          • Ingrid Abboud

            Hahaha!Mark – I’m gonna’ hold you to that promise – trust me on that one lol ;). And Marcus is my witness haha. 

            • Mark Aaron Murnahan

              That is fine with me. I welcome you to hold me to every semi-committed promise I ever make. 😀

              • Ingrid Abboud

                LOL! I’m gonna’ try ;).