SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #33

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So I had an incredibly productive weekend (insert big sarcastic emoticon here). I finished season 2 of Cougar Town as well as the final season of Friday Night Lights. And somehow, I managed to squeeze in this blog post – somewhere between scorching in the sun, lounging on the couch and…(include any or all non-work summery related things you can do).

It was really quite exhausting – I had to get up and switch DVD’s every few episodes, then lift the remote to press pause, play and all. And other times I’d have to get up, walk 20 feet and dive in the sea so as not to collapse from the sizzling sun.

I’m thinking you’re either smirking or calling me names right now – and either or is totally understandable lol.

Funny thing is that since I was offline a big part of the weekend, I had this post scheduled to go online yesterday evening (my time) as I do every Sunday. But for some reason it didn’t get published and I’m guessing it’s kinda my fault in that I may have screwed up the dates when scheduling it – but of course, that’s just an educated guess lol ;).

I may have winked at you just now but I wasn’t really doing so when I realized that my SUNDAY SuperPost still wasn’t online on MONDAY morning! It was more like a verbal sound or screech that rhymes with puck!

I also know that many of you are still waiting for a reply from my last Bring IT! post on what attracts you to a blog. My bad and thank you for your patience.

But fear not…I DID NOT forget you.

I DID read each and every comment and I WILL reply to you shortly as I always do.

Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to stop my Disqus email notifications from going to my junk folder – I’d really appreciate it. It’s been a month now and nothing’s worked! To say that I”m annoyed is somewhat of an understatement. Grrrr…

I Heart Google Reader

Oddly enough, I don’t have tons of musings or babble for you today. All I can say is that I’ve done a crap load of reading over the last week and am slowly lowering the count on my Reader – one post at a time, reading, skimming or scrolling. Only 357 more to go!

Speaking of Google Reader – it’s really starting to grow on me. I’m actually using it much more and it’s just so frickin’ practical. I know I”m preaching to the choir here and that I haven’t made any miraculous revelations that you don’t already know…but still!

There are certain blogs that I automatically go to every morning – it’s like checking email. They’re part of my daily routine and I generally don’t miss any of their posts. So in reality – I wouldn’t even need to subscribe (via RSS) to them (although I do) because I’m gonna’ head over there no matter what.

What I often subscribe to, are blogs I randomly come across and like. I might not religiously read them everyday but that’s simply because I forget. Let’s face it – there’s only so much our MY brain can remember or handle. So in that sense – Reader has come in very handy for me and serves as a little reminder to go see what folks are saying.

When it comes to reading a blog post, I generally prefer to read it on the blog itself. Call me silly, but I like to feel that I’m there – in their house with their unique environment. But lately, I’ve noticed that I’m becoming a little more like Aunt Gini – in that, I’m often reading posts in Reader and then clicking on them when I feel inspired to comment and share. But again – the operative word here is “often” and not “always”.

I did things differently this week. I didn’t simply blog hop or rely on Twitter for links. Instead, I went through my Reader to compile this fine roundup for ya. So most of the recommendations you’ll see here are from blogs I’m subscribed to.

Crap…I knew I shouldn’t have said anything about musing less today for I still managed to leave you with 500+ words lol ;).

Time for the Goods

“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

It’s a fact: people like to win stuff. When you pair the word “prize” with an objective, you can generally expect a good outcome. Because of this, holding contests or sweepstakes is a great way to drive more sales, leads…

You may think that this BlogWorld wrap up is a tad late. But make no mistake, its arrival is intentional. I heavily debated between providing you with an immediate recap driven by the contents of the sessions and keynotes…

As organizations begin to show signs of “social business” behaviors, they will begin to experience different levels of cultural change relating to the people in the organization, as well as its processes and technology…

Blogging Tips

Did you know that your blog’s about page is consistently the second most-viewed page on your blog? Whenever a new visitor’s breath is taken away by a post of yours, it’s the first place they go to find out…

This is the story of a blogger. He started his blog, taught himself about copywriting, and figured out who the one person he was writing for really was. He worked his tail off creating content. But his blog was a ghost town…

Do you remember Apple Computers’ brilliant 1997 Think Different ad campaign? It was narrated perfectly by Richard Dreyfus, with actual footage of people in history who chose to break the rules every now and then…

Growing online is critical for any person living abroad, the knowledge and skills these mentors will bring you is impossible to value. Last week I was in New York, attending Blog World and meeting in real life the online…

Sending people to your blog is only half the battle; the other is keeping people on your blog until they become part of your community. What are the factors which make a blog addictive? This article will explore…

As you have probably heard by now, Google has just launched the +1 button, which is essentially their way of competing with the Facebook Like button. If you haven’t heard, you have probably seen it popping…

When telling a story how do you make it worthwhile to read? Remember… there are very few of us who have 10 to 15 minutes of free time to read cool new stories and articles. How do you captivate your audience…

A man walks into a pawn shop. He sees it hanging on a wall and give the man behind the counter $112 and drives home. Once safely at home, he opens his new case, pulls out the Fender Stratocaster he bought…


Ric Dragon knows his search engine optimization and how to tell a story. In a mythical land where the identical twin SEO beasts live, a wizard (Google) has challenged bloggers with inviting good SEO into their homes…

Online Money Making Tools

There are many ways to monetize a blog.  One of them is to create and sell an eBook. This is a strategy many bloggers successfully use to generate a full-time income.  Unfortunately some miss the boat…

Today I’m going to share with you an in-depth case study of two moms who are killing it online. Unlike case studies you’ll find elsewhere, this article contains not only their personal stories, but the exact strategies they use…


Have you noticed the big smiles of personal development gurus? They’re all so happy. Now, we all need someone to inspire us and even kick us in the butt to get going. I agree with that. But there’s one thing most…

If I could identify one statement that you’re bound to roll your eyes at, it’s “Trust yourself.” Because here’s the thing: Most of us, including myself at times, don’t know how to trust ourselves. We see that advice, and automatically…

I have a confession to make – I never felt pretty growing up. I was the smallest kid with the longest hair, who wore glasses and was teased mercilessly. I hated my looks. I did not start to even think I could be pretty until…

People will agree or disagree with you. People will agree or disagree with how you do things. That’s how it should be – none of us have all the answers. The trick is in deciding who you give credence to, and who you…

I have a client – a gourmet dessert brand – that considers me its Director of Marketing. So I was asked to interview six PR pros who would work to expand the brand and product exposure, primarily from a publicity…

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~Proverb In the spring of 2006, I was training for the MS 150, a cycling event to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I was hopeful…

After reading the chatter about clown-gate and ensuing social media expert bashing posts last month, the first reaction was to ignore it and continue real work. It was the ultimate red herring. But upon further reflection…

If you’re reading this, you most likely click through to a wide variety of websites each day. From Facebook and Twitter, RSS feeds and things your friends send you via email (LMFAO – you have to watch this)…

Everything you’ve been force-fed about blogging ruffled a few feathers. That wasn’t the intention and, for the most part, I got a lot of positive e-mails/tweets/comments. It got me thinking about how I decide to do what I do…

A friend of mine once told me, “If who we are today is who we will be tomorrow, then our lives are already wasted.” Every day, as writers and as people, we can choose to grow and evolve or we can choose to remain…

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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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  • Anonymous

    How’s about this Griddy, you published your Sunday round-up on a Monday, and I’m reading this on a Wednesday! Must be the timezone difference 😉

    Once again, an awesome round-up. I must ask, do you cut down on basic necessities such as sleeping and breathing in order to squeeze all this in? Or do you, like our lovable friend Godzilla, spawn loads of mini-Gridzillas who run around the blogging universe finding blogs to read and comment on, before being killed by Jean Reno?

    I’m genuinely intrigued to know :-)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hiya Stu,
      Haha – crazy how that one worked out – but to both I say – better late than never eh? 😉
      To answer your question – I’ve kept the breathing thing going but the sleeping – well…not so much my friend haha. I’ve been a bit less online the last 2 weeks or so – and by that I mean 50 or so hours a week instead of the usual million lol.

      I love the idea of having mini-Gridzillas – damn! Why didn’t I think of that first. Although I do usually say that I have two clones running around loose somewhere but they’ve been slacking off as well. Maybe I can get my mini -Gridzillas to terrorize them haha.

      I just love it when you stop by Stu – thanks for putting a big smile on my face and for being such a loyal reader. It’s people like you that make this blog of mine all the more fun and pleasant to read.

      Hope your week is going well.

      • Anonymous

        No problem Griddy, I’m touched that you think that! Thanks :-)

  • The JackB

    I always appreciate your roundups.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Thank you Jack :). I appreciate you!

    • John Falchetto

      I also appreciate you Jack :)

  • Fadi

    Your post reminded me of when I first discovered Google Reader. I have to warn you though, things can get out of hand real easy. It starts with a few subscriptions, then they become a few too many, so you decide to organize with folders, and that gives you the illusion that “Hey, I have room for a few more blogs !”.
    Sooner or later, the “Mark all as read” button becomes your best friend 😛
    Love the links you posted today btw. 

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Fadi,
      Good of you to drop by and share your thoughts :).

      I’ve had Google Reader for quite some time now actually but I never made much use of it – at least not the way I do now. But you’re absolutely right in that it can fill up quite easily – especially when you go all anal on it and start to organize topics into their respective folders.

      I have less than 40 blogs that I’m subscribed to via RSS and as it is I have 446 unread posts right now. Pretty crazy! I really need to use that “mark all as read” button but when I do I start to feel guilty hehe.

      But then again – there’s only so much my brain can handle lol ;).

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


  • Bapun

    Thank you for including me Ingrid!! :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Bapun,
      You’re most welcome :). I’m glad I came across your blog.


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Bapun,
      You’re most welcome :). I’m glad I came across your blog.


  • Kim Davies

    Hi, Ingrid.

    Thanks for another great roundup! I am a great fan of Google Reader as well. :) Without it, I won’t be able to keep track of all the blogs I am following. Now though, courtesy of Brankica, I have added Evernote to my list of loves. I clipped this post to Evernote, for example, so I can check out not just the posts but also the people whom I have yet to follow. So, as soon as I get to all these articles later, there will be more blogs added to my Google Reader. :) 

    Love, love, love!!!

    P.S. I just want to tell you that deserve your lazy days under the sun. Enjoy! 

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Kim,
      I’m really starting to like Google Reader as well. For some reason – I barely use to use it before but now…although I do admit that it gives me even more reading homework to do haha.

      As for Evernote – I recently installed it – I know Gini and Brankica are huge fans of it and I can see why. I’m slowly going through it so I can start using it – but unfortunately, I can only use it on PC on not mobile since the application is not available for my region :(. Oh well…

      I also use Instapaper – which has been so helpful to me in saving articles, putting them in folders and so forth.

      I hope you find some reads in here that you like and congrats again on getting a gift copy of Danny’s eBook. I’m so happy for you and I’m glad you commented on my review of it :).

      Wishing you a great week ahead.

      PS – I so want to think that I deserve those lazy sunny days but I’m sure I could do even more to deserve them lol ;).

  • John Falchetto

    Griddy, are you trying to attract some serious evil eye here? I spent the w/e indoors because all the rain we didn’t get this spring, well it arrived and made up for it in two days.

    Ah the never ending story of cleaning the reader. I have been using mine for a few months and all I can say is when I do take out a few blogs, I also add a few at the same time. So in the end I actually increase the size of my reader. What to do?

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey John,

      Looks like that Reader is a catch 22 eh hehe? 😉
      I heard you guys didn’t have the best weather recently – I also saw that it snowed on June 1st in some parts of France. WOW!

      I think you’re right about that evil eye – I can hear people cussing at me silently haha. But what to do? The sun is out, the sea is nice and chilled – it’s just nature calling us (YALLLLLAAAA) to take advantage right?

      Hope your week has started off well. All the best to you and your family.

      Talk to you soon my friend.

      • John Falchetto

        The weather SUCKS right now, we are paying for amazing spring. At this rate we will getting the winter clothes back out.

        Great to see you back online :)

        • Ingrid Abboud

          John helpppppp! My reader is at 518 now hahaha!
          It’s always good to be online – heck, with friends like you guys – who needs to go offline? lol 😉

  • Danny Iny

    357 more to go?!?!!?!!!?! Geez, if I were in your shoes, I’d just give up and go back to the television. :)

    Seriously, I’m impressed – there’s no way I could catch up on that much reading. My fingers are crossed that your eyes won’t be by the end of it all. 😉

    Thanks for mentioning my Problogger post – I’m honored to be included on the list!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Danny,
      I’m back at 398 today haha. But in all fairness – I don’t read every single one – word for word. The one’s that don’t interest me – I barely skim through. I have yet to see that darn counter at 0! So yes – TV does sound good ;)!As for your GP on Problogger – much like everything you’ve written that I’ve read – exceptional! You’re constantly pounding quality stuff – hats off to ya my friend.Hope you have a great week ahead.Cheers

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Danny,
      I’m back at 398 today haha. But in all fairness – I don’t read every single one – word for word. The one’s that don’t interest me – I barely skim through. I have yet to see that darn counter at 0! So yes – TV does sound good ;)!As for your GP on Problogger – much like everything you’ve written that I’ve read – exceptional! You’re constantly pounding quality stuff – hats off to ya my friend.Hope you have a great week ahead.Cheers

      • Danny Iny

        Ouch! When my inbox gets that full, I get a panic attack. 😉

        I’m really impressed by how much you manage to stay on top of everything – I really don’t think I could manage it.

        By the way, it’s almost as hot in Montreal these days as it is in Beirut – what the hell is going on???

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Don’t remind me Danny. Panic attack has started and it seems that people are publishing posts by the second cause I’m back up at 421 now AHHHHHHH!!!!!
          And the crazy thing is that I’m not subscribed to a hundred blogs – I’m pretty sure it’s even less than 35 or 40. 

          In all honesty – I’m not always on top of things – I do fall behind. I mean – look at these past 2 weeks – I haven’t been online as often as usual and but a small break was in order. Even my silly ranking went back up to like 73K from 67. Oh well… 😉

          I think the weather is on crack all over the world to tell you the truth. I heard it snowed in some parts of France a few days ago. Crazy! Well…take advantage of Montreal sun – I’m certainly taking advantage of the one here haha.

  • Wim @ Sales Sells

    Thanks for the recommendations Griddy, I guess it’s my first time here but after so much mentions by Marcus over at TSL I just HAD to come over and say hi :) I’m glad I did. Watch out, I’ll be back! *crappy Austrian accent*


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Wim and welcome :)
      I hope you find some reads that are to your liking. I appreciate you stopping by and I’ll make sure to thank Mufasa (Marcus) for sending you my way.

      And in my very crappy Arnold accent – I’ll be looking forward to seeing you here more often :).

      Have a great week.


  • Nancy Davis

    Hi Griddy,

    We read a lot of the same blogs it seems! I want to thank you for including mine. :) I see some on this list I have not read. Looks like I have some reading to catch up on.

    I would leave a longer comment, but i am leaving to go into the City tonight. Going to see a Broadway play tonight. It has been too many years since I have gone to the theatre.

    Be back tomorrow with a longer comment. Thanks again – this made my morning when I saw it.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Nancy,
      You don’t need to thank me for including your post here – I’m truly enjoying reading your blog – such thought-provoking material and I love it! Like I said – I’ve fallen short on leaving my pennies over there (as with most places these last 2 weeks) but I will very soon as your writing is so inspiring.I hope you enjoy the play – and I’m officially jealous that you’ll be in Broadway – Oh…how I miss it!What are you watching?The last one I saw in Broadway was last year – West Side Story. I just love the theater in general – musicals and all!Enjoy!Tell us all about it when you get the chance :).Cheers

      • Nancy Davis

        We saw “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” Daniel Radcliffe a/k/a Harry Potter was ADORABLE – just saying. The songs are really great and so much fun. My boyfriend wanted me to meet some of his friends from college who were in New York visiting from California.

        After the show we went to Serendipity for one of their Frozen Hot Chocolate – that thing is enormous! Thanks heavens it comes with two straws! It was a fun (but very late) night. :)

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hey Nancy – that sounds fantastic – I haven’t seen that one. Will have to check it out the next time I’m in town. I didn’t even know that little Harry (who’s not so little now) was on Broadway. 

          I always make it a point to try and go to the theater when I’m either in London or New York – and of course Vegas – but those shows are entirely different haha.So did you have fun with your boyfriend’s friends? I hope so :).Ahhhh Serendipity…I haven’t been there in a while.Well it seems that you had a fun-filled night and I’m happy for you. Thanks for coming back and telling me about it ;).

  • Marlee Ward

    Thanks for the mention and another great wrap up Griddy!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Marlee,
      You’re most welcome my dear. I love how you took the time to do that :).

      Have a great week.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Marlee,
      You’re most welcome my dear. I love how you took the time to do that :).

      Have a great week.

  • Life, for instance

    Hi Griddy,
    I love my reader too! I’d prefer to read my blogs there than having even one more email coming in my Inbox! That way I can find them all in one place, note which ones I’ve missed and even star the ones I’ve commented on so I can go back later and get back in the conversation.
    Thanks for combing the Internet for more great blogs for us to check out! Have a great week!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Lori,
      I really like it as well – and I’ve noticed that I subscribe much less – if at all – to email now. I like the idea of having them all come to one place – even though I will often click on the post that I’m interested in to read it on the actual blog.I hope you enjoy some of the reads here.Have a super week my dear.Talk to you soon.CheersPS – just had Kafta for lunch :)

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    I know I don’t often have work worthy of being listed here so very flattered! And you left out your work in Yemen getting Saleh out of the country and helping Democracy Bloom (we hope). You had to know I was going to include that! LOL And how was Season 2 of Courgar Town!?

    Great list as always Ms. Ingrid. I can’t wait to read some posts that my eyes are locked on. And I am starting to regain my long form commenting skills. At least working on it. I want to write more but if I do I risk not being first to post here! And you know I am competitive, even if I am not a Type Double AA like @ginidietrich:disqus

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Howie,
      Your comments alone my friend are worthy of being listed in such roundups – not just for their length but for their humor, wit and smarts. I’m glad I came across your post over at Shonali’s – it really was excellent!And yes – I did leave out my work in Yemen but I was just trying to keep it on the down-low and stuff – plus, I hate to brag hahaha.Do you watch Cougar Town in general? Honestly – it makes me laugh plus Courtney Cox’s character there still reminds me of 6 “Friends” (favorite show) – although I’m sure they did everything they could not have them resemble in any way – but still! Ummm…basically – I like the show lol.Speaking of commenting – I’ve been a bit off the last 2 weeks – been much less active online and all so I have a lot of catching up to do.Well…you were definitely first to comment here this time round :).Hope you enjoy some of these reads.Talk to ya soon chief alien.Have a great dayCheers

      • John Falchetto

        I wish I could bottle Howie’s comments and sell them. Maybe you should start selling comment ideas, I know a guy who sells blog topic ideas and it seems to work quite well for him.

        Your last comment started with “dear Moses” LOL! How often do you see this on blogs!

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hahaha! What a great idea. We could start a business from selling other people’s comments lol ;).
          Now why would folks buy blog topic ideas when they could get them for free from sites such as @dannybrown:twitter For Bloggers, By Bloggers? Huh!