Greatness Around the Blogosphere and My Top June (S)Talker

Mr. Awesome Greatness Around the Blogosphere and My Top June (S)TalkerYes, Yes…I know! I’ve been a bit MIA the last 2 weeks or so. My bad folks!

I have tons of excuses – some good, some less – but I’ll spare you the blah blah and simply tell you that I have no intention of making this a habit and my blogging life should be back to normal mode very soon.

I also realize that I haven’t gotten around to replying to all the incredible comments on my last post, Bring IT! How Do You Deal with Negative Comments and Criticism on Your Blog? Needless to say that I have read each and will be replying to all of them shortly. In the meantime, if you haven’t had the chance to share your thoughts on that piece and join the valuable discussion, make sure to head over there and see what others had to say in terms of how they treat tactless trolls and others on their blogs.

Greatness Around the Blogosphere

Every once in a while, great people do great things. And in this vast blogosphere of ours, greatness is something you come across quite often if you know where to look.

Stuart Mills and Value

My friend Stu (Stuart Mills) from Unlock the Door ran an incredible series over the last few weeks on the topic of value. He asked 67 people to answer the simple yet thought-provoking question - how do you provide value? Needless to say that provide value… is exactly what each of them did!

If you ask me, Stu could have easily published this 12 post series of his as an eBook – which I still think he should and I’m sure you’ll agree with me once you’ve read through some of the inspiring answers by friends and fellow bloggers such as Glen Allsopp from ViperChill, Davin a Brewer from 3Hats Communications, JK Allen from the Hustler’s Notebook, Paul Wolfe from One Spoon at a Time, Yaro Starak from Entrepreneur’s Journey, Danny Iny from Firepole Marketing, Yours Truly and numerous others who I’m sure you’ve heard of or read on a regular basis.

Nicely done Stu, and thanks again for featuring me there among some of the great!

Margie Clayman’s New Blog Library

Another blogger who’s also offering a ton of value is Margie Clayman with her new Blog Library.

Margie’s done something fantastic here in that she’s not only promoting others but continuously curating blog posts by category and author so that you can read them at any time and get different perspectives on each available topic. Basically – she’s taking the best of the best and making them available for you. What this also means is that you no longer have to go to 100 different blogs to see what people are saying about a specific subject.

For example, there’s already 18 articles that address the new and much talked about Google Plus, 10 on parenting and family, 20 on self improvement and so on… All you have to do is skim through the abstracts and click on the one that interests you to be taken to the actual site.

Margie’s Blogopedia-style site is just so practical and serves as a great reference for research and smart reading. Kudos to her for starting that up!

Gini and Shonali Raise the Bar Once Again!

These two fabulous ladies don’t need an introduction.

If you don’t know Gini Dietrich (aka Aunt Gini) from Spin Sucks and Shonali Burke from Waxing Unlyrical, then you don’t know PR, Social Media and community building! Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but seriously, these women who I’m honored to call good friends (Gini being my VBFF) are the prime example of how to be successful both in the blogosphere and real life – or offline as I prefer to say, seeing that blogging is very much REAL LIFE to me!

About a week or so ago, the very sharp Arik Hanson from Communications Conversations kindly asked if I would write a small recommendation for Gini and her blog Spin Sucks who had just won the PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award as Blog of the Year. Somehow, I managed to keep my reco under 100 words lol! A bit phat WOOT to Aunt Gini and a small one to me for being somewhat succinct icon wink Greatness Around the Blogosphere and My Top June (S)Talker .

Shonali’s blog took home the Most Thought-Provoking blog award – one that’s well deserved indeed! Please make sure to head over to Arik’s winner announcement post and congratulate these two fab gals on a job well done.

John Falchetto – My Top Commenter for June

John Falchetto Greatness Around the Blogosphere and My Top June (S)Talker

John Falchetto - Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger and Expat Life Coach

But before you head for the goodies, I’d like for you to congratulate my top friendly stalker for June – John Falchetto – author of the very smart and popular blog, Expat Life Coach.

During the month of June, John left a total of 34 comments on this blog icon biggrin Greatness Around the Blogosphere and My Top June (S)Talker .

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As you can see, he was closely followed by May’s winner, Bill Dorman and Aunt Gini who took home the bronze. I tell ya, I’m just lovin’ this monthly race for the gold! What’s even better is that so far, it’s a been a different person who wins every month so it gives me the chance to feature someone new here every time.

John is just about one of the friendliest and most supportive people you can meet. I’m honored to call him a friend and I learn something new every time he publishes a post.

He fully understands the power of community and building meaning relationships online. But what’s even better, is that when he connects with you – he does so because he’s genuinely interested in you and what you have to say. His rich cultural background, intelligent mind and life coaching skills will undoubtedly captivate you and make you want to get to know him better. And you definitely should if you don’t already! He’s an awesome storyteller who’s not afraid to speak his mind, and he always finds a way to relate his numerous entrepreneurial experiences to social media – all while generously promoting other bloggers within each post.

Needless to say that I could toot Falchetto’s horn for another 2 pages but I wouldn’t want you to start throwing virtual eggs at me. So, I’ll stop here and simply tell you to head over to his site and read as many of  his posts as you can. Oh, and while you’re there, make sure to congratulate him as well as the team at Bonsai Interactive (meaning Lisa Kalandjian from Scene Steeler Graphics, Danny Brown and Troy Claus) for his newly designed and kick-ass looking blog. The headline alone should give you a decent idea of the type of international person to expect.

To get you started, here are 3 of his most recent posts:

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

    This comment strand made me laugh and laugh Griddy. Seeing crazy Bill do his thing for more comments, along with others, is hilarious.

    As for me, I’m just glad you’re back cuz you know I love ya. :-)

    M

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey M,
      Well…I’ve been reading the comments and LOLing quite a bit myself! I just love it how people come together here and poke fun of each other all while supporting one another! It’s awesome!

      I’m glad I’m back too :) ). I missed you guys and of course my favorite croc. Now, I have some serious catching up to do! Yikes ;) .

      Hope you had a great weekend.
      Let’s try and catch up this week on Skype – it’s been a while.

      Ciao 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

    Griddy, first time commenting here, but I’ve been lurking for a while.

    I hope John Falchetto, Davina Brewer, and Bill Dorman don’t think this tagalong – newbie – fanboy is stalking them :) I just keep following them and they end up in the best places. Fine people indeed!

    In fact, you seem to attract a pretty nice crowd. I see The JackB, Nancy Davis, Stuart Mills, Kaarina Dillabough, and a few others I’m just getting to know hanging out here.

    Just discovered Stuart Mill’s blog and love what he has to say. A very accomplished 25 year old. I certainly wish I had my act together at that age.

    I checked out Margie Clayman’s site when she was featured on Spin Sucks. She offers so much on her site I spent a bit too much time there the other day :) It was worth it though.

    I’ve been reading Spin Sucks for a bit and am learning more about the great Gini Dietrich and how she is all about community.

    Just subscribed to Shonali Burke’s site. So, thanks for that.

    In my limited exposure to John Falchetto I’m finding out he is a great guy and has a sterling reputation. I think I wanna be like John when I grow up!

    Thanks and hope to come back to this fine house soon.
     

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

      Craig, you’ve certainly made an important stop here at Griddy’s. She’s one of the absolute best on the web and by watching the way she manages community you’ll advance lightyears…seriously.

      Marcus

      • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

        The top commenting list is a really great idea, but it appears that the fine citizens here will do anything to get that top dog trophy … Okay, I’m ready to jump in.

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          I love that people are enjoying the little trophy challenge. I wish I had more to offer the monthly winner than a simple blog post or piece about them – but alas…that will have to do for now. Well, that and digital gold ;) .

          Welcome to the race and this kick-ass community of ours. I hope you’ll feel right at home here and make some new friends along the way.

          Thanks again Craig.

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            New car………………just sayin’ if you want to see some real comments and numbers………..:).

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              Will a matchbox car do? Muwahaha ;) Or RC?

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        I’m blushing M. Why is it that whatever you say to describe me and my blog – I want to steal and throw right back at ya ten fold?!!! 
        Seriously – thanks Mufasa – you know what you mean to me my dear friend.

    • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

      Marcus is right, this is one of the cooler places to hang out.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

        Cool, yes. Gridtacular! Looks like it is quite competitive too :)

        • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

          Competition- nah, I have been hustling these guys. Once I really start working there is no keeping up. ;)

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            LMAO!

            • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

              When something truly gets my attention I am relentless.

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Ha! I love the Gridtacular word! I may just have to borrow that from you sometime Craig. 
          Fear not though – it’s healthy and fun competition hehe.Cheers

          • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

            It’s yours :)

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              With your permission of course ;)

              • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

                We’ll skip the royalties, this time.

              • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

                We’ll skip the royalties, this time.

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Awwww thanks Jack! I appreciate that and I love that you guys love chillin’ here :) .

        • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

          Absolutely. It is warm, comfortable and inviting.

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            *blushing* :) )! Thank you 10x!

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Craig and welcome :) ,
      It’s great to have you here and I can see that you’ve already started playing with the other kids lol.As for stalking John, Davina and Bill – well heck – I think they just love that – and so do I by the way. That’s what my Top commenters is all about – my friendly stalkers that make this blog what it is. And yes – those fine folks do rock indeed!I love what Stu does over at his place as well. He’s just a great guy in every which way and possesses so much knowledge and confidence for a man his age! Needless to say that I’m a fan of his writing.As for @MargieClayman:disqus - you’re gonna love her! At least I hope. First off, she’s like a blogging machine – in that she publishes almost everyday. But more so – she publishes top notch quality content every damn time! I’m not sure how she does it but she has set the bar quite high.There’s not enough I could say about @ginidietrich:disqus or Aunt Gini as I like to call her. She’s a very dear friend and my VBFF :) . You will learn a ton from her and community as well as her team over at Spin Sucks and AD. I toot her horn over here quite often so hopefully you won’t tire of me singing her much deserved praises.Shonali is a gem as well. Definitely someone you want to get to know and learn from.As for Falchetto – well he’s a heck of a guy and friend. Sterling reputation indeed.You’ve mentioned quite a few of my favorite bloggers and friends and I can only say great things about each! It seems we share the same taste for writing and character :) .Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.I look forward to seeing you around these parts more often and getting to know you a little better. This comments section is what I like to call my little version of Central Perk. So take your shoes off, relax and hang out as long as you like. There’s always some great conversations taking place and I’m sure all these fine people will keep you entertained lol.Have a great week.Cheers

      • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

        Ingrid (or should I call you Griddy? :) )

        Thanks for the warm welcome!

        I will definitely be hanging out in these here parts, ma’am, Central Perk that is.

        Marcus and Danny are great, and I’m finding out they practice what they preach, community! I’ll have to check out Troy and Brankica, someone I keep hearing about.

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Either or will do ;) . A lot of people here call me Griddy – so by all means!
          Practicing what we preach is something a lot of us like to abide by as much as we possibly can – and yes…Danny and Mufasa (Marcus – that’s what I call him and now the blogosphere does too lol) do just that!

          Hope you like Troy and Brankica – Troy is actually Danny’s very close friend and business partner at Bonsai Interactive. As for Brankica – well she rocks!

          • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

            Whichever I choose, I’ll try to be consistent :) I don’t know Marcus well enough to use Mufasa, but do love that one.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/CraigMcBreen Craig McBreen

            Whichever I choose, I’ll try to be consistent :) I don’t know Marcus well enough to use Mufasa, but do love that one.

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    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

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      • http://www.unlockthedoor.net Stuart Mills

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        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

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

    Griddy, thank you SO much for your kindness! I don’t know what was going on yesterday/earlier today but I couldn’t comment, which drove me nuts. I must have seemed like a rude ingrate (see, I managed to get “rude” AND “ingrate” into one sentence).

    Please don’t stop the blahbitty blah blah. That’s why we love you. Also ‘cos you’re hot. I really luhv @johnfalchetto:disqus ’s new look, er, his blog’s new look, I mean. ;) And I see that @davinabrewer:disqus is getting close to reclaiming her top spot, heh!

    So much goodness here. Thank you.

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

      I also changed my look Shonali, didn’t you notice my new hair cut?

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

        No, I didn’t!

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

        So when are you going to get a new white shirt with that new look there JF? ;-)

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Hihihi :)

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Fabulosoooo! ;)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Well hello there my dear Shonali :) ,
      How have you been? 
      My apologies for keeping you waiting here 3 days :( . I’ve been playing catch up lately and I feel bad that I left some of you hanging without a response for so long. My bad!

      As for my kindness – well…I was only telling it like it is! No more, no less! And it’s all you!
      As for seeming like a rude ingrate – I won’t hear any of that nonsense!!!! You’re everything but these things and in this case – it would be me who was rude to have kept you waiting for a reply!

      Fear not – there will always be a little relevant blah blah on this blog ;) . As for being hot – LMAO! And of course – thank you! And another thank you for inflating my head a little more :) .

      John’s new blog design looks fantastic indeed. It was @dannybrown:disqus company, Bonsai Interactive that did and if I’m not mistaken – specifically Lisa Kalandjian.

      As for Davina – there’s just no stopping her hehe! But I love it!

      Hope your week started off well.
      Talk soon my dear.

      Ciao 

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    Doh! Just when I got close he came back and stole victory. Those Canadians are sneaky. ;) But he is a damn fine fellow so I am happy to see John win.

    • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

      And now I begin the chase anew.

      • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

        really, I am going to work very hard at this. I suppose that it is probably not fair for me to keep replying to my own comments, but I didn’t see anything in the rules that would disqualify me for doing so.

        • Anonymous

          Worked for me…………..:)

          • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

            So I see.

          • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

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          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            It sure did! 57 comments my friend! :)

        • Anonymous

          Worked for me…………..:)

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

          Are you trying to win this month?

          • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

            I try to win every month. 

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              That’s the spirit! That’s what I like to hear! :) )

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          LOL! Whatever works I guess. And there’s definitely no disqualification rule here :) ).

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

          Jack, if there were any rules here, @Bill Dorman would have broken every single one in the book, so having a full conversation with yourself for 10 straight paragraphs is fully allowed. ;-)

          • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

            Ah, time for old Jack to start the filibuster. Get ready folks, party time is about to begin.

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              I brought confetti, chips and salsa as well as wine for @ginidietrich:disqus and @johnfalchetto:disqus Absinthe for  @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus  Scotch for @dannybrown:twitter and Vodka and beer for everyone! Woohoo :)  

              • http://dannybrown.me Danny Brown

                Single malt, right? ;-)

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            Hahahaha!
            Heck, I have full conversations with myself all the time – both online and off haha.

            • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

              Sometimes we are our own best audience.

              • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

                Cheers to that Jack!

          • Anonymous

            Rules? I thought they were suggestions……………….

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              They are kind suggestions which can totally be ignored haha.

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        On your mark…and good luck ;) !

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

      Those Canadians are sneaky indeed buddy.

      • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

        Looneys and Tooneys will do that to people. ;)

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          LOL!
          Looneys and tooneys – hey…that fits perfectly for us Lebanese folks as well ;) .

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      I tell ya Jack – those Canadians are not only sneaky but they’re everywhere lol. And good for them – they make this blogosphere a much better place!
      I was happy to see John win as well – if only I could offer more than my simple and few words of gratitude to each of you guys who come over and take the time to comment and make this community the awesome one that it is.

  • http://vizsource.info/ Kim Davies

    Hi, Griddy.

    Now, I know what I was supposed to do but never got the chance of doing and that is look into Stu’s site as well as Shonali’s. I have been reading great comments from both here and elsewhere and I have always been interested to learn more about them. I don’t know why I didn’t get around to doing it or maybe I do, I just don’t want to admit I have been doing such stuff as giving orientation training to new 3D artists and fighting off all sorts of illnesses that seem to plaque me for the past weeks. Gak!

    And, thanks for introducing me to Margie Clayman. I trust in your judgment so, I am headed over to her blog after Stu’s and Shonali’s.

    Good to have you back, Griddy. Hope you had a blast during your MIA moments. :)

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

      Don’t beat yourself up Kim, it’s pretty much impossible, especially when you’re starting out, to visit all the great peeps that are out there. I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years and I’m still like ‘Wow, how come I’ve never been here??’

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        I feel the same way. No matter how hard you try and make it everywhere – it’s impossible! You’re bound to miss some here and there – even some of your favs at times. But that ‘s the great thing about us – we remind each other and we point one another in new directions that are well worth the trip!

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Kim,
      Yikes – I’m rather late in replying to you over here – my bad! I’ve been playing catch up these last days and I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.

      It’s not easy trying to make our rounds in the blogosphere every time – and even more so making time and remembering to check out all the new people we hear of. It’s like a full time job and pretty much impossible not to miss someone at some point! I know I do all the time.

      I think you’ll really like Stu and Shonali – great folks – both of them. Different themes and styles and a lot to learn from each. But they’re both super friendly people who are very genuine and are worth getting to know.

      Sounds like you have your hands pretty full between your orientation training and unfortunately you being under the weather :( . I hope you feel better soon and best of luck with all your work over at your blog! You’re doing a great job by the way and I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to head over there more lately. I will soon.

      As for Margie – she’s to notch and knows her stuff very well. I guess I don’t have anything bad or negative to say about anyone today hahaha. But then again – all these folks are my friends and I respect and admire them tremendously.

      Hope you get to make some time for yourself.
      Enjoy the new discoveries – hope they lead to new friendships along the way :) .

      Have a great week ahead and thanks so much for being patient with me here.

      Cheers

  • http://twitter.com/NancyD68 Nancy Davis

    We can never say enough good things about @MargieClayman:disqus What she is doing with her Blog Library is amazing.

    John Falchetto? I think I heard of him :) He is just such a great person. Who wouldn’t want to be him? I mean really.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Nancy,
      I just love what @MargieClayman:disqus  puts out there on her blog in general! I don’t know how she does it by publishing everyday but I take my hat off to her. As for the blog library – what an ingenious idea and I’m grateful to her for taking the time to round all those posts up on a continuous basis. I’m sure we can all benefit from her hard work!

      Ahhhhh the Falchetto….Well…there isn’t enough I can say about him. He’s just a hell of a guy and I’m so glad him and I are friends. There’s so much to learn from him and his support and generosity definitely don’t go unnoticed!

      Hope your week is going well. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts.

      Cheers

      • http://twitter.com/NancyD68 Nancy Davis

        The crazy thing about the Blog Library is that of all the bloggers out there, Margie chose me to be the very first featured blogger! She could have picked anyone!

        My friends all say that being picked first is incredible. No matter what, no one can take that away form me. :)

        I remember her sending me that message on Twitter and I cried with gratitude. I am one lucky person indeed.

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

      Nancy, thanks the cheque is in the mail. 

      • http://twitter.com/NancyD68 Nancy Davis

        I will be checking my mailbox frequently John :)

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Me too! Hehe

      • Anonymous

        What’s a cheque? Is that like Monopoly money or something? Just askin’……..

        • http://twitter.com/NancyD68 Nancy Davis

          Its French for check Bill. :)

          • http://twitter.com/bdorman264 Bill Dorman

            I know………..:) I like to get on to my French, English and Canadian buddies for dropping qu or ou’s in words American’s don’t. @KaarinaDillabough and I have a running battle with it………..

            • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

              I tend to write in American English seeing that that’s how I was taught – having gone to American schools my whole life.

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            Yup – they do – and so do the British :) .

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          You know – I often write cheque instead of check as well – either or. But I think it’s the Brits who write it with a Q and Americans with a CK. Anyways – all that to say that I don’t care how it’s written as long as I get em’ Haha. ;)

          • Anonymous

            I hear ya, just as long as I get them you can call them anything you want and spell it any way you would like…………:)

  • Anonymous

    I’m very happy for John and his 15 minutes of fame. I’ve had the pleasure of a Skype call with him and Ameena and it was quite enjoyable. @dannybrown:disqus  and Lisa did an excellent job for him w/ his new look.
    I know Stu quite well too and he’s a hard worker and very deserving mention.I’ve recently acquainted myself w/ Margie through Gini and enjoy her tremendously; you have to give me 30 days before you and @ginidietrich:disqus can tell her any stories. I’m much more mature now, I don’t act like that anymore……………:).
    You know how we like hanging out at your place; you haven’t complained once about @howieatskypulsemedia:disqus or I leaving wet rings on your table from our beers, or the ants that started to show up for the crumbs from our potato chips. Just be careful leaving your back door unlocked like that…..just sayin’….I mean, we’ll behave but I’ve seen the way some of these other people are; they act like they’ve never  been out before or something.

    Good to see you and hope you can be really back now; we missed ya…………

  • http://www.3hatscommunications.com/blog/ davinabrewer

    Thanks for the shout-out, so nice of @UnlockTheDoor:disqus to ask me to participate in his great series on value. So psyched for @ginidietrich:disqus and @Shonali:twitter  for their picks in the top PR blogs, nicely done. Only done a little lurking around @MargieClayman:disqus  Blog Library, will have to give it a closer look. And h/t to @johnfalchetto:disqus new website and now, Top Stalker. World domination cannot be far behind. FWIW.

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

    BTW did you see how long a list of stalkers and stalker-wanna-be-attempters you have?

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      LOL! I’m smiling about that – I won’t lie and say that I don’t love it ;) .

  • Anonymous

    Aw, thanks for the mention Griddy! It’s great to see you back in action, as this confirms you haven’t been tangled up in the Brooklyn Bridge and killed by plane missiles ;-)

    Seriously, I appreciate the kind words. We must hook up on Skype at some point and ‘chew the fat’!

    BTW, I’ve noticed I haven’t appeared in your Top Talkers of the Month sidebar for the past few months? Not that I’m after more attention, but I wonder whether there’s a glitch in there somewhere?

    Anyway, take care Gridzilla :-)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Stu,
      You are most welcome my friend and it was truly my pleasure. I’m sorry that I didn’t get around to doing this earlier although I started this post last week. And no – I wasn’t tangled up in any bridge thank God haha.

      We definitely should chat on Skype sometime. Will send you an email with my skype name so by all means do add me.

      As for you not showing up on the Top Commenters sidebar – you’re right. The only thing I can think of is that it’s because you’re not registered with Disqus. Cause I don’t see a link to your blog with your name here when you type a comment. So please – if you don’t mind – sign up with Disqus so that people have a direct link to your blog when you comment. I’m not sure if that’s the reason but it’s worth a shot. If that doesn’t work out – will look into it some more for sure. I apologize for any inconvenience and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      I missed my Gridzilla name hahaha.
      Nice to see you back here and once again – AWESOME job on your value series. You brought it and then some!

      Have a great week.
      Talk soon.
      Ciao

      • http://www.unlockthedoor.net Stuart Mills

        Cool stuff my dear, it’s see to see you in action again!

        I’ve updated my Disqus profile, there were a few details missing, including website address.

        Looking forward to Skyping like there’s no tomorrow ;-)

      • http://www.unlockthedoor.net Stuart Mills

        Cool stuff my dear, it’s see to see you in action again!

        I’ve updated my Disqus profile, there were a few details missing, including website address.

        Looking forward to Skyping like there’s no tomorrow ;-)

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          Hey – there’s a link to your blog through your name now :) woohooo!
          Looking forward to it too – but remember – Marcus wasn’t kidding about the connection lol. I end up having to revert to the old fashioned way – the telephone Grrr….

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

      Just a suggestion for you Stu, if you want to Skype with Griddy you may want to notify the Lebanese government to transfer all internet speed to Griddy’s house…otherwise you may be in for a struggle ;-)

      • http://www.unlockthedoor.net Stuart Mills

        Crikey, I might have to contact my own government to set up ‘diplomatic connections’ then ;-)

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          That sounds much more feasible than my side doing anything about it. It’s like the ice age when it comes to skyping. Well…you and your luck I suppose. By the way – I haven’t logged in a while – did you add me yet?

          • http://www.unlockthedoor.net Stuart Mills

            Just added you Griddy, let the fun times commence! :-)

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Hahaha!
        I haven’t used Skype in a long while – but I’m hoping it’s improved – maybe they accorded us a summer present ;) .

  • http://www.findallanswers.com Jane | Find All Answers

    Great great… congo everyone. May I ask why the MIA, Griddy?

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Jane :) .
      I had a few things come up so I was spending a little less time online. I wasn’t completely MIA but just not as present as I usually am :( . I missed you all and I’m slowly getting back to normal blogging mode.
      Hope all is well on your end my dear.
      All the best.

      Cheers

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

      In case you weren’t aware Jane, Griddy is a secret agent (oops, I’m really not supposed to say that). So there will be times when she’s MIA and no one will know…but heck, Griddy doesn’t usually know until the morning of her missions…and then as soon as she finds out the little piece of paper that gave her directions blows up…you know how it is. ;-)

  • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

    Whoa! I don’t do well in third place. I blame you for being MIA. 

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

      Last month was fixed. We wanted to see if you would rise up to the challenge. The agreement was @johnfalchetto:disqus would comment like crazy and @Griddy:disqus and I would ensure he has lots of comments to respond too. Then we paid Vinny the Chin in Chi-Town to keep you busy so you didn’t notice John creeping into the lead then slowly leave you in the dust. It was full on International Team of Mystery Work at it’s best!

      • http://spinsucks.com Gini Dietrich

        I’m going to send Vinny to France to break John’s fingers so I win this month.

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

          I’m sending my friends to Chicago, pedaling without legs can be tough

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          LMAO!

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Yes – it’s kinda like a horse race here – We fix everything. We’re even handing out drugs that enhance commenting lol. They make you type more and faster.

        Speaking of Chin – did you send him his salami yet? I got a call from him saying he got duped and that the cheque bounced! ;)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hahaha! Yah I figured you don’t handle bronze too well ;) .

  • http://twitter.com/tomewer Tom Ewer

    I love your top commenter feature – great idea! Great way to build a sense of community.

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Tom,
      Thanks so much :) . I’m glad you like the feature and I know a few others enjoy the fun race as well.
      Community is what it’s all about for me when it comes to blogging. Much like people are the life of the party – comments are the life of a blog!
      Nice to have you here among us.

      Cheers

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

    Just saw this, and I’m jumping into a call. Oh my gosh as Marjorie said!
    I will be back.

    Take this Mr Dorman :)

    • http://twitter.com/bdorman264 Bill Dorman

      Congrats buddy, you da man. I didn’t want to be a total comment hog. Plus, Griddy has taken me off the board; my mug doesn’t even show up anymore. Personally, I thought the new Avatar was better than the original one; maybe I need to work on another one…………..

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        I have the board set to refresh automatically every month ;) . Sorry Bill! But you’re still the leader with most comments in a month – and by far I think!!!

        As for the new avatar – lookin’ goooood my friend hehe.

        • Anonymous

          I’m tellin’ ya, it kicked me out. I have the ‘token’ credit for one comment and it’s got some cloud head thingamebob by my name now. Better be careful and not unleash the beast……I might go for 1,000 comments…………:)

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            Ok this is so weird – some of your comments are appearing with you actual name and a link to your blog and others are the same as your Twitter account. Are you using different ways to comment? Not sure why – Will try and figure it out. Sorryyyyy :( .

            Oh, and UNLEASH him – we can handle it! Hahaha

            • Anonymous

              Grrrrrrr………………look out now…………………the beast within…………:)

              Actually, I have your posts in Google Reader so I’m guessing my replies are coming from the same place. Billy broke your system w/ his banner month. It’s cool though, I had my 15 minutes of fame (and new car) so we’ll let someone else have the spotlight.

              Hope you have a great weekend.

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

        Bill I heard you already gambled away the small fortune you won for May. Hopefully @johnfalchetto:disqus  does better with his winnings.

        • Anonymous

          I’m still driving the new car though (unfortunately I’m living out of it now too) and if @johnfalchetto:disqus wants it this month, he will have to come get it.

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

            Thanks Bill, should we tell them now that we exchanged Avatars this month, John?

            • Anonymous

              And I think you are getting credit for my comments too. I’m serious; I have disappeared from the board, maybe I had too many comments. I heard @UnlockTheDoor:disqus  say his weren’t showing up either. Maybe @Griddy:disqus put us on double secret probation or something………..:)

          • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

            So did you like the little smart car I sent ya? Did it come in a box? Did you fit in it? Hehe :)

            • Anonymous

              It doesn’t sleep well but I’m getting great gas mileage. When I sell my blood I can typically afford a 6-pack of beer and have enough gas to last me for the week.

        • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

          You mean he already spent the ten kilos of fake gold I sent to him? Wow – I bet he hit Vegas! Lol ;)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      No rush! I’m not going anywhere lol ;) .

    • http://vizsource.info/ Kim Davies

      Congratulations for being the Top Stalker for June, John. :) You are indeed giving Bill, the SuperSocialMan, a run for his money. :D

      • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

        Oooo I like the name you gave Bill here Kim. SuperSocialMan sounds just about right! :)

  • http://trafficcoleman.com/blog/official-black-seo-guy/ Black Seo Guy

    You listed a lot of unknown people to me, but I will try to visit their twitter pages to get to know them better..networking networking..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Antonio,
      Definitely some great folks there. Hope you get the chance to meet them.
      Thanks for dropping by.
      Cheers

  • http://www.margieclayman.com Marjorie Clayman

    Oh my gosh, Ingrid. Thank you thank you thank you for your kind words about my little baby!!! I so appreciate your support!!!! :)

    • http://nittygriddy.com/ Ingrid Abboud

      You’re most welcome Margie and it’s totally my pleasure :) ). We should be thanking you for taking the time to build that site and make our lives easier!

      Have a wonderful day.
      Cheers superstahhh!