Bring IT! What Are Your Blogging Pet Peeves?

Blogging Pet Peeves Bring IT! What Are Your Blogging Pet Peeves?Hello My Lovelies,

Welcome to round 9 of Bring IT!

I had a hard time coming up with a topic for you this week – not because of my lack of ideas but because of my lack of inspiration on each of the ideas I had. I know how that sounds but hear me out.

I’m always inspired to write. And of course, I will choose topics that interest me, that I can learn more from through people’s comments and that I think my readers can benefit from in some way or other.

But here’s the thing…although I have an endless amount of topic ideas for this series, I have to be in the right mood to talk about a certain topic on any given day. Let’s face it, some days you’re in the mood for pizza and others for pasta. But you love both and you could eat both forever but your day’s appetite can crave one more than the other. Simple as that!

Does that ever happen to you? Where you have this brilliant idea for Wednesday but come Tuesday night, you’d rather write about something else?

Well, that’s what happened to me last night. While going through my list of kick-ass ideas for Bring IT! posts, all I could think of was “Mehhh”. I kinda went through something similar last week as well.

My Silly Train of Thought

If you knew the train of thought that lead me to this week’s question, you’d laugh.

You see, I had this dog as a kid (up until I was child of 26) called Cleo. I adored her. She was my baby and my best friend. I know how cliche that sounds but it’s true. I would tell her everything and she actually listened with that sweet confused look of hers. I’d also take her everywhere with me and let me tell you, she was treated like a queen, well…at least much better than I was by every airline stewardess in the world.

Cleo Bring IT! What Are Your Blogging Pet Peeves?

My Baby Cleo Lookin' Cool

There’s something about cute little fluffy dogs that turns people into children. I didn’t even need to smile when I asked for something, I’d just put her on my lap and I had all the bread, nuts and attention that a passenger could ever ask for.

The point of my story is that I was going to relate today’s Bring IT! to my favorite pet – Cleo. And I had this fun idea on how to go about it. And I’ll still do that in an upcoming post :D. But I woke up this morning and while repeating the word “pet” in my head a thousand times it hit me.

Pet Peeves! Tadaaaaa…

And that my fellow friends and bloggers is how Cleo or “Pooter/Tooter” as I use to call her (don’t ask), helped me out once again.

I know I’ve rambled, but you’re still here so it means my rambling was entertaining. And if you think about it, it wouldn’t really be rambling since it’s somewhat coherent so let’s just call it deep thoughts or musings. Ha!

And now that I’ve finally shut up, are you ready to Bring IT!?


I’ll be in the conversation room (otherwise known as comments) waiting for you. I actually wanted to call it my “conversation lair” but I was scared to tread on Mufasa’s ground. The last thing you want to do is mess with a mane’s den – no matter how good of friends you are lol ;).

What Are Your Blogging Pet Peeves?

When you visit a blog, what makes you scratch your head and say, “why on earth would they do that?!” Or even, “why the heck would they not have that?!”

This is your chance to rant on Griddy’s blog so let it all out and tell me what pisses you off or what sort of annoys you.

As for Me…

I’m generally a passive person (and blogger). Umm…kind of.

But I’ve had a few (cough) of those “Huh?” and “WTF!” moments when visiting blogs.

I’ll restrict myself to these because I want YOU to share YOUR pet peeves with me and my fabulous community.

My Huh’s and WTF’s:

  • Not having an About Page/Contact me – Are you kidding me?! Is that not like one of the first rules of blogging?

Okay folks, if I like a blog, I WILL make an effort to connect. And if I don’t know who to connect with and what that person’s about then my interest drops a few notches.

I’m not asking for an entire life story here, just the basics that tell me you’re human. That you’re like me and that you and your blog have a welcoming air of sharing and community.

Oh, and if I can’t see how to contact you, then I won’t! If you can’t be bothered to make it easy for me, then I can’t be bothered either.

  • Crappy or messy design – C’mon! There are like 10,000 different free themes you can use. One of them must be pleasant on the eyes for Pete’s sake.

Okay, I’m not saying that nittyGriddy is a masterpiece – far from it actually. But it’s not too shabby if you ask me. And you know what? I’m using a free theme that I tweaked a bit.

People tend to judge based on appearances. First impressions matter and it will take them but a few seconds to judge your site.

I’m not asking you to invest mad money into a design nor to learn CSS. I didn’t do either of those things. Well, I recently invested peanuts in Headway and a little more on a designer – but it didn’t cost me the skin on my ass. I’m just asking you not to bore me or confuse me.

Keep it simple, keep it clean, but keep it perrrty.

  • No dates on posts – Am I reading something from this century?

This might not be a biggie and I can totally understand why people don’t like to include dates – especially for personal development blogs and such – since the information doesn’t really go out of date. But when I read a blog post that’s recommending Google Buzz to me or some other tool or plugin – I’d love to know when it was written so I can see if it’s still relevant.

Seriously guys, have you seen some of the outdated SEO advice floating around on blogs? I don’t want to be reading the hot new tool from 5 years ago that no longer exists, only to find that out after going through the trouble of looking for it.

I often find myself scrolling through the comments section to see if there’s a time stamp on those. Please don’t make me do that. Thank you.

  • Long-ass paragraphs – I didn’t say posts – I said paragraphs! Jeez!

I realize this post is on the longish side but did you notice the size of my paragraphs? How about the headings that are in bold? I’ve made it easy for you to skim through if that’s all you want to do – although I hope not.

If you expect your readers to stick around and comment, you need to be organized and you need to break it up!

  • No Twitter handle on your Tweet button – If you care about being retweeted then you should care about this.

For the Love of God, please make it easy for me to retweet you. Trust me, it’s in your best interest.

You’ve already made the effort to install the plugin so why not take another 10 seconds to do it properly?

I admit to being pretty good about going out of my way to find your handle and doing it myself (if your post is THAT good), but how long do you think I’ll keep doing that for?

Listen up!

Your Twitter handle and your URL are NOT optional if you have a TweetMeme button of any kind. This rule also applies for all Social Media buttons.

  • Not knowing your name if you comment – The last thing I want to do is call you “Hey there“. I don’t like it and I don’t think it suits you.

If you don’t have a link to your name or your blog or your whatever when you comment on my blog, then please include it in the text somewhere. I don’t care if you invent one or call yourself “the anonymous lover” or “Scoobydoo” – just let me know what to address you as when I reply. Thank you.

  • No email notification for replies – One word for you…ReplyMe.

It’s fine to have a Subscribe to Comments option but some people don’t want to have to get 100 emails in their inbox because of your post while they wait for your reply to their specific comment.


Alright, I’ve given you my pet peeves and yes, there are a few more like:

  • Irrelevant ads
  • Misleading titles
  • No search bar
  • No images or credits
  • Light colored text on dark background
  • blah blah blah

But now it’s your turn to rant!

What About You?

What makes you tick?

Let’s hear it! Bring IT!

[image credit: via Yankeegals Cafe]


SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #23

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

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

Sure you do and so have I lately :).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what do I do?

I write again!

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

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

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

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

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

What do you do?

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

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

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

Time for Some Goodies…

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

Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blogging Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Money Making Tools

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

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


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

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

Traffic Building

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

Internet Marketing

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


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

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

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

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

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

[image credit: via Awakening Business Solutions]

Bring IT! Do You Prefer Full or Partial Posts in RSS Feed?

full vs partial rss feed Bring IT! Do You Prefer Full or Partial Posts in RSS Feed?Hello My Lovelies,

So, I gotta admit…I think it takes me just as much time to choose a topic for Bring IT! as it does to talk with you about it.

You know what I mean when I say that right? Cause, I honestly feel like I’m having a conversation with you guys when I’m writing this series – actually I pretty much feel that way with most of my blog posts.

The thing is – I have a decent roundup of topics that I choose from every week. But at the same time, I often get to each one and think “nahhh, this one’s too vague, this one’s too easy, this one I’ve written about already, this one is gonna’ take forever, this one is a simple yes or no answer, this one doesn’t suit my mood today, this one…”

You get my point?

What I could and should do in 30 minutes or so takes me well over an hour or two. Plus, there’s that whole “I’m anal in proofing” thing, where I go back and forth a zillion times before clicking publish. That’s why I should really leave things till the last minute as I did with last week’s Bring IT! post. Although that time wasn’t by choice.

Talk about procrastination eh?

I think I came to the inevitable conclusion long ago and it was officially established that I work best under pressure. Seriously, ask my teachers. Heck, just ask my mother!

Anyhow, it seems I’ve veered a bit off topic so let’s get back to the main theme of this week’s discussion.

Are you ready to Bring IT!?

Yeah, I can’t really hear you if you’re just gonna’ mumble your response. Just type really loud in the comments and I’ll be listening okay ;)?

Great! Now tell me…

Do You Want Full Posts or Snippets in your RSS Feed?

This is actually a two-sided question that’s probably been debated since the dawn of blogging. But I’m still curious to know what you do AND what you prefer to receive from other blogs you’re subscribed to. For there’s a good chance, those might be different depending on your role (blogger or reader).

So here are my 2 questions for you this week.

  1. What do you send out to your subscribers? Your full posts or snippets of your content with a “read more” that they have to click on to go to your blog?
  2. What do you prefer to receive from blogs you’re subscribed to and why?

As For Me…

My mail subscribers receive partial posts from me in their inbox’s once a week (on Mondays). I didn’t want to bombard people with daily emails and I wasn’t sure how many articles per week I’d be writing – whether daily, 3 times a week, whatever…

In all honesty, when I first signed up for FeedBurner, I had no clue as to the differences or reasonings behind each argument. I simply thought partial posts would “look” nicer and the feed would be “shorter” – as silly as it may sound. Heck, I didn’t even think of the whole traffic factor. Sure, it’s common sense, but I was still a newbie and didn’t know what my goals were and how far “this blogging thing” could take me.

Some of the advantages I’ve seen for partial RSS posts thus far are:

  • they serve as teasers – meaning your headline better rock if you want someone to click on it
  • they generate traffic to your blog since the person on the other end is automatically taken back to your blog to “read more”
  • they make it easier to measure what stories your readers are interested in
  • the email is shorter – if you’re sending out one email per week, and you’ve written 3 Griddy-length articles, can you imagine the length of the email? Yikes!
  • they allow readers to comment on the posts – if you read the full post in your Google Reader or on your mobile, you can’t comment and you may not go the extra step to do so

Now these benefits may sound pretty good, but after reading numerous opinions by hundreds of folks and learning a little more on my own, I’m becoming more inclined to switch to full posts. And here’s why…

I figured that if I prefer to receive full posts from the blogs I’m subscribed to, then I should offer people what I want them to offer me. I guess it’s one of those “don’t do unto others what you don’t want them to do to you” things right?

Our internet connection is pure crap! Well…compared to yours that is. I also hate to read full articles on my mobile but for some strange reason I do once in a while – especially if I’m not in front of my computer. So loading an entire web page on your phone can be a bit of a drag. A full post is therefore much more practical to read in my case.

By providing my readers with a full text feed, I think I’ll be making their life easier and the content easier to grasp. Many people read posts through their reader and by having the entire article available just makes it more convenient for them. And blogging is about helping others right?

I also think that blogging is about having some reach, connecting with your readers and eventually spreading your influence. And from what I know, full feeds pave the way for those three things.

The downside to full RSS posts, is that content scraping becomes a lot easier for spammers and thieves. And the more popular your blog, the more likely you’ll start to see your words floating around the blogosphere.

I think I’ve shared too much already.

What About You?

I know I’m missing tons of other good reasons or arguments for each, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As a blogger, what do you provide your subscribers?

As a reader, what do you want to get in your feed – full posts or snippets?

Do you think a title and 3 or 4 lines is enough to capture the interest of your readers?

Are you looking for web traffic, ad sales (if you have ads on your blog) or influence?

Now…I dare say Bring IT!

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A Very Special SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #22

Time passes A Very Special SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #22


Hello My Lovelies,

Isn’t it crazy how time passes so quickly? I mean here we are getting ready for Monday again. I could have sworn it was Friday and that I had the entire weekend ahead of me to just do nothing.

Time So Precious

They say time passes quickly when you’re having fun. Well, time goes just as fast when you’re doing nothing and even faster when you need it the most. Danny Brown reminded me of that last night when I read his recent post on how precious time is. His words are powerful and served as a great reminder. And as usual, he’s so right!

“Time is precious. We need to remember to treat it as such”


I had a different theme planned for you today. But when I read my friend Danny’s insightful post, it put me in a different mind set. His timing struck a chord. So although my other topic can wait – this one here…can’t!

Of Loss and Insight

As I said to DB in my comment, I believe there are two things that money can’t buy – time and health. And they are the two most important things in life after your family and those you love. And yet, they’re directly related.

Seven years ago this coming Tuesday (March 22), I lost someone who was very dear to me; someone I owed a lot to, someone I loved with all my heart. It was unexpected and very sudden.

I never had the chance to thank him when he was alive nor to tell him how much he meant to me or how my life was better because he was in it. I would give my right arm to have that chance and I pray that he went knowing those things.

To this day when I go visit him, I tell him.

I tell him what a remarkable man I thought he was. For he was truly brilliant and incredibly cultured.

I thank him for opening his heart and home to me. For he didn’t have to.

I tell him that we’re strong as hell and that we’re doing okay – but that we miss him (some even much more than me) and we’d be doing better if he was still here. For he had a presence like null other.

I tell him that I didn’t keep the promise I made him when he passed but that I’m still trying – but not as hard as I should. For I often forget that our time is limited.

I know that when you generally come here, you read with a smile and sometimes laugh a little along the way. Today I want you to smile but I want you to realize that time is what you’d kill to have more of. Time is what passes when you’re busy paying attention to the things and people that don’t matter.

You see, those that matter are next to you. Whether online or off, they’re right there.

I have this notion that I’m invincible, and that those I love and care about are as well. Nothing bad can happen to us – God forbid. I’m almost convinced of that to the point where I have to remind myself that we’re not! WE ARE NOT INVINCIBLE!

So today I’m asking you to please make the time for those around you; those you love, those you don’t want to live without. Don’t take them for granted. Don’t assume that time is infinite. Yours isn’t!

If you need to make amends then do so before it’s too late. I don’t care if you were right or wrong. Put your damn pride aside and make the first step! There’s no shame in being the bigger person.

If you want to tell someone you love them, then tell them every time you get the chance – but even more so, show them! For actions speak so much louder than words.

And if you’ve been meaning to spend time with someone special but keep putting it off – then remember this:

“for every day that goes by and that you don’t, it’s one day less where you’ll get to see them. And believe me when I say that there will come a day when you’ll be bargaining with God to get just one day back. And then an hour. And then one minute…”

I think I’ve said enough.

And Now Time for the Goods

If by reading this you’ve had that “aha” moment then I’m happy to have served as a little reminder. Danny was mine. If you smiled, then I’ve accomplished something good today. And if you teared or choked up a little – as I did – then pull yourself together, cause you’ve got quite the reading homework to do with this kick-ass roundup that I’ve got for you this Sunday ;).

So without further ado, here are this week’s SuperPosts on all things Social Media, Blogging Tips, SEO, Internet Marketing, Traffic Building, Online Money Making Tools and more.

Social Media

Let’s face it. If you run a business, you didn’t get into social media for engagement. You didn’t see it as a customer relations tool. You’re not in it for the lulz. You built your business Facebook page and your branded…

We all know how important Social Media is and we all know that it HAS to be a part of your blog or business marketing game plan. What I want to talk about is people trying to over complicate or even learn what social…

The best post on social media that you have likely never read is this one from Hugh in 2005.  In it, Hugh makes the case for corporate blogging (remember this was a year before Twitter was launched and the Goliath…

I remember listening to one of Gary Vee’s talks where he said that he wishes he could erase his Social Media notoriety only so that he could show that the hard work and his passionate approach to marketing…

Are you looking for some creative ideas to enhance your social media activities? If so, look no further. To help you lay down tracks for social media success, here’s a solid list of strategies from eight top social media experts…

Recently, Phil Collins, drummer for Genesis and soft rock superstar, announced that he was retiring from the rock music industry after an illustrious 40-year career. Whether this will be like Michael Jordan’s 2-3 retirement…

Say hello to Boo. Who is Boo? Simply put, Boo is a canine with almost one million fans on Facebook. But how? Dogs can’t type! Or can they…? This precious Pomeranian can teach us a few lessons when it comes to being “liked”…

So what has caused me to pose this fundamental question? Well I have been compiling my Top Twitter Lists for over a year now and for some time I have had a feeling that it has been easier to find interesting…

Blogging Tips

In the age of choc-o-block mediocre blog(s) that no one reads, and the emergence of A list bloggers with book deals, it can be a difficult decision to decide to launch a new blog into an over-saturated market…

Lately, I’ve been receiving a number of emails with two repeating questions: 1. How do you get so many comments to your blog? 2. How do you get so many quality comments on you blog? Good questions indeed…

When was the last time you looked at your About (me) page in your blog? How effective is your About page or do you even have one setup to begin with? If your answers to the above questions are never, no, nope, not…

Link Building

In the late 1800?s, Kaiser Wilhelm wanted to get rid of a number of his associates in the German government. Since many of them were old, he decided to set the age of retirement to 65 and successfully forced them out of their positions…

Online Money Making Tools

Is A Blogging Income Reality? Over the past year I have seen more and more people wanting to start blogging to earn an income. The problem is they get started thinking that making an income from blogging is easy…


Some bloggers buy post topics, I prefer to get mine from my favorite CEO, Gini Dietrich. I never thought I would write a post about Dora the Explorer.  A kid’s cartoon character seems  irrelevant to us. I should be using grown-up…

Outsourcing. We all know it’s important for growing an Internet business.  With a virtual assistant you can streamline a business and get a lot of things of done.  One of the reasons I was able to live out of a backpack for seven months…

Branding is perhaps the most over used word in business. I can totally understand why; there’s so much fuss about how impactful branding is on a business. For instance, the total monetary value of the coca-cola company’s asset…

You know me as James Chartrand of Men with Pens, a regular Copyblogger contributor for just shy of two years. And yet, I’m a woman. This is not a joke or an angle or an analogy — I’m literally a woman. This is my story…

One of the first lessons I learned when I started out in business was this: “Always think really hard, before you slam the door of opportunity behind you!” It was 1995, I was 29 years of age and my marketing business was just…

New technology is everywhere making everything from phone calls to group collaboration easier and more efficient.  However, even with all these wonderful improvements many businesses are still reluctant to use them…

Call me shallow, but I judge a book by its cover – and I judge who I buy from the same way. When I’m thinking of giving a business my money, I pay attention to first impressions. Do they have a nice website? Do they have a “real”…

Are you like many people who have always dreamed of starting a home-based business? The internet now makes it possible. Not only is it possible, it’s also easy and highly profitable. Have you ever wondered why…

Big life-changing decisions should come about after agonizingly long hours of thinking and plotting, analyzing and scrutinizing, predicting and planning. People should not make decisions that change the course…

This probably seems like a strange question to ask considering most of you are already adults (unless your name is Brett Hagberg).  Do you remember when we were kids and when people asked us what we wanted to be…

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act…

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Are Your Tweets Timely?  Are Your Tweets Timely?

Ever wonder why some of your tweets make more of an impact than others? Sure, we all do!

Do you know why?

Don’t just quickly answer YES, because I’m about to ask you to tell me. Hmm…need to time to think?

You probably thought of one or more of the following:

  • It depends on the headline or what you’re tweeting
  • It depends on the time of day or night when you’re tweeting
  • It depends how many of your followers are online at the same time and paying attention
  • It depends on how many lists you’re on that people can go back to and check for missed tweets
  • It depends on how many followers you have
  • It depends on how many of your followers are active or “engage”
  • It depends on your Klout score or your online “influence” – think again!
  • The list ofit depends goes on…

Am I right?

Looks like we think alike :D. But have you ever taken the time to analyze when your tweets have the most impact? As in Dan Zarrella style?

In all honesty, neither have I. My assumptions are simply based on common sense or educated guesses.

I pretty much tweet whenever I have something to share or say to someone. Basically, whenever I want or have time. But once in a while, I manually schedule a tweet or two with Hootsuite to go out while I”m away. You see, when I go to bed, most of my blogger friends are just finishing dinner. And believe me when I tell ya, I’m usually up till the wee hours of the night. Damn time difference sleeping habits!

Enter Timely

According to Sysomos, roughly 71% of tweets are ignored or get no response from the twitterverse.

Well, there’s this relatively new web application from the good people at Flowtown called Have you heard of it? Cause I hadn’t till now and I’m quite the fan of Flowtown’s work.

It seems that Timely helps you schedule up to 9 tweets per day so that they have maximum impact. Basically, they find the best or “right” time for your tweets so that:

  1. They have an audience
  2. They have the biggest potential of being retweeted

How Does it Work?

As your Twitter account changes and your following grows, Timely automatically adjusts accordingly and provides you with new predictions. Heck, I wish they made an application that could tell me when the money train was passing by!

You’re allowed as many Twitter accounts as you like and you can also invite an unlimited amount of collaborators to work on the same account. Meaning – if more than one friend or colleague manage the same account, they can all work together.

Now, I could get into the details by regurgitating what the Timely folks say or I could simply provide you with this self-explanatory screenshot from their website.

How does Timely work1 Are Your Tweets Timely?

My Ramblings Thoughts

Sounds pretty simple eh? Yes and no, I suppose. But I”m not much of a techie. However, I would have preferred that the system base its analyses on a little more that 199 tweets.

According to TweetStats, I tweet about 33 times a day. I’m not sure how accurate this is but if that’s the case, then Timely would be basing its predictions on my last 6 days of tweeting. Granted, each person has their own ‘twythm‘, but I’m assuming that many if not most of the folks who would consider scheduling a few tweets (or already do) or who’d want to know when to target their tweets, would be avid Twitter users – so they may want to have their results based on more than a few days worth of activity. Just my 2 cents.

Anyhow, I think I’ve analyzed this more than I should have so let’s just see how it goes for now.

I only signed up yesterday and I wanted to try it out for myself to see how well it works. The good thing is that it provides you with a basic performance metric that displays each tweet along with the clicks it received, the number of times it was retweeted and its overall reach.

Timely performance Are Your Tweets Timely?

Hmm…better luck on the next batch ;). Shoot, now I might have to convince you that I do get retweeted every so often lol.

You can also see the articles that are waiting to be tweeted and can push them up to so that they can trade times with the first one in line.

Timely queue Are Your Tweets Timely?

I think a little drag and drop option would have been pretty neat here. It would give you a little more control and would make switching tweets (all while keeping the same times that were advised) more practical than with the “Move to Top” option you see now. Not sure if that would screw things up or not but just another of my 2 cents worth.

Anyhow, this is still my first day of trial but I think it’s an interesting tool to try out and do a little research with to get an idea of when you’re getting your strongest responses. So if you haven’t already, do give Timely a go and see when your tweets are golden because all in all, the concept is quite clever and easy to use. Plus, it’s absolutely free (unless you upgrade to the pro version), and you’ve got nothing to lose!

In the long run though, I’m not sure whether I’ll keep using it or not. So far I’m happy having everything under one platform – it just makes my life easier. But I’m definitely curious to see the results from this experiment so I”m at least giving it a week or so. You never know – I could always be persuaded.

Have you tried Timely?

Were the results what you hoped for?

How accurate do you think this tool is?

Do you now have a better idea of when to tweet your posts or other?

I’d love to hear your review on this tool if you’ve used it and even what you think if you haven’t.

Bring IT! What Non-Social Media Blogs Do You Read?

cartoon blogosphere Bring IT! What Non Social Media Blogs Do You Read?Hello My Lovelies,

So I started working on this week’s Bring IT! on Monday only to log on again this afternoon to continue so that I could smile with pride and excitement until 7 pm (Noon EST) when I’d finally click on publish. But instead, I got distracted 5 minutes later and decided to visit a couple of my favorite blogs – my daily rituals if you will. I started with Danny Brown…

And that’s when my mouth dropped and I cussed a little (not at Danny) by the mere sight of the familiar title of his latest post,  “Of Comment Trolls and Flash Mobs”.


Well, my original (unfinished) Bring IT! post for today was “How Do You Deal with Negative Comments?”. I even had a fabulous little image that said, “don’t feed the troll“. Actually, I also had another snapshot of an “inappropriate” comment I received a while back. Not so much negative as it was flattering (NOT) in the most vulgar and inappropriate of ways. G.A.S.P is what I did and where it immediately went!

It seems that DB and I were in each other’s heads these 2 days – and really – who wouldn’t want to be in his brilliant head?. Dammit, I should have asked for a million dollars! Anyhoo, after I read it, I laughed at the incredible coincidence and applauded him (clapped in my head) for nailing it.

Much like all his blog posts, this one is no different. It’s super insightful and pretty much kicks-ass, so I would highly recommend that you go over there and share your thoughts with Danny and his readers on how you deal with comment trolls. In the meantime, I’m left with little time to panic and pull something new out of my ass – umm…sorry…what I mean is – whip up a new post lol ;).

“Now, think Ingrid, think! Close Twitter, don’t get distracted with the 50 or so tabs that are open and for crying out loud – THINK!”

Tick, tick, tick…

Got it!

Actually, that took like 40 minutes. I had a quick lunch then stared at the wall for a bit.

Alright, let’s Bring IT!

What “Other” Non-Social Media Related Blogs Do You read?

As Howie the Chief Alien from Sky Pulse Media might put it…what blogs that don’t blog about other bloggers and blogging do you read?

Now, we all read a ton of blogs that talk about Social Media, PR, branding, blogging tips, SEO tricks, internet marketing, traffic building strategies, link building tactics, best WP plugins…and so forth. Many of the ones I read should be obvious to you, as you’ll see me refer to them a lot here or on Twitter and Facebook.

But I also have a few that I occasionally read that don’t have much to do with Social Media related topics. They could be about absolutely nothing – kinda like Seinfeld – or maybe about personal development, current affairs or political discussions, cooking, underwater basket weaving, fishing, rock climbing, dog training…whatever!

I thought this would be a nice way to introduce each other to new and different blogs that we may find interesting. Let’s face it, there’s only so much we can read about blogging right?Plus, it’s a good way to promote others.

I don’t care if they’re popular or if they have 4 readers a month. If you like it – name it and tell us why.

As For Me…

  • Readhead Writing – You’ve seen me mention Erika here a few times and although she does touch upon Social Media related topics she also has this funny as hell series called The Bitch Slap. She’s blunt and opinionated as well as a fantastic writer.
  • My friend (IRL) Joudie’s cooking blog, Mood Food – As you may know, I can’t cook to save my life. But that doesn’t keep me from loving food – Middle Eastern especially. Joudie’s a fabulous chef with her own catering company in London. She cooks based on her moods. And trust me when I tell you that her moods are yummy. She’s got some delectable recipe’s of all kinds that are to die for.
  • The Middle Finger Project – Many of you  have probably heard of Ashley, but if you haven’t then I strongly urge you to check out her gutsy blog. She’s effin’ brilliant and many of the stories you’ll read there (including her own personal journey) will leave you speechless. This author brings a new meaning to sassy-ness, openness, honesty and telling it like it is.
  • The Oatmeal – I think everyone and their mother has heard of Matthew Inman and there’s a reason for that. His site is ranked at less than 2,000 on Alexa and his comics and quizzes are what you’d describe as hysterical, imaginative and frickin’ awesome. If you need a way to entertain yourself, do what I did a year ago and take a few of his quizzes and publish your scores.
  • The Personal Excellence Blog – Celestine Chua is probably one of the most popular personal development bloggers out there – but for good reasons. She has over 250,000 readers a month who latch on to every word on how to achieve excellence and live your best life. She’s inspiring writer and a prolific one at that. She’s currently running a 1 Million Dollar Challenge – something you may want to partake in.

There’s quite a few others that I occasionally visit such as Men with Pens (I love this one), Qifa Nabki (Lebanese politics), Sleep Talkin Man(funny as all heck yet strange) but I’m close to 1000 words (shocker) as it is and I have about 30 minutes left to proof this piece at least 20 times and find an image to go along lol. So that’s it for me!

What About You?

I’d love to learn about some “other” blogs out there, so please share your blogosphere with us.

What are some of the non-Social Media blogs you read?

Are they related to any of your hobbies?

Why do you read them and what’s great about them?

Bring ‘EM!

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Snowy SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #21

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Faraya, Lebanon

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday!

I tried to disconnect a bit this weekend. Maybe not a 100% but you may have noticed that I was less active the last 2 days or so – whether on Twitter or here. So for the few of you that are still waiting for a reply to your comment on last Wednesday’s Bring IT! post, I sincerely apologize for the delay – but you need not worry or lose hope for I WILL be responding very shortly :D.

I just needed a tiny break from spending over 15 hours a day glued to my computer screen. So I went up to the mountains for the some fresh air and the new batch of snow we got during this last storm. And as you can see, I still managed to bring my laptop along.

It’s psychological really. You see, I’m supposed to be working on a project for a client (actually 3 of them), but my brain just isn’t in “serious work mode” at the moment. But, if I know my work is near me, then I feel less guilty about doing something else instead. Does that make any sense to you?

Yes, We Get Snow and Stuff

Now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna’ ask that you lend me your ears for a minute as I clarify this whole snow storm thing as this is the second time I mention one in my SuperPosts.

For those of you who don’t know or are a bit skeptical of the snow we GET in Lebanon, allow me to educate fill you in. NO…we are not Utah or the Alps (far from it) – nor do we claim to be. But how does 8 or 9 feet of fresh powder sound to you? That’s right, get your ski’s and luge’s out lol!

We have mountains that rise well over 2,900 meters (9,515 feet) above sea level; we have ski domains and chalets that will put a few of the one’s you’ve seen to shame (obviously not all – but trust me when I say quite a few); by the end of this month until the beginning of April, we’ll be skiing in long sleeve t-shirts and already working on our farmer’s tan; we’re on the Mediterranean Sea – so the only desert we have is the sand on the seashore which spans across the entire coast of the country. So we may be in the Middle East, but we’re somewhat of an exception. And a great one at that!

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White and Fresh!

As I type today’s SuperPost, it’s minus 5 degrees Celcius (22 degrees Fahrenheit)  outside. Again, nowhere near a Canadian winter or an Alaskan Fall lol, but still pretty chilly.

I’m curled up in front of the fireplace at 6,800 feet and all I can hear is the crackling of the burning wood and the wind gushing through the snow-filled trees. And at this moment, there’s nowhere I’d rather be!

So to answer your question in your blog post Lori – right now – I’m IN my happy place ;).

But enough of me and my whereabouts – it’s not like you came here to read about snow and shit. I believe it’s…

Time for Some Goodies

Oh, just one last thing before the link love…

Remember my Guest Post on Danny Brown’s blog about Social Media manners? Well, thanks to all of you and your kick-ass comments, it’s now listed as one of the Top 5 posts on Danny’s site (Reader Favorites). Can you guess how big my smile is right now? 😉

Sorry, I just had to share that with you.

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

Social Media

This is a Guest Post from Darren Monroe of You can read the full (and impressive) bio at the end of the post. Enjoy I have been on Twitter since the early days. And I cease to be amazed by the interesting…

The last two years I have been travelling quite a lot for work, and although I love being in new and different places the disruptive aspect of travelling is not something I am very fond of. I don’t think I am the only…

Before going off to college, I was stuck. I had no idea what major I should pursue. I knew I was pretty good at video, and I liked to read books, but that was about it. So I asked a few of my dad’s friends who were in the advertising…

I had the strangest call from Charlie Sheen yesterday. “OK man, I’ve got 2 MILLION freaking people following me on Twitter and my Klout score still sucks.  Ya gotta help me!” “Charlie,” I calmly replied, “Klout scores…

Say PR, as in public relations,particularly during a conversation about marketing and/or social media, and participants are liable to have vastly different perspectives on the topic. Traditionally, public relations referred…

Blogging Tips

I browse many different blogs on a different range of  subjects and this week I asked myself what I thought made an awesome blogger. We all have our favorite blogs we visit more often than others, whether it’s because…

The days when glamour shots on a website satisfied its users are long gone. Today more than ever, transparency and reality are not only wished for but required in order to create deep and lasting connections on and offline…

Internet Marketing

Recently I was exposed to a new feature on Google Feedburner that I hadn’t been exposed to before. Well, actually it was not a new feature, but rather an old one, but new to me as I had managed to miss it when setting up…

In every aspect of successful blogging, there are two sides to the coin: the stuff you do on your blog, and the stuff you do outside of your blog. For example, with search engine optimization, you have on-page SEO…


I’m not an SEO Guru. I don’t even play one on TV. But lest your temptation to hit the Back Button overpowers your natural curiosity, you may take comfort in the fact that a lot of what goes into SEO is Educated…

This is something I was planning to do for awhile and after receiving many questions on the subject, here it is – SEO 101, the beginner’s ultimate guide for on-page SEO. According to some e-mails and comments…

Search-optimized blog posts are the holy grail of blog writing. Would you like to learn the best step-by-step method for writing them? That’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do in this post…

Traffic Building

Is blogging a struggle for you sometimes? I know it is a passion for most of us, and we love doing it. But sometimes it becomes a struggle. How to get more traffic, how to get more comments, how to come up with fresh topics…

Online Money Making Tools

Forbes just came out with its annual list of the richest people in the world. According to the list, there are 937 billionaires in the world. None of them are bloggers. Yet. While I pride myself on publishing blogging…

We all know that organic traffic generation is one of the more effective ways to attract unlimited and good quality visitors to your site or blog. After all, if your blog ranks well in the search engine results, you’ll see an influx…


Back in the day when I had a crush on bad-boy rapper 50 Cent, I would devour every hip-hop magazine, celebrity news story, or blog that featured his interview, movie review, or the 4-1-1 on who he was dating…

I never thought I would be an entrepreneur. I wasn’t raised in an entrepreneur family like my friend Mark Harai. After I graduated from McGill I worked as a freelance journalist, first in Jordan then in Egypt. In 1999 some friends…

Get around the web enough and you’ll notice more than a few hyped ‘systems’, ‘push-button software’ or ‘methods’ to make you incredible riches in mere days or weeks. Hell, you may have bought one or two of them before…

There’s rarely a literary backhand raised at Redhead Writing without it first being turned on myself. Much of the time, the columns in this series stem from some self-owed smackage. From mistakes I made when I started…

I’ve talked so much about how blogging and content marketing can change one’s business over the past year, but today I want to discuss a more personal, and quite possibly more rewarding, aspect to blogging…

You’ll often hear or read the times we live in referred to as the Information Age.  And Information is truly a valuable currency.  Even more so, now that digital self-publishing has advanced to the stage where the biggest…

The service is an easy-to-use email newsletter publisher. You set up a free account, submit your newsletter by email to an email account they assign you and the email gets published for your paying subscribers…


Bring IT! What Has Blogging Done for You?

Blog Love Bring IT! What Has Blogging Done for You?Hello My Lovelies,

It’s Wednesday – your Monday blues are gone, your work week is half-way done, your clients all rock and your friends all love you! So now smile and put your thinking helmets on, cause it’s time for you to Bring IT!

I already asked you what your blogging motivators are and what sets you apart from the crowd, so by no means is this week’s question a repeat.

I’m also not asking you why you blog. I did that a while back and a long overdo eBook is in the making :D.

What I am asking you however, is this:

What Has Blogging Done for You Lately?

What benefits have you enjoyed and what rewards have you seen SO FAR because of YOUR blog?

What good (or bad) things has blogging brought you?

Is it online success? Potential clients or new business opportunities? A new job? New connections and friends? Better communication skills? Speaking gigs at conferences? Global exposure? Book publishing deals?

Blogging can be a liberating experience – especially when you realize you’ve built a healthy blog that’s starting to thrive. The success you enjoy online can slowly start to pour into other areas of your “real” life.

You know what actually?

Why do we say “real” life?

There has to be a better term for it because let’s face it, this IS a part of my real life! I do something that pertains to blogging everyday – and it’s very real. Much like many of you – I too have an offline life – and a very active one at that. But today, blogging is just another part of my world in general.

As for Me…

I started blogging because I love to write. Simple as that. I had no clue what it entailed or where it would take me. Heck, I never imagined that I’d become hooked and meet some kick-ass individuals along the way.

Had I known then what I know now, I would have started long before and learned the ropes earlier on. For, although I became a blogger a little over a year ago, I didn’t really start to BLOG until after last summer – and our summers are long so that means Autumn ;).

In the few months that I’ve become more “serious” about blogging, these are some of the things I’ve enjoyed or benefited from. They came to me because of my work here on nittyGriddy or elsewhere.

  • I’ve become a better writer

Now, I’ve always been a pretty decent writer (I’m not bragging it’s just one of my forte’s – I suck at Science for example – no Bunsen burners within 10 feet of me please), but I’ve become a better “engaging writer”; one that speaks with her readers and not to them; one that encourages them to join the conversation.

As you well know, I write the way I talk – in the sense that I actually mouth the words while I’m typing (doing it now lol). This style of writing isn’t a luxury I can always afford to do. My clients in the banking or construction industries wouldn’t be too fond of my copywriting services if I were to really tell it like it is ;).

  • I kinda found myself

I didn’t think blogging and personal development would intertwine so much. But this particular series continues to do just that.

Sure, I use to find myself all the time writing in my little diary – but only to get lost again for another year until I remembered it. I found a new interest which turned into a passion and everyday makes me want to become better at what I do. I found a new discipline.

It also helped me build more confidence in my abilities.

  • Personal branding

I greatly improved my personal branding through my logo, visibility and writing. It’s helped me get my name out there and establish stronger credibility and trust. After all – any honest blogger will tell you that they want to be considered as a respected and trusted source.

Being recognized on lists such as Top 10 Up and Coming Women Bloggers, 125 Fearless Female Bloggers, Twitter’s Top 75 Badass Women and a few others also helped achieve this. But there’s still a long way to go.

Blogging has this incredible power to slowly mold you into an “influential” person.

  • Clients

Because of this blog, I’ve had (and continue to have) numerous potential clients contact me for copywriting and Social Media services.

I didn’t realize I could offer Social Media services so soon, but it turns out that I know a heck of a lot more than I thought. Oddly enough, it’s true – we always know more than we think, but less than we want.

I’ve recently taken on 3 new clients thanks to nittyGriddy.

  • Interview requests & speaking gigs

As a college athlete, my team and I were in the spot light quite often. Hell, I think I was one of the only Lebanese girls on earth to play fast pitch softball lol – so I had my fair share of media exposure.

Because of my online work and presence, I’ve been interviewed (an continue to be) for the communications and Social Media skills that I possess and for the kind of person that I am in general. It seems that my words are having some kind of an impact – little by little.

I’ve also been asked to come in and explain Social Media (best) practices to companies Marketing teams as well as partake in panels. These help establish my expertise and further reinforce my personal branding.

  • New friends and connections

I don’t believe there’s a blogger out there who can deny this. If you can, then you have no interpersonal skills whatsoever and you’re doing it wrong! If that’s you – then welcome to this community :). Watch, listen, learn and now talk WITH the nice folks who are already here.

Seriously though, networking (without it being work) has got to be the most rewarding one of all, and if you and I know each other, you’ll surely agree with me. I’ve met some remarkable people who I’m honored to say make up this blog’s community – many of which I call friends.

  • Time consuming

That’s probably the one thing that could be portrayed as a negative – although I don’t want it to be.

I’m enjoying this journey so much, that it’s led me to often neglect other priorities. I find myself putting off “real” (here’s that word again lol) work – the kind that pays – because of a lack of motivation.

Whenever I start working on a client’s project, I become distracted and realize that I’d rather be working on my next blog post. I’d much prefer to be writing about something that interests me, something that’s mine.

Now you obviously know that I could go on with a few more examples, but I think I’ve said enough already.

What About You?

What opportunities or good things have happened to you since you started blogging?

Bring IT!

SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #20

extra chewing gum SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #20Hello My Lovelies,

Wow, it’s week 20 of SuperPost Sunday already :D. Imagine that!

Bugs in Blogadise

So out of curiosity, has anyone else been having a bit of trouble with nasty bugs since they upgraded to WordPress 3.1? Cause I’m about to break the computer if I don’t figure out how to swat those little buggers very soon.

I’ve always referred to myself as being somewhat ATTAC – all things techie with abbreviations challenged – so if you’re having similar troubles and are a techie genie whose figured out how to fix these, then by all means – I’m all ears!

I can’t seem to link to any of my categories or else you would have seen one on my SuperPost Sunday up there ^^^. And I’m sure you’ve noticed that my picture is missing in the About Me widget on the right >>> and in my WTH tab. I know there are quite a few other things as well, but I don’t want this lovely Sunday to be ruined with a rant so I’ll stop here.

Mark’s Tao

On a happier note, I just received Mark Schaefer’s book, “The Tao of Twitter – Changing your life and business 140 characters at a time (not an affiliate – simply an Amazon link to make your life easier), and let me tell you – it’s loaded with helpful tips and stories making it addictive, educational and human.

I’ll most definitely be telling you a little more about it soon but until then, I suggest your read Brankica’s excellent review over at Live Your Love or that of our favorite expat, John Falchetto, over at Expat Life Coach.

Alright, I think that’s enough talking for now.

Time for Some Goodies

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

Social Media

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Some of us (or them, I should say) are entirely addicted to it, and the rest of us use it because we feel like we grew an extra limb and, even though we don’t really need it…

My friend and business partner Troy wrote a great piece yesterday about whether or not technology has improved or hindered our communication skills. It’s a timely topic with some awesome comments, and well worth the read…

When you were only following 10 people, Twitter seemed so peaceful. It was so quiet that you could hear the sound of a penny when it falls on the ground. Then when you started following back everyone or started to follow…

About a week ago, I worked my ass off. To be more precise: I worked my ass off pimping my Facebook fan page: After reading endless hours about how important fan pages are, and how much they can do for your online presence…

Soon after Wells Fargo bank launched its presence on Twitter, a staffer noticed a tweet from a customer who couldn’t find an ATM at the Las Vegas airport. “We simply said, ‘Hey, this is Wells Fargo. Here’s a list of ATMs in the…

I’m really grateful to Are for he had posted a great question here. I haven’t actually wrote a detailed post about photo arrangements for either New Profile or the upgraded facebook page…

As a website owner and marketer, I’m totally fascinated by the workings of Google, SEO, and general traffic generation. I’m sure we all are. But there’s one thing I often worry about–falling behind. Of course, as online…

Blogging Tips

Is finding time to blog something you struggle with? A number of people have asked me how they can find time to blog on top of everything else that I have going on. Writing content is vitally important for your blog. It is your source…

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with a local journalism student. She was working on a project and was tasked with talking to a business professional on the topic of blogs and content marketing. Troy must be fresh out of real pros…

Pretty strong title, huh? If you hadn’t noticed, I like ‘em that way…but I mean every word. Here’s why…When I woke up this morning, I had no earthly intention of writing this article, but while over at Blogging Bookshelf today…

You know who they are.  You’ve seen their trail of venom all over the interwebs.  I’m sure you have one that bothers you at least a couple times a month.  If you don’t, you’re lucky.  But, if you blog long enough, you will get one…

Traffic Generation

When I started thinking about writing an article for this contest in regards to traffic generation, I thought, “man…what else can we say about it already?!” We have read article after article about how to drive traffic to our blogs…

Internet Marketing

Here’s 10…how many do you have? Here we go… 1. Selfish content marketing.  People don’t care about you, they care about themselves.  Create content that solves customers’ pain points. Stop talking about yourself…

Did you know that one of the reasons for the success of Star Wars is that it follows the ultimate mythological story template? That’s why it connected so easily with people, because deep down, we all know this story…

I have almost given up counting the number of times people have emailed or asked me the question: How do you get so many comments on your blog? In fact one of my marketing friends jokes that all I have to do is say…

Online Money Making Tools

In the beginning, when most bloggers first install WordPress, they are filled with a sense of excitement and hope. They rarely envision themselves a year, two years, or even three years later, still struggling to generate a steady…


How do you feel about your competitors? There are generally 2 approaches people use, in order to rise above the competition and develop their business. 1. They stay just as they are and focus on trying to ruin their competitors...

It’s funny how life takes us in ways often unexpected. Such was the case for me after I graduated from West Virginia University in 2001. I had taken a job in Northern Virginia and within a few weeks of working at my ‘dream job’…

Have you heard the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” that matters? In business, this saying holds true… Leveraging relationships that matter is the most powerful way to get things done, and in some…

I’m a ‘take things as they come’ person so I usually don’t reflect much. But whenAbubakar Jamil asked me to write about thelessons I’ve learned in life for a project of his, I was super interested and immediately agreed…

This year’s big Oscar winner was The King’s Speech, taking awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Direction, and Best Writing (original screenplay). When I saw the movie a few weeks ago, I was certainly inspired…

I hate flying. So when it was suggested that I take a much needed visit to Portland, Oregon to visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was forced to surrender to my fears. Namely, that of stepping onto an airplane & flying 30,000…

Bring IT! What Sets You Apart from Other Bloggers?

stand out Bring IT! What Sets You Apart from Other Bloggers?

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you’re ready for round 5 of Bring IT! (This should have been a direct link to the series, but for some annoying reason, my links to categories isn’t working properly! Grrr…Sorry about that folks, you’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way until I screw on my techie hat.)

So, I decided not to pierce your eardrums again by telling you how amazing this series has been so far and how generous people have been in sharing their thoughts. You’ll just have to go see for yourself.

Dammit! I think I just deafen’d you a little more. Ooops ;)!

So, I’ve got a good question for you to chew on. You may wanna’ start sharpening your teeth and stretching your jaw muscles cause I’m expecting you to grind like M@&#% and then spit!

Here goes…

What Sets You Apart from Other Bloggers?

Country singer Loretta Lynn once said that you have to be “the first, best or different”. It’s also good Marketing advice to keep in mind.

There are literally millions of bloggers out there – whether in your niche or not. And many of them are exceptional. Some may even share the same brilliant content as you.


What sets you apart or makes you different?

What is your USP?

What do you do or have that keeps your readers coming back?

As for Me…

I have a few things which I think allow me to stand out somehow. I’m gonna’ try and limit my answers so as not to leave you with a trilogy but in case I don’t I’ll try and make sure you enjoy the line sequels.

First and foremost – I have CHARISMA. Don’t get me wrong – I’m far from being conceited. But much like you, I know a few of my qualities.

It’s one thing to rely on your smarts and great ideas or content, but I think the way you deliver them makes all the difference. I believe that monotony and blandness are your enemies.

Take a multi-national company for example. Is it always the hard-working and smart person that gets promoted? Sure they should be, but alas…Much like a political election or that of your high school prom king – charisma plays a key role.

I”m choosing to ignore looks as a deciding factor here. Not all bloggers look like Cindy Crawford or Gerard Butler (those are my pretty people and I’m sticking to them) and yet they rock in every which way.

Have you seen a few of the talk show hosts out there?

Charismatic nature trumps (should) physical appearance!

I’m full of life and it shows. I’ve learned how to grasp people’s attention when talking to and with them. I actually think it’s innate.

I emit an air of confidence but one that doesn’t exude arrogance. I find wits, smarts, humor and even sarcasm to be my strongest weapons. My faults are less apparent online and thank God for that lol.

I’m PERSONABLE and generally pretty FRIENDLY – just don’t cross me ;).

As you well know, I make the effort (although it’s natural and usually no effort at all) to engage with people. I nurture my community.

I listen, reply and show interest when I genuinely am. I take the time to thank them and reciprocate kind gestures. I’ll go out of my way to try and help someone or at least point them in the right direction.

I NETWORK without it being work. I build relationships that later turn into friendships. I don’t do it simply because I can benefit from them. Sure it pays off, but I never abuse it. To this day, I don’t think I’ve asked anyone to comment or share something of mine. But that’s because I suck at self-promotion lol.

I do it because I love it. I do it because the “social” part of “media” comes naturally to me. If I’m interested in someone’s work, I automatically become interested in them. If I’m comfortable interacting with a person, they’ll know it. But regardless, I will give the appropriate time of day to anyone who gives it to me and my blog posts.

MY WRITING STYLE is a huge asset – or so I’m told. I write the way I talk – which makes the reading (often long) a little more bearable.

I don’t mimic other people’s writing styles because they’re not me. Only I can sound like me and I certainly don’t want to be anyone else.

This blog is called nittyGriddy and I’m Griddy!

I can only compete with myself for my voice is my own much like you have yours. We can share similar writing styles or even sound the same to many who are reading, but the bottom line is – we’re not identical writing twins. When I present my experiences or views, I do so with my unique style and tone. But in doing so, I’m HONEST and GENUINE.

I write COMPELLING CONTENT. It’s not always worthy of sharing; it’s not revolutionary or life changing in any way; but it’s usually written in an entertaining way. I have a passion for writing and blogging and I think it’s evident.

I may be somewhat of a thought-leader, but my topics cannot possibly interest everyone. However, I’ll try and present them in a way that might interest someone who might not have been otherwise and I do so in a CONSISTENT manner. I may not have a set frequency or publishing schedule, but I’m usually consistent.

I try and PUT MYSELF IN MY READERS SHOES. I play the roles of author and critic. When I write a blog post, I re-read it 100 times before I press publish. It has to sound good to me first. If it does, it means a few of you will like it too.

Let’s face it, you’re not here for my non-existent SEO and keyword search expertise.

I don’t know all the tips and tricks of blogging, but I’m loving the learning journey.

I rely on COMMON SENSE and what I’m KNOWLEDGEABLE in. My line of work revolves around all aspects of Communications, and I’m not too shabby at what I do. In general, if I’m covering a related topic, I’d like to think I know what I’m talking about.

But hell, I think I’ve talked enough already. Now, it’s your turn.

What About You?

What sets you apart in this blogosphere?

Is it your know-how and experience? Your influence? Your specific niche? Your online voice? Your blog design? Your…???

Bring IT!

SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #19

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Hello My Lovelies,

Alright, I’m not gonna’ apologize again this week for publishing this post a bit late cause you all had better excuses than me last week and I can’t compete with most of them lol.

However, I do want to apologize to a few people (you know who you are) who left comments on last Wednesday’s Bring IT! for being tardy in responding. No worries, I did NOT forget you – I never do – and will be back over there to reply to each and every one of you shortly. Until then, thank you for your patience :).

For that however, I do have a good excuse ;).

As many of you know, I was over at Danny Brown’s house (still am) answering some seriously awesome comments on my guest post about Social Media manners. Seeing that there are 100 of them now (and counting) – you can imagine how overwhelming it can be (in a fantastic way) and how my fingers are slowly falling off but I’m greatly enjoying typing with my right thumb and left index fingers so please feel free to keep ’em coming cause I’ll keep on replying ;)!

Does that excuse fly with you guys?

“For God sake’s Rick, give me a break! I know you’re gonna’ have another kick-ass excuse for me, but this is all I got for ya my friend.”

“And Alex, I’m devastated about your Pagerank “darling”! There is no way in hell that my PR is 3 and to tell you honestly I have no clue what I did to get it. But are we good with my excuse?”

Brankica, I know you’re here my happy Sharp Shootin’ Serbian and I have no doubt that you’re aiming to thrash Danny B’s commenting record this month but you do believe me, don’t you?”

Time for Some Goodies…

Anyhow, as you might have noticed, this week’s SuperPost Sunday is a bit less thick than usual – but it sure as hell doesn’t mean that it’s less worthy. All 21 links kicks-ass!

But in all honestly – would you have noticed had I not told you?

WHATEVER…to whoever said yes, cause there’s like 4 or 5 less less articles than usual – it’s not like I provided you with 2 super posts!

I would tell you why that is, but at this point, I wouldn’t even dare suggest another reason (cough) – I mean lame-ass excuse lol.

Look on the bright side, you have less reading homework to do ;).

Alright enough chatting…

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

Social Media

When Jay Baer speaks, I listen.  In fact, the blogger and co-author of The Now Revolution is one of the smartest guys I know. But he wrote a blog post this week that made me think a lot about the changing nature of competition…

Three weeks ago, I was in a place where my best posts were getting around 25 retweets – max.  Average was 15-20. Sure, I had a few outliers like the launch of my e-book that got even more, but what I really wanted was a way…

There’s something I’m increasingly starting to notice about myself and before you ask, no, I do not like what I’m noticing. Like not at all. I have issues. Serious issues. Not *that* kind of issues but issues nonetheless…

The secret is that there is no secret. You need to do 5,000 things and each thing you do, on average, needs to gain you ten new followers. (Unless you are already famous like Howard Stern who got 200,000 followers...

Special Treatment of Select Customers Isn’t Anything New. Just as companies have been treating wealthy customers, or customers who are more likely to spend more with preferential treatment, there’s no surprise…

The DAWN of the social media marketing. Once upon a time, there was a distant; far away period on Earth where celebrities rule the planet with their faces plastered on posters, billboards, magazines, and last year …TWITTER…

I read a lot of blogs, in fact far too many. That’s the way to keep up with the latest trend and observe what your business friends have been doing. I would like to share with you today the blogs that you can find in my Google Reader…

You’re at a dinner and someone compliments the outfit that took you 20 minutes to pick out. What do you say? You’ve written an article which took you 15 minutes to research and another 30 minutes to write…

Do you know where Nike’s Just Do It! slogan came from? A serial killer was about to be executed by firing squad. When asked if he had any last words, he said, Let’s Do It! The advertiser who transformed this into the Nike…

Blogging Tips

When I was a first grade teacher, the end of summer always made me reflective (actually, it still does).  If there was going to be change, it was going to happen in the sun-drenched days of September. Like the first day of school…

And this is what I’m going to do about it! I have woken up on this Monday morning with the realisation that I have lost my blogging focus.  I have been spending the same amount of time on the blog as I always have but somehow…

There’s an 800-pound gorilla in the room and we haven’t really addressed it yet. We talk about how to blog and some techniques to make it easier. We even talk about some places and ways to get ideas for blogs, but one thing…

Internet Marketing

Who is Following you on Twiiter? Where did they come from? Did you Follow them back? Here is an interesting and revealing look at what goes on within the Dark Side of Twitter. It always amazes me when I see…

Traffic Building

What a difference a month can make. In last month’s report I shared that this site received 11,845 visits in that month, and 11,924 in the month prior. This month this site received 19,982 visits. That’s an increase of 68.7%…

Personal Branding

After Valentina Monte accepts a date, the Boston University junior quickly goes online to see how many Twitter followers her suitor has. She checks her own follower count three times a day. When she meets someone who admits…

Online Money Making Tools

Most of the people who read my blog and blogs like it are interested in making money from blogging. Actually, if we just cut to the chase, they’re just interested in making money online. If blogging happens to be the way to do it…


When I was 19 I tried to kill myself. I don’t often speak about this. It’s probably not the kind of topic you talk about at dinner, or on a first date, or when you meet prospective in-laws. Sometimes, though, it’s a good reminder…

I was chatting to Colin Firth last week…. not that Colin Firth, my neighbour Colin Firth. Incidentally my wife has never been the same since she saw that Colin Firth in the lake scene in Pride and Prejudice…

A Book of Five Rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi in 1645, is one of the world’s classic sources of strategy. The book’s influence extends beyond military schools to the entire Japanese business culture, and has made…

If your business was perfect in every way, what would it look like? Not many people actually ask themselves that question, yet it’s extremely important for you to know what you are aiming for; your gold standard, if you like…

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YooHooo…I’m Over at the Danny Brown House!

guest blogger YooHooo...Im Over at the Danny Brown House!Okay, so maybe I’m not physically there, and it’s not the actual house where Danny and his family live, but it’s kind of his online home and my words of wisdom and advice – otherwise known as my latest guest post entitled, “Common Courtesy? Yes Please, Thank You!” – are permanently chilling over there and waiting for you to stop by and converse.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…YES…I’m talking about the same Danny Brown who I call Bonsai Boy and who’s personal site is ranked #30 on the AdAge Power 150 list and # 1 on HubSpot’s Hot 100 Marketing Blogs. And if that’s not enough for you, he’s also one of the Top 10 Social Media Blogs of 2011.

The awards and recognitions don’t end there, but I think you get the point – plus, I’d much rather you go over there and see for yourself ;). Seriously, GO! (please)

When Danny Came Knockin’

I gotta’ be honest with you, when my friend DB sent me a little message asking whether I’d like to guest post for him, I didn’t need to think about it much. I mean, would you?

I simply let him wait about a minute for my reply so he’d think I was cool or nonchalant LOL ;). But then again, he knows me better than that.

Much like when Gini Dietrich and a few others asked, I was incredibly honored and flattered.

Are you still here?

I’m telling ya, it’s a pretty good post on damn fine blog! Get over there! But wait… since you’re still here, read my last few lines before you go.

There’s Somethin’ bout that Danny Fella

This brilliant yet humble Social Media Badass has been my friend and unofficial mentor throughout my blogging journey. And for that I’m truly thankful.

You can always count on DB to tell it like it is. No bullshit! Just brains, humor and straight-forwardness in each of his blog posts and comments – and undoubtedly in his professional realm as well.

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