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Ingrid Abboud






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1- How long have you been blogging?

I’m relatively new to blogging, but not to public writing in general. I’ve pretty much been bloggin’ and blabbin’ my whole life, but on MS Word or on plain old paperJ!


I started my blog, nittyGriddy the last week of November 2009 (a bit late in joining the ever-growing blogosphere; I know).

About 5 years

2- How many hours per day do you dedicate to the blog?

Quite a few actually. I’ve become a sort of addict lol! I spend a lot of time researching and trying to find something I deem worthy of writing about and sharing – in my own way using my own words. It can be interesting, educational, funny, whatever… but I have to be convinced with what I’m writing.


I also try to prepare a draft or two that I can come back to at a later time.


So…I’d say at least 3 hours if not more – depends on the day and the amount of other “real” work I have. As you can imagine my “real” work has been taken a small beating – time wise lol!


Sorry, I think you were looking for just a 2 word answer hereJ.

On average, 1 hour every day

3- Has it been worth it so far?

Yes and in countless ways! Writing is a passion and nittyGriddy has provided me with a place to share all sorts of social media stuff, net news and more.


It’s worth it:

·         Every time I learn something new from researching (because I’ve literally become a walking talking encyclopedia of random things).

·         When I publish a post that I’m content with.

·         When someone likes my work.

·         Whenever I get a new comment, subscriber or fan.

·         Because I have the time to do something I love.

·         Because it’s a personal accomplishment before anything else…


The support I’ve gotten from friends has been wonderful, plus the positive feedback from people is a great ego booster and an added incentive to continue.

Yes! Definitely...

4- How many page views does your blog get daily?

Anywhere between 40 to 140 visitors per day – I suppose it depends on the topic, times/days I post, if it gets re-tweeted, if I put the post on the FB page and whether it’s a weekday or weekend.


I guess the numbers aren’t that impressive yet; but right now (since I’m still somewhat of a newbie) I’m not really worried about that.

Oh...I stopped counting like 3 years ago :D I focus now on where these page views come from (referrers)...but if I have to specify a number or average I'd say 20 per day

5- How many blogs do you have or write for currently?

At the moment, I only have my baby nittyGriddy!



lebanese nightS http://layalk.net

Personal blog about my life and the society I live in.


RTL-This http://rtl-this.com

Technical Tutorials/Freebies..Offering online tutorials and free blog widgets and templates that support the RTL (right-to-left) direction which is the direction of the Arabic language.


I also write for Global Voices Online as a MENA author and an Arabic Lingua translator.

6- How many hours do you dedicate to them every day?

I’ll spare you from another loooooong answer J. See question 2.

The personal one: as I said 1 hour per day


As for the online tutorial one: almost like 5 hours per day…between research, writing the tutorials/demos and preparing the packages to download (themes or widgets). Actually It's taking my whole time recently.

7- Do you think one needs to post daily to be successful?

Not necessarily. Plus it really depends on the type of blog you have and the goals you’ve set for yourself. But if it’s on current news, then every 2 minutes lol!


Seriously though: definitely don’t neglect it for weeks on end. If your visitors come back only to see the same old posts, they may eventually give up on you.


I also believe in quality over quantity. Don’t just post anything to have something.


Personally, I try to update my blog on a daily basis – or as often as possible. Of course, that doesn’t always work out. If I don’t actually have something worth posting, I don’t. I’d much rather wait until I do.

Not at all…a post is said to be successful if it succeeds in delivering a valuable message properly to its audience. And of course if it adds some value or benefit to the reader.

8- Is there an ideal posting frequency?

From what I’ve read and again depending on the type of blog you have – they say 2 to 4 times a week is a good frequency. But then again, it’s up to you. As for timing, I often hear that it’s a good idea to post around the same time – that way your viewers know when to log on and expect to see something new. But I don’t really abide by that. Once it’s done, it’s on!

No, as long as the posts are not wasting the reader's time on something with no value…you can post as frequent as you want

9- What is the biggest blogging mistake you did?

1) I didn’t start promoting it or telling my friends about it until well over a month into it. So a lot of the older posts never got a fair chance L.

2) I didn’t install a type of stat counter from the start.

3) I didn’t start tweeting the posts through twitterfeed until recently.

4) I didn’t start a FB fan page until last month.


Ouch, that’s quite a few L! But then again, making them is the only way to learn and it’s not like it’s the end of the world or anything.

Hmm...mistakes? I'm not sure I did any

10- What is the biggest mistake you see in blog designs?


I come from a Marketing Communications background, so design and content are important to me. I know blogs aren’t meant to look like full out websites but it’s still nice to see an attractive page. Also, I sometimes come across long posts without any visuals. I think pics are quite important and people like to see images (without overdoing it). Another is not citing your sources or giving credit to images. I believe it’s very important and border line unethical not to give credit where it’s due. Not including an About page, an Archives section or a Search button are 3 others. And finally, not proofing your work. I read a post over and over before I click publish in order to correct and minimize the amount of typos or mistakes.

TOO much distracting visuals…

11- Twitter is a distraction or a good promotional tool?

In regards to businesses, brands, blogs and so forth – I think it’s a great promotional tool – if used properly. I’m not a fan of tweeting what I had for lunch but micro-blogging in general has proven to be a great way of communicating and getting the message out.


Plus, if Ashton or Ellen like ya, you’re golden lol!

Definitely promotional…

12- Do you think that any professional should have a blog?

I think if it helps them, then sure – although most businesses will have websites – which today is a must. However, and if I’m not mistaken, you have to be careful about blogging about or on behalf of a company that you work for – you might need to check with them first if you are not their official blogging representative or include somewhere that these are your own personal views. But again, I’m no expert on the subject.


If you, as an individual have something to share that you think people want to hear or know about, then by all means! But again, it really depends on your content. Keep in mind that blogging can be time consuming (as I’ve learned).

Depends on the profession itself. A blog can be useless in many cases. It doesn't stop on just having a blog. it's about the content you write which can be in any type of media (online or printed).

But what I think is that a professional should have a website or any online representation about their profession or business and it doesn't have to be a blog.

13- If you could give an advice for a novice blogger, what would it be?

Go ahead - you’ve got nothing to lose – except for time [and friends if you’re planning to bash them – so don’t J].

Read some of the bigger, well known blogs that are out there - you can learn quite a bit from them. I did!

Write something you know, like or care about, but be as original as you can.

Try not to regurgitate someone else’s work.

Don’t give up quickly if you don’t see the results you want. Keep at it; because first and foremost, you should be doing this for yourself.

Don't ask bloggers to add your link to their blog. I've always hated that…Write good content instead and you'll get the traffic you want. And eventually you'll figure out yourself that it's not about the number of page hits you get… it's about the influence your words have on people's lives

14- What is the secret of your success, expressed in one word?

I can’t say I’m successful yet. I haven’t begun to achieve what I’ve set out to. But I’m hopefully on my way; slowly but surely.


I’m only successful in the sense that I’m able to do something I enjoy. Also, I put my heart into it; and that makes a hell of a difference when you’re trying to accomplish something. However…wit, style and content are a big plus for me!


Ooops, that’s more than one word J.

Success? :) I don't know if my blog succeeds in affecting people somehow(that's my goal or motive anyways)

15- If you could write a post on any blog in the world, which one would you pick?

I already write in the one I care about most – my own!

But… I won’t pretend that I wouldn’t love to guest post in one of these:




The Huffington Post


Hmmm…that's a tough question…I would love to write a tutorial(or more :P) to be posted on Smashing Magazine(http://www.smashingmagazine.com )


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