Offering Thanks and Kudos to Friends and Bloggers

Now that we’re nearing the close of 2007, I want to take a few minutes to thank some wonderful people for their incredible knowledge and skills in the Blogosphere that continue to help me become

Now that we’re nearing the close of 2007, I want to take a few minutes to thank some wonderful people for their incredible knowledge and skills in the Blogosphere that continue to help me become a better blogger. Although I’ve been blogging online for a relatively short period of time, I feel fortunate to have learned so much over the last year on ways to improve my blogging skills, the importance of focusing on a niche and sticking with what’s most important to me as a blogger.

Since moving my Blogger blog over to WordPress, I have many new things to learn but, with effort and practice, I’m confident that 2008 will be an even better year for Telling It Like It Is.There were a number of posts this year that drew quite a bit of traffic and comments, subsequently increasing my subscriber numbers. For the benefit of my newer readers, I thought I’d provide a brief list of just some of the most popular posts based on traffic and comments. It’s possible that some posts may not show comments having been left, but that’s only because some comments didn’t quite make it through the transfer to WordPress, but I‘m not bothered by that at all. Onward and Upward!

In no particular order:

Top 10 Tips To Become A ProBlogger- This is by far my most popular post to date. I had nearly a thousand visitors to that post, and for a newer blog like mine, that was huge for me.

Are Parents Helping or Enabling Their Adult Children?- This is a topic that has become increasingly important in society, as adult children are routinely going back to live with their parents.

Evaluating and Choosing the Right Niche for your Personality and Passion- I finally decided what my blog niche would be, thanks to the blogging experts mentioned in the post, and those I read regularly.

Taking a Bite out of the Sandwich Generation- Personal reflection on the important, yet often difficult responsibilities of caring for elderly parents.

Look Into the Eyes of a Child- This was by far my most challenging and difficult post to date, taking me an entire day to force my fingers to type out each part of the story.

Too Young to be this D*** Old- Humorous true-to-life reflection on aging and growing older.

Many Thanks and Kudos to:

First and foremost, I must thank and wave a huge flag of gratitude and respect to Snoskred for carefully and diligently moving my Blogger blog to WordPress. There is no way I could have done it on my own. Thank you Snoskred!

Secondly, I must thank Darren of ProBlogger. Although we don’t really know each other personally, I read his blog religiously and comment as often as I’m able or have something to add. His writings are very inspiring to me personally, and I greatly appreciate having someone like Darren to learn from.

I also must thank Skelliwag for helping me and others learn how and where to find images to use in posts, thus creating a nice visual flare to each post. Some of my earliest posts didn’t have any images at all, so I’m thankful to now have a great location to go searching.

Many thanks to DoshDosh for writing very helpful and informative “niche blogging tutorials“. DoshDosh has many fabulously written posts on earning money online, WordPress themes and plugins, and so much more. After the holidays are over, you’ll find me parked right in front of my computer reading everything possible about WordPress .

Thanks also goes to my new friend Frank of OpTempo. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to read everything I need and want to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed his series of posts on using images in posts. Frank has some of the most unique and interesting images in posts I’ve seen yet. Great job Frank!

I cannot leave out Heidi over at Virushead. We have much in common from our pasts, and I gladly leave it up to her to write on political, social and religious topics that I simply choose to avoid writing about anymore. I especially enjoy reading the sometimes heated exchanges that develop from posts she writes on the religion (I use that term loosely) we both grew up in. Go get ‘em Tiger!

Last but definitely not least, I must thank Courtney Tuttle and Vic Frangui for creating Blogging Zoom for bloggers. Between StumbleUpon and BZ, I’m not sure which provides me more traffic, but it’s very close. Thank you Court and Vic! You’ve done a superb job with Blogging Zoom!

It my hope and wish that 2008 will be an even better year for us all! Many thanks, kudos and well wishes to you all! Happy New Year – 2008!