October 24, 2007

The Mic Is On: Happy 2nd Birthday to SOBs Everywhere!

published this at 7:00 am

It’s Like Open Mic Only Different

Here’s how it works.

open mike night

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME
The rules are simple — be nice.

There are always first timers and new things to talk about. It’s sort of half “Cheers” part “Friends” and part video game. You don’t know how much fun it is until you try it.


Happy Birthday, Successful Bloggers!!
Working at Home on the Internet
Designers who blog
Stop Start
Black in Business

Bring a Link! Bring a Link!

That’s right, you’re invited to bring a link to your most successful post. When you leave the link, please write a comment about how you chose the most successful post to bring.

I’ll compile a list of all of the links when the party is over.

C’mon in and get to know us! There’s free beverages and snacks in the sidebar. Join the party. See who you meet. Stay and come back again.

Check out the Party Favors

Happy Birthday, all of you! Thank you for making everything so meaningful!

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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695 Comments to “The Mic Is On: Happy 2nd Birthday to SOBs Everywhere!”

  1. October 24th, 2007 at 7:05 am
    Aruni said

    Ahhh…wish I had time right now. I will come back later and bring links to share. Happy Birthday!

    Gotta go get the kids up and out the door and then do some of that crazy business stuff. :-)

    Plus my amazing mother is coming to visit later this evening….gotta get ready for her.

  2. October 24th, 2007 at 7:09 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi, Aruni!
    So good to see you! Thank you for the wishes. Enjoy your kids!

  3. October 24th, 2007 at 7:14 am
    Karin H. said

    ‘Er is er een jarig hoera hoera, dat kun je wel zien dat zijn zij’ 😉

    Well, a party does mean fun and jokes, so couldn’t resist singing a Dutch birthday song today.

    Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  4. October 24th, 2007 at 7:16 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Karin!
    Yea! An international birthday! I’m all for that!! Too fun!

  5. October 24th, 2007 at 7:17 am
    Karin H. said


    It’s going to be grate 😉

    Karin H

  6. October 24th, 2007 at 7:21 am
    ME Strauss said

    Yep, it is. I can tell already!
    It’s nice to be laughing so early in the morning. :)

  7. October 24th, 2007 at 7:22 am
    Rick Cockrum said

    Happy Birthday Successful Blog and SOBS everywhere!

    I’m in a class all day today, but I’ll be back this evening. Do we get birthday candles on our Klondikes today?

  8. October 24th, 2007 at 7:22 am
    Alister Cameron // Blogologist said

    Hi Liz!


    Ok, I’ll start the link-fest…

    I offer this tome to motivation which I penned some months back. It’s not really on blogging and such, but it’s something from square in the middle of my “heart”.

    Hope y’all like it.

    (Stumbles appreciated… heh heh.)


    PS. Hope I’m here for many more anniversaries, Liz! You rock :)

  9. October 24th, 2007 at 7:24 am
    ME Strauss said

    You betcha, Rick!
    Candles and Klondikes. Hmmmm. Maybe Jonathan C. Phillips will write a song with that title. :)

  10. October 24th, 2007 at 7:26 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Alister!
    You are a gift from this year!

    Thank you for coming and for bringing something special. :) You bet we can find a reason to share it with the world. :)

    Your heart is a big one, so I guess I’d better get going if I’m to reach this post before nightfall. :)

  11. October 24th, 2007 at 7:40 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said


    ~waves to everybody in the stands .. G’morning!

  12. October 24th, 2007 at 7:40 am
    ME Strauss said

    Happy Birthday, HART!!
    Great to see you!

  13. October 24th, 2007 at 7:41 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey HART!
    Have you brought a story or a link to share? :)

  14. October 24th, 2007 at 7:45 am
    cat said

    * Was it your best content?
    * Did it get attention from a hero?
    * Did it get the most links?
    * Did it get the most comments?
    * How do you define a Successful Post?

    Hmmmm, DWB isn’t in the ‘best content’ category. Falling short, I’ll just have to give you my personal favs, where I wrote (and rewrote) in response to life getting in the way of planned posts.

    Happy Birthday DWB ….

    And a Blogging Birthday Coup to you too

    Bombing Bangkok on New Years Eve

    So for me, I’d say a Successful Post is where you write from the heart.

  15. October 24th, 2007 at 7:48 am
    ME Strauss said

    Happy Birthday to Designers Who Blog!

    Thank you for coming and for bringing such wonderful links!

    Yeah, a post from the heart that is written in response to life is something special . . . :)

  16. October 24th, 2007 at 7:48 am
    Meg said

    Hey Liz, just stopped by to say “happy birthday”. I’m coming empty handed (I know it’s a bit rude) – but thought it better to show up, than not at all. Hope you have a GREAT day, I’m sure you’ll be busy partying.

  17. October 24th, 2007 at 7:49 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Meg!
    This is a no gifts required party! It’s great to see you!

    Do feel free to bring a link about how wonderfully successful YOU are. Alister and I were just talking about that last week. :)

  18. October 24th, 2007 at 7:53 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    I’m still looking for a good link, I was just finishing up on a post I wanted to get out..

  19. October 24th, 2007 at 7:54 am
    ME Strauss said

    No worries, HART!
    We know I’m not going anywhere. :)

  20. October 24th, 2007 at 7:56 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    oh! While I’m looking for a successful post and wondering why .. here’s “The Birthday Song” by Arrogant Worms for your amusement :)

  21. October 24th, 2007 at 7:57 am
    ME Strauss said

    How did you know that was just what I was wishing for?!!

  22. October 24th, 2007 at 8:01 am
    Karin H. said

    A good link? Had to think hard if I should bring this one (blog number 6, resulted really from what I spoke of in here – finding your strength that results into new ventures/ideas etc).

    Decided in favour of it, new ventures that come from blog-encounters, ideas and gentle ‘pushes’ from fellow-bloggers (old or new)I think can be part of the celebrations

    Karin H.

  23. October 24th, 2007 at 8:03 am
    cat said

    Liz, since I just wrote a post about the party and linked to last years bday, I got lost over there, reading and reading, almost thinking I was over here.

    What a great time we all had!

  24. October 24th, 2007 at 8:03 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Karin!
    I love the way you think!

    New ventures and adventures are what this party is about, isn’t it?!! After all, that’s sort of what ties us all together. :)

  25. October 24th, 2007 at 8:05 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Cat!
    Last year’s party was truly amazing. I remember so many of the conversations. They went on all day and into the night. :)

  26. October 24th, 2007 at 8:10 am
    Brad Shorr said

    Happy Birthday, Liz! Here’s a little collaboration Joanna Young and I put together for you. It seemed to be an appropriate way to honor a wonderful conversationalist!


  27. October 24th, 2007 at 8:11 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Brad!
    Uh-oh! When folks get together around here, outstanding things occur. I’m checking this one out! :)

  28. October 24th, 2007 at 8:14 am
    Karin H. said

    New ventures and adventures are what this party is about

    It sure is, Liz (but it also means I’ll dip in and out of this part, due to this new venture!)

    Just keep some drinks and nuts for me, I’ll catch up later.

    Karin H.

  29. October 24th, 2007 at 8:17 am
    ME Strauss said

    Go Karin! We’ll be here when you get a moment to come back! :)

  30. October 24th, 2007 at 8:18 am
    ME Strauss said

    Brad and Joanna!
    A car and a writing lesson! Yeah! I couldn’t like it much more than that!! :)

  31. October 24th, 2007 at 8:18 am
    Saul Colr said

    Hi Liz!

    Happy Birthday!

    As a proud S.O.B. I am happy to offer up a link explaining why my idea blog is worthy of your esteemed designation!



  32. October 24th, 2007 at 8:20 am
    Ashish Mohta said
  33. October 24th, 2007 at 8:23 am
    Marti said

    Hello and Happy Birthday! You light up the lives of all of us who ‘ve been blessed as SOB’s! Thank you for all you do and the joy you share! {{hugs}}

  34. October 24th, 2007 at 8:23 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Ashish!
    What a lovely present for everyone! Wow!! You’re a generous guy! Thanks!

  35. October 24th, 2007 at 8:26 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Marti!
    It sure seems like I’ve known you forever. You’re everything you accuse me of. :)

    Thank you. :)

  36. October 24th, 2007 at 8:26 am
    cat said

    They certainly did. I’m sure when I wake up in the morning, you all will still have the ice clinking 😀

  37. October 24th, 2007 at 8:27 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Saul!
    So glad you could come. I’m looking forward to finding out what the “but” is in the title of your idea post. :)

  38. October 24th, 2007 at 8:28 am
    ME Strauss said

    Well Cat,
    Those conversations and these will be recorded for whenever we want to relive them. That’s kinda cool!

  39. October 24th, 2007 at 8:31 am
    pearl said

    Many happy returns of this wonderful day Liz! you know I’ve been your silent reader for a long time but rarely commented here! reason? I read your post of the day, then another and the comments that follow, then another and I get lost in the warmth and wonder that you present here and before I know, its been hours on end! and then, I am too tired to say what I want to say :) Happy Birthday!

    hmm links… you are so generous Liz..
    here are a few posts I think I got close to being me..

    Communicating with People you haven’t met

    Building a Support System via Guest Blogging

    Make a Decision and Stick with it!

    Being Aware of Now

  40. October 24th, 2007 at 8:40 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Well, I was looking at my archives, trying to pick a good link and then it hit me .. the one I posted this morning!

    … a post that demonstrates, celebrates, illuminates your success and outstanding-ness as a blogger.


    That’s my review of the past year! I must be doing something right if (1)I’m still here and (2) able to hire my first two non-family non-friend writers!

    ..and speaking of shameless promotions, they are:
    Gloria @ Battling Arthritis blog
    Lesly @ Battling Cancer blog

    I believe you know Gloria :) I invited them both to your birthday party.

  41. October 24th, 2007 at 8:41 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    Here I am!!! Hooray! How’s everyone?

  42. October 24th, 2007 at 8:43 am
    ME Strauss said

    Chris Brogan is here!!! YEA!

    Want some cake, a Klondike bar, or a couple of Pop-tarts?

  43. October 24th, 2007 at 8:47 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Oh .. there’s poptarts? And, I’ve been eating Halloween Chocolates all morning~

  44. October 24th, 2007 at 8:50 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    PopTarts? I’m in for the tarts.

  45. October 24th, 2007 at 8:50 am
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, HART,
    What flavor would you like?

  46. October 24th, 2007 at 8:53 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    I’ve always been keen to the Blueberry ones, or the double fudge Pop-Tarts.

    PS.. i think I put too many links in post #39..

  47. October 24th, 2007 at 8:53 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Chris!
    I’m thinking you’ll have one of every flavor — the proverbial Poptart full house!

  48. October 24th, 2007 at 8:54 am
    Jim Walton said

    Happy Birthday to Successful-Blog and to all of you other SOB’s!

    I’ll try to come back later when I have more time, have fun until I get back.

  49. October 24th, 2007 at 8:55 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi HART,
    Your number #39 is now #40 and the new #39 has more links than yours. Yeah, we’re getting close to the line of looking indecisive. :)

    But I think you did fine. :)

    PS I’m a blueberry poptart fan myself.

  50. October 24th, 2007 at 8:56 am
    Jim Walton said

    Hey, one more thing, Hot Fudge Sundae pop tarts rock! Those are the absolute best ever.

  51. October 24th, 2007 at 8:57 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Oh – this is nothing to do with blogging, but it’s a neat story I’d like to relate .. it happened yesterday. I think I can repeat it, even though there are privacy laws and all that …. anyway.

    I have a client and do his father’s tax return, who turned 92 years old this year. I did his tax return, but it wasn’t that involved and I just did it ‘au gratis’ .. Anyway, he phoned me yesterday to thank me.. and tell me that he was going to go to dinner with Lydia!

    So, I asked him ..”Who’s Lydia?”

    And he said .. “She’s my new girlfriend”

    So, I jokingly asked him if it was serious, and what his intentions were .. because, if he gets married .. he has to let me know!

    Then, he says .. “Oh, we’re not having sex”. But, I’m telling the world – Let them think what they want”.

    I dunno, I thought that was funny.

  52. October 24th, 2007 at 8:57 am
    Terry Starbucker said

    Liz, I couldn’t fit everything I want to say on this comment box, so I posted it on my blog for the world to see.


    You are a very special person, and I’m so glad I can call you my friend.

    Unfortunately I’m tied up in our company budget season this week, but I’ll try to stop by later for more of that special SOB partying (I miss it).

    All the best,

  53. October 24th, 2007 at 8:58 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Pearl,
    Thank you for the birthday wishes. And thanks for sharing what you hold close to your heart. :)

  54. October 24th, 2007 at 8:58 am
    Ellen Weber said

    Liz, what a splash of SEROTONIN you toss around over here daily! That’s why I’m sending you my most hit on link — cause it fits! It’s called … WHAT IS SEROTONIN AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE? http://www.brainbasedbusiness.com/2006/07/what_is_serotonin_and_why_shou.html

    And it comes from my brain to yours – with deep appreciation for ALL THE SEROTONIN you bring to us in blogs daily! Thanks Liz — you and your fans rock!

  55. October 24th, 2007 at 9:01 am
    ME Strauss said

    I so love your stories! Thank you most of all for that!

  56. October 24th, 2007 at 9:02 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Terry!
    Thank you for stopping by at all. I know what company budgets are like. You’re the best. :)

  57. October 24th, 2007 at 9:02 am
    Fred | Newest on the Net said

    Happy Birthday Successful Blog. 2 years is a great milestone.

    I would like to highlight this article:

    10 Forums To Make You A Better Blogger

  58. October 24th, 2007 at 9:03 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    I like telling stories .. that’s why we get along so well 😀 I got lots of ’em.,

  59. October 24th, 2007 at 9:03 am
    ME Strauss said

    That’s such a special and HUGE compliment from you. Gosh, thank you! You are my dear, serotonin friend. :)

  60. October 24th, 2007 at 9:04 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Fred!
    Welcome and thank you. Stick around and get to know us. You’ll find you might want to make that 11 places that are good to know.

  61. October 24th, 2007 at 9:05 am
    ME Strauss said

    You have lots of great ones. THAT’s why we get along so well. :)

  62. October 24th, 2007 at 9:07 am
    Ed Kohler said

    Happy birthday SOBS. I think Gmail decided to launch IMAP email in conjunction with this historical event. My co-writer Ben has penned a great article explaining why IMAP is a smart way to go for people who check their email from more than one device.

  63. October 24th, 2007 at 9:12 am
    Joanna Young said

    Hello Liz and everyone!

    I’m back again – mid afternoon for me but I missed lunch so pop tarts might be a good idea!

    I’m glad you liked the piece Brad and his readers inspired me to write… actually he’s given me an idea for a successful link or two I’d send like to send over.

    How do I format the links to make them look pretty though? Can someone teach me – is it just by using < a href > type code?

    Back shortly with my links :-)


  64. October 24th, 2007 at 9:13 am
    Joanna Young said

    I guess it’s something like that as I made the last comment do something weird!

  65. October 24th, 2007 at 9:13 am
    DaveOlson said

    Hey Liz and all,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a great, awesome, incredible, successful, outstanding, phenomenal, fantastic, memorable, enjoyable day.

    (Just sticking my head in the door on my way out today)

  66. October 24th, 2007 at 9:13 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Ed!
    Welcome! Thanks for coming and for finding an historical significance to this event! :)

  67. October 24th, 2007 at 9:15 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Joanna!
    I put in a couple of spaces so that WordPress wouldn’t think you were typing real code. Yep that’s what you do, just code it like a link. :)

  68. October 24th, 2007 at 9:16 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Dave,
    How great, awesome, incredible, successful, outstanding, phenomenal, fantastic, memorable, enjoyable to see you stopping by on your way!!


  69. October 24th, 2007 at 9:16 am
    jon said

    happy birthday, Liz. Finding you this year, thanks to Becky, was a great part of my year.

    I was wanting to bring an ebook, but i haven’t gotten it built yet. But I can bring a post which seemed to matter to a number of people, mostly me. And chocolate milk seems to go really well with birthday cake.


  70. October 24th, 2007 at 9:17 am
    jon said

    and hey joanna!

  71. October 24th, 2007 at 9:18 am
    Mike said

    Happy Blog Birthday, Liz!!! 😉

    Awesome linkage! I’m still laughing at the birthday song!


  72. October 24th, 2007 at 9:19 am
    Jennifer Mannion said

    Hi! Happy Birthday. Alex Shalman told me about you and your blog and I love it! I have been blogging for only 3 months but it is on topics close to my heart and I am really enjoying it. I healed myself of several chronic illnesses and chronic pain using the mind/body connection and am trying to empower others to look at their health as their responsibility first then their drs. Here’s a link to a recent post — don’t know if it’s my most successful but got a few great comments and emails from it:
    I’ll subscribe to your blog and can’t wait to go back and read some more past posts! thanks! Jenny

  73. October 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Jon!
    I know what you mean, I have one more present that I couldn’t bring too. :)

    Thank you for bringing yourself and your link!!

  74. October 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    by the way ..

    Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to everybody who is having a blogiversary in the month of October ..

    I’m not sure I thought that before, or actually said that out loud

  75. October 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike!
    Laughing is good!

  76. October 24th, 2007 at 9:23 am
    Robyn said

    Liz, though you celebrate others most of the time, you don’t very often do that about yourself… so I wrote a blog today to celebrate you…


  77. October 24th, 2007 at 9:28 am
    Alina Popescu said

    WOW, I’m here! for some crazy reason, all I could see was posts from the 23rd…nothing from today. And I also mixed the dates and was sure today was the 35th and I had missed it all…I have to wake up, get my Firefox running and search through posts :)

    Happy Blogiversary Liz, and to everyone celebrating with you :)

  78. October 24th, 2007 at 9:29 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Robyn!
    I just can’t get you to do the same for yourself. [grin] I think we’re both hopeless.

    Thank you. :)

  79. October 24th, 2007 at 9:30 am
    Mike said

    Nice post, Robyn! :-)

  80. October 24th, 2007 at 9:31 am
    Alina Popescu said

    That’s a 25th there…Geez 😀

  81. October 24th, 2007 at 9:36 am
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    Happy Blog B-day to you!
    And us All!

    I thought I would share 2 links to posts that people still look up and visit from well over a year ago.
    http://workingathomeinternet.com/WP/2006/04/27/blog-vs-website/ is a small series I wrote on The Difference between Blogs and Websites.
    Another that seems to be a favorite landing page is Scam or Legit http://workingathomeinternet.com/WP/2006/01/29/scam-or-legit/
    Both seem to help some people in one way or another.
    I guess that would make them some form of success!

  82. October 24th, 2007 at 9:38 am
    3 Year Birthday Contest Extension : Church Tech Matters said

    […] check out the 2nd birthday party at Successful Blog, it’s a fun time going on today. What do you know, our blogs are almost twins! Just a year […]

  83. October 24th, 2007 at 9:38 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Alina .. if it helps, I recapped all the birthday posts Liz posted today 24th by people (I’m still reading them all, plus the links posted earlier)

  84. October 24th, 2007 at 9:38 am
    Mike said

    Hi Joe,

    Your birthday poem was wonderful!


  85. October 24th, 2007 at 9:40 am
    Joanna Young said

    You know Liz I couldn’t think what links I could send – but something Brad said made me think about the pieces I’ve written together with or for other people. Much as I love my own blog the pieces I’ve guest written are the ones that I’m most, most proud of. Partly because it is so completely terrifying to write for another blog – and exhilarating once you’ve done it (so long as it works out okay!)

    I started with a piece on hospitality for the most hospitable Rosa Say (and yet I was still so scared I wouldn’t write something good enough for her!)

    My most recent piece was for Brad (today – and dedicated to you!). I’ve also told a story about not being able to tell a story for Mr MZM, contributed something for Pelf’s giving hands campaign – which got picked up by Lorelle writing at the BlogHerald and led to me and Pelf doing a funny dance in the comment box – thanks, but it was her site, no your words, no your inspiration, oh but you gave me the idea… :-)

    And the biggest stretch of all was probably a little piece I wrote for you, which made me cry to write, and you to read – because, as Cat points out – the most important stuff does come from the heart.

    Thanks for the invitation to share :-)


    PS When I look at these links I guess I’m most proud not of the writing, but of the conversations and connections that follow – or that started them (for example it was Jon’s post here – hi Jon!) that gave me the courage to write for you. And he’s written for me – as has Robert, and Brad – and, well it’s just a beautiful illustration of how we can weave a web together.

    (And how many of the connections flow through this little comment box here)

  86. October 24th, 2007 at 9:40 am
    Seth E said

    When Chris Brogan tells me to check out a blog, I CHECK OUT THAT EFFIN BLOG! Congratulations on your blog’s birthday, mine’s about to celebrate it’s fourth (months I mean). I write unapologetically short stories (because I don’t know anything about anything). Don’t have a favorite except the one I’m writing now, as I felt before this one and before that, etc. If I should ever reach the Big Two, that would be roughly 1,000 stories, which is far more then anyone wants or needs. Um, seriously, Happy Birthday, glad you haven’t gotten too exhausted yet.

  87. October 24th, 2007 at 9:41 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    Here’s a poem I used to tell folks back in High School. It was called “Equus Equus: Ode to a 13 Year Old Girl.”

    ahem ahem…

    I like horse. Horse are neat.

    Thank you!

  88. October 24th, 2007 at 9:41 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hey Joe. How’s it going, eh?

  89. October 24th, 2007 at 9:42 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Alina!
    So glad you made it! Who cares what day it is. You’re here!! YEA!!

  90. October 24th, 2007 at 9:43 am
    Mike said

    Truly unique, Chris! 😉

  91. October 24th, 2007 at 9:45 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Jenny!
    Welcome. So nice to meet a friend of Alex. :)

    I’m glad you came and brought something that’s meaningful to you. It’s a blogging tradition to get together whenever we can. :)

  92. October 24th, 2007 at 9:45 am
    Joe said

    Well thank you Mike, I figured it had to be a poem to celebrate this party!

  93. October 24th, 2007 at 9:46 am
    Joanna Young said

    Robyn, I loved your piece! Not so sure about the poem Chris…

    I tried posting my links – not sure where they went though – maybe I’ll go back to the old fashioned way


  94. October 24th, 2007 at 9:47 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Joe!
    Happy Birthday! It so good to know that you’re here. It’s been a couple of great years, don’t you think?

    Great choices that you brought!

  95. October 24th, 2007 at 9:48 am
    Joe said

    I think I bit off more than I can chew by subscribing to comments on this one!

  96. October 24th, 2007 at 9:48 am
    ME Strauss said

    Chris Brogan, you are sooooo deeeep.

  97. October 24th, 2007 at 9:51 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Seth E.
    What a cool birthday wish. Thank you and welcome!! I have a feeling lots of folks are going to be checking you out too!

  98. October 24th, 2007 at 9:51 am
    Alina Popescu said

    Thank you HART! I’ll sure use it. Now I’m reading in short breaks 😛

    Liz, yeah, I did make it! YAY!

  99. October 24th, 2007 at 9:53 am
    ME Strauss said

    hey Joanna!
    Hold on! Akisment just got hungry for your tasty links, that’s all.

    I got them back! They’re in #85.
    I’m so glad they’re here.

    What a lovely tribute you brought with your links. Thank you.

  100. October 24th, 2007 at 9:53 am
    Mother Earth said

    hey liz — – what a whirl this is for you and all …- i have like 8 minutes this morning here but will try and be back later

    wrote this in my post about you this morning

    Do you remember 2? It’s this sweet “I’m 2″ thing where your accomplishments include mastering the word NO ( thus known as the terrible 2’s!), it’s pre-potty training, and pre-school age. You excell at making a mess with the food you eat, the pots and pans you stack ( although you may not ever stack them because your distracted by climbing the kitchen chair or getting into the toilet and splashing in the water ) You wear onesies, take your socks off at the first opportunity and you don’t quite get what TV is all about yet. You know that your adorable and show us with a mouthful of teeth. You still need naps ( like really need a nap!!) and when you go to sleep you often have a luvvie.

    Have fun!!!

    Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan

  101. October 24th, 2007 at 9:55 am
    Joanna Young said

    My ability to type code leaves something to be desired! Sorry!

    I’m off for a few hours – will come back and see how the party’s going later :-)


  102. October 24th, 2007 at 9:57 am
    Joanna Young said

    Liz – you know what makes you the hostess with the mostest – you still take time to fix people’s links when you’re dealing with 100 comments coming in an hour!

    Got to love you and leave you for a bit – back later


  103. October 24th, 2007 at 9:57 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mother Earth!
    I remember my son’s 2nd birthday. Thank you for that. :)

  104. October 24th, 2007 at 9:58 am
    ME Strauss said

    See you later, Joanna!
    We all make that coding link thing. Gosh you know how often I get my own links in a screwy way. :)

  105. October 24th, 2007 at 9:59 am
    Joe said

    Yes Liz, it’s been great for these past couple of years. Hope we’re all around for many, many more!

  106. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am
    francine hardaway said

    Happy Birthday! Yesterday I had cataract surgery, and an hour after it I posted this video to my blog: http://blog.stealthmode.com/2007/10/bionic-woman-pl.html
    People are coming to it from all over and thanking me for posting it. If you have a relative who needs this procedure, send them this!

  107. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am
    Daniel Sitter, Idea Seller said

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday Liz! Keep up the wonderful work.

    Here’s an important post for the benefit of all entrepreneurs:


  108. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am
    Lodewijkvdb said

    Hi Liz!
    Congrats to your wonderful you and to all the SOBs!

    Karin already sang a Dutch birthday song, imagine me singing along :) and saying ‘proficiat’ while giving you three kisses…on the cheek that is 😉

    I chose a very personal piece as my most successful post (how DO you define that?!). It’s not successful because it generated a lot of visits or subscribers, but it was me (finally!) putting it all on paper and committing to it. It’s about how I detail my personal core values and mission into guidelines and goals.

    And the post that came most from the heart is a letter I wrote to my son on his first birthday.

    I hope you like your gifts! (although it feels more like receiving them than giving something to you…)

  109. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am
    Mother Earth said

    oh you’re very welcome — i remember my kids 2’s too — matthew’s was cookie monster and kate was elmo !!

    I think elmo rocks

    Mother Earth :)

  110. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 am
    Ruth (easywriter) said

    I just wanted to stop in for a second and say hello to everyone. I still have guests so…you know. Have fun!

  111. October 24th, 2007 at 10:02 am
    Wintermute said

    Happy Birthday! Wish I had more time to join the conversation, but couldn’t pass up the invitation :) I’ll try to stop by again a little later in the day…

  112. October 24th, 2007 at 10:02 am
    Joe said

    I Love my new Laptop, now I can get twice as much goofing off in during the day and night… 😉

  113. October 24th, 2007 at 10:09 am
    Robert Hruzek said

    Hi Liz! No time to visit during the day but I’ll pop by later with a link or two. But I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY (yes, caps and all!) to you and your community! (See, we get to celebrate too!)

    Cheers, y’all, and a tip o’ the hat to everybody!

  114. October 24th, 2007 at 10:11 am
    --Deb said

    Happy birthday!

    My Punctuality Rules blog has barely been around long enough to have a “most successful” post, but this one: We’re All Travelling Together seems like a likely candidate.

  115. October 24th, 2007 at 10:12 am
    Thom Allen said

    Hello and Happy Birthday! I hope everyone enjoys the gift I bring. So far this series of posts has been the most successful. Read them here.

    Have Fun! Drink one for me.


  116. October 24th, 2007 at 10:14 am
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    * Still going through my posts …

    On 9.27.2007 I joined that BlogCatalog challenge and blogged all day to Stop Animal Abuse and Pet Cruelty … That was one of my ‘good’ blogging days I think.

    I summarized the day’s postings here:

  117. October 24th, 2007 at 10:17 am
    Liz (Lizzer) Laneri said

    Happy Birthday–Love the unique post!!

  118. October 24th, 2007 at 10:21 am
    ME Strauss said

    Welcome Francine!
    Wow! Aren’r you an overachiever. Thank you for sharing your surgery with everyone. :)

  119. October 24th, 2007 at 10:21 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    What a great crowd gathered here. I got a fun shiver seeing the name wintermute. : )

  120. October 24th, 2007 at 10:23 am
    Robyn said

    Liz, Ellen can’t hold back once you challenge her… She wrote a post at your invitation last week….


    I didn’t want you to miss it here at the party!

  121. October 24th, 2007 at 10:23 am
    ME Strauss said

    Thank for coming, Daniel!
    Many entrepreneurs will be checking you out.

  122. October 24th, 2007 at 10:24 am
    jon said

    good morning mr brogan. nice to see you.

  123. October 24th, 2007 at 10:25 am
    Kirk M said

    And here’s another heartfelt Happy Birthday to all those SOB’s and to you Liz and your Successful and Outstanding adventure.

    Funny how things work but a few years before the WWW came into being I made my first attempt at writing and out of that first attempt dribbled around fifteen various pieces of what I call “Good Bathroom Reading Material”. The fact that people that read them actually seemed to enjoy themselves makes my first attempts sort of a success. Either way I felt like I had accomplished something back then and I’ve decided to finally haul them out and begin publishing to the blog one by one.

    So I thought (ow!) that this wonderful celebration was a fine place to say that I put the first one up yesterday and I’ll dedicate it to you and all my fellow SOB’s. It’s all about conversation and front porches. It’s also a bit satirical…hope you don’t mind.

    Happy B’Day all!

  124. October 24th, 2007 at 10:27 am
    Robyn said

    Joanna, the old fashioned way of links works when all else fails… Thanks for taking the time to learn to do it with more pizazz… Life-long learning’s a great quality!

  125. October 24th, 2007 at 10:29 am
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! I am so smiling. Thank you for how you choose what to bring. I know what I think about the posts that I describe the way you described those. :)

  126. October 24th, 2007 at 10:31 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Mother Earth!
    I think Elmo rocks too! Over, under, around and through!!

    Easy!! YEA! I’m getting to love seeing you here!

    Wintermute!! How often I think of you and wonder how you are. Thank you so much for coming! :)

  127. October 24th, 2007 at 10:32 am
    Susanna said

    Looking back at the stats, my most successful post was yesterday’s: http://www.superflippy.net/fashion/?p=75

    This is undoubtedly because I posted a link on Twitter asking people to respond.

  128. October 24th, 2007 at 10:33 am
    ME Strauss said

    That new laptop sounds like a great blog birthday present!

    That hat tip makes me smile every time. :)

    Deb! I think that you made a great choice. Thanks for bringing it and thanks for bringing you!

  129. October 24th, 2007 at 10:35 am
    Joe said

    Liz, all I can say is that Blogging Bought It! :-)

  130. October 24th, 2007 at 10:35 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Thom Allen!
    Welcome! I can’t imagine that we wouldn’t enjoy something you brought! Thanks for coming. :)

    Yeah, Chris,
    Wintermute is a special one from his name to the last word on his blog.

    Oh, Robyn,
    How wonderful of you to bring along Ellen’s post. I read that one! It’s fabulous!

  131. October 24th, 2007 at 10:39 am
    ME Strauss said

    Yea! Kirk M.
    What a great choice. Conversations, front porches, and a blog birthday all seen just right. We’ll be talking about today in the old bloggers’ home for sure.

    Hello Susanna!
    Welcome! Thank you for coming. I think you’re right. Anything approved and tested by those folks on Twitter has to have tons of successful appeal! :)

    To say “Blogging bought it.” is to say something great!

  132. October 24th, 2007 at 10:45 am
    Karin H. said

    Hey you partying lot. I’m afraid I have to leave the fun now. (But on the other hand, I was here early – very early ;-))

    Have loads of fun and don’t do anything I wouldn’t’ do 😉

    Karin H.

  133. October 24th, 2007 at 10:49 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Karin!
    Thank you for coming! Thank you for a whole lot of morning where you make me smarter with your insight. :)

  134. October 24th, 2007 at 10:50 am
    Mike said

    See ya, Karin!

  135. October 24th, 2007 at 10:54 am
    Anita Bruzzese said

    Happy Birthday, Liz. You’ve done an amazing job in making everyone feel welcome. You’re just like the person who welcomes the new kid in school with a “Hey…want to join us for lunch?” Pretty special. You’re also great at keeping your perspective in life, which is why I’m sharing a post of mine that was popular…but more important, one I re-read myself nearly every week. Just for me:

    Liz: What is there left to say but…
    You rock.

    Anita Bruzzese

  136. October 24th, 2007 at 10:54 am
    Scot Herrick said

    Hi Liz and crowd,

    Happy Birthday to Successful Blog! Who woulda thunk?

    A little post to help celebrate today:

    And a Link to Share for knowledge workers who work in cubes (hence, Cube Rules for the web site name…):


    It is a compilation of 30 days worth of Career Management tips. I didn’t want to do just a straight list of 30-tips. Instead, I wanted to write an article with reasoning on each of the thirty. The link is to the summary article with each link and a brief synopsis of the article.

    And thanks for posting the wedding anniversary article! Kate and I are enjoying the day…at work right now on the West Coast.

    Back after my meeting…and nice going, Liz, and all of the other SOB’s!

  137. October 24th, 2007 at 10:55 am
    Mark Riffey said

    Hi Liz,

    My most successful post – in terms of viewers, is Pale, Male and Stale.

    As for a SOB Birthday gift, SOB readers can download my book “Finding Hidden Gold in your Business” at no cost for the next 24 hours, simply by going here: http://www.rescuemarketing.com/blog/sob-birthday/


  138. October 24th, 2007 at 10:57 am
    ME Strauss said

    YEA!! How great to see you! It’s always fun to know which one a writer finds special. I can’t wait to see which you’ve picked.

    As far as the rest goes, you’ve got a pretty easy smile yourself. :)

  139. October 24th, 2007 at 10:59 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hello Scot!
    You’ve been such a partner and friend through the history of this little blog. Thank you for every thought, every email, and every link that we’ve shared.

    You are a special one. :)

  140. October 24th, 2007 at 11:01 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mark!
    Welcome! How nice of you to bring two gifts! It’s a bonanza. I notice how you named your link for the book . . . thank you especially for that. :)

  141. October 24th, 2007 at 11:18 am
    Mike said

    Anita, that was a great post!

    Mark, I tried to download the e-book and got this:
    “The page you are trying to access does not exist.
    Please select a page from the main menu.”

  142. October 24th, 2007 at 11:19 am
    A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday, Liz and Successful Blog said

    […] has asked that her “gifts” be links to great posts, free e-books, and words of wisdom. Stop by the party, congratulate Liz, and pick up your gifts. Be prepared for a long visit – there’s a lot going […]

  143. October 24th, 2007 at 11:21 am
    Reasonable Robinson said

    Hi Liz, congratulations! I’m really glad I found your site and think its really great how you engage with new and old visitors alike to build a vibrant and fascinating community. I’d like to submit this post
    Might the Mcann Case Make Turkeys of us All

    Which I posted in light of the media hysteria surrounding the Madelein Macann case. I wrote it because I wanted to invite people to consider how naive we can be when jumping to conclusions based on very few facts.

  144. October 24th, 2007 at 11:23 am
    Reasonable Robinson said
  145. October 24th, 2007 at 11:23 am
    Mike said

    Way better the second time, RR!

  146. October 24th, 2007 at 11:26 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Reasonable!
    It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. You bring fresh insight that’s fun to explore. The description of the post you bring is sure to intrigue more than me. . . . I can’t wait to see where you took the topic. :)

  147. October 24th, 2007 at 11:29 am
    Lisa said

    My dearest blogoddess, happy day! I brought a little Kerouac quote to share that fits you like your own shadow:

    “…the only people for me are the mad ones,
    the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centre light pop and everybody goes ‘Awww.’”

    Love you madly,

  148. October 24th, 2007 at 11:32 am
    Mike said

    Almost 150 comments and not a single mention of Klondike bars. This is a most unusual comment fest! 😉

  149. October 24th, 2007 at 11:32 am
    ME Strauss said

    You, you, you are madly wonderful! How many phone calls . . . could we even begin to estimate? I’m in your debt for a friendship worth keeping . . . ah yes. Madly wonderful.

  150. October 24th, 2007 at 11:32 am
    Ian McKenzie said

    Liz, it’s amazing what you’ve accomplished at this blog over the past two years. I look forward to all the great things you’ll continue to contribute to your readers.


    I’ve brought my post, 10 Tips to Help Keep Your Desk Clean. It’s one of my most popular and it seems appropriate from Ian’s Messy Desk. 😉

    Blog On!

  151. October 24th, 2007 at 11:33 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Mike!
    I did, I did mention Klondike bars back when we were talking about poptarts. :)

  152. October 24th, 2007 at 11:35 am
    ME Strauss said

    It seems like such a short time ago when we first met up. Can it really be two whole years? Wow!

    I’ve so enjoyed your messy desk. I don’t know what I’d do if you really did clean it up! :)

  153. October 24th, 2007 at 11:35 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    Beep Boop. Beeppppp.

  154. October 24th, 2007 at 11:36 am
    Mike said

    I missed it? Thirty lashes with a wet noodle for me! (I did see the Pop Tart reference).

  155. October 24th, 2007 at 11:37 am
    ME Strauss said

    Chris Brogan is reciting poetry again!

  156. October 24th, 2007 at 11:37 am
    Joe said

    I think Klondikes are better at night? After dinner so to speak.
    Don’t want to spoil the appetite for the Chocolate Layer Cake with the Cherries on top arranged to look like a Blog, do you?

  157. October 24th, 2007 at 11:39 am
    Lillie Ammann said

    Happy birthday, Liz. Thank you for your inspiration, your wisdom, your caring. Thank you for blogging with soul. You make us believe: We can change the world — just like that.

    I wrote a 14-part series on self-publishing because many of my editing clients self-publish. To make it more accessible, I combined the posts into a free book: Self-Publishing Primer. This might be helpful to anyone considering self-publishing as it covers the pros and cons as well as the process.

    May you continue to create a positive impact on the blogosphere for many years to come.

  158. October 24th, 2007 at 11:39 am
    Lisa said

    Liz, I was just describing SOBCon to someone yesterday and told them they should come and experience the cyber version today. There is nobody in this vast sphere capable of doing what you do.

    Has anyone alerted the press about this bash? Oh wait…we are the press. Silly me.

  159. October 24th, 2007 at 11:39 am
    Mike said


    I like the way you think! If Joanna can have Pop Tarts in the afternoon, I can at least contemplate Klondikes before lunch! 😉

    I think Chris Brogan was doing a rim shot!


  160. October 24th, 2007 at 11:43 am
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Lillie!
    Thank you and thank you for bringing your book on self-publishing. I know many readers will want to read it. You’re a dream to share that.


  161. October 24th, 2007 at 11:44 am
    ME Strauss said

    It’s your birthday . . . you can have all of the treats whenever you want!

  162. October 24th, 2007 at 11:45 am
    ME Strauss said

    I know that Chris Brogan wasn’t singing . . . His singing voice s pitched lower than that!

  163. October 24th, 2007 at 11:46 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lisa!
    This does feel a bit like SOBCon, doesn’t it? :)

    I can’t wait for that!

  164. October 24th, 2007 at 11:49 am
    Mike said


    Your book looks great. Thanks!


  165. October 24th, 2007 at 11:49 am
    Chris Brogan... said

    Cake. What if we made a cake from PopTarts?

  166. October 24th, 2007 at 11:49 am
    Robert Hruzek said

    Hey, found some time to break away during lunchtime…

    My very favorite links are to posts that really everybody else writes – the What I Learned From… group writing projects!

    You can find them all here.

    Also, here’s a present for anyone: a free copy of my e-book, “Poke it With a Sharp Stick”, containing six of my favorite stories from earlier this year (yes, I’m working an a new one).

    I can personally guarantee it’s “suitable for framing or wrapping fish”, as MAD magazine used to say.

    And what the heck – a Klondike bar for the first million downloaders!

  167. October 24th, 2007 at 11:51 am
    ME Strauss said

    I’m sure you mean a virtual Klondike bar, right?

    Too funny. :)

  168. October 24th, 2007 at 11:52 am
    ME Strauss said

    The official site of the

    Brogan Poptart cake recipe.

    I like the sound of that.

    Butter cream frosting between the layers, I bet!

  169. October 24th, 2007 at 11:53 am
    Mike said

    Bob’s book is definitely worth grabbing and reading, and his new one will no doubt set new standards of somethingness! 😉

    A Pop-Tart cake, yeah!

  170. October 24th, 2007 at 11:53 am
    Joe said

    I was just looking at my stats for today and yesterday and think a lot of people are upgrading their version of WP again.
    I seem to be getting a lot of hits on http://workingathomeinternet.com/WP/2007/06/18/fix-for-wordpress-post-preview/
    Happens everytime WordPress introduces a new version. 😉

  171. October 24th, 2007 at 11:56 am
    Joe said

    Sorry for linking to so much of my own stuff, looks like I’m being self indulgent. :-(
    I think I’ll eat some cake instead of looking at stats. :-)

  172. October 24th, 2007 at 11:58 am
    ME Strauss said

    I don’t think so. :)

  173. October 24th, 2007 at 11:59 am
    Robert Hruzek said

    Liz: uh, yeah, definitely virtual!

  174. October 24th, 2007 at 12:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cool, Robert, because downloading the real thing could get kind of . . . um, er, melty. :)

  175. October 24th, 2007 at 12:00 pm
    Robert Hruzek said

    Hey Mike: OK if I use that wonderful testimony on my next book? I love it!

  176. October 24th, 2007 at 12:02 pm
    Robert Hruzek said

    Liz; downloading Klondike bars (bwa-ha-ha-ha)! You silly! Everyone knows you can’t download a Klondike bar! You have to fax them! 😀

  177. October 24th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
    Chris Brogan... said

    Butter cream frosting for sure. : )

  178. October 24th, 2007 at 12:06 pm
    Robert Hruzek said

    Whoops, gotta go – I’m gettin’ shot today. (Flu shot, that is!)

    As my buddy Arnie would say, “I’ll be back!”

  179. October 24th, 2007 at 12:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Robert!
    You know I’m clueless about stuff like that!

  180. October 24th, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Klondike bars… yummy. It looks like there are sweet treats and great links here today! :) Liz… you are so awesome for hosting this. What fun!

  181. October 24th, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I thought butter cream was the way to go on that poptart cake!

  182. October 24th, 2007 at 12:10 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Kirsten!
    Welcome to the party . . . it’s turning out to be as much fun as last year for sure!

  183. October 24th, 2007 at 12:11 pm
    William Tully said

    Hi Liz, and Happy Birthday!

    Ok, I did some digging around it the vast archives of LOGICal eMOTIONs and found a couple interesting posts..

    The first one, “5 Key Components of Blogging” should be mentioned first simply because your blog was one of the ones used to test my theory and help prove it true. So that one should definitely be shared..

    As for a second one (I know you said one, and when you begin to follow the rules, so will I… 😉 ), that has been pivotal in the success of my blog – this becomes a bit more difficult… I narrowed it down to two posts I liked the best, and well, flipped a coin.. The winning post is simply titled “Congruence“.

    All the best, and again, Happy Birthday!


    P.S. Still trying to find a place that sells truffles online and will deliver them on a pillow… 😉

  184. October 24th, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    Mike said

    Go ahead, Bob!

  185. October 24th, 2007 at 12:16 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    With you as the host and the fabulous folks that hang out here, you can’t miss! A virtual party is quite a unique experience. :)

  186. October 24th, 2007 at 12:16 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    I just put 2 links to Klondikes for Mike and everyone, do you think I got caught up in “A” again?

  187. October 24th, 2007 at 12:17 pm
    Roberta Rosenberg said

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…”

    I know just how Michael Coreleone felt. As much as I love a good party, clients expect their copy, well, delivered on time!

    Congrats and best wishes, Liz! Wish I could have stayed and finished my drink!

  188. October 24th, 2007 at 12:17 pm
    William Tully said

    Bob! Don’t do it – the government is trying to control your mind, man!

    Wait, no worries Bob – go for it! 😉 (hehehehe)

  189. October 24th, 2007 at 12:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ah that truffles conversation! What fun that was! You’re gem to remember that!

    Thank you for the wishes and the time you took to bring your best to the birthday party. I can’t wait to read them to see how your mind worked out which ones to pick. :)

  190. October 24th, 2007 at 12:20 pm
    Mother Earth said

    awwwww I like being here and I think of you too liz, this is a warm and fuzzy place —

    remember warm and fuzzy – cold and prickly??

    does that date me?

    sorry but this is the only other moment I have until later

    happiness is autumn sunshine and bloggy birthdays

    Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan

  191. October 24th, 2007 at 12:21 pm
    Mike said

    “Congruence” was really thought-provoking!

  192. October 24th, 2007 at 12:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Autumn sunshine . . . we sure don’t get enough of that!! So let’s supercharge this bloggy birthday!

  193. October 24th, 2007 at 12:22 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    So… let’s see… I was trying to decide what link to bring as my gift. It is always hard to pick a favorite. I decided to pick my most recent one because I think it it will resonate with a lot of folks – 5 simple steps to help you manifest your dreams

  194. October 24th, 2007 at 12:23 pm
    Mike said


    Everyone knows dental fillings (with embedded microelectronics) are the primary mind-control mechanism of most modern governments! 😉


  195. October 24th, 2007 at 12:24 pm
    Kirk M said

    Pop-tart cake with butter cream frosting? Sounds like a great new flavor for a Klondike bar!

    Depending on the type of Pop-tart of course.

  196. October 24th, 2007 at 12:25 pm
    Patrick said

    Happy Birthday. Thanks for the difference you make in this world!

  197. October 24th, 2007 at 12:25 pm
    Buzzoodle Ron said

    Happy Birthday to you -and thanks for including me in SOB.

    My most popular post is 99 Website where you can create buzz – http://blog.buzzoodle.com/index.php/2007/03/05/99-bottles-of-beer-on-the-wall-99-bottles-of-beer/

    Feel free to add additional resources in the comments area.

    BTW, Where is the cake? I am here for cake!

  198. October 24th, 2007 at 12:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Great title and great choice! It goes with everything! :)

  199. October 24th, 2007 at 12:28 pm
    Kirk M said

    Mike, Tully,

    I know about that old microelectronics in your fillings trick. Good thing most of mine have fallen out already. I can think for myself nearly 70% of the time now. :)

    Soon as I get my pliers back from my neighbor I’m going for 75 and 1/2!

  200. October 24th, 2007 at 12:29 pm
    Mike said


    Thanks for Energy of Success!


  201. October 24th, 2007 at 12:29 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Kirk,
    I suppose a couple of the flavors wouldn’t sound so great as Klondike bars . . . though I don’t which they would be. :)

  202. October 24th, 2007 at 12:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    One simple sentence makes such a huge compliment. Thank you. Really.

  203. October 24th, 2007 at 12:30 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Klondike bars, pop-tarts, cake… you all are making me hungry!

  204. October 24th, 2007 at 12:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall post is a favorite of mine! Thank you for choosing it!

    The cake is on the sidebar with the beverages. Go help yourself!

  205. October 24th, 2007 at 12:33 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Kirsten,
    I’m getting hungry too. I might have to break out the dark chocolate peanut M&Ms. :)

  206. October 24th, 2007 at 12:35 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Ron – that post looks like a great resource! I will have to spend some time looking through the list. Thanks for sharing!

  207. October 24th, 2007 at 12:40 pm
    Chris Webb said

    Hello all! These 2 posts for aspiring writers and existing authors have been my most popular thus far.

    Keep up the great work Liz!

  208. October 24th, 2007 at 12:41 pm
    Jon Symons said

    Hi Liz,

    Happy SOB-day. Long time no see, but very happy I checked my stats today and got the invite.

    Here’s my business theme song as a contribution to the party. I’ll bet you’ll be able to relate.



  209. October 24th, 2007 at 12:41 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    I hear ya Liz… I am going to have to go find a treat to satisfy my sweet tooth.

  210. October 24th, 2007 at 12:41 pm
    Mike said


    Energy of Success looks great. Thanks!


  211. October 24th, 2007 at 12:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Chris!
    Welcome. What fun to have you stop by! Thanks for bringing some wonderful resources. I know more than one person who is a big fan of what you write!

  212. October 24th, 2007 at 12:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Jon!
    How great to see you! I’m delighted that you got the invite and decided to come.

    You’re so right I do like that link. :)

  213. October 24th, 2007 at 12:48 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Ooops! I just realized (thank you Mike) that I put the wrong URL up there. That’s funny because I was debating which link to use and I guess I confused myself. 😉

    Here is the proper link to 5 simple steps to help you manifest your dreams

    The one Mike referred to (thanks for the feedback) is The Energy of Success ebook.

    Sorry about the confusion!

  214. October 24th, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    Mike said

    Oh sure, ‘detach from the outcome’, that’s easy! LOL

  215. October 24th, 2007 at 12:56 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Mike – you are so right! That is one of the hardest thing to do. At least for me and all the people I know. 😉

    It takes practice and faith in the process.

  216. October 24th, 2007 at 12:56 pm
    Silvia said


    Feliz cumple Liz! Sé que vas a poder leer estas pocas líneas en español.

    Mi regalo es este post sobre un tema muy común: La regla del 80/20.

    Lo elegí porque en el comencé a explicar de forma práctica como había aplicado la regla en mi vida diaria y en los negocios.
    De verdad cambió completamente mi vida y mis ingresos :-), además de aliviar mi estrés y dejarme tiempo para comenzar otra carrera. También se que este post hizo reflexionar a unas cuantas mujeres emprendedoras que comenzaron a analizar su negocio de otra manera. Y de eso se trata ser un blogger, no?

    And for you people

    Happy birthday Liz! I know you’ll be able to read this few lines in Spanish.
    My gift is this post about a very usual topic: The 80/20 rule.

    I chose it because it was there that I began to explain how I had practically applied that rule to my life and business. It’s true that it completely changed my life and my incomes :-), besides releasing my stress y freeing me time to start a second career. I also know that this post make a few entrepreneur women think about their business in a different way. And this is what being a blogger is all about, isn’t it?

  217. October 24th, 2007 at 12:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Mike,
    It gets easier when a person is just totally detached from reality . . . ask me I know. :)

  218. October 24th, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    LOL… Liz, that’s too funny! Perhaps you’ve found the secret!

  219. October 24th, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yes, Kirsten,
    I found that the secret is to be totally lost. :)

  220. October 24th, 2007 at 1:01 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Liz,

    I’m right there with you, buddy! 😉

    It is the key to the whole thing, but much easier to say than do.


  221. October 24th, 2007 at 1:03 pm
    Char said

    Happy Blogging Birthday Liz and all!! Just stopping in for a few while I come up for air (wrestling with CSS that does not want to play nicely).

    I have decided to bring three links to Liz inspired posts:

    Liz inspires a series that is still going strong – Essential Tools Successful Blog Style

    How do you explain blogging to your Mom

    On Meeting Liz Strauss

    Thanks so much for providing us with such a great place to hang out at on Tuesday nights – you know there is nothing worth watching on TV on Tuesdays anyhow 😉

  222. October 24th, 2007 at 1:03 pm
    Buzzoodle Buzz Marketing Blog - » Get 100’s of Blog Comments in 1 Day said

    […] an award and spend years giving it out.  Then invite all the winners to your birthday party.  See the SOB Blog         […]

  223. October 24th, 2007 at 1:04 pm
    ME Strauss said


  224. October 24th, 2007 at 1:05 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    You hit the nail on the head Mike. The steps are simple… the process isn’t always easy.

  225. October 24th, 2007 at 1:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Being clueless is an art!

  226. October 24th, 2007 at 1:06 pm
    Yvonne DiVita said

    Here are my links. I chose a link from Lipsticking that focuses on women in the National Hall of Fame. Women can never get enough attention. These women are so inspirational and outstanding, they deserve as much recognition as I can give them. http://www.lipsticking.com/2007/10/national-womens.html

    And, on my petblog, I chose this link to a dog rescue site in Texas. They’re doing amazing things and they deserve to be recognized. I didn’t even realize they were supported by Purina (who sponsors the petblog), but they are! I just thought the story was worth talking about. http://www.scratchingsandsniffings.com/2007/10/doing-more-for-.html

  227. October 24th, 2007 at 1:08 pm
    Mike said

    Was I being confusing again (it’s a natural talent of mine)? I meant that ‘detaching from the outcome’ is the key to the whole manifesting thing.

  228. October 24th, 2007 at 1:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Char!
    Thanks for coming! Tuesdays and Open Comments wouldn’t be the same without you!

    It’s nice to think that I’m a part of your blog. You are such a part of this one. Thanks for choosing those link for the reason you did. :)

  229. October 24th, 2007 at 1:10 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Cluelessness may be an art… but I don’t think it is one you have mastered. You are quite the opposite, my friend.

  230. October 24th, 2007 at 1:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you for coming and welcome!

    I’m delighted you took the time to respond to the invitation by bringing such notable links. Yeah!

    Thanks for your wonderful blogs and the inspiration you give to so many bloggers who’ve personally told me so. :)

  231. October 24th, 2007 at 1:13 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Big, warm, happy birthday wishes, Liz! Consider this a virtual hug.

    I put together a wee gift for you and all the folks whose voices join here for great dialogue. It’s a handout of about 20 pages with some of my most successful and frequently read posts: Workplace Dialogue for Successful and Outstanding Bloggers.

    Liz, you’re a star in the blogosphere and in our hearts, too.


  232. October 24th, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Aw, Kirsten,
    I’ve been working so hard at being clueless. . . .

  233. October 24th, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    Char said

    Being clueless is an art…

    now there is a classic!

  234. October 24th, 2007 at 1:15 pm
    Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D. said

    Gosh.. I didn’t realize the time. I’ve gotta run. I will try to stop back later today. Happy Birthday! Have tons of fun.

  235. October 24th, 2007 at 1:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Look who just walked in!!


    Wow! You went all out . . . 20 pages for everyone! How cool is that?!!
    I’m no star. You guys do all of the shining. I just point you out. :)

  236. October 24th, 2007 at 1:16 pm
    franke james said

    Hi Liz,

    Wow! I didn’t what your 2nd SOB party would be like — and I’m so impressed! I recognize a few faces… Mother Earth, Tully, Mike and Terry — and you of course — the master connector who has brought us all together and makes it looks so easy.

  237. October 24th, 2007 at 1:17 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Happy birthday, Liz! I know you think I’m kidding, but you really do deserve an award for all the hours you put in, for all the kindness you share, for all the links you graciously make. You have helped make us all more successful and outstanding. Thank you!

  238. October 24th, 2007 at 1:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Franke!
    How hard is it to say to someone really cool “Do you want to meet someone really cool just like you?”

    It’s a breeze. You guys all make it easy, because you’re all so easy to be with.

  239. October 24th, 2007 at 1:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Dear Becky McCray!
    Go ahead make me tear up.

    You’ve been the best, and you do it so quietly. :)

  240. October 24th, 2007 at 1:19 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    A humble star, too…

  241. October 24th, 2007 at 1:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Humble pie doesn’t taste very good. :)

  242. October 24th, 2007 at 1:24 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Franke! Hi Char! Hi Tammy! Hi Becky?

    So Becky, a colleague greets me with “What’s the word?” How do you think I answered?


  243. October 24th, 2007 at 1:30 pm
    Char said

    Hello Mike and everyone else! So many familiar commenters here today – which is one of the true testaments to the success of open comment nights. It is like going out with all your best friends without having to get a babysitter, do your make up or get dressed up. Love it!

  244. October 24th, 2007 at 1:31 pm
    franke james said


    I brought a few of my green links with me. Today the City came by and officially passed our Green Driveway so it’s an important day!
    Planting & Seeding our Green Driveway

    Continuing on the green theme, I brought my Six Tools to Make Climate Change Art which is a presentation I made to 150 high school kids about climate change. Some of the kids came up afterwards and said it was inspiring… I asked them why and they said they didn’t know they were allowed to make art like that!! I think it was a compliment.

  245. October 24th, 2007 at 1:32 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Bye Kirsten!
    Thanks for being around!

  246. October 24th, 2007 at 1:33 pm
    Chris Brogan... said

    Linky linky, let’s get blinky. Here’s a link to an awesome website!

  247. October 24th, 2007 at 1:35 pm
    Mike said

    Chris Brogan is wearing the chin strap on his party hat too tight!! 😉

  248. October 24th, 2007 at 1:36 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Char don’t forget the part about getting to be any age that we want!

  249. October 24th, 2007 at 1:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I feel a little part of your Green Driveway saga. The story before and during SOBCon was very real.

    Thanks for choosing those links!

  250. October 24th, 2007 at 1:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Mr. Brogan,
    Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep beep.

    Your site link made me laugh out loud. :)

  251. October 24th, 2007 at 1:41 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Mike, what did you say?

  252. October 24th, 2007 at 1:42 pm
    franke james said

    I didn’t know we were going to have noisemakers at the party….!! Beep! Beep!

  253. October 24th, 2007 at 1:46 pm
    Mike said


    Thunderbird! Which then sparked a laughfest at all the old, horrible stuff you just don’t see anymore, like Yago Sangria.


  254. October 24th, 2007 at 1:47 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Liz, the last thing I would want to do is make you tear up. Unless that’s a good feeling. Then, enjoy!

  255. October 24th, 2007 at 1:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Becky and Mike,
    Please pass the Swizzle. :)

  256. October 24th, 2007 at 1:48 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ah, Becky,
    You are only good feelings where I’m concerned. :)

  257. October 24th, 2007 at 1:50 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Mike, I hate to tell you, but Yago is back, in a new upscale package!

  258. October 24th, 2007 at 1:50 pm
    Maura said

    Happy Birthday!!!


    I’m enjoying lunch right now and had fun creating this pic of us: Maura and Liz. Look at that! We were in Peterborough, ON together!!! 😉

    One of my popular posts is: SAHM Resignation Letter.

    Hope everyone is having a blast…I’ll pop back in later.


  259. October 24th, 2007 at 1:51 pm
    Mike said

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!! P.T. Barnum is laughing somewhere…

  260. October 24th, 2007 at 1:51 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Liz, my link is not my most successful post. It’s the one that recognizes your successes, everyone’s successes. The Brag Basket is always open!

  261. October 24th, 2007 at 1:53 pm
    dominic said

    I find it hard to not obsessively go back and catch up on all the comments up until this point.

    But here we go anyway. And something about a birthday? Happy happy!

    As for my contribution, it will have to be this morning diorama I wrote about the other day.

  262. October 24th, 2007 at 1:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Maura!
    Look at us! What fun! I’m liking that picture thing more and more. :) Thank you for sharing that!

  263. October 24th, 2007 at 1:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s the reason I say you’re so generous! Look at that! Give her a chance to toot her own horn and she toots someone else’s.

  264. October 24th, 2007 at 1:56 pm
    Mike said

    Awesome job, Maura!

  265. October 24th, 2007 at 1:59 pm
    Aruni said

    I’m back. I’m back! I’m not sure if there is a limit to the number of links to share but here are a few:

    speaking of green – rock, paper, scissors. http://www.entrepremusings.com/index.php/2007/10/15/rock-paper-scissors-how-do-we-all-win/. I’m sharing this because I believe if everyone took a small step to reduce paper in the home, we could make a difference in the lives of trees and our world.

    parenting a startup and kids: http://www.entrepremusings.com/index.php/2007/10/15/parenting-a-start-up-and-ninos-kids-my-2nd-guest-post/. I’m sharing this humorous post to illustrate the importance of parenting in our society.

    are we there yet? when will we get there?! http://www.entrepremusings.com/index.php/2007/09/30/are-we-there-yet-when-will-we-get-there/. I’m sharing this to challenge us to reflect on why we are so anxious to get to where we think we are going. :-)

    planning a transformer themed party: http://www.entrepremusings.com/index.php/2007/08/24/planning-a-transformer-themed-party/. I’m sharing this because it is the #1 viewed post on my blog and I have no idea why. But I hope that it has helped those people who are in fact planning a transformer party!

    Happy Birthday again SOB Liz! Thanks for letting me share my links.

    With the kindest of respects,

    Aruni (a.k.a. the entrepreMuse)
    SOB Week 102

  266. October 24th, 2007 at 2:05 pm
    Edward Mills said

    Wow. Noon here on the west coast. First chance to check in over here and already 263 happy SOB’ers have jumped in! I’m having a great time reading a few of the comments in random order. So far I’ve come up with:

    “Please pass the swizzle.”
    “Do we get birthday candles on our Klondikes?”
    “Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep beep.”

    Wow. This is a party!

  267. October 24th, 2007 at 2:06 pm
    Lodewijkvdb said

    This post alone is getting more comments than my entire six month old blog! Respect :)

    Great that my gifts made you smile Liz. It warms my heart to know you enjoyed them. Glad I could give something back for all that I have already received from reading your blog.

    And I’m with Joe…subscribing to the comments on this post was NOT a good idea :) It floods my inbox (I don’t even want to know how many e-mails leave your server every time someone comments…that’s like…a lot!)

    btw…the clock in the sidebar is broken. Does this mean the party has no end?

  268. October 24th, 2007 at 2:07 pm
    Maura said

    You’re welcome Liz! We are close geographically so maybe we can take a real pic one day…with downtown Chicago as the backdrop.

    Thanks Mike!

  269. October 24th, 2007 at 2:09 pm
    michael and derrick said

    Hi all! How is the party going? Where are the drinks?

  270. October 24th, 2007 at 2:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Edward!
    Welcome to the party. I’m so glad you came!

  271. October 24th, 2007 at 2:10 pm
    Mike said

    Hey Ed,

    Great to see you here!


  272. October 24th, 2007 at 2:11 pm
    franke james said

    Well, I just checked out Edward’s site and it reminded me about work/life balance… Gotta run /walk 5 miles. I’ll try and drop in later (after showering). Thanks Liz! You’re a super hostess. Really fun party. Great to meet everyone!

  273. October 24th, 2007 at 2:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    What a lovely compliment! Thank you. I’m delighted you get something when you come here. Well, something more than a lot of email comments. :)

    I’m going to check that clock, but the party is going on clock or not! :)

  274. October 24th, 2007 at 2:12 pm
    Do It Myself Blog » Celebrating Liz Strauss said

    […] Today we celebrate Liz! Her Successful and Outstanding Blog is two years old, and, typical fun-loving Liz style, she is having a party! Please stop by and wish her a happy blog birthday! […]

  275. October 24th, 2007 at 2:13 pm
    michael and derrick said

    Do we just post our favorite link in here somewhere?

  276. October 24th, 2007 at 2:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    A Photo in Chicago would be wonderful! Come visit for SOBCon and meet EVERYONE!!!

  277. October 24th, 2007 at 2:16 pm
    franke james said

    Michael! Derrick! Great to see you. I’m rushing out, tying my running shoes, but I want to say, “Hi!” and a quick air kiss for you both. XXX

  278. October 24th, 2007 at 2:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Aruni!
    Askimet made you wait with your links. Sorry about that. :)

    You chose some wonderful pieces to share. Thank you for those and your sentiments. :)

  279. October 24th, 2007 at 2:16 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hi Liz, happy birthday, my friend! I love how you have created community here. Inspiring.

    Party favour for everyone available at http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2007/celebrating-liz-strauss/

    Back in a bit. Party on!

  280. October 24th, 2007 at 2:16 pm
    Mike said

    I’m waiting for a Glenda Watson Hyatt comment here soon…

    michael and derrick, share your gift in a comment or two!

  281. October 24th, 2007 at 2:17 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Michael and Derrick!
    Yea! You’re here!
    The drinks are in the sideBAR!! The links fit in the comment box. The smiles go everywhere!

  282. October 24th, 2007 at 2:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Have a great run, Franke!

  283. October 24th, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    Mike said

    She beat me to it!

    Glenda, that is an awesome party favor!


  284. October 24th, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    How nice of you to write that post and to give so much!

  285. October 24th, 2007 at 2:21 pm
    Aruni said

    Hi Liz – thanks for fishing me (#265) out of the spam bucket. :-) Your blog posts truly inspire me!

    I can’t start drinking until later tonight so I’ll check back then…

  286. October 24th, 2007 at 2:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    See you later, Aruni!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  287. October 24th, 2007 at 2:22 pm
    michael and derrick said

    I had the honor and pleasure of working with Siegfried & Roy for 7 years, right up until Roy’s accident. I think they are outstanding (and successful!) people and they inspired me in a lot of ways. We did a post about them on our Life By Design blog…


    and to date, it has been our most popular post. So I am sharing that one….

  288. October 24th, 2007 at 2:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yea! Michael and Derrick!
    That’s such a cool gift!

  289. October 24th, 2007 at 2:24 pm
    Bonnie said

    Happy B-Day, Liz – great party! What a coincidence… I was in a “just have fun” mood with my latest post today, then found your wonderful FUN party! If you (or any of your readers) are fans of scary movies, you might enjoy what I wrote here:


    I’ll be back for a drink! :-)

  290. October 24th, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    Mike said

    I’ll throw in my own party favor, though it’s not quite complete. A whiz-bang online interactive experience is what’s needed, but first I have to decide on a pedagogy. And before that I need to figure out what the heck a pedagogy is! 😉


  291. October 24th, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    Bonnie said

    Oops! How did I put the wrong link in there! Maybe I’ve had too much to drink already!(Sorry, don’t see a way to edit my comment). Here’s the link I meant to include:


  292. October 24th, 2007 at 2:26 pm
    Kirk M said

    No clock–party never stops. Hokay?

    My clock is down also. See Liz? You’re never alone. 😀

  293. October 24th, 2007 at 2:28 pm
    michael and derrick said

    I have to run – will try to pop in later! BEST WISHES! xoxoxoxox

  294. October 24th, 2007 at 2:29 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Bonnie!
    Welcome! I promise not to tell Brian that you accidently called “teaching sells” a scary movie. That’s too fun!

    Head on over the sideBAR and get whatever you’d like to cool your thirst!

    Thanks for coming and for sharing your work!

  295. October 24th, 2007 at 2:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Kirk!
    Maybe it’s the clock then and not us!! Wouldn’t that be stranger yet?

  296. October 24th, 2007 at 2:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! Mike, your gift is something to talk about as well! Oh my! This is going to be quite a list!!

  297. October 24th, 2007 at 2:32 pm
    Kirk M said

    Just adding a LOL link for you all while I go do some chores (like we need comic relief but whatever 😀


    To the laundry! Awaaayyy…(off arrgh crash slam BANG *tinkle*)

  298. October 24th, 2007 at 2:34 pm
    CK said

    Hi there. I want to “share” a post on what’s so great about this new medium…or, rather, what makes it run. A lot of people attribute the success of social media to a lot of things–but it sure seems to rest in “share”, eh?


    Plus, it features a riddle.
    Thank you, Liz, for making this special day ;-).

  299. October 24th, 2007 at 2:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Kirk!
    Thank you for the laugh and the accompanying sound effects! :)

  300. October 24th, 2007 at 2:35 pm
    Laurie said

    Hi Liz,
    This is great – I always knew you were an SOB !
    Love you – Laurie

    P.S. Lets go for icecream.

  301. October 24th, 2007 at 2:36 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey CK!
    I think you’re right the word share has a lot to do with it. :)

    Glad you wanted to share. :)

  302. October 24th, 2007 at 2:37 pm
    Mike said

    Thanks, Liz! The list is pretty amazing!

    Bonnie, loved your post; I was hoping to see ‘Attack of the Killer Blogs’! 😉

  303. October 24th, 2007 at 2:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You seem perfectly suited to write “Attack of the Killer Blogs.”

  304. October 24th, 2007 at 2:42 pm
    Mike said

    Can’t argue with sharing and trust. That’s pretty much the foundation of this place, for certain!

  305. October 24th, 2007 at 2:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    And capers.

  306. October 24th, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    Mihaela Lica said

    Hi Liz! Isn’t this amazing, how many people are here to celebrate this blog? I sent you yesterday an email – I hope you got it.
    You know, I was thinking about a link to bring, but I can find nothing really worthy of such an event. I bring you all my love instead, and hope you will keep on changing the world.


  307. October 24th, 2007 at 2:46 pm
    Mike said


    If I wrote Attack of the Killer Blogs, I’d be getting Google hits on it for the rest of my life, just like the STATISTICS SHOW ICE CREAM CAUSES MURDER post! LOL


  308. October 24th, 2007 at 2:49 pm
    Timothy Johnson said

    Liz – Happy birthday. You’re looking beautiful for “two”

  309. October 24th, 2007 at 2:50 pm
    Mike said


    That comment could be taken more than one way, you sly dog!


  310. October 24th, 2007 at 2:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mig!
    I’m wondering whether you missed this post here?

    I didn’t miss that by any stretch. :)

  311. October 24th, 2007 at 2:53 pm
    Char said

    I’m back! I forgot to drop off the cake!!

    Successful Blog Klondike Bar Cake

    I’ll stop back in later too. Meanwhile, everyone enjoy the cake.

  312. October 24th, 2007 at 2:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Laurie #300
    Once you comment, you’re officially a blogger, by default!

    Ice cream sounds good right about now!

  313. October 24th, 2007 at 2:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You could start a whole series of Spooky Action Posts — be the next Goosebumps!

  314. October 24th, 2007 at 2:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Tim!
    Thanks, I sure hope I get some real teeth soon. :)

  315. October 24th, 2007 at 2:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Char!
    I was thinking of that earlier! I’m so glad you remembered. I totally forgot! That cake is something . . . almost enough to make Chris Brogan swear off poptarts. :)

  316. October 24th, 2007 at 3:00 pm
    Mike said

    Hmm. I’ll take that ‘Goosebumps’ thing under advisement.

    I’m passing the Caper Crown to Char. That birthday cake incident makes my capers pale in comparison! 😉

  317. October 24th, 2007 at 3:08 pm
    Edward Mills said

    Liz and Mike, thanks for the welcome. Frankie, I went for my run this morning. Up to the lake to watch the sunrise! That’s why I couldn’t get here until noon.

  318. October 24th, 2007 at 3:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That cake is a winner!!!
    Char is uber-cool!!

  319. October 24th, 2007 at 3:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You are always welcome. :)

  320. October 24th, 2007 at 3:15 pm
    Edward Mills said

    Char. Talk about a super cool cake!!! Necessity is the mother of invention.. apparently even more so for moms!

  321. October 24th, 2007 at 3:15 pm
    Kirk M said

    I’m bringing my own food link for all those who have a hankerin’ for something really bad for your health.

    http://elainesplace.net/?p=219 (monster burrito)

    (pssst! Liz…this lady has all the makings of a future SOB. I got her started in her own do-it-yourself WP blog awhile back but I don’t think she’s forgiven me yet so better not mention my name)

  322. October 24th, 2007 at 3:19 pm
    Chris Brogan... said

    When I was six years old, I received my first bike. It was a Huffy Thunder Road, with dark blue fenders made out of hard plastic, and with a number 56 on the handlebars. It looked like a badass bike with a banana seat, only more boy-tough than that.

    I couldn’t ride it. I ran around alongside it the entire first day I owned it. By the second day, I could wobble it down the little bump in my side yard that passed for a hill. A ball couldn’t roll down that hill without some external motivation. And yet to me, I was really doing the biking here, man!

    The third day, I crashed it into the side of the house and broke off the front fender in a jagged, kill little kids shape. I cried. I cried and cried.

    When my Mom asked me what I wanted, I said, “Move the house.”

    Because clearly, the reason I crashed this bike was because the house was in the wrong place. I had done nothing wrong.

    I think I’ve lived a good portion of my life like this, for better or worse.

    Blogging in the comments,


  323. October 24th, 2007 at 3:21 pm
    Kirk M said

    OMG! I just saw the cake! I could pave the way to a real good sugar binge with that Klondike beauty that’s for sure.

    Won’t make me swear off Pop Tarts though. Why be satisfied with just one when you can have both (Honey? Where’s the whip cream?)

    You thought maybe Chris was the only one? And I’m even old(er).

  324. October 24th, 2007 at 3:23 pm
    Solo Business Marketing said

    Happy second birthday, Liz. You’re so young yet have provided us with a lifetime of ideas and networking opportunities.

    I’ve just enjoyed a bowl of popcorn in your honor, and tonight I’ll sprinkle extra whip cream on my ice cream sundae in tribute to your day.

    Be well,


  325. October 24th, 2007 at 3:24 pm
    Codswallop said

    Happy birthday Liz :)


  326. October 24th, 2007 at 3:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Kirk!
    I heard you about the future SOB!

  327. October 24th, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    Kirk M said

    Hey Chris,

    Sounds logical to me. Did you ever manage to miss the house?

  328. October 24th, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So, Chris,
    Did she move the house?

    That is the best story. I hope you tell it to your kids one day. :)

  329. October 24th, 2007 at 3:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Kirk and Chris,
    Poptart ice cream sandwiches. . . .

  330. October 24th, 2007 at 3:29 pm
    Kirk M said

    pssst! Liz…thanks! :)

  331. October 24th, 2007 at 3:29 pm
    Mike said


    That touching story brought a tear to my eye…

    LOL “Move the house”. THAT’S lateral thinking!


  332. October 24th, 2007 at 3:29 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You and Solo Business Marketing have been here since I couldn’t walk. Too cool that you’ve stopped by.

    Thank you. :)

  333. October 24th, 2007 at 3:30 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hi again,

    Popping in for a piece of cake [before lunch]. Delicious, Char!

    I see we’re sharing links of successful blog posts. If success is measured by number of comments, then its the last Readers’ Cafe http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2007/readers-cafe-shares-stories-around-the-fire/. If measured by fun, definitely my last virtual book tour http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2007/virtual-book-tour-ends-in-brisbane-in-style/

    Back later. Need to go out for US money for Vegas and some kitty litter.

  334. October 24th, 2007 at 3:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you, Yoav!
    It’s a wonderful occasion! Thank you for being here. :)

  335. October 24th, 2007 at 3:30 pm
    Peggy Payne said

    This is my first cyber-party and it seems to be quite a bash. Happy birthday, Liz, and the Successful Blog community. I’m sipping a sweet iced tea in your honor.


  336. October 24th, 2007 at 3:33 pm
    Kirk M said

    Poptart ice cream sandwiches? Hey that would work! You could mix and match flavors. The Poptarts would have to be warm though. Kind of like fried ice cream but only different.

    Apple Poptarts with butter pecan ice cream?

  337. October 24th, 2007 at 3:33 pm
    Lori Widmer said

    Happy cyber birthday, Liz! Thanks for letting me hang out with you on this most auspicious day. Cake? Did someone say cake?? :))

    Here’s my favorite blog from my site (recently, that is) – http://loriwidmer.blogspot.com/2007/05/i-think-im-right-this-time-in-really.html#comments

    It’s my favorite because it was one bizarre little event that evoked a lot of discussion!

    I can’t wait to dig into all the other links here. Too cool!

  338. October 24th, 2007 at 3:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Peggy!
    We’re just hanging out having fun! Thank you for coming to hang out with us a bit.

    I sure do like the name of the post you choose to bring. :)

  339. October 24th, 2007 at 3:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I know that they’re both winners if you brought them.:)

  340. October 24th, 2007 at 3:36 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Apple Poptarts with butter pecan ice cream?

    Have you thought of becoming a dessert chef?

  341. October 24th, 2007 at 3:38 pm
    Mihaela Lica said

    Gosh! I really missed that. I love you! :) There was a lot to read here today… and I bet there’s more coming.

  342. October 24th, 2007 at 3:41 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lori!
    What a great blog post topic. I think I might have dated that guy . . . Thanks for coming. :)

    Yeah the list of links is going to be outstanding!!

  343. October 24th, 2007 at 3:42 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mihaela,
    The biggest present I wanted to bring won’t be done for a while. :)

  344. October 24th, 2007 at 3:43 pm
    Rebecca said

    Here’s a beautiful one from my site, one that I reread a lot.


    Happy Birthday!

  345. October 24th, 2007 at 3:44 pm
    Mike said

    Hey Peggy, I distinctly recall reading a long time ago that the answer was six…

  346. October 24th, 2007 at 3:44 pm
    Kirk M said

    A dessert chef? Not sure about. I don’t think I can be nasty enough to be a chef. I’ll be glad to whip some up sometime for some friends though. It can be a finish touch to my famous “Crab meat and cream cheese in scrambled eggs mess” that I serve now and then (it’s good…really).

  347. October 24th, 2007 at 3:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thank you. It is a beautifully written piece. :)

  348. October 24th, 2007 at 3:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Well, Kirk,
    Not everyone would think to put apple poptarts with butter pecan ice cream. . . .

  349. October 24th, 2007 at 3:49 pm
    Kirk M said

    Okay, okay…Apple poptarts and butter pecan ice cream for everyone!


  350. October 24th, 2007 at 3:50 pm
    Mihaela Lica said

    😉 I won’t tell a soul. If it is what I think it is, your secret is safe with me. I love your new blog, btw! Will you have time and energy to run 2?

  351. October 24th, 2007 at 3:56 pm
    Jonathan Fields said

    Hey Liz,

    Woohoo! Happy B-day, who knew you could have so much fun online? Here’s a little ditty that seems just right for the party.

    It’s a post called “Effortless Success.”



  352. October 24th, 2007 at 3:56 pm
    Buzzoodle Ron said

    I see Liz has Google Ads at the very bottom. I clicked once – now she will get a nickle for her birthday present.

    Maybe you should do the same!

  353. October 24th, 2007 at 3:59 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mihaela,
    No what you’re thinking of crashed and burned, which is probably a good thing. :)

    Yeah, I’m enjoying my new freedom to express all of my brain. :)

  354. October 24th, 2007 at 4:03 pm
    Mihaela Lica said

    Hm… I don’t know. I don’t like any form of destruction. But if you smile about it… that’s the most important part.

    @Buzzoodle Ron: click click :)

  355. October 24th, 2007 at 4:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Ron,
    No one needs to that. I read those ads to see what comes up next. They’re kind of fun.

  356. October 24th, 2007 at 4:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    YEA!! Great that you came! I love the post that you brought! Thank you for that!

  357. October 24th, 2007 at 4:08 pm
    Kirk M said

    Thought I’d offer up a short post about what I think about “community”. Since we’re all a fine example of community really means I think it fits.


    I’m not tooting…I’m contributing. 😀

  358. October 24th, 2007 at 4:10 pm
    Kirk M said

    Geez! Me and my lousy typos!

  359. October 24th, 2007 at 4:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Kirk,
    You have a loooonng way to go to catch up with how many typos I’ve left around the Internet. :)

  360. October 24th, 2007 at 4:37 pm
    Mike said


    I created a birthday photo, too.


    P.S. What IS that thing?

  361. October 24th, 2007 at 4:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    They call that “thing” the bean. It’s a giant chrome “thing” that you can walk through in Millenium Park In Chicago.

    Unless you were talking about the blonde, then that “thing” is me. :)

  362. October 24th, 2007 at 4:41 pm
    The Writing Frump said

    Oh, happy happy day, dearie! It is so nice to see a successful writer sharing her talents and advice with the writing community. You have a wonderful blog, and you’ve made a positive impression on so many people. I’m glad to help you celebrate!

    My favorite post at my blog: http://writingfrump.wordpress.com/2007/09/19/when-they-call-your-talent-into-question/

    I choose it because I believe all writers should know their boundaries and enforce them stringently.

  363. October 24th, 2007 at 4:42 pm
    Mike said

    Sorry, that “big metallic thing”! You could never be considered any kind of a “thing”!

    My only question about the bean is: why?

    No wait, I have another. Will there be a car chase through it when they film Blues Brothers 2010? 😉

  364. October 24th, 2007 at 4:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    No car chase, I’m afraid the space is too small, but maybe motorcycles or bikes. :)

  365. October 24th, 2007 at 4:49 pm
    Mike said

    I’m thoroughly disappointed, but maybe they’ll use it for a big bike chase in Pee Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie!

  366. October 24th, 2007 at 4:52 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    okey dokey folsies – and blog birthday girl – I brought a doozie for you to giggle over . .


    AND as a lil gift I’m making our Liz a tall blonde Second Life persona (all she has to do is pick from the current surnames available from Second Life http://tinyurl.com/2tln2s (no Successful is not there but last time I checked Timeless was)

    For anyone else who reads this and leaves a commenet below my blog post and video I’ll do something almost as good for you – in honor of our friend and enabler, Liz the SOB.

  367. October 24th, 2007 at 4:55 pm
    Edward Mills said

    Frankie. Thanks for checking out my site. I love your post on green driveways. Reminds me of the grass driveway my grandfather had at his house. I always thought it was so cool and wondered why more people didn’t have them. Maybe you can start a movement! Hope so.

  368. October 24th, 2007 at 4:55 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    and can I just say yummm – butter pecan ice cream! With bananas – ts the bomb. Oooh and peanut butter topping :)

  369. October 24th, 2007 at 4:58 pm
    Mike said


    Evil genius! The Chris Cree character’s outfit is just wrong! LOL


  370. October 24th, 2007 at 5:00 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    Oh Chris so loves being on stage :) Wait til he seeess!

  371. October 24th, 2007 at 5:01 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    Note to self – let Rodney Rumford & Chris Cree know they are wearing dresses . . .

  372. October 24th, 2007 at 5:10 pm
    Shashi B said

    Happy Birthday ! Wish i could send you gift certificate to the restaurants i reviewed here http://carryoncurry.com


  373. October 24th, 2007 at 5:10 pm
    Mike said

    Good idea on that note, Susan! 😉

  374. October 24th, 2007 at 5:12 pm
    Chris Owen (Pink Apple) said

    I’m arriving fashionably late to the party as that’s what Outrageous Extroverts do!!
    Partly it was about where I live. Here in Australia we’ve been sleeping while you’ve been partying!
    But partly, like all women, it was about what to wear and what gift to bring.
    In the end seeing I’m not long out of my cot, my jim-jams (pyjama) seemed the best choice!
    But the gift thing was much harder!!!!!
    So I’ve brought one of those blog posts that are the response to one of those dreaded tags!
    But this one proved to be a gift to me and I hope to my readers. So maybe it demonstrates why i was so honoured when I received your Successful and Outstanding Blogger award.
    You are a gem in Blogging Life Liz Strauss.
    Thankyou for everything you do!
    My link: http://pinkapple.typepad.com/apple_tart/2007/08/chris-owen-and-.html

  375. October 24th, 2007 at 5:15 pm
    Teli Adlam said

    Wow, Liz, it looks like you have a lot of work in store. 😀

    Happy 2nd blog birthday!! How exciting! This is definitely a blog I love to keep my eyes on because you always manage to provide useful information in such a charming way.

    As for my link submission to the party fishbowl :), here’s a post I believe is successful (although it’s not my most visited/commented post): FeedBurner Traffic Guide.

    It’s a free book that was intended for newbies, but I’ve been informed multiple times that veteran FeedBurner users can pick up a few tips, too.

    ~ Teli

  376. October 24th, 2007 at 5:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That is TOO Wonderful!!!

  377. October 24th, 2007 at 5:17 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    There are things that just naturally go together like bacon and eggs, or cheese and wine, or lock and key. Successful-Blog and Liz is one of those killer combinations. So here’s my first contribution today.



  378. October 24th, 2007 at 5:17 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    I’m delurking to say Happy Blog Bday! Here’s one of my favourite (and still considered my most “interesting”) picture from Flickr. Hopefully it will make you smile!


  379. October 24th, 2007 at 5:17 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Sashi!
    Thank you for the wishes and for the link. You are a generous one!

  380. October 24th, 2007 at 5:18 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    ack–wrong link! wrong link!


    (after that, I’m back to lurking, lol)

  381. October 24th, 2007 at 5:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    How ironic you should delurk at the very second that you did.

    You are the 50,000th comment on this blog!!!!!!

    Send me your paypal and I’m sending $50.00 — wish it could be more!!

  382. October 24th, 2007 at 5:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Dear Ms. Chris!
    You’re so special in my heart because of your SOBCon envy. You made us all have hope when we were worried. Thank you for being someone who cared so much.

    And who still does. :)

  383. October 24th, 2007 at 5:23 pm
    Chris Owen (Pink Apple) said

    OOOps I forgot to add my birthday wishes as well
    Normally I’d say _let’s have some champers! But at 8am it’s a bit too early even for dedicated bubbles drinkers like me!!!
    BTW what the hell are KLONDIKES? They sound like shoes!!!!
    Happy Birthday Liz and SOB!!!

  384. October 24th, 2007 at 5:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    For one who calls me charming, you sure said that with plenty of charm yourself. :)

    It’s my experience with writers that every one that I’ve ever trained may not have known when something he or she wrote wasn’t quite right, but every one of them knew when it was great!!

  385. October 24th, 2007 at 5:26 pm
    Mike said

    Fifty thousand? WOW!!

    Stick around and party, Amie!

    Hi Sashi, Chris, Teli, and Vernon!

  386. October 24th, 2007 at 5:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m delighted to hear that it’s only your first!! YEA!!

  387. October 24th, 2007 at 5:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I know, Mike,
    It’s kind of cool that the odometer turned today!!! :)

  388. October 24th, 2007 at 5:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris O.
    Klondikes are ice cream squares covered in chocolate. Char made a cake from them and brought a picture of it. It’s up in comment #311. :)

  389. October 24th, 2007 at 5:34 pm
    Jeff Pulver said

    Hi Liz,

    Just wanted to drop by and say “Happy Birthday!” – seems these social media birthdays just get better and better. It’s great to see so many people taking part in various elements of the conversation.

    My next “big” conference/event is taking place next week and earlier today I posted ( http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/007575.html ) about the things I do before a (VON) conference which I think could be a good reference for people to look at before they go to their next event.

    While I was worried about getting the most out of the event, one thing I forgot to write about was to remind people to carve out 15 minutes out of their schedule every couple of hours to take care of themselves. It seems that the “you” is still very important, even at events.

    I look forward to catching up with you again in Chicago.

    Warm regards, Jeff

  390. October 24th, 2007 at 5:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Jeff!
    What a great guy you are to stop by!

    I hope you don’t mind that I opened the parentheses around your link so that folks could get to you more quickly. :)

    It’s great resource and you’re gem for bringing it. I know how busy you are.

    I can’t wait to see you again!

  391. October 24th, 2007 at 5:42 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    Wow, what a milestone–another hearty congrats all around!

    And what a huge surprise! Thank you! Colour me speechless :)

  392. October 24th, 2007 at 5:43 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Aw C’mon Amie!
    You can’t be speechless! You just started commenting! :)

  393. October 24th, 2007 at 5:56 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    Here’s a great flickr picture I found that fits the occasion.


  394. October 24th, 2007 at 5:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Vern!
    That’s so cool!

  395. October 24th, 2007 at 5:57 pm
    Mike said

    Cool picture, Vernon!

  396. October 24th, 2007 at 5:58 pm
    Delaney Kirk said

    Hi Liz,
    Happy Bday!! It’s been one of those days, weeks, months…so I can’t stay but wanted to drive by and say hi! What a great crowd you have here!

  397. October 24th, 2007 at 5:59 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Delaney!
    How nice of you to take a minute out of a day like that to say “hello.” Only goes to show what a generous person you are.

    Thank you. :)

  398. October 24th, 2007 at 6:03 pm
    Joe said

    Geeze ohman, I haven’t been gone that long and there are another couple of hunnrd comments gone by!
    Trying to catch up.
    (I can’t believe that someone didn’t know what a Klondike is… Oh, that’s right this the WWW 😉
    I still have to get used to the keyboard on this darn thing!

  399. October 24th, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    I need to stay awake until CSI so I can see what all the Second Life fuss is about so of course I dropped back in here because all the FUN kids are here & there is no snoozing off allowed!

  400. October 24th, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    Mike said

    Welcome back, Joe!

  401. October 24th, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Joe!
    You weren’t keeping count of the comments while you were gone? Wow! You’ve relaxed. Good on you!

  402. October 24th, 2007 at 6:08 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    Hey Joe, Great to “see” you!

  403. October 24th, 2007 at 6:08 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Susan,

    I think is saw a preview of that CSI. Looked pretty wacky!


  404. October 24th, 2007 at 6:08 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, it started Raining, I have to go in now, back in a couple. :-)

  405. October 24th, 2007 at 6:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Susan!
    You don’t know how nice a nap sounds about now! :)

    But I’m in this for the duration, especially after I got to see Rodney and Chris doing the CanCan!!

  406. October 24th, 2007 at 6:10 pm
    Delaney Kirk said

    Thanks Liz. One of the things I’m doing this week is grading papers and exams so thought I would share (1) this link to a rubric on how to grade student whining from Prof. Joseph Braun of Illinois State U. http://www.ilstu.edu/~jabraun/braun/professional/rubrics/whinrub.html

    and (2) a post I did on a student who made my day by refusing to just get by on an assignment.

    Oh, and I’ll just grab some bday cake for energy. Thanks!

  407. October 24th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Delaney!
    I like the juxtaposition of your choices. They appeal to me . . . :)

    Have all of the treats you like. :)

  408. October 24th, 2007 at 6:14 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, no sleeping on the job, you need to stay awake until at least 11. 😉

  409. October 24th, 2007 at 6:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I know, Joe,
    My husband is laughing at whether I’ll make it. :)

  410. October 24th, 2007 at 6:19 pm
    Joe said

    He know’s more than we…
    That’s what you get for not letting him join the party.
    Make him play, we know he’s a tech guy, he must enjoy some of this stuff! 😉

  411. October 24th, 2007 at 6:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    No, he hates typing . . . more than you do. :)

  412. October 24th, 2007 at 6:25 pm
    Joe said

    Oh, that’s a shame **evil grin**
    But you have to get him to at least say Hi!

    (Back in a couple, I have to go eat dinner)

  413. October 24th, 2007 at 6:31 pm
    Mike said


    It’s quiet. Take 10 winks now. 😉


  414. October 24th, 2007 at 6:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Mike,
    I think that would be just my eyes twitching. :)

    In the meantime, I’m supposed to eat soon. :)

  415. October 24th, 2007 at 6:43 pm
    Mike said

    Heck, I’m seriously late to the party but I’m here anyway so big waves to all of my fellow SOBs and big kiss to Liz for inviting me.

    I couldn’t think of anything that celebrates my outstanding-ness so here’s my first ever article which has been linked to in the UK mainstream media.

    The Great Google Bitch Slap

    My mum will be so proud 😀

  416. October 24th, 2007 at 6:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike!
    Congratulations! I read it. It’s a great article.

    I remember when you first came around. Thanks for that KISS!! I’m smiling to see you again!

  417. October 24th, 2007 at 6:47 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Popping in again, bringing a chocolate truffle cheesecake to replenish the dessert table. Glad to see the party is still hopping! Party favours available at http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2007/celebrating-liz-strauss/

  418. October 24th, 2007 at 6:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Glenda!
    Always good for a chocolate fan or too around here. :)

  419. October 24th, 2007 at 6:53 pm
    Mike said

    Great post, Mike!

    I switched my default search engine. LiveSearch it is (Spooky Action top spot for me)!

  420. October 24th, 2007 at 6:54 pm
    ann michael said

    Hey there Liz! Sorry I’m late! Couldn’t stay away on your birthday. I might have to work tonight but I’m thinking of you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  421. October 24th, 2007 at 6:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Ann!
    Thanks! I can’t wait until you come to Chicago!

  422. October 24th, 2007 at 6:58 pm
    CK said

    this is the most rockin’ thread EVER. Love it!

  423. October 24th, 2007 at 6:58 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said


    I’ve been itching to ask you this question all day. For me, blogging has opened a new world to me, enabling me to communicate with others from around the world. Why have you so enthusiastically embraced blogging? How has it changed you?

  424. October 24th, 2007 at 7:01 pm
    Mike said

    You can say that again, CK. The pile of awesome links (yours included) is prodigious!

  425. October 24th, 2007 at 7:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey CK!
    Welcome back! Yeah, we’ve been having some fun!

  426. October 24th, 2007 at 7:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s the first time I’ve heard anyone use the word prodigious in a long time. WAY CooL!

  427. October 24th, 2007 at 7:06 pm
    Mike said

    Time for me to disappear for a bit. I’ll check back in a while.

    Liz, you, this place, and this thread are the greatest!


  428. October 24th, 2007 at 7:09 pm
    Mike said


    Prodigious is too fun a word not to get a regular airing! :-)


  429. October 24th, 2007 at 7:09 pm
    Robin Yap said

    Oh choices choices… which blog post comes from the heart? I think “my conversations with my (85 y/o) mom” posts (on http://tinyurl.com/24bz7v) are important to me and come from the heart because I hear her words of wisdom to my consulting work.

    One in particular I entitled “Hesitant? You’re not alone” http://tinyurl.com/35tssr – brings fond memories of great discussion with my mom.

  430. October 24th, 2007 at 7:16 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    I just got a submission for my Carnival featuring none other than our own Glenda!
    That’s something else, I’d say.
    You Go Glenda!

  431. October 24th, 2007 at 7:18 pm
    Joe said

    Oh BTW, HI Glenda!

  432. October 24th, 2007 at 7:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Glenda!
    What a question! So many changes in so many ways that all lead to a “coming home to who I am.”

    What can I say? I have my communication difficulties too. :)

    I’ve always been a better writer than an impromtu speaker. I’m highly self-conscious, and grew up painfully shy. The noise of what I can see — the information in the air — that most people can’t see gets in the way.

    I form ideas in ways that are different from most folks. That’s why metaphors work so well for me. Writing allows me to see the word I want to say on the page and to hear them . . . so that people can understand what I mean, rather than getting confused by what I say. :)

    I guess it comes down to something I once told my brilliant sweet son. As you move through the world, your universe of people gets larger . . . if you’re different, you’re more likely to find people who appreciate who you are and if you pay attention, you’ll find out who you are when you do.

  433. October 24th, 2007 at 7:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Bye Mr. D!
    You’re a real trooper! Thanks for being here. :)

  434. October 24th, 2007 at 7:22 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I agree with you, Mike.
    Prodigious is definitely an underused word. :)

  435. October 24th, 2007 at 7:23 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Liz, that was such a thoughtful answer to the question from Glenda, thank you.

    And thanks to Glenda for asking it – hello Glenda :-)


  436. October 24th, 2007 at 7:24 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think it’s fabulous that you’re featuring a piece about our Glenda!

  437. October 24th, 2007 at 7:26 pm
    Vernon Lun said
  438. October 24th, 2007 at 7:28 pm
    Joanna Young said

    I’m glad I stayed up late enough for fireworks!

    Hi Vern :-)

  439. October 24th, 2007 at 7:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Vern and Tony,
    You are two cool dudes!

  440. October 24th, 2007 at 7:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yes, Glenda, Thank you for asking.
    It’s nice that you care and wonder.

  441. October 24th, 2007 at 7:31 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hi Joe! Glad you liked the interview with Kathleen. That is what I mean about the blogosphere opening up opportunities for me everywhere. It’s magical!

  442. October 24th, 2007 at 7:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So nice, too, that you’re back for the fireworks!

  443. October 24th, 2007 at 7:32 pm
    Joanna Young said

    I’m hoping they’ll keep me awake!

  444. October 24th, 2007 at 7:33 pm
    Scorpia said

    Liz, congrats! HB, even 😉 Looks like you have a great party here.

    I’m just passing through, but thought I’d drop a link that’s a little out of the ordinary. Nothing to do with blogs (or even games ;).

    Ever felt you wanted to know more about science? Music? Literature? Art? History? Not for college credit, but just for yourself, your own personal benefit/enrichment?

    Then I recommend The Teaching Company. They have an amazing variety of courses for almost any interest. And their stuff is excellent. I know, because I have some of their products. Also, I am not affiliated with them in any way, except as a customer. So if you’re looking for a good means of self-education, check them out.

    The Teaching Company

    And Liz, best wishes for further success in the years to come!

  445. October 24th, 2007 at 7:34 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    You JUST explained my issue with “information in the air” Liz. Today is a revelation.
    ps – Hi to that red-headed troublemaker Glenda :-p

  446. October 24th, 2007 at 7:36 pm
    Joe said

    I read the whole thing (I always do, especially if it is about a friend).
    Nice interview. I think I would be too nervous to do something like that.

  447. October 24th, 2007 at 7:36 pm
    Chris Brogan... said

    Not really here, but wanted to stop in in the 400s somewhere. : )

  448. October 24th, 2007 at 7:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you, Scorpia!
    I’m still picturing your video shelf and your books. :)

  449. October 24th, 2007 at 7:37 pm
    Cathryn Hrudicka said

    Happy 2nd Birthday SOB, Liz!!! Hooray!!! It’s also amazing that over 50K people have commented here, but I’m also not surprised. You’re a mentor to us all in creating community around your blog and business. Big hugs, and have a terrific year!

    ~Cathryn Hrudicka, Chief Imagination Officer, Creative Sage(tm)

  450. October 24th, 2007 at 7:38 pm
    Sheila at Family Travel said

    AAAGGHH, am I too late? Today has been insane, my Internet keeps dying and kids keep having crises, but I’d feel terrible if I failed to wish Liz all the best wishes and thank her for helping to make me successful, too.


  451. October 24th, 2007 at 7:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Some day we’ll have to sit in a room together and talk about that. :)

    I bet it would be fun!

  452. October 24th, 2007 at 7:40 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Thanks for your detailed response, Liz. Interesting you see noise, but I may understand what you mean. Watching people, I see so many meaningless interactions. Just listen to people on cell phones – many/most of those conversations have minimal value, they don’t bring people closer together. [not sure where I was going with this. Talk about meaningless! Perhaps it’s time for a drink. Who is bartending? ]

  453. October 24th, 2007 at 7:43 pm
    Mike said

    T’Other Mike – Live Search is now my weapon of choice closely followed by Ask. Big G have really shot themselves in the foot on this one, methinks.

    Liz – I also remember my first visit here. I was in awe at your prodigious output. Still am. I must confess to not being as regular a visitor as I once was but you continue to amaze me with your writing. Long may it continue.

    P.S. Can prodigious please be used as part of your official tag line for the recap tomorrow?

  454. October 24th, 2007 at 7:43 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris Brogan,
    You make sure you get something to eat before you run away! :)

  455. October 24th, 2007 at 7:44 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Joe, I’m not nervous at all doing these blog interviews. Hmm, should I be? Tho I didn’t know that interview would be used for a blog carnival!

    Hi Susan!

  456. October 24th, 2007 at 7:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Of course, you’re NOT too late! I remember how I missed you when you moved across country. . . . I wondered whether you were ever coming back. It was so great to see you when you did!

  457. October 24th, 2007 at 7:45 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    Hi Joanna, don’t go away, more to come…

  458. October 24th, 2007 at 7:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Dear Mike,
    I will do my best to prodigiously use the word you request. :)

    I remember your first visit too. You told us all about the 20 steps. Gosh, we sure grilled you!

  459. October 24th, 2007 at 7:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Some Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for you?

  460. October 24th, 2007 at 7:48 pm
    Sheila at Family Travel said

    I did remember to bring a link….it’s the sort of travel post that I love to do, about a place that no one’s ever heard of except locals, and it has a great photo of my son in front of a Dutch Ben & Jerry’s, and wearing a red T-shirt from a Dutch steam train near our home in the Limburg province.

    The post is about two of the Waddenzee Islands in the Netherlands, Texel and Terschelling, which are in the North Sea. You reach them by ferry and they’re kind of the Dutch equivalent to Martha’s Vineyard or Block Island.

    Here’s the link: http://blogs.bootsnall.com/Seafarer/travel-in-europe/wonderfully-off-the-tourist-beaten-path-wadden-seawaddenzee-islands-with-kids.html

    Liz helped me believe that travel stuff like that might interest people, and she made me feel welcome and confident as a blogger. Thank you, Liz!!

  461. October 24th, 2007 at 7:49 pm
    Robert Hruzek said

    Wow, Liz! Just dropped by to check – already up to 445 446 447 comments… and still going strong!

    Hey, couldn’t let the day end without saying just one more time:


  462. October 24th, 2007 at 7:51 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Robin Yap #429,
    I’m so sorry I made you sit in moderation. These guys were just so darn interesting to talk to I got distracted again!

    I’m touched and honored that you brought links about conversations with your mother. I so think that a heart needs to be wired closely to every head. Thank you for that.

    Thank you for coming too. :)

  463. October 24th, 2007 at 7:51 pm
    Joe said

    Glenda, I think that your interview being on a Blog Carnival is very fitting. Nothing wrong with a little added exposure, huh? 😉
    Besides, I am glad it was submitted, it makes me look better. :-)

  464. October 24th, 2007 at 7:51 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Hi Robert – good to see you! Thanks for helping me out with my link difficulty earlier :-)

    It’s nearly 2am here (in Edinburgh) but I’m told there’s more fireworks coming soon so I’m trying to stay up for a wee while longer – glad I caught you


  465. October 24th, 2007 at 7:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Catherine! #449!
    Thank you for waiting too!
    I’m so glad you came. I wish I could spend more time talking to you when we pass at Facebook . . . we really need to connect by telephone one day soon. We’re just poking each other silly. :)

    You’re always welcome here, you know. :)

  466. October 24th, 2007 at 7:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You were destined to write. I know. I tried my best to talk you out of it. There was no budging you! :)

    I’m delighted at your success!

  467. October 24th, 2007 at 7:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    THANK YOU!!!


  468. October 24th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    What’s this about Glenda and exposure???

  469. October 24th, 2007 at 8:01 pm
    Terry Starbucker said

    Hey Liz, thanks for your comment on my birthday post. I hope you are having a wonderful day (462 comments and counting – awesome!). Like Bob, I can’t resist saying it one more time:

    Happy Birthday Successful Blog!
    And many more……..

    As I sign off to collapse on my couch with my beloved, I will do a virtual dance of joy in your honor to “If I Can’t Have You”, by Yvonne Elliman. Remember Liz how we danced to that one on a particularly memorable Open Mic Night?? Ah, memories….

    Much love and good night!

  470. October 24th, 2007 at 8:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Joanna!
    I’m thinking you won’t beat me to my blog tomorrow morning . . . well at least maybe I’ll have a shot!

  471. October 24th, 2007 at 8:01 pm
    Mike said

    Joanna – I’m another UK blogger who is hoping the fireworks will keep me awake for a wee bit longer too :)

  472. October 24th, 2007 at 8:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Whoa Vern!
    You two Toronto boys sure have the pressure on you!! :)

  473. October 24th, 2007 at 8:05 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    So I thought that Liz in her third year should stop giving out badges but maybe one of these would be nice…


    What do you think should be in it?

  474. October 24th, 2007 at 8:05 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Hi Mike! Whereabouts are you?

    Liz – that’s funny! Sometimes I think – if I send this now it’s sure to get to her before she’s awake – but you’re always up first!


  475. October 24th, 2007 at 8:06 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    lol Liz, just wait! With champaigne and chocolate covered strawberries on an empty stomach, there definitely could be exposure and such! Joe, do you have your dancing shoes on?

  476. October 24th, 2007 at 8:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I live inside your computer. When you hit the “on” switch it wakes me up. :)

  477. October 24th, 2007 at 8:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Let’s see, Vern!

    Klondike bars, because I’m unlikely to feed you.

    Ear plugs, because I talk so much.

  478. October 24th, 2007 at 8:10 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Liz – that explains everything :-) (Really – you know it really does)

    Vern – I love the bag!

    What should go in it? Well now that I’ve finally found out what they are the answer would have to be Klondike bars!


  479. October 24th, 2007 at 8:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Glenda, I think Joe might give you a run for your money!

  480. October 24th, 2007 at 8:15 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    What? Wait I look at the baseball game for just a few minutes and Glenda’s exposing something at the Carnival?

  481. October 24th, 2007 at 8:15 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Hi fellow travelers. I finally make it back and find out Joe’s exposing Glenda.

    Links, pictures, dance routines, and fireworks. It’s quite a party!

  482. October 24th, 2007 at 8:16 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    liz, I’m ready!

  483. October 24th, 2007 at 8:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    See Susan!
    I told you it was bad!

  484. October 24th, 2007 at 8:17 pm
    Mike said

    Joanna – I’m in a very cold London right now. Thinking of wrapping my duvet around my fingers just to carry on typing…

  485. October 24th, 2007 at 8:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Mike,
    You just reminded me that Ann Michael asked me to go with her to the online show there in December. :)

  486. October 24th, 2007 at 8:19 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    I wish that JibJab had a by-you video with like 20 roles to fill. I had to go with ppl whose pix I had but Liz I’d have been able to make many more of those can-can routines with all your fans!

  487. October 24th, 2007 at 8:19 pm
    Joe said

    Can’t you see me dancing? I’ve been doing it all day and half the night!
    Care to join me Glenda? 😉

  488. October 24th, 2007 at 8:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You and I do stuff like that to get away from the words. I know. I know. :)

    It’s incredible fun! Do you garden too?

  489. October 24th, 2007 at 8:22 pm
    ME Strauss said

    At least you’re not wearing a dress. :)

  490. October 24th, 2007 at 8:23 pm
    Joe said

    Maybe not Liz, but you never know WHAT a Work at Homer is wearing, right?

  491. October 24th, 2007 at 8:24 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    Alright, alright, here you go…


    That’s pretty big bag, I’m sure there’s other stuff in there…

  492. October 24th, 2007 at 8:25 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Mike, I think I’m going to have to give in and crawl under mine – not to carry on typing but to get some sleep.

    Sorry guys!


  493. October 24th, 2007 at 8:25 pm
    Aruni said

    Dropping back in to see who has joined the party. Looks like many new folks! I can’t stay for long. Just long enough to be so bold as to drop another link for a post I just put up today on the California Wildfires:


    What a great party Liz. I had fun! I’m looking forward to the 3 year one. :-)

    Goodnight everyone!

  494. October 24th, 2007 at 8:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Joanna!
    No need to apologize. There’s no rules here! Thank you for being a friend and celebrating with us. :)

  495. October 24th, 2007 at 8:27 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Definitely Joe, I’m there!

  496. October 24th, 2007 at 8:28 pm
    Susan Reynolds said

    Liz I used to garden a lot. Can’t anymore but I did love it you smarty pants you. :)

  497. October 24th, 2007 at 8:28 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    g’nite Joanna, Aruni.

  498. October 24th, 2007 at 8:29 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Good night, Joanna. Good night, Aruna.

    Vern, the ice cream looks great – just the thing to follow Char’s Klondike cake.

  499. October 24th, 2007 at 8:29 pm
    Joanna Young said

    My pleasure Liz

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your party. You know you are a treasure to me :-)


  500. October 24th, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Aruni!

  501. October 24th, 2007 at 8:30 pm
    Joanna Young said

    Okay – last message – good night Aruni, Mike, Rick, Vernon, everyone :-)


  502. October 24th, 2007 at 8:31 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    My fingers forgot how to type.



    I’ll just watch Joe and Glenda dance.

  503. October 24th, 2007 at 8:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Rick!
    When did you sneak in here?

  504. October 24th, 2007 at 8:32 pm
    Mike said

    Joanna – I think you’ve probably got the right idea. I just need to deal with some fall out from my posted article before I sleep. Sheesh. Some people take things so personally!

    Liz – If you’re over this side of the Pond next month then let me know. I’ll shout dinner. Happy meals all round, OK?

  505. October 24th, 2007 at 8:32 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    I popped back in in #481, Liz. You were gardening with Susan. :)

  506. October 24th, 2007 at 8:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    If I do come, you can bet you’ll be on my list to meet. I love happy meals. :)

  507. October 24th, 2007 at 8:36 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    So I think the following would be found in the SOB survival kit bag.
    – klondike bars for fun
    – a set of crayons for diversity (and join the dots!)
    – a set of keys to give permission
    – a soapbox to promote a voice
    – a jukebox to dance to the words
    – a headset for skype
    – a heart for everything else
    – a dictionary because you’re all so smart here

  508. October 24th, 2007 at 8:36 pm
    Kirk M said

    Well darn! I wasn’t able to join in more but I did keep up with this most excellent thread through the email. Unfortunately I have to take my pieces/parts to bed but here’s to an outstanding bunch of folks and to the most incomparable Liz! And to a great third year!

    Party on all…

  509. October 24th, 2007 at 8:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think you’ve been thinking about that list for a while! :)

    It’s a great list and you should make it tomorrow’s blog post. :)

  510. October 24th, 2007 at 8:38 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    Wow, this party is still rocking! Folks are probably getting hungry by now, so here’s a link to a delectable birthday cake from one of my favourite food bloggers:


    (and at the rate this soiree is going, you could hit 1000 comments on this post alone!)

  511. October 24th, 2007 at 8:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Kirk,
    It’s a nice thought that you’ve been watching over . . . sleep well. :)

  512. October 24th, 2007 at 8:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Amie!
    You should come by more often . . . to talk, that is. :)

    Anyone who brings food is especially welcome, but you probably already know that! :)

  513. October 24th, 2007 at 8:42 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Make sure you tuck all your parts in, Kirk. Sleep well.

    Mmmm. More cake!

  514. October 24th, 2007 at 8:42 pm
    David Dalka said

    Happy Birthday there Liz…

    I like this recent post on how recruiting should work…

  515. October 24th, 2007 at 8:44 pm
    Mike said

    OK. Gonna pike out for the night, as we say in old London town.

    Great to see so many old faces for the 2 year birthday bash and so many new ones too.

    Most importantly, and without trying to sound too sycophantic, thanks to Liz for setting the whole darned thing up in the first place. I’ll even super size that happy meal 😀

  516. October 24th, 2007 at 8:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi David!
    Nice to see you!
    I’d be interested in your take on the page rank deal today!

  517. October 24th, 2007 at 8:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Mike,
    Tell all of my friends over there I said “hello.”

    Thanks so much for coming. It was great to spend time with you again!

  518. October 24th, 2007 at 8:48 pm
    David Dalka said

    Which page rank deal? link?

  519. October 24th, 2007 at 8:48 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    I think you can consider me officially delurked 😉

  520. October 24th, 2007 at 8:50 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! I guess you working today on something else. It’s all over the web.


  521. October 24th, 2007 at 8:50 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m delighted about that! YEA!!

  522. October 24th, 2007 at 8:52 pm
    DaveOlson said

    Finally got time to come back. Is the party still on? Klondikes….?

  523. October 24th, 2007 at 8:53 pm
    Vernon Lun said

    Here’s my last contribution for tonight. A commemorative logo for a stunning day at Successful Blog.


    G’nite, I’ll see you all in the stars…

  524. October 24th, 2007 at 8:53 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Good night, Mike. Stay warm.

  525. October 24th, 2007 at 8:55 pm
    Kelly said

    Hey Liz,
    I almost didn’t make it. I’m live blogging over at my other blog…
    But looks like you had a swell turnout. Awesome!

  526. October 24th, 2007 at 8:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Dave,
    Welcome Back!
    Check out the cake in comment 311. :)

    Char’s a pro!!

  527. October 24th, 2007 at 8:58 pm
    C. B. Whittemore said

    Liz, phew! The party is still on… Here’s my favorite post: when you made me an SOB for my blog birthday – http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/2007/06/happy-blog-birthday.html

    Thank you for being so full of marvelous approaches to sharing and celebrating, and making all of us to successful and outstanding. Happy Blog Birthday #2, Liz!

  528. October 24th, 2007 at 8:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Vern!
    Thank you for everything!

    Especially the SOB Widget!!!

    You rock!!!

  529. October 24th, 2007 at 8:58 pm
    Mike said

    Nuts! I have 200 comments to get through to catch up (normally I could just jump in, but this is no normal comment thread).

  530. October 24th, 2007 at 9:00 pm
    DaveOlson said

    ooohhh… cake… yummy. Don’t want to miss out on birthday cake.

    Looks like it’s been a great party.

  531. October 24th, 2007 at 9:00 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Congratulations on de-lurking, Amie. It’s always more fun out in the open.

    I’m saying my good nights, too. Thank you Liz, for another great party, and everyone who came to make it so ( I did go back and read all the comments. It’s a full day’s reading right here! )

  532. October 24th, 2007 at 9:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Kelly!
    What a royal thing for you to do. Thank you for coming! I’m really touched.

    You’re the best. :)

  533. October 24th, 2007 at 9:02 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Happy bloggy day Liz! And hello to everyone celebrating with the young Ms. Strauss!

  534. October 24th, 2007 at 9:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey CB!
    When are we going to finish that drink at the Hancock? Now that we know each other we have so much more to talk about. :)

  535. October 24th, 2007 at 9:03 pm
    Joe said

    Keeping up with the comments
    Is like chasing Jesse Owens

    No way to catch up
    But I can leave here aknowin’

    That everyone is well fed
    And the friendships are growing

    Even after two years
    The seeds Liz is sowing

    Continue to reap anew
    A harvest of writers, that keeps grownin

    Happy B-Day Successful Blog
    And all SOB’s (especially you Liz)

    Berma Shave

    Nite Liz
    Nite All

  536. October 24th, 2007 at 9:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Mike,
    Imagine it’s a blog post and just pretend that you read them. :)

  537. October 24th, 2007 at 9:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you so much for your post, and for coming! It means a lot that you showed up. :)

  538. October 24th, 2007 at 9:06 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Wow Joe, quite the poet you are!

  539. October 24th, 2007 at 9:06 pm
    DaveOlson said

    Liz, I had to come back since Chris Brogan was saying that you had 50K comments today….

  540. October 24th, 2007 at 9:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Phil!
    Thank you! It was grand of you to call today too! Lovely. You’re a star. :)

  541. October 24th, 2007 at 9:08 pm
    Kelly said

    Thanks Liz.
    I don’t really have a favorite post… I like different ones depending upon what’s going on at any given time. That said, I’ll post tonight’s offering: tax haiku!


  542. October 24th, 2007 at 9:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Joe,
    Thank you.
    Sleepy swell.

  543. October 24th, 2007 at 9:09 pm
    Kelly said

    And Liz, I’m having a glass of wine in honor of your blog birthday… Cheers!

  544. October 24th, 2007 at 9:09 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    You’re welcome Liz. Glad to call you, especially on your special day!

    My link: Are you really successful? would be the one for this party.

  545. October 24th, 2007 at 9:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s a cool post. Yeah. I’m so smiling. Haiku girl!

  546. October 24th, 2007 at 9:10 pm
    cat said

    Wow Liz! What a party!

    I’ve skimmed down, hopefully catching all the ebooks to read later (next year I should have my own to share).

    Joanna, I’m going to print out your 10 ways our words can make a difference. It’s a keeper for sure. You do have a wonderful way with words :-)

  547. October 24th, 2007 at 9:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Your link is a perfect choice. Yes. You’re a thoughtful one. :)

  548. October 24th, 2007 at 9:12 pm
    Kelly said

    Thanks – and what’s not to love about haiku?

  549. October 24th, 2007 at 9:13 pm
    Wendy Piersall said

    Happy Birthday to my favorite blogging mamma.
    I love you, Liz! HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!

  550. October 24th, 2007 at 9:14 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Thanks Liz, glad you enjoyed that article.

    Hey Wendy! Welcome to the party!!!

  551. October 24th, 2007 at 9:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Wendy!
    Thank you for coming. Really. It means a lot!

  552. October 24th, 2007 at 9:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m just glad you found a second to stop back!

    Kelly, A tax haiku is state of the art!

  553. October 24th, 2007 at 9:17 pm
    DaveOlson said

    I’m bringing my link from the first post that I felt qualified me as a SOB. Thanks for noticing it back then Liz.

    Break all the social taboos for better relationships

  554. October 24th, 2007 at 9:17 pm
    Kelly said

    Wow, so many people that I know (I guess we all love Liz).

    Hi Phil!
    Hi Wendy!

  555. October 24th, 2007 at 9:18 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Happy happy happy birthday SOBs everywhere!

    Another good job on this party, Liz! More success and more successful events come your way.

    I don’t have a link to my post on CustServ because the site is down, and we suspect it was hacked. Sorry to dampen the celebration :(… but that’s how it is.

    Let me share some quotes instead on success and outstanding that I believe apply to SOBs.

    “Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.” A. Lou Vickery

    “The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?” Max De Pree

  556. October 24th, 2007 at 9:21 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Hey Kelly!

  557. October 24th, 2007 at 9:22 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hi Wendy! Did I see you’re going to BlogWorld?

    Going to grab some sup. Back in a bit.

  558. October 24th, 2007 at 9:24 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Hey Meikah – great story!

  559. October 24th, 2007 at 9:26 pm
    Kelly said

    I feel awful for just popping in and out on such an esteemed anniversary… but I am sooo sleepy. Sick babies, plumbers and evil blog post thieves… It’s been quite a week.

    But giant hugs to Liz who is just one of the nicest people! I love that she is so quick to share her success with other people. There aren’t many folks like her in the blogging world, I’d say.

    So congrats Liz! And thanks so much for contributing such a warm and positive feeling in the blogosphere. It is appreciated!

  560. October 24th, 2007 at 9:27 pm
    Kelly said

    Ooh, and forgot to say good night! See you guys later!

  561. October 24th, 2007 at 9:33 pm
    Meg said

    I’m ba-ack! Happy to see the party still in full swing. Hehe – it probably wasn’t such a wise move to “subscribe to comments” and then toddle off to bed!

    Still, great to see such a wonderful turnout :)

    I was speaking to Alister last night and he mentioned you’d been chatting. I know he appreciates your friendship. So thanks for being a great mate (as we say here) :)

  562. October 24th, 2007 at 9:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Kelly,
    Don’t you feel bad for a second.
    I’m so glad that you came! :)

  563. October 24th, 2007 at 9:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yea! Cat!
    Thanks for making it back. My computer is just crawling by now!

    I love the link that you chose!

  564. October 24th, 2007 at 9:41 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Meikah!
    You’re always here and you bring such wisdom and smiles when you come. :)

  565. October 24th, 2007 at 9:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Meg!
    Yes, I just read your post and friendship is indeed what it is. Nothing less than the look-in-your-eyes, shake-my-hand kind of stuff. You’ve got my heart and my head on your side. That’s just how it is. :)

    I’m glad of that. :)

  566. October 24th, 2007 at 9:46 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Okay! I’m back .. The party can continue now
    (Where’s those Nacho’s?)


  567. October 24th, 2007 at 9:48 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Here’s your nachos, HART!

    So glad to have you back! :)

  568. October 24th, 2007 at 9:50 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    wait a sec .. forget those nacho’s .. I want a piece of Amie’s Lemon and Raspberry Birthday Cake! (#510)~

  569. October 24th, 2007 at 9:52 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    glad to be back Liz.. How was your day? I still have open tabs in my window of unread links everyone has provided .. I guess I’ll start to work my way backwards .. I was up to the 300’s before..

  570. October 24th, 2007 at 9:52 pm
    Alina Popescu said

    OMG, this party went wild here!I don’t know if it’s 11 or not, your blog clock is not working or it’s again a firefox problem :)

    People brought links and all. I’d rather tell you which I think my best post ever is (because at that time it was written in Romanian). I think it was my first. And I think it’s the same for everyone. The first post is the best and most successful. Sure, others will have more comments, more links, more everything. But that first one! It’s what got us blogging in the first place :)

    Happy Bday again, great party and amazing crowd you’ve gathered here!

  571. October 24th, 2007 at 9:53 pm
    Mike said

    Okay. Homework help meant I’ll have to do the catching up later.

    Hey HART!

  572. October 24th, 2007 at 9:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Alina!
    That’s a thought worth thinking about. I know I cared a whole lot about my very first post and I do think it’s stellar. It was also a lot shorter than most I write now. :)

  573. October 24th, 2007 at 9:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I should have known you would go for the cake! I don’t blame you! :)

  574. October 24th, 2007 at 9:57 pm
    Mike said

    Phil the Relationsheep friended me!! I feel like Sally Fields at that awards ceremony!

  575. October 24th, 2007 at 9:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You have now officially made it in the blogosphere! :)

  576. October 24th, 2007 at 9:58 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Mike .. How’s the spooky action business this month? *g*

  577. October 24th, 2007 at 9:59 pm
    Mike said


    Did I miss any flashmobbing?


  578. October 24th, 2007 at 10:00 pm
    Alina Popescu said

    Liz, you are soo right about length. Mine was also pretty short :) And some I’ve read were one or two liners!

  579. October 24th, 2007 at 10:00 pm
    Mike said


    It’s been a bit slow, but normally picks up this next week! 😉


  580. October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Yeah Mike, I don’t normally like people. You’re special though :)

  581. October 24th, 2007 at 10:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    No Mike,
    I’m sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to make it happen when people were only coming one or two at a time. :)

  582. October 24th, 2007 at 10:04 pm
    Mike said

    Thanks, Phil!

    And your post with Lisa was a tour de force!

  583. October 24th, 2007 at 10:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You don’t normally like people . . . how do you like them instead?

  584. October 24th, 2007 at 10:08 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Tour de force or tour de farce? Thanks either way Mike :)

  585. October 24th, 2007 at 10:08 pm
    Mike said


    When I saw the traffic pattern I figured that would be how things played out.

    I guess you’ll have to save it for a very special Tuesday! 😉


  586. October 24th, 2007 at 10:08 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    I like them with ketchup, mustard, and secret stadium sauce.

    Thanks for asking 😉

  587. October 24th, 2007 at 10:09 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    And I gotta get some sleep. G’night friends!

  588. October 24th, 2007 at 10:11 pm
    Mike said


    Touche! Tour de farce is a perfect compliment to Lisa’s ‘relationsheep’, which you guys deftly distorted beyond all recognition! LOL


  589. October 24th, 2007 at 10:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think you’re right . . . you’ll have to remind me when the time looks right! :)

  590. October 24th, 2007 at 10:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I knew you would have an answer to the question. I had no clue what it would be, but I knew you’d have one! :)

  591. October 24th, 2007 at 10:13 pm
    Mike said


    I’ll think more about the setup and logistics. It seems like the right time is always when I’m not online (7-8pm CDT).


  592. October 24th, 2007 at 10:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I don’t know, MIke, no time really seemed to have enough folks to make it seem like it would be much of a wave of comments. 😉

  593. October 24th, 2007 at 10:15 pm
    Amie Gillingham said

    Off to bed. Glad everyone enjoyed the cake. I’ll stop by tomorrow to help pick up the party debris…


  594. October 24th, 2007 at 10:16 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Okay! Listen up! I just went through *everybody who commented today* and mashed everybody’s initials into a SECRET WORD FOR LIZ!

    Here it is … and remember .. this includes everybody’s name that wished Liz a happy happy birthday..


    And now? My favorite video found on the internet:

  595. October 24th, 2007 at 10:16 pm
    Mike said

    I sure hope Phil’s “secret stadium sauce” was in reference to bratwurst… 😉

  596. October 24th, 2007 at 10:16 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    I’m in, Liz! OMG I got lost =D

    Again, take 2… Cheers to SOBs!

    How’s the party?

  597. October 24th, 2007 at 10:17 pm
    Mike said

    Night, Amie! Glad you stopped lurking!!! :-)

  598. October 24th, 2007 at 10:18 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I moved your comment over . . . it took a little longer for you to come with it. :)

  599. October 24th, 2007 at 10:19 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Meikah!

    Liz, we’ll talk. It definitely would work any Tuesday night.


  600. October 24th, 2007 at 10:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Amie!
    Thank you for commenting!
    Thank you for coming!

  601. October 24th, 2007 at 10:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Okay Mike,
    I put you in charge of the flash and Phil in charge of the secret sauce. :)

  602. October 24th, 2007 at 10:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HART and I will go watch zeFrank videos :)

  603. October 24th, 2007 at 10:22 pm
    Alina Popescu said

    Hi Meikah, I know someone else who got lost eariler today :)

    Liz, you have a little card on my old blogspot blog. Sorry to have to leave the party, but I have to get ready for work.

    This has been amazing! Congrats for two successful years of blogging, again :)

  604. October 24th, 2007 at 10:23 pm
    Mike said

    Psst. Liz, you know that the secret sauce is a mixture of ketchup (catsup?) and mustard, don’t you? Worst kept ‘secret’ in Cheese Country! 😉

  605. October 24th, 2007 at 10:23 pm
    qureyoon said

    oooooooooo, i’m sooooo laaateeeeee 😛

    happy 2nd bdae to everybody ^^ and to Liz the mother of all SOB :)

  606. October 24th, 2007 at 10:23 pm
    Phil Gerbyshak said

    Yes, I meant the bratwurst Mike, though people are good with sauce too. I find that’s the easiest way to deal with them.

    I’m off to sleep now. G’night friends, and congrats again Liz and all the best SOBs in the world! Happy days are here to stay!

  607. October 24th, 2007 at 10:25 pm
    Mike said

    Sweet dreams, oh magnificent relationsheep!

  608. October 24th, 2007 at 10:26 pm
    Mike said

    Feel free to count yourself as necessary…

  609. October 24th, 2007 at 10:26 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night.
    What do you mean I have a card on your old blog?

    Thank you for coming . . . You’ve been great all day!

  610. October 24th, 2007 at 10:27 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    I was waiting outside the wrong gate, Liz! I was knocking and knocking and no one came for me. (._.) Glad I’m able to catch the party still.

    So what’s this secret sauce? Something for success and being outstanding?

  611. October 24th, 2007 at 10:28 pm
    Mike said

    Have a wonderful day, Alina!

  612. October 24th, 2007 at 10:29 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I asked Phil a question in #583 and secret sauce was part of his answer.

  613. October 24th, 2007 at 10:31 pm
    Alina Popescu said

    Thanks Liz, and here you go:
    I hope you like smiley fish and flowers 😛 See, I eventually brought a link 😛

    Thank you Mike!

    Good night everybody :)

  614. October 24th, 2007 at 10:31 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Meikah, nothing so prosaic.

    A tradition started in County Stadium in Milwaukee decades ago was that they served bratwurst with ‘secret stadium sauce’. One bite made it blatantly obvious that ‘secret stadium sauce’ was a 50-50 mix of ketchup and mustard, but everyone went along with the ruse for the last half-century!

  615. October 24th, 2007 at 10:31 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    ~waves G’night to everybody going to sleep soon .. and G’morning to everybody just starting their day .. and a little tip to all of you getting back from your 2-hour lunch break … “breath mints”

  616. October 24th, 2007 at 10:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi qureyoon!
    I remember the night I met you as well. Of course, it wasn’t night for you, was it?

  617. October 24th, 2007 at 10:33 pm
    Mike said


    I’ve never seen anyone cover the global bases so completely. BRAVO!!


  618. October 24th, 2007 at 10:34 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Ooh okay… =D just when am getting really hungry and people are dozing off!

    Liz, are you going to make a photo collage of all SOBs for this 2nd birthday?

    It would be cool…

  619. October 24th, 2007 at 10:35 pm
    jon said

    how absolutely incredible, this community of conversation and silliness and affection. Watching the circling around you today, Liz, says that you have found great influence by celebrating the success of others, and in the process creating some of that success. You’ve hosted a wonderful party today, the kind that allows some of us to come and go and wonder what we missed without feeling that we are less accepted for having had to leave.

    Thank you.

  620. October 24th, 2007 at 10:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! Phil, I had no idea that folks in Milwaukee decades ago normally didn’t like people. Traditions die hard in this Midwest of ours. :)

  621. October 24th, 2007 at 10:37 pm
    Mike said


    That was beautfully stated. Thank you!


  622. October 24th, 2007 at 10:38 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Mike .. I’m an ‘international-timezone-type of guy :)

  623. October 24th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
    Mike Rohde said

    Liz, it’s an honor to be an SOB, and asked to participate here. Thanks!

    My biggest contribution was sharing my Moleskine Planner Hack just over a year ago with the Internets:

    Moleskine Planner Hack:

    t seemed to hit a nerve with people that had left PDAs for paper and wanted something they could customize. Through who knows what links, it ended up on the front page of the Sunday Boston Globe last year and still gets heavy hits!

    I’ve now created a separate site with the full details, here:


    Thanks again Liz! :-)

  624. October 24th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You are a gift in how you see the world. I really like who you see when You look at me. Thank you. :)

  625. October 24th, 2007 at 10:39 pm
    Mike said


    George Halas bailed out the Packers in the 50’s and cheeseheads are yet singing “The Bears Still Suck”. Go figure!


  626. October 24th, 2007 at 10:41 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Mike,

    Great links!


  627. October 24th, 2007 at 10:43 pm
    Mike said


    Coming up on 16 hours…you go girl!!


  628. October 24th, 2007 at 10:43 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike!
    I can see how folks would take to that. I don’t know why you haven’t made it into a product. :)

    Too cool!

  629. October 24th, 2007 at 10:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Mike DeWitt!
    I’m going soon alright. . . . going to sleep. :)

  630. October 24th, 2007 at 10:47 pm
    Mike said


    You deserve a good night’s rest. I’ll lock up if you like.


  631. October 24th, 2007 at 10:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Well, I can hang with you until 11, if you’re going to be around. :)

  632. October 24th, 2007 at 10:51 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Once again, I’d like to wish you a very happy birthday, Liz. We, the SOBs, are richer for having you in the blogosphere!

    I look forward to another year of new SOBs and silly fun at open mic nights. Thank you for an awesome party.


  633. October 24th, 2007 at 10:54 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Liz, if only my CustServ didn’t go down, I had a good conversation going on my “What’s the Customer Service Like at Louis Vuitton.”

    That was my most commented post. I’m not sure if anyone here had read that. Will try to dig it up and will post it here even if it’s late. :)

  634. October 24th, 2007 at 10:54 pm
    Mike said

    Here, here, Glenda!!!

  635. October 24th, 2007 at 10:54 pm
    Mike Rohde said

    Thought about an e-book with detailed instructions on making a Moleskine Planner, but in some ways love the open nature of the idea. Something to consider for the long term though.

    This year it’s going to be the Coffee Calendar:


    Just have to wrap that sucker up!!

  636. October 24th, 2007 at 10:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you, Glenda. Your hugs are the best!

  637. October 24th, 2007 at 10:57 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    G’night all. It has been blast.

    Mike, can I leave you to lock up? My butt has had enough sitting. I don’t know how Liz did it all day!

  638. October 24th, 2007 at 10:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Don’t worry, just bring your post by when your blog is up again! I’ll add it to the list whenever that is. :)

  639. October 24th, 2007 at 10:59 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Glenda!
    Thank you for being part of this day!

  640. October 24th, 2007 at 10:59 pm
    Mike said


    Every visitor gets a hale and hearty welcome, everyone leaving gets wishes for sweet dreams,
    starting with you, birthday girl! (we’ll dispense with the spanking this year).


  641. October 24th, 2007 at 11:00 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! Mike,
    You really do like your coffee. As I recall, we bonded over a coffee conversation. :)

  642. October 24th, 2007 at 11:00 pm
    Mike said

    Oh wait, Glenda was spoofing Liz! Aaargh!

    Good night, Glenda! Sweet red Ferrari dreams!


  643. October 24th, 2007 at 11:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think we can officially wish the whole world a Successful and Outstanding good night . . . and sweet dreams to all. :)

  644. October 24th, 2007 at 11:03 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Liz, doze off into the night with happy thoughts and new memories to keep!

    As for me, I need to break for lunch.

    I’ll see you all SOBs soon!

    Take care everyone *hugz*

  645. October 24th, 2007 at 11:04 pm
    Mike said

    Sweet dreams, Liz!

    And thanks for everything!!!

  646. October 24th, 2007 at 11:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sweet Dreams!

  647. October 24th, 2007 at 11:06 pm
    Rajesh Setty said

    Sorry for joining the party late. Just came back home. Congratulations and thank you for everything..


  648. October 24th, 2007 at 11:06 pm
    Mike said


    Where in the world are you? I know it’s APAC, but which country?


  649. October 24th, 2007 at 11:09 pm
    Adam Salamon said


    Honored to be an SOB. I thought I’d share a post I wrote about being interested in other people rather than focusing on yourself. Very fitting for such a caring person.


  650. October 24th, 2007 at 11:09 pm
    SunnySchlenger said

    Liz — you are a remarkable woman. I don’t know where you get your energy!
    Happy Birthday and congratulations on getting it all right. :-)
    And thanks for the link opportunity.
    Here’s one from my heart:

  651. October 24th, 2007 at 11:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you for coming and caring. You said it so well.

  652. October 24th, 2007 at 11:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Sunny!
    Thank you for noticing. You’re a special one. :)

  653. October 24th, 2007 at 11:13 pm
    Mike said


    Greetings! I really liked your post. A personal brand IS about customer value, not you!


  654. October 24th, 2007 at 11:17 pm
    Mike said


    I read your post. God bless you! That’s making a difference in the world!!


  655. October 24th, 2007 at 11:24 pm
    Rajesh Setty said

    Here is something from my side. Some free eBooks and links to my manifestos on ChangeThis

    1. Building lasting relationships
    (PDF, 20 pages)

    2. When you can’t earn an MBA

    3. Personal Branding for Technology Professionals

    4. ChangeThis: 25 ways to distinguish yourself

    5. ChangeThis: Making the Most of Your Time


  656. October 24th, 2007 at 11:25 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Talk about being late for a party. Oy.

    Happy birthday Liz and to everyone else celebrating…653 comments. Insane and outstanding.

    I only wish I was able to participate today…

  657. October 24th, 2007 at 11:27 pm
    Mother Earth said

    oh my gosh liz are you still pounding the birthday bloggy keys?? were your ears ringing I was talking about you tonight

    Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan

  658. October 24th, 2007 at 11:33 pm
    Mike said

    Hi Ben,

    Insane and outstanding is a pretty good description of the day’s events!

    Have a piece of Klondike cake!


  659. October 25th, 2007 at 12:21 am
    Drew McLellan said


    Again….happy #2! And thanks so much for you. You set the example of generosity and others first that the rest of us bloggers just try to follow.

    I’d like to share a link/gift with all your readers. This is one of the best things that happened to me in the last year. As you may remember, I went on vacation and ended up writing an e-book, Marketing Lessons from Walt Disney” that people seemed to really enjoy.

    So here’s the link…and I hope everyone finds it of value. http://www.drewsmarketingminute.com/2007/01/it_started_inno.html

    Speaking of value — thanks again for adding so much of it — each and every day.


  660. October 25th, 2007 at 12:30 am
    Meikah Delid said

    Mike, am in the Philippines! 😀

  661. October 25th, 2007 at 1:32 am
    Jonathan-C. Phillips said

    I’m here, I’m here, late but I’m here! :)
    wow, 658 comments? that’s quite something! almost feels like I missed the party! lol

  662. October 25th, 2007 at 3:15 am
    David Airey said

    Don’t worry, Jon, I’m late too. 😉

    At first, when I saw the comment count, I thought, “Wow!”, but then I remembered who’s blog this is, and it’s no surprise.

    Hats off to you Liz! Happy blog birthday!

  663. October 25th, 2007 at 7:03 am
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks Raj, Ben, Karen, Drew, Jon, Meikah, and David.

    All of you made my morning worth getting up for. Thank you for stopping by to put in a word. It means a whole lot. Thank you. Really.

  664. October 25th, 2007 at 7:05 am
    ME Strauss said

    And thank you, Mike DeWitt and Vernon Lun, for all you did to make this party happen. You have my admiration and my gratitude.

  665. October 25th, 2007 at 8:00 am
    Easton Ellsworth said

    Totally late to the party … just wanted to say a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Liz and this blog. Here’s to many more years of successful blogging, Liz!

  666. October 25th, 2007 at 8:19 am
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you, Easton!
    You’re never late. . . . :)

  667. October 25th, 2007 at 9:22 am
    Mike said

    Wow! Over 25 hours of comments!! Now that is a party.

  668. October 25th, 2007 at 11:50 am
    Kirk M said

    [Insert: sounds of cleaning cart with assorted cleaning tools and supplies rolling in. Man in coveralls with a cleaning rag stuck in his back pocket stops, looks around…].

    “Chris-a-mighty! Look at the mess! Gonna take me all day to clean this up. Party favors, papers, pictures, video’s and what’s this? Looks like pieces of left over Nacho’s, Klondike bars and…poptarts? Cake everywhere…”

    [Man sighs, scratches his head and pulls a broom from the cleaning cart]

    Well might as well get to it. At least it looks like they had a lot of fun anyways and that’s what counts after all. Seems like folks are always forgettin’ to have fun these days.

    [man begins to sweep up the party debris and starts to whistle a cheerful diddy as scene fades out]

  669. October 25th, 2007 at 12:14 pm
    ME Strauss said


  670. October 25th, 2007 at 1:49 pm
    Simonne said

    Wow! I’ve never seen so many comments on one post in my whole life :)
    Happy Anniversary!

  671. October 25th, 2007 at 1:51 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Simmone!
    Thank you! It’s such a cool thing that you came by! :)

  672. October 25th, 2007 at 7:28 pm
    WhyMommy said

    What a celebration! I’m sorry I wasn’t here on time, but here’s my link to my most successful post. It’s about breast cancer awareness — as appropriate in October as in July — and tells the story of how I found out I had inflammatory breast cancer, as well as what to look for if you have concerns.


    I’ve also got a brand-new video link that was aired on Fox 5 news in D.C. last night! Check it out — they’re counting hits and I’d love to thank them for the press about the POWER OF BLOGGING!


  673. October 25th, 2007 at 10:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Why Mommy!
    I’m so delighted that you came at all! I love your blog! Fox News in D.C. How COOL is that?!!! :)

  674. October 26th, 2007 at 12:57 am
    Meikah Delid said

    Hi, Liz!

    As promised, I brought a link of my most commented post yet. The title of the post was “What’s Customer Service Experience Like at Louis Vuitton?”


    Just look at the exchange!

  675. October 26th, 2007 at 1:01 am
    ME Strauss said

    YEA! Meikah!
    Thanks for bringing the link. I guess that means you’re up and running againg. Hooray!

  676. October 26th, 2007 at 1:49 am
    Meikah Delid said

    Getting there, Liz, thanks! :)

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    CustServ: Customer Relations: The New Competitive Edge said

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    JD said

    Hi Liz, my link most looked at is
    Thanks for the shout out

  679. October 26th, 2007 at 3:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi JD!
    Thanks for bringing a contribution! Sorry you couldn’t make it to the party. :)

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  682. October 29th, 2007 at 10:03 am
    Adam Kayce : Monk At Work said

    Wow, this is some party! Only you, Liz, could bring together this many people and get them so excited. You’re a total fun magnet. (We love you for it!)

    Here’s my contribution.

    It’s not my most popular post (because I just wrote it), but it celebrates how I’ve come to be where I’m at, and since it’s my business’ one-year birthday this week, it’s even more appropriate!

    And here’s a link to a “Monkifesto” I wrote on intuition – more slideshow than ebook – it might interest some of your readers.

  683. October 29th, 2007 at 11:19 am
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks, Adam, for coming. Birthdays are a great time for recognizing our growth and accomlishments. YEA!! I’m glad you choose as you did. :)

  684. October 30th, 2007 at 2:34 am
    Meikah Delid said

    Hi, Liz! Just in case you haven’t checked out the link yet, here was my take on the SOB 2nd anniversary party.


    Congrats again! :)

  685. October 30th, 2007 at 5:51 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Meikah,
    As you have probably guessed, I’m checking them out in order. It’s the only way I have of being sure of getting to all of them. :)

    You’re a doll! :)

  686. October 30th, 2007 at 12:12 pm
    Sandy said

    Hi Liz,

    Happy Birthday! I can’t believe another year has passed. I was out of computer range so am just getting this posted.

    Here’s one of my favorite photos. It’s a Wordless Wednesday post that a lot of people like.



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  688. October 30th, 2007 at 12:42 pm
    ME Strauss said

    YEA! Sandy!
    Yeah, I know. I hope your trip was wonderful. I’m going to call you. Thanks for stopping by with a gift! :)

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    […] Related The Mic Is On: Happy 2nd Birthday to SOBs Everywhere! […]

  691. November 1st, 2007 at 7:39 pm
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    […] only did Liz from Successful-Blog name me a S.O.B. but she held a magnificent birthday party in honor of her blog’s 2nd Birthday and I had a blast!  Thank you […]

  692. November 4th, 2007 at 5:48 pm
    Warning: The Relationsheep Are Hosting Open Comment Night, Tuesday November 6th!! - Liz Strauss at Successful Blog - Thinking, writing, business ideas . . . You’re only a stranger once. said

    […] interview that RelationSheep Lisa Gates did with Phil Gerbyshak in celebration of Successful Blog’s 2nd Birthday was such a hit that when I realized I would be gone November 6th, they were the natural choice to […]

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    […] when bloggers are celebrating at the best blogging party in town it’s good that there’s someone like Chris Owen around to ask the question that so many […]

  695. September 16th, 2011 at 11:00 am
    Almost the weekend roundup and reflections said

    […] another note, the party over at Liz’s Place (successful-blog.com) was an incredible success. Liz is one of those people who connects with […]

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