So, I have a Facebook page for my blog now. Partly because I felt bad pushing auto-updates to all of my friends and partly because it is part of my INTERNET DOMINATION STRATEGY! Just kidding. Or am I?
If you’ve ever set up a Facebook page–for your blog, your freelance business, your band–you know the sad and lonely feeling of having “0 likes” staring at you. It sucks. And it makes you feel like a total loser broadcasting your page to all of your friends. It’s like, “Hey guys… nobody else likes this stupid thing. Why don’t you?” People ignore you. It’s common and understandable. We’re all so overwhelmed by social media these days!
This is why a little incentive is needed on occasion. The other morning I was staring down 25 likes on my page–which is the point at which you can assign a username to your page, btw–with a mere 4 more to go, so I put out the following call out to my Facebook friends:
The next 4 people to like my blog’s FB page will get a really exceptional shout out on the interwebs!
And I’m glad I did, because not only did I meet that 25 likes goal (31 and still going!), but I get to tell YOU, dearest internet, about these awesomely fantastic people. Yeah yeah, I said “the next 4 people”, but the extra 2 are bonus material. Feel free to thank me later.
I first met Stephan when I interviewed for the Director of Student Development position and my first impression was “this dude knows what he’s doin”. I got the job (obviously) and spent the next two years chattin and collaboratin with this stud on the daily. What makes him awesome? He’s a super-smart, driven, and unabashedly confident guy who is a student affairs badass. And we could all use one of those, couldn’t we?
Talk about a blast from the past. Alli was my bona-fide BFF back in the 7-9th grade era. We shared a love of Alice in Chains and all things hilarious. She is credited with introducing me to Snoop Dog (well, her and MTV) and we often battled over who was hotter: Eddie Vedder or Scott Weiland. What makes her awesome? These days she’s gettin her autism and neuroscience research on up in DC. I know how to pick em smart, don’t I?
Although I met Kelly in person many moons ago through an ex-beau of mine, we’ve been internet buddies for a good 6 years or so. Lucky for me, she’s back in the flesh as the foxy fiance of a friend of mine. Perhaps you remember when she was in the running for a free wedding. What makes her awesome? A woman of varied interests, she brings the awesome wherever she goes. With a rad attitude and a willingness to hang with us GCKB goofballs, she’s proven herself to be the cat’s pajamas. Oh, and her mom reads my blog!
Could there be a more awesomesweetsmarthandsome dude on the planet!? I THINK NOT! This spectacular man is my little brother Matthew and OF COURSE he would help me out. That’s what awesome brothers do. I could write forever about what makes Matt awesome… a little tidbit or two: he invented his own monkey language in high school and is a killer drummer. And yes, ladies, he’s single! Unless something has changed in the last week or so.
Oh sweet, sweet Jamie. AKA “Slow Poke”. It’s been way too long, but Jamie holds a special place in my heart… we were kickin it on the reg during the time in my life that I would consider my “coming of age”. What makes her so awesome? She is easily one of the most humbly talented women I’ve ever known. She can sing like a old-school jazz diva and dance like a chorus girl (to Eye of the Tiger, no less). She’s got great taste and a serious obsession with all things Japanese. Love her!
Tina could easily be my new friend find of the entire decade. Friend of a friend turned ride-or-die bestie. It’s been a few years since we were inseparable, but that’s life for you. Damn you, distance! What makes her awesome? Let me count the ways: she’s a beautiful, spiritual, blast to be with gorgeous dancer, with an open mind, a deep heart, bitchin style, and great taste in music. Oh, and she can cut a mean hairdo, too.
Aww hell. It feels a little unnatural putting Amy up there as she is and always will be P to me. Besties since the nineties, this girl captured my heart when she put the moves on me in our high school calculus class. What makes her awesome? YOU WILL NEVER MEET A FUNNIER HUMAN BEING. Seriously, you cannot hang with his girl and not have a good time. She’s a sweetheart with the mouth of a sailor and the hollow leg of a pirate. And she is a culinary ASSASSIN!
So, there you have it folks. Six totally awesome friends of mine that have shown their support for me and this blog. I feel so lucky to have them and all of the other friends and family who have supported me and my projects over the years. I hope I never forget to communicate my gratitude for having them in my life.
As for you, dear readers, I hope y’all will: (1) like this blog on Facebook; and (2) never forget to give a shout out to those who support you, no matter how ridiculous your idea might be.
PS – I sure have some good-looking friends, don’t I?