Twitter has its FridayFollow, or #FF – a long-standing tradition of recommending people we think are worth following on Twitter. What’s often missing is the “why” – after all, why wouldn’t you just take my word for it?
There are lists, of course – carefully vetted lists – of people you absolutely must follow on Twitter. For example, Huffington Post has their “Who To Follow On Twitter In 2016 (If You Like Laughing)” – who doesn’t like laughing? Here’s a sneaky way to get people to share your lists: Make them #1. Here’s a list of “Top 50 Social Media Influencers You Should Follow In Twitter – 2016” – shared by #1, Guy Kawasaki. The Grio published “15 Twitter accounts to follow in 2016” – a list of “writers, activists, entertainers, experts and other folks you should follow to make your 2016 Twitter experience a good one.”
My list isn’t quite so lofty. The folks on my FollowAnyDay, or #FAD, list are not (for the most part) celebrities. Some of them would like to be. Many would love to be bestselling authors. Most will follow back and have a conversation with you – a real one – if you’ll start and prove you’re not a Twitterbot.
If you’ve been wondering what’s inspired my nascent artistic endeavors lately, the blame–or credit–goes to several people (full text of truncated tweets appears below the “Click to Tweet” blurbs – although truncated brought in more readers – more curiosity – and ended up being unintentionally funny, so I left the originals as is):
(#FF / #FAD artists @TJKruse and Carl Yoshihara https://www.facebook.com/carl.yoshihara?fref=ts who put up with my artistic smart-a**ery. Except that the plug-in censored that, not me. What is up with prudish plug-ins, these days? Seriously.)
You met Todd when I posted “Interview with Artist Todd Kruse,” and he introduced me to Carl Yoshihara. But it is Alice Gerard who has posted several sketching and painting tutorials who got me thinking maybe, just maybe, I could do this.
If your brain needs a little workout, you can count on Roy Ackerman to write on topics ranging from finance to faith and ethics.
(#FF / #FAD @RAAckerman http://www.adjuvancy.com/ Always offers food for thought! Bit of an in-joke; we belong to the UBC, and I was struggling to label my posts to a particular list of categories, so I just threw up my hands and labeled them all “Food (for Thought)“)
Alana Mautone writes, in her bio: “Caregiver. Gardener. Chocolalic. Blog about flowers, life in upstate NY, autism, chickens, travel, local food, and, in my spare time, caregiving.”
Then there’s Emma. Shoot, when I met Emma, I didn’t even know she was in a wheelchair. I’d call her a versatile blogger – I particularly enjoyed her post, “Blogging is educational, who knew?” and I’m hoping she’ll share more about her journalism class.
And now, for some of my favorite writers – entertaining, fun, funny women whose writing always puts a smile on my face. I’m not just saying that because Marian’s made me a character in her stories (and I’m lobbying for a whole novel about my alter ego!).
Two more staunch supporters and terrific bloggers –
Frankly, I’d much rather introduce you to these “celebrities to be” than to Tweet out another gossipy tidbit about the Kardashians. Well…not that I’ve ever Tweeted out any gossipy tidbits about the Kardashians, but you know what I mean.
Go get to know my friends.