Sunday, September 19, 2010

Something Edgy

Yesterday my friend Danielle from PRSSA tweeted:
When is @kionsanders going to tweet something edgy? @erob1? @TiffanyRiggs lol heheSun Sep 19 07:35:59 via web

While this is an innocent statement at first glance, it kind of got me thinking. Why don't I tweet anything "edgy?" It's not like I'm exactly boring in my tweets - exhibit A:
OH: "Have you ever heard of Engagement Ohio? It's in between Dayton and Marion" smh #imsorrySun Sep 19 05:24:07 via Good Mobile Social Networking
and I'm certainly not boring in real life. I say all kinds of things in everyday conversation that are certainly interesting, if not wholly edgy, and that might even be described as downright ridiculous. So why not "let it all hang out" online?

This is a difficult question.

On the one hand, I like you a lot, and want to get to know you more. You're hilarious. We have things in common. I want to help you with your various projects, and love having your help with mine. We're a good team.

But on the other, I've likely never met you in person. And even if I had, I wouldn't want you to have a bad impression of me from taking something I've tweeted out of context. Since tweets are only 140 characters, entire lines of thought are difficult to express. Usually (for me anyway) what is actually sent to Twitter is the conclusion of a train of thought, a snippet of a conversation, or a question from where my thought process trailed off or became stuck. And usually there are other things behind what is being put on Twitter, other driving factors or points I'm trying to make that affect what actually gets said and how it is said. That isn't really including @replies and DMs.

Also, are you really getting to know me better by reading my tweets, even if I put on full display my pension for ridiculousness? Lauren Fernandez does an incredible job of addressing a similar issue when she talks about making a "social impression." There's so much you don't yet know about me, so it might be too much to assume you'll immediately find my sense of humor endearing. Plus, I have decided to use Twitter to connect professionally as well as personally, and with that comes my responsibility to the company I work for and the organizations I represent.

So I guess that's the "why" I don't really tweet edgetastic things. Like one of my good friends says "Whether they respond or not, people always read what you tweet."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Friends Helping Friends - #erob12NYC

Dear Twitter and Facebook friends,

We're friends. And over the past two years (six for my Facebook friends and actually longer since I know most in real life), we've shared lots of laughs, heartbreak and fairly deep conversations. We've worked together on various projects, using the reach of our voices to create awareness about various causes and projects. 

As most of you know, I've developed a very strong interest in fashion and I have been slowly immersing myself in the culture by reading, looking at tons of photos, conversing about it any chance I can get and writing about it.

Well now I want to take it a step further. And I need your help.

A friend of mine from PRSSA is planning the launch of his fashion line on September 11, 2010 during New York Fashion Week. As an up-and-coming designer, he has asked the help of a few PRSSA connections in planning his show, mostly helping organize, etc. I want to help, and to some extent I have been, from my computer in my room. 

But the day of the show is fast approaching, and I'd really like to be in NYC working with the team to produce an amazing fashion show. This would be an incredible opportunity for my professional development, as well as exposure to a side of public relations that I haven't been able to experience yet. I would serve as a volunteer PR assistant during the show. Plus I would be able to help my friend as he pursues his dreams as a fashion designer. But I have to get there first.

That's where you come in.

September 11 also happens to be my birthday - my 23rd (gosh I'm getting old). 

My request is this: Contribute $1 to my GoFundMe project. All proceeds will go only towards transportation to and from New York. Food, lodging, everything else associated with the trip, I will assume responsibility for. But the tickets would be a fantastic birthday gift. Every dollar helps.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Answer To The Question...

It has been a while since I've done a personal post on this blog, so I'm going to do a short update on my life.

I know for friends and family it has been a bit confusing trying to keep up with all the movement I'm doing. So here's the skinny. I'm currently completing an internship for college credit (yup, unpaid) at SBC Advertising. This has so far been an amazing experience, in part because I'm getting my hands super dirty in tactical PR work. Carrie (works at SBC) and my mentor Ryan have been extremely helpful and nice, and they really are taking what I want to learn and shaping my internship around that. I've lucked out twice in that respect, internship wise.

But I'm also doing PR and social media for BounceFire. Now a lot of people have been like "what is a BounceFire?" Well that link is to the website, click "the fire is starting" and check it out. But it's been a great experience too, because I'm getting to put everything I''ve learned in school, online and at internships into real, live action. I started with our Twitter page, making it less salesy and more engaging. It has taken a lot, but the more we interact and build trust within our surrounding communities, the easier it is to communicate with that trust online. Next is the Facebook fan page. Basically I want to get it to where our online presence mirrors our real life actions...scary, I know.

While I'm doing all of this, I'm living in Columbus, Ohio. I've been really lucky to meet ome great people through PRSSA, and one of them, Leah Moon, helped me score an apartment that her brother, Jon, is staying in during his studies at OSU. He went home for the summer, so I'm subleasing there. (Yes Mom, I have food.) If you want my address to send me cookies and oatmeal creampies, shoot me an e-mail (evanerobertsATgmail) and I'll happily pass it to ya.

I'm also writing for a blog, called The Nest Great Generation (TNGG). This started a while back, during the school year, initially because I was reading TNGG almost everyday and wondering how this huge group of genius got together to form such an incredible community. Well one day they posted on Twitter that they needed more writers, and I was like "um, YES!" Well that was then, and now it's grown even more to be regular part of my interaction online. My TNGG peeps are hilarious, and smart to boot, and it's really easy be around them, even though I've never met most of them in real life. I'm hoping to do a trip out there (Boston) sometime soon, so keep your fingers crossed.

Welp, that's it in a nutshell. You know where to find me.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Inside the Tweeter's Studio

One of my favorite things to do when I'm up late at night is watch episodes of Inside The Actor's Studio. I'm the kind of person who loves seeing these actors let their guard down and answer real, deep questions. James Lipton does an amazing job of researching the lives of guests on the show (almost creepily amazing) and there is always an interesting answer to some off the wall question he poses. My favorite part of the show though, is the end, right before he turns the actor over to the students for questioning. At this point in the show,  James asks the actors 10 questions from a questionnaire created by Bernard Pivot, and their answers are always most fascinating.

I don't know any celebrities though. I wish I did, but I only know my friends IRL and my Tweeps. So instead of asking a celebrity these questions, I asked all of my Twitter friends! Well, we've waited long enough. Here are the answers from everyone who participated.

1: What is your favorite word?

Stellar! Rt @erob1 What is your favorite word? less than a minute ago via web 

@erob1 Its a German word...gemütlichkeit (means coziness)-its my dads favorite word too less than a minute ago via Seesmic

@erob1 crud less than a minute ago via web

@erob1'Sesquipedalian' is definitely my favorite word! less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Natalyn Giverson ngiverson

@erob1 hooooray! as for favorite word...i'm a "rambunctious" fan less than a minute ago via Twadget

2: What is your least favorite word?

RT @erob1: What is your least favorite word? (elite) less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

@erob1 failure less than a minute ago via Twadget

@kionsanders @erob1 Haha, I'm thinking "promoter" lately. less than a minute ago via web

Society RT @erob1 What is your least favorite word? less than a minute ago via web

ohhh I love this game! Mine is moist. It skeeves me out for some reason haha RT @erob1 What is your least favorite word? less than a minute ago via web

@erob1 it's a toss-up between casserole and mayonnaise.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck
Elizabeth Ballash eballash

@erob1 Lol, sorry. My least favorite word is probably "effective" or "moist". Figured I should actually answer your question, haha.Thu Feb 25 17:05:10 via UberTwitter

Chaffing.. Eww. RT @Courtneym24 ohhh I love this game! Mine is moist. RT @erob1 What is your least favorite word?Thu Feb 25 17:12:07 via web

3: What turns you on?

Um, excuse me? This isn't #chatroulette LMAO RT @erob1: What turns you on?Thu Feb 25 17:01:23 via TweetDeck

4: What turns you off?

Ppl who are convinced that something they never tried will never work. RT @erob1 What turns you off?Thu Feb 25 17:05:11 via web

@erob1 In terms of...? Smoking, laziness, lack of direction, negative attitudes.Thu Feb 25 17:07:21 via web

Drunk chicks, fat chicks, drunk fat chicks, beastiality, modern art, fishing, stepping in big puddles, liars RT @erob1: What turns you off?Thu Feb 25 17:15:47 via UberTwitter

5: What sound or noise do you love?

@erob1 E flat major!! :)Thu Feb 25 17:08:32 via web

@ramonrivasii loves his ipod and skull candies at all times even while driving RT @erob1: What sound/noise do you love?Thu Feb 25 17:10:26 via UberTwitter

@erob1 Bubble wrap POP POPThu Feb 25 17:15:43 via Echofon

@erob1 Favorite sounds? Hmm... falling asleep to the sound of the ocean or rain.Thu Feb 25 17:21:00 via web

6: What sound or noise do you hate?

@erob1 Used to HATE aerial bombs. I watched fireworks shows w/ my hands over my ears until I was 19Thu Feb 25 17:17:07 via Seesmic

Whistling! Rt @erob1 What sound/noise do you hate?Thu Feb 25 17:17:14 via web

Alarm clock, when you're not sleeping. RT @erob1: What sound/noise do you hate?Thu Feb 25 17:18:29 via UberTwitter

RT @ChaChanna: Whistling! Rt @erob1 What sound/noise do you hate? : cotton being rubbed together. ugh.Thu Feb 25 17:18:48 via TweetDeck

@erob1 that's the problem with being a musician w good ears. we hear stuff most ppl don't. like the sound of an out of tune tv signal. ugh!!Thu Feb 25 17:21:19 via TweetDeck

@erob1 I hate the sound of someone else eating when I'm really hungry lolThu Feb 25 17:21:37 via UberTwitter

@erob1 HATE the sound of a nail file. I've been to a nail salon twice in my life out of obligation (aka gift). I was screaming on the insideThu Feb 25 17:26:00 via web

@erob1 screaming kids....needless to say I'm screwed in two months.Thu Feb 25 17:26:19 via TweetDeck

7: What is your favorite curse word? (Tweeps were given the option to DM me on this one, and I said I wouldn't post if they did.)

u aint nothin but a bitch yo mamas a bitch yo daddys a bitch they begot yo bitch ass bitches begett'n bitches @erob1 fav curse word?Thu Feb 25 17:36:00 via UberTwitter

8: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? 

Singing RT @erob1 What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?Thu Feb 25 17:34:53 via web

RT @erob1 What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? : dog walker. i'd get to hand w/dogs all day? awesome!!Thu Feb 25 17:36:23 via TweetDeck

Air balloon operator but it's somethin u have 2 apprentice at or r born into @erob1: What profession other than urs would u like 2 attempt?Thu Feb 25 17:38:58 via UberTwitter

@erob1 Interior design. You?Thu Feb 25 17:39:59 via UberTwitter

@erob1 a chef or a TV host. Combine the two and I could be a host on the Food NetworkThu Feb 25 18:28:31 via UberTwitter

9: What profession would you not like to participate in?

Nannying we don't even want to take care of our own children RT @erob1: What profession would you not like to participate in?Thu Feb 25 19:01:15 via UberTwitter

10: Last question: What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

@erob1 "Well done my good and faithful servant"...that's what I'm hoping for at least.Thu Feb 25 17:45:36 via web

Yes, it's true. U can hv all the cake u want, not gain a lb. RT @erob1 What would u like 2 hear God say when u arrive at the pearly gates?Thu Feb 25 17:46:57 via web

@erob1 "we tee off in 15 minutes"Thu Feb 25 17:49:39 via TweetDeck

G:'Howd u sneak in? March ur happy ass dwn those stairs' RT @erob1 What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?Thu Feb 25 17:51:39 via web

@erob1 hahaha touche. Nah I'd rather have a warm welcome with a big ol glass of wine and a hot angel to escort me around :)Thu Feb 25 17:59:15 via web

@erob1 Well done good and faithful servant!Thu Feb 25 17:52:41 via UberTwitter

@erob1 All the shopping is free of charge.Thu Feb 25 17:54:10 via UberTwitter

@erob1 You had to know I would answer this one! I would like to hear, "Well my friend, you helped more people than you harmed! Come on in!"Thu Feb 25 18:04:51 via TweetDeck

@erob1 "And you managed to have a little bit of fun along the way! I like that about you!"Thu Feb 25 18:05:15 via TweetDeck

Welcome home. :) RT @erob1: Last question: What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?Thu Feb 25 18:25:13 via UberTwitter

'I'm gonna need to see some references' RT @erob1: Last question: What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?Thu Feb 25 19:03:58 via UberTwitter

Thank so much to everyone who answered the questionnaire, even though I originally gave no context for why I was asking. I think one of the wonderful and terrible things about Twitter is that you have access to so many people's brains, but you don't really get to know them unless you take the time to delve deeper.

Oh, and if you're wondering if I answered this myself, I did. In one tweet:

1) Mochila. 2) Blog. 3) Passionate people 4) Gossiping 5) Crunchy Leaves 6) Condescension 7) Hate 8) Chef 9) Orca trainer 10) Well Done.Thu Feb 25 17:50:33 via web

Mellie on the Creative Peeps blog also answered the questionnaire, you can see her post about it here.

Also, thanks to @smt504 and @prtini for tweeting how to embed a tweet. The link is here. I suggest adding the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, it makes everything so much quicker and looks cleaner.

Answer the questions yourself in the comments ;)