Chuck Kent

#FollowFriday: Six Qualities of Past Featurees

By: Chuck Kent | August 9, 2013 | 
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The Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendations for 2013

By Chuck Kent

I’m feeling a bit like John Oliver just now, who sheepishly reminds Daily Show viewers every night that, no, he still is not the person they tuned in to see (Jon Stewart being on an extended planned absence from the show).

Your disappointment notwithstanding, I will forge ahead and gamely try to satisfy your #FollowFriday longings.

I will not, however, try to imitate the one-of-a-kind Gini Dietrich or her approach of speaking very personally to and about her Spin Sucks crazies (a unique bit of community-building that she described so well – with an unexpected shout-out to yours truly – in her Cision webinar just yesterday).

Instead, I thought it might be useful to all of you hoping for a #FollowFriday shout-out here to get a recap of common qualities of former featurees, illustrated by previously highlighted crazies (consider this a more fact-based approach than my previous fill-in for Gini).

A review of the past couple of years’ posts indicates that Spin Sucks crazies featured in #FollowFriday are often:

Passionate

Heidi Massey:
The  #FF post featuring Heidi says ”Nonprofits are both her career and her passion and she gives back to them as often as she can.”

Funny

Anne Ruess
Funny isn’t always going for the big yucks, but hereabouts it definitely means having a sense of humor. Gini says of Anne “she is wicked smart, absolutely adorable, and has a great sense of humor (and we all know how much I like funny people).”

Smart

Julio Varela
Ms. D is a sucker for super-smart people, with or without Ivy League pedigree.  She writes, “A Harvard grad, Julio goes against every stereotype you have of those who went to school there. Yes, he’s smart, but the arrogance the school seems to breed missed him.”

Generous

Deb Dobson

Community requires generosity, especially of one’s time and attention.  Of Deb, Gini writes: “…without a doubt, one of the most generous people I know… She’s one who… will engage, will ask you questions about yourself, and will give of herself more generously than anyone else you know.”

Involved

It’s simple:  Actively commenting counts, not simply to boost your own exposure, but to continually breathe life into the Spin Sucks community.

In yesterday’s Cision webinar, Gini mentioned how #FollowFriday didn’t really take off (in fact, was at first a bit of a bomb) until she started concentrating on people who are active in the comments section.

A few of those these days include: Howie Goldfarb,  Paula KigerRebecca Amy Todd, and Joe Cardillo.

Trouble-Makers

Dallas Kincaid
“Trouble” may be too strong a term here – I really mean “fun,” but just a bit more out there.  Take Dallas Kincaid.  Gini calls him a “a trouble causer, pot stirrer, and menacing force of nature.”  Obviously, the boring need not apply.

So you want to be in #FollowFriday?  Consider the above carefully, and then get involved.  It’s easy to start right now – head to the comment section (I’ll meet you there).

About Chuck Kent


Chuck Kent is on a mission to make content marketing more creative and less “me too.” He is a brand strategist, writer and content creator, and creative director of Creative on Call, one of earliest virtual “non-agencies.” Previously a senior creative at BBDO, he writes about branding, content creation and their intersection, both on his own blog and as a contributing editor/author for Branding Magazine. He even sings about it in his weekly retort to #FollowFriday, #SocialSong Saturday.

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biggreenpen
2 years 8 months ago

Woo hoo! I’m starting Friday tucked right in between howiegoldfarb and RebeccaAmyTodd (and physically in Orlando). It’s gonna be a good day (and thanks Chuck!).

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

biggreenpen howiegoldfarb RebeccaAmyTodd You’re just lobbing that “tucked in between” remark for howiegoldfarb and RebeccaAmyTodd to make a little trouble with, aren’t you?

biggreenpen
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall biggreenpen howiegoldfarb RebeccaAmyTodd I must admit as I was typing it, a little voice in the back of my head was saying “heh Howie will have a blast with that idea”. Take it away Howie….

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 8 months ago

biggreenpen creativeoncall howiegoldfarb RebeccaAmyTodd ginidietrich Hey Paula thank you so much for getting my neighbor’s cat out of that tree. People think being a Super Hero is all battles explosions and glory. But not really. I mean how often does someone try to take over a city? Not very often. It is the thankless but so important everyday acts of kindness they provide us that go unnoticed. Well I noticed Paula!

rdopping
rdopping
2 years 8 months ago

Nice run down Chuck. You could likely do that post for a year and not run out of content. Cheers.

ginidietrich
2 years 8 months ago

rdopping You made a special cameo in my Cision webinar yesterday, too!

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 8 months ago

ginidietrich rdopping uh-oh

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

rdopping Thanks, Ralph.  And didn’t Gini tell you? I’m signed up to do 364 more of these…

ginidietrich
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall rdopping Well, it’s more like 51 more.

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

ginidietrich creativeoncall rdopping No, you promised I could do it every day, it was just that good… didn’t you?

ginidietrich
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall rdopping Darn concussion. My short-term memory is shot!

jeanniecw
2 years 8 months ago

Great list. I pretty much adore these people. And Gini, go back to bed! Chuck’s got this.

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
2 years 8 months ago

jeanniecw *Silently cheering to myself* You know it’s been about a year now? You still like me! #Winning

ginidietrich
2 years 8 months ago

jeanniecw I have work to do!

JustInTheSouth
2 years 8 months ago

Lot of great people in this list, most of which I now call friends, thanks to ginidietrich !

debdobson62
debdobson62
2 years 8 months ago

JustInTheSouth ginidietrich Two really good friends in both of you who I’m so happy I’ve met IRL.  Sending hugs to both of you!

debdobson62
debdobson62
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you .  A great list of folks and I feel honored to be included.  And I agree with .  Go back to bed ginidietrich!

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
2 years 8 months ago

So about these songs…I should become familiar with someone who has taken to posting information about me online. Where might I find one? And should I be creeped out about this? 😉
Was probably a pity inclusion because we nonprofit folks need all the help we can get, right.
Well, at leadt we all now have bragging rights. Included in 2 Follow Fridays

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
2 years 8 months ago

And note to the wise: Commenting on your phone can mak you look like an idiot. Too many typos! And accidental premature posting.
Thanks for including me! Went back and reread the old post and comments. My day is set.

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

HeidiMassey Heidi, here’s the very first #SocialSong Saturday, inspired by and featuring one Gini Dietrich http://ow.ly/nMp7F   Enjoy those bragging rights :)

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall I think I’m in love. #swoon

rosemaryoneill
2 years 8 months ago

I’m trying to decide if I’d rather be a Troublemaker or Passionate…hmmmm….

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 8 months ago

rosemaryoneill be passionate about trouble!

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

Howie Goldfarb rosemaryoneill Exactly… embrace it all!

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
2 years 8 months ago

rosemaryoneill Trouble is a good thing.

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 8 months ago
I remember I first met Six Qualities of Past Featurees back in college. e was a hackysacking deadhead who would skip class for weeks to go on tour with Jerry. But then in 1992 he found god and launched his own Televangelist TV Show so that he could have a Cadillac. But by 1995 his venture had gone bust when Pat Robertson called him a sinner.  Hitting rock bottom drifting into gangs and boones farm addiction he got a big break doing stand up comedy at the local strip club. Next thing he was warming up for Leno and Chris… Read more »
RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

AMAZING.

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

Howie Goldfarb Truthfully for a while there I wondered if Six Qualities would make it….a lot of people don’t know this but SQ also had a bout with Persimmonitis, a condition in which the patient feels and acts like a small piece of fruit. After several months of trying to get into one of those medley baskets, he finally course-corrected, no small thanks to ginidietrich’s Fruitsion webinar back in ’04.

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

Medley baskets!!! HAH!

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

RebeccaTodd I think the basket case image is apt

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall RebeccaTodd JoeCardillo I am so glad he pulled through. Though also bummed because I needed some small fruit for my salad.

belllindsay
2 years 8 months ago

Howie Goldfarb Howie makes everything better.

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

Well thank you very much for this shout out, Chuck! To be Listed with Howie, Paula, and Joe…well that is an honour! And for the record- Dallas is a TOTAL trouble maker.

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

RebeccaTodd In the takes-one-to-know-one sense, I’ll take your word on Dallas’ character :)

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

I resemble that remark.

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
2 years 8 months ago

RebeccaTodd And I represent the chopped liver contingent.

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
2 years 8 months ago

RebeccaTodd Are there partial troublemakers?

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I consider you sort of the expert in that.

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

I think you touched on it, but a general quality I like about active participants of the SpinSucks ecosystem is that we all believe in “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Something I believe in strongly. The other quality I respect in the community is that anyone can have a great idea or thought, it’s that core, and not someone’s reputation or who they know, that brings me here over and over.

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

JoeCardillo Agreed!

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

So well said my friend. Level Four thinking right there.

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

RebeccaTodd I knew I could bait you into mentioning levels 😉

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

JoeCardillo Le sigh. Have I become so predictable? Already?

lizreusswig
2 years 8 months ago

JoeCardillo Love, love, love this! :)

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
2 years 8 months ago

JoeCardillo The rising tide is good but I see a tsunami of talent. Of course a tsunami might not be such a good thing because it would destroy many and cause all sorts of chaos.
Kind of of similar to what might happen if you dropped a spider in belllindsay pants or shirt. 😉
Should that ever happen I would hope it would be videotaped because a moment like that must be preserved for posterity.

yvettepistorio
2 years 8 months ago

Love the way you did this Chuck. I know most of them through ginidietrich too – all great people on this list :)

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

yvettepistorio ginidietrich The only problem with writing a post like this is narrowing it down to a manageable size — sincerely, too many good folks, not enough space to mention even a reasonable fraction

belllindsay
2 years 8 months ago

Keeping with the fruit theme, I’m slightly bruised I didn’t make the list today. *sniff* It’s because I’m Canadian, isn’t it…hey….wait a second!!!!

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

I’m representing the Canucks, hoser.

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

belllindsay Canadian Mist.

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

belllindsay Sorry…for some reason I immediately did a free word association there…

HeidiMassey
HeidiMassey
2 years 8 months ago

belllindsay Yes, it is. But I think everyone was hoping you wouldn’t figure it out. However, when they do the special Canuckistan list, you will be there, right at the top, eh?

Word Ninja
2 years 8 months ago

Since I’ve only been around the past several months, this was a great post to be introduced to others. Nice job, Chuck. 
If there is ever a Limber category, please consider me…

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
2 years 8 months ago

That’s right, funny like a madam. I’m flabbergasted though. Thanks creativeoncall!
Here’s one tip to tickle your way into ginidietrich’s heart. 
Rage comics! Blast her with ’em!

lizreusswig
2 years 8 months ago

Chuck you so live up to your name…creativeoncall! I, too would have loved a song and think you need to write a SpinSucks Theme Song to debut at the IRL gathering! :)  Congrats to all the wonderful “crazies” mentioned here today & Happy #FollowFriday! :)

JoeCardillo
2 years 8 months ago

lizreusswig creativeoncall SpinCon is coming.

creativeoncall
2 years 8 months ago

lizreusswig creativeoncall Hey, I’m waiting for people to post cover videos of the last one… <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/64303540″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/64303540″>Oh Gini D</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user15658975″>Creative on Call, Inc.</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

lizreusswig
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall Just watched it again…always makes me smile (and not just because I’m included!)  :)

biggreenpen
2 years 8 months ago

creativeoncall lizreusswig Oh yay, a challenge!

RebeccaTodd
2 years 8 months ago

biggreenpen creativeoncall lizreusswig I know it’s so well done Chuck! I can’t wait to hear your Crazies Overture.

dbvickery
2 years 8 months ago

Got a kick out of a few of these, Chuck. Heck, Dallas can derail my quick Facebook scans with something totally out of the blue that brings me to a screeching halt.

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