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#FollowFriday: Joey Strawn

By: Gini Dietrich | January 7, 2011 | 
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It’s funny how this World Wide Web works (thanks Al Gore!). You meet people out here in various locations and they all begin to blur and you don’t remember a) how you met your new BFF or b) how you haven’t know them  your entire life.

That’s how it is with Joey Strawn. I’m pretty sure we first “met” on Danny Brown’s blog through the comments. But now a day doesn’t go by without our talking…and while I’m about to give you several reasons why, they don’t touch the tip of the iceberg. But you’ll find out for yourself, once you begin to get to know him.Joey has a company called Empty Jar Marketing (clever story!) and he has a blog named after himself. But don’t let that fool you. He is one of the smartest, yet most humble people I’ve ever met. I mean, check out the self-deprecating photos on his blog. My favorite is the one I’ve used for this post. It cracks me up every time I see it!

He is a contributor to For Bloggers, By Bloggers, a fairly new initiative by Bonsai Interactive. And, while I don’t know it for gospel, I’m pretty sure the reason my favorite Scottish man living in Canada asked Joey to be part of that initiative is because he has incredible storytelling skills that I’ve had the pleasure of watching evolve in the past year.

Take, for instance, his recent post about the chameleon and the coalmine. He tells a story of how a chameleon stops changing colors and frets he’s lost his value to the town where he lives and then transfers that story to how we need to learn to be comfortable with ourselves and show our own unique colors. From where I sit, it’s one of his most powerful storytelling blog posts to date.

But the one that really got me was this week…A Prayer for MeMe. He claims up front the post isn’t for everyone; he’s written it as a tribute to his grandmother who just passed away. I’m sorry, Joey. I disagree. This post IS written for everyone and it made me cry (like real tears) because it’s so moving, gentle, and kind.

So check him out. Follow him on Twitter. Subscribe to his blog. Get to know him. You won’t regret one second of it.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago
Gini, I wanted to be the first to comment and personally thank you for this. From the first time you guys asked me to guest post on Spin Sucks up until now I’ve gotten to know you guys and respect you for the work that you do. More than that, you have become a close friend (even though we’ve never met in person) and I’m honored and humbled that your #FF post today is about me. The selfish side of me wants to print this off and mail a copy to everyone who was mean to me in high school,… Read more »
joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago
Gini, I wanted to be the first to comment and personally thank you for this. From the first time you guys asked me to guest post on Spin Sucks up until now I’ve gotten to know you guys and respect you for the work that you do. More than that, you have become a close friend (even though we’ve never met in person) and I’m honored and humbled that your #FF post today is about me. The selfish side of me wants to print this off and mail a copy to everyone who was mean to me in high school,… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn Tell you what…you give me addresses and I’ll send it! I can serve as your representative.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn Tell you what…you give me addresses and I’ll send it! I can serve as your representative.

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Haha, even more official. I love it!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Haha, even more official. I love it!

faybiz
5 years 4 months ago

HERE HERE!
J is one of the first folks I look for most days to see what gold nuggets he is going to give us.
Terrific highlight of an awesome dude

faybiz
5 years 4 months ago

HERE HERE!
J is one of the first folks I look for most days to see what gold nuggets he is going to give us.
Terrific highlight of an awesome dude

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago

ARGGGGGGGGHHHH!!!! Lost my well written incredibly crafted comment and now I must start again!

Here it goes:

Great Post!

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago

ARGGGGGGGGHHHH!!!! Lost my well written incredibly crafted comment and now I must start again!

Here it goes:

Great Post!

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago
8) This is a well deserved #followfriday Joey is an incredible cartoonist with amazing wit. On twitter a very nice and kind and funny guy. I don’t get to his blog enough becuase I am paid by Gini to boost traffic here, but when I do the posts are always well written, insightful, and I agree Joey is a great story teller. The chameleon story I did read and enjoyed immensely! It reminded me of one of my favorite movies I saw in 2010 the Fantastic Mr. Fox’s son Ash who was upset he was viewed as small until his… Read more »
HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago
8) This is a well deserved #followfriday Joey is an incredible cartoonist with amazing wit. On twitter a very nice and kind and funny guy. I don’t get to his blog enough becuase I am paid by Gini to boost traffic here, but when I do the posts are always well written, insightful, and I agree Joey is a great story teller. The chameleon story I did read and enjoyed immensely! It reminded me of one of my favorite movies I saw in 2010 the Fantastic Mr. Fox’s son Ash who was upset he was viewed as small until his… Read more »
joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@HowieSPM Of course. : ) BTW, The Fatastic Mr. Fox was one is one of my favorite stop-motion movies ever. It’s fantastic from start to finish. I actually have a post about it. And what do you know, I happen to have a link right here to it: http://goo.gl/QSVWo

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@HowieSPM Of course. : ) BTW, The Fatastic Mr. Fox was one is one of my favorite stop-motion movies ever. It’s fantastic from start to finish. I actually have a post about it. And what do you know, I happen to have a link right here to it: http://goo.gl/QSVWo

JMattHicks
5 years 4 months ago

I couldn’t agree more with everything said. joey_strawn is a rare individual that, like you mentioned @ginidietrich , is very skilled but very humble. I’ve been able to learn a ton from from the bloggers in the livefyre community and there’s no doubt that Joey has taught me a lot even if he doesn’t realize it. Great post, and keep doing what you’re doing, Joey!

JMattHicks
5 years 4 months ago

I couldn’t agree more with everything said. joey_strawn is a rare individual that, like you mentioned @ginidietrich , is very skilled but very humble. I’ve been able to learn a ton from from the bloggers in the livefyre community and there’s no doubt that Joey has taught me a lot even if he doesn’t realize it. Great post, and keep doing what you’re doing, Joey!

ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you for “introducing” your readers to joey_strawn His post about his cherished MeMe was moving and heartfelt.

ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you for “introducing” your readers to joey_strawn His post about his cherished MeMe was moving and heartfelt.

EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you, @joey_strawn for sharing your MeMe with us. And thank you, Gini, for sharing Joey!

EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you, @joey_strawn for sharing your MeMe with us. And thank you, Gini, for sharing Joey!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ParkRidgeDDS Wasn’t it good?! I seriously cried.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ParkRidgeDDS Wasn’t it good?! I seriously cried.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@JMattHicks YEAH! What he said!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@JMattHicks YEAH! What he said!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @HowieSPM The two of you are not allowed to converse on my blog.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @HowieSPM The two of you are not allowed to converse on my blog.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@faybiz And don’t you think his writing gets even better every day?!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@faybiz And don’t you think his writing gets even better every day?!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@EricaAllison @joey_strawn See Joey! I told you that blog post was for everyone! And that photo I used makes me laugh every time I come over here!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@EricaAllison @joey_strawn See Joey! I told you that blog post was for everyone! And that photo I used makes me laugh every time I come over here!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @EricaAllison : )

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @EricaAllison : )

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @HowieSPM hahaha, well if those are the rules.

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @HowieSPM hahaha, well if those are the rules.

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @faybiz I do, I do!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @faybiz I do, I do!

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @ginidietrich phew! I was thinking we were only allowed to converse on this blog. Much relief.

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @ginidietrich phew! I was thinking we were only allowed to converse on this blog. Much relief.

DannyBrown
5 years 4 months ago

Actually, I invited Joey to be part of FBBB because he promised to pay me three camels, a bread maker and 17 yellow Skittles. Bugger still hasn’t coughed up…

Couldn’t agree more, Gini – Joey’s a definite gem in the crud that can be the blogosphere, and his blog is one of my must-reads (though I really should start commenting more there). We’re lucky to have him on FBBB.

Cheers!

DannyBrown
5 years 4 months ago

Actually, I invited Joey to be part of FBBB because he promised to pay me three camels, a bread maker and 17 yellow Skittles. Bugger still hasn’t coughed up…

Couldn’t agree more, Gini – Joey’s a definite gem in the crud that can be the blogosphere, and his blog is one of my must-reads (though I really should start commenting more there). We’re lucky to have him on FBBB.

Cheers!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown Danny, it’s not my fault that I used FedEx Crate to deliver your blog dowry and the camels stepped on the bread maker and then ate the yellow skittles (who knew they liked them as much as you?)

I’m glad you kept me on board even after my transgression, it’s been a blast working with you and I’m looking forward to a great 2011!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@DannyBrown Danny, it’s not my fault that I used FedEx Crate to deliver your blog dowry and the camels stepped on the bread maker and then ate the yellow skittles (who knew they liked them as much as you?)

I’m glad you kept me on board even after my transgression, it’s been a blast working with you and I’m looking forward to a great 2011!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @DannyBrown I knew there was a reason I liked you…it sure took a long time to figure it out! We can share Skittles – I’ll take the red ones and you can have the yellow ones. Woo hoo!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@joey_strawn @DannyBrown I knew there was a reason I liked you…it sure took a long time to figure it out! We can share Skittles – I’ll take the red ones and you can have the yellow ones. Woo hoo!

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Griddy
5 years 4 months ago
Finally I made it here YAY! Took me a week of trying and a using a new PC but hey! 🙂 Gin Gin I couldn’t agree with you more on this #FF :). Awesome write-up! Joey is an all – round fantastic individual who I’ve gotten to know a little bit (virtually) over the last couple of months. Not only is he a tremendously talented writer (with his particular story-telling style) but he is indeed humble, courteous, witty, intelligent and more…(and not just because we both graduated from BU Com lol). I love reading every one of his posts. They’re… Read more »
Griddy
5 years 4 months ago
Finally I made it here YAY! Took me a week of trying and a using a new PC but hey! 🙂 Gin Gin I couldn’t agree with you more on this #FF :). Awesome write-up! Joey is an all – round fantastic individual who I’ve gotten to know a little bit (virtually) over the last couple of months. Not only is he a tremendously talented writer (with his particular story-telling style) but he is indeed humble, courteous, witty, intelligent and more…(and not just because we both graduated from BU Com lol). I love reading every one of his posts. They’re… Read more »
joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@Griddy Thanks Ingrid! I’ve been waiting in anticipation for your comment ever since you told me it was coming and it certainly lived up to my hopes. : )

It has been a true pleasure getting to know you (virtually) over the past few months and I look forward to writing and working with you in 2011 and beyond. I wish you the best year possible and hope to get to know you better as time goes on.

Cheers!

joey_strawn
5 years 4 months ago

@Griddy Thanks Ingrid! I’ve been waiting in anticipation for your comment ever since you told me it was coming and it certainly lived up to my hopes. : )

It has been a true pleasure getting to know you (virtually) over the past few months and I look forward to writing and working with you in 2011 and beyond. I wish you the best year possible and hope to get to know you better as time goes on.

Cheers!

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