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#FollowFriday: Paula Kiger

By: Gini Dietrich | May 31, 2013 | 
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#FollowFriday-Paula KigerIt’s Friday already, which means you get to meet another member of our community.

I first met Paula Kiger on Twitter as Big Green Pen (turns out, that’s her favorite color pen to use). We’ve been chatting there for a while, but she’s a recent addition to the Spin Sucks community.

In fact, she’s one of the few who follows the rules on The Three Things every Sunday and provides us with an article, podcast, or video in exchange for our three links. We love that!

She lives in Tallahassee, is the mother of two, a wife, a runner, a blogger, holds two degrees, a writer, a reader, a proofreader, holds book club at the women’s prison, and has been instrumental in taking Florida Healthy Kids Corporation from fledgling to a real program that helps uninsured kids.

Most recently, she participated in a big farewell to the ABC affiliate’s weatherman, who is moving to Memphis to work for the affiliate there, which I find really fun and interesting. I’m pretty sure if an anchor left Chicago, no one would notice, but this community is sad to see Sean Parker go.

I mentioned she is a runner. She participates in #RunChat and proudly displays her mileage and time every day in the sidebar of her blog. She also posts both to Facebook every day, which is both inspiring and motivating.

If you read her blog, you’ll find everything from writing techniques she’s learned at writer’s conferences, book reviews, images from her runs, thoughts on every day occurrences (which she manages to make interesting), and even a video of her singing (trying to keep up with Chuck Kent, she is).

As you can tell, she’s no slouch, she’s fun to have around, and she offers each of you something a little bit different than the everyday PR and marketing. You can learn quite a bit from her journey through writing and definitely will be inspired to put on your running shoes and get out the door.

You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Big Green Pen, her blog.

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.

72 comments
Karen_C_Wilson
Karen_C_Wilson

I've been chatting back and forth with Paula for a couple years now since we both were doing blogging prompts in a link exchange. That's how I learned that @biggreenpen is living in my hometown, Tallahassee! It's been a long time since we talked - I need to fix that.

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

Dear everyone who commented here. The green pen is a little red from the blushing she is doing. It is nice to meet all of you/get reacquainted with some of you. I have to be at the skating rink at 3 a.m. (yes, yay, chaperoning an all night skate) but will circle back around over the weekend and chat a bit more. Favorite twitter day ever. 

Baldydog
Baldydog

I love the idea of posting her running time..I have a personal goal of 1000 miles this year(bicycle), after almost two decades of maybe 100 miles per year, with already 100miles in May, I am on my way. Maybe posting on my Twitter will help to motivate as well.

JasMollica
JasMollica

Paula is not only a great woman, she is a great example of how social media can be used for awesome things. Our days are better because Paula is part of them. Oh, and I still have the big green pen she gave me a few years back. Huge hugs @biggreenpen! :) 

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

Gawsh Paula, this is great. I've only had the pleasure of your acquaintance for a few months but I really respect your thoughtful comments, and great attitude.

Like Bill I also have a spot in my heart for Tallahassee. In college my track team used to go to FAMU for a spring break track meet every year and it was my first intro to really good jumbalaya and gumbo. Such a beautiful and friendly city. 

PattiRoseKnight1
PattiRoseKnight1

Great minds think alike....green is my absolute favorite color.... I love green :) 

RobBiesenbach
RobBiesenbach

Question: is it a green-colored pen or does it actually dispense green ink? Green ink that you actually write with? Because that's kind of crazy. Happy FF, Paula!

And I was not aware there were rules to The Three Things, but I always assume I've heard of nothing this group hasn't already heard of ...

creativeoncall
creativeoncall

Glad to see the fearless and fun @biggreenpen featured here. Contrary to her protestations, I can too rhyme Big Green Pen... now and then.  Now I'd like to see all the rest of you Spin Suckers follow Paula's singing example  (my guess is it'll be easier than matching her running times for most of us).   Welcome to the #FF club, Paula! 

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

Hi everyone! I have some commitments today that will keep me limited for social media (and for some reason my work browser won't let me scroll on the Spin Sucks page). I promise to get back to each of you individually and THANKS for all your great comments and good vibes!!

StephanieFlo
StephanieFlo

A great reco!! Paula and I met via Twitter thanks to @JasMollica. When I collected testimonials for Jason after he was let go Paula was one of the first to share her support. I saw how giving of a person she was through social media and today's #FF demonstrates how selfless she is every day. 

John_Trader1
John_Trader1

If only I had the guts to post my run times and distances for the world to see. Nice to meet you @biggreenpen!

briantudor
briantudor

Yay @biggreenpen! I think it's awesome that you celebrated you weather man moving on... there are far too many newsreaders and far to few news (and yes weather counts) men and women. Congrats on the #FF!

belllindsay
belllindsay

Best. Avatar. EVER!!! LOL Welcome to the crazies club Paula!! :D

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

AH @biggreenpen finally unmasked! It took years to find out who this masked super hero really was. We finally learned who was responsible for bringing the Penguin and Joker to justice.... Paula Kiger....unassuming Florida mom and runner. During days she can be found at work, shopping at Target, or having afternoon Iced Tea with her Mah Jongg group. Yet she is @biggreenpen who stopped both Dr No and Goldfinger from world domination. The same @biggreenpen who has been interviewed by howard stern, jay leno, barbara walters, and montelle williams. By day she blogs 'Oh not one of those....blahggers.....ew. I mean who blahgs these days'' At night fearless @biggreenpen protector of the innocent, the meek, and those incapacitated from Ice Cream Frozen Brain. 

Q: Did you really feel you would never get unmasked?

@biggreenpen yes I really thought I could. I mean who would ever expect that I was Big Green Pen?

Q: How did @ginidietrich find out?

@biggreenpen oh it was at one of the blogging meet ups with those big name people..you know the ones who I can never remember their names. Anyway I met @ginidietrich for some boxed wine (her favorite) and I said 'brb need to freshen up' And then wasn't back for 45 minutes. She check the ladies room and didn't find me but I left the window open. She said 'You were gone and during that time we get news Osama Bin Laden was killed' Are you @biggreenpen Paula?! I couldn't lie to @ginidietrich plus had to tell someone how I wrecked his butt and made him cry for his momma before taking him out.

Q: How has your life changed now?

@biggreenpen well I get offered free things everywhere now. People stop me for my autograph. Really nice stuff. But ironically they don't say 'Hey @biggreenpen ' they say 'Hey you are that Follow Friday lady' so in that sense I feel I have gotten my cover back...thanks to @ginidietrich 

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@Baldydog great idea!!! I use DailyMile and there's a widget that posts whatever I put on DM, on my blog. Good luck with your goal!!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@JasMollica @biggreenpen Thank you, Jason. I'll never forget how you did a guest post for me back when I had .0345 readers. OR how you got me connected with the Blue Key project. Among other things. :-)

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@JoeCardillo Thanks Joe! Tallahassee is a really unique place (although I have to say in my heart of hearts there is no place that will ever take the place of Manhattan). It is great for raising kids. Don't know if you ventured far from the track when you were here, but Tallahassee runners get plenty of hill training. As well as heat/humidity training! Thanks for your kind words.

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@PattiRoseKnight1 Green does have a certain satisfying look anywhere it goes, doesn't it? I'm seeing a lot of it in nutritional shakes among all the fitness people I follow - kale - that may take a little getting used to! (and my fave color outside of writing instruments is red!)

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@RobBiesenbach oh green INK for sure!!! And this is one of the few times that following the rules in life has gotten me something good!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@John_Trader1 @biggreenpen Hi John. I guess you could call it "guts" -- Tallahassee is a HUGE running town with LOTS of very fast runners (including a former Olympian or two). Some of my times are the kinds of things that those people if they weren't so kind would call "jogging" or "super slow cool downs" -- but on balance it's about accountability and making it public inspires those who don't think they are "fast enough" to even try and maybe (jury's out on this) reminds the superstars that their slow is our fast, and the point is to enjoy running at whatever speed. I'll stop before I soapbox out. :-)

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@briantudor @biggreenpen Thanks Brian. One little spur of the road of my career path was doing career counseling -- I have always been fascinated by what makes people choose their professions. In Sean's case, he truly loves weather -- he's not just reading numbers off of a screen -- and it's a pretty cool combination to have social media/communications savvy to go along with it. I figure he'll keep moving up and someday I'll be sitting in my living room watching him on a national something and say "I knew him when" :-).

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

@RebeccaTodd @belllindsay @Howie Goldfarb @biggreenpen @ginidietrich Pretty sure they are live. I remember back in early 'aught 12 Howie and I were rock climbing in Manchuria, we had just scaled a massive rock face when we heard a tweet and a carrier pigeon with a red ribbon labeled "SpinSucks" gracefully sailed down and landed on his shoulder. He insisted that we take a 15 minute break so he could respond. Then he undid his climbing harness and proceeded to climb freehand while humming CCR's "Suzy Q."

Haven't seen anything like it before or since. 

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