Friday Five

1. Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue. Listen, this is a very long article. That’s why I’m putting it first. I recommend you read for a while, take a break and watch/read the next thing on this list, then go back. As many times as you need. Because, it’s an intriguing article. It covers everything from why we like talking in pictures, to why the poop smiles, to what the shrimp can mean (apparently someone has written an entire essay on the shrimp emoji), to why millennials embrace emojis and what that means about us. And if you see me soon, I will probably be bringing all of this up because it is fascinating.

2. Ready for your first break?  

3. How to Make Your Last Name Plural. PLEASE READ THIS. It is so important that I do not get any Christmas cards from the Smith’s or the Jones’.

4. I know it’s not time for Christmas music (please ignore that tree in the corner). But is this technically Christmas music? It just talks about being cold outside and it IS cold outside right now. This version is adorable and not at all creepy-OMG-did-he-just-roofie-her-drink questionable which I appreciate. 

5. Finally, Christian Girl Instagram. 



Friday Five

OK, here we go.
1. Let’s talk about Serial. Here are some theories. And then here is a post that reflects what I’ve been thinking about when I hear people say, “I bet the twist at the end is…” It’s real life.

2. What Should I Do When Prayer Makes My Anxiety Worse?  This article is great for those dealing with anxiety and those who know people dealing with anxiety.

3. This is precious. 

Also? I love that kids are still watching that movie. My sister and I loved it growing up.

4. When Healthy Eating Calls for Treatment. I have erased about 10 sentences regarding how fascinating I find this from various angles. But I’ll just leave it at that—fascinating. Let me know if you’d like to discuss further. I have some thoughts, obviously. 

5. Do you need a Thanksgiving playlist? Of course you do. #NoChristmasMusicYet


Phone Tips



Erin and MeLissa went on tour and all they brought us was this video.


Friday Five

1. One of Many — Nashville. Loved this beautiful photo essay on the creatives in my favorite city. (via Laura)

2. Every Meeting Ever 

3. The Forgotten Remnant of Repentance. Be sure to listen to the video at the end, too. 

4. Shake It Off. 

 5. Nothing Can Be Necessary That He Withholds. “Hope unrealized brings with it its own invisible grief, one that doesn’t fit into an obvious catefogy, the kind that solicits cards and casseroles.”


How to Find, Follow, and Friend People on Twitter

I often get asked about Twitter. After each month’s Tweets of the Month Club, I’ll get asked, “How do you find these people?” When I talk about how I know some of my friends (or, more often, random people across the restaurant), I’m met with looks of amazement when I say, “Twitter.” Especially when I mention that I stayed at their house or drove out of town to see them or started a blog with them. 

I’m not an expert. Far from it. But I like what’s in my feed and I’ve made several close friends by getting to know them 140 characters at a time. So, I’m here to tell you all my secrets slash they’re not really secrets. This is just how I find people, whom I choose to follow, and a bit about becoming friends through that medium. 

Finding People

I found a lot of people I follow through traditional means—I know them in real life. Here’s a secret: I don’t follow everyone I know in real life. I have close friends who are not on Twitter or who are so rarely tweeting that I don’t follow them. This doesn’t mean I love them less; it just means I have to log into Facebook to see their thoughts on the election. 

Another way I find people to follow is through blogs. I read a lot of blogs. Or rather, I skim a lot of blogs and read the ones I find interesting. If I like a blogger, I find him/her on Twitter. Sometimes I find people through guest posts or random mentions on their friends’ blogs. I’d group online magazines in this category as well. 

I follow people who are at my company and in my industry. For those very reasons. I’m interested in my industry and I love my company so it just makes sense to follow people who are also interested in those things and work with me. 

Finally, and this is the real tip, I follow people who are mentioned and retweeted by people I already follow. If someone’s retweet makes me think or laugh out loud, I check out their profile. If it seems to have lots of stuff that makes me think or laugh out loud, I hit the follow button. If I notice that someone is often mentioned in tweets that mention other people I follow, I check out their profile. Chances are, if a bunch of people I know and like follow them, then I would probably like them, too. In the real world, this would be meeting through mutual friends. 

Following People

Some people use lists to follow more people. This way, they can follow a whole lot of people, but only really “listen” to certain groups. They may have a list of funny people or a list of coworkers or a list of people they want to read while watching Walking Dead. I don’t really do that. I have one list and I only use it when I’ve been away from Twitter all day and have to play catch-up. 

Partly because of that, I don’t follow everyone who follows me. I don’t follow everyone who gets retweeted into my feed. I don’t follow every single person in my industry. And, as I said before, I don’t follow everyone I know in real life. 

I pick people to follow based on standards I set myself. Everyone has different standards (or no standards), but here are mine (generally):

  • They need to tweet interesting stuff. Either it makes me laugh, think, say, “Me, too!,” or it encourages me, challenges me, or leads me to want to get to know them more. If someone only retweets, only tweets quotes, only tweets political statements, etc., I don’t follow.
  • They need to tweet relatively often. I’m not talking every five minutes. Just, you know, a few times in the last month. Conversely, if they have literally tweeted every five minutes and it’s not some special live-tweet event, I can’t do that. 
  • They need to be someone I wouldn’t mind endorsing. This is solely my opinion, but to follow is a sort of endorsement. To retweet is another level of that. To include in the Tweets of the Month is even more so. I just don’t want to have to keep up with whom I feel okay endorsing and whom I’d have to apologize for if my mom or boss read their tweets. 

Often, I do a sort of trial period. It isn’t scientific, nor do I really keep up with it. Every so often, I just look through the people I’m following and if I can’t remember anything interesting (to me) from someone, I unfollow. Or if someone tweets something crazy, I’ll just unfollow them then. Like I said, it’s not scientific. You do you. 

Friending People

Twitter is lovely in that you can follow people who do not follow you. This means, you can get to know your favorite blogger, speaker, actor, writer, singer without them having to add you back. It’s great fun. This also means, people you follow have no obligation to acknowledge you. So, getting to know someone can be a little more difficult. Here’s what’s worked for me. 

I follow them. I retweet. I favorite. I reply. I repeat. Basically, I just do what I would do in real life if I wanted to be someone’s friend—I talk to them. 

Sometimes you can talk to people for a long time without them replying or favoriting or following back. This would be rude in real life, but on Twitter is normal. Don’t take it personally (I’m still trying to follow this advice myself because there’s this one person that I think SHOULD follow me, but she doesn’t. And don’t ask me about it in real life because I will rant for several minutes because it doesn’t make any sense. Anyway.). But don’t let it deter you from keepin’ on keepin’ on. No need to get creepy fangirl about it—don’t retweet/favorite/reply to every single thing. Just behave like you would if they were at a party and you were trying to get into their circle. 

Eventually, maybe they’ll tweet you back. You’ll become a part of their twittersphere. You begin to tweet each other more often and you get to know each other. Maybe to the point that when you’re passing through their town, you suggest coffee. Next thing you know, you’re in her car driving to Atlanta and dreaming up a blog project. It happens. 

So, there you have it. This is how I find those people. This is how we became friends. Easy peasy. 

Are you on Twitter? What are your suggestions for finding, following, and friending people? 

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Tweets of the Month Club | October




Friday Five

1. Have you seen the latest OK Go video yet? You need to.

2. Every Pixar Movie in 140 Characters or Less (via The Wardrobe Door). 

3. Rad – Cliffe.

4. To Siri, With Love. A sweet story about a boy becoming BFF with Apple’s Siri. 

5. The Internet Is Awesome.

BONUS: My friend Lizette on what she loves and hates about being single. I love it.  

Um, also. It’s Halloween. Happy Halloween! If you need a last minute costume idea, check out the Coffee Shopper’s Guide. There are several procrastinating options. 


Friday Five

1. This is what happens when you send Tinder guys the emails from You’ve Got Mail. I love that someone thought of this.

2. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is back:

3. This is the kind of music you should listen to while you work. I noticed neither “rap” or “banjo” were mentioned, which are two of my go-tos. What music do you listen to while you work?

4. Speaking of people who are back AND music [what a terrific segue!], Lydia and I made a new video featuring music.  

5. Still speaking of music, Relevant compiled this list of 14 New Songs from Worship Artists You Need to Hear. I’m loving the new John Mark McMillan and the Steffany Gretzinger stuff. 


Friday Five

1. Average bedtimes in the U.S. per county [via Knox]. I found this fascinating. I go to bed at least an hour before the average person in my area. What about you? 

2. The iOS Predictive Text Song. He let the phone predict the words and it’s actually kind of catchy (even if it makes no sense whatsoever).

3. The Literary United States [via Mary Beth]. I am ashamed to say I’ve read very few of these. Also, when did we accept Washington D.C. into the Union?

4. Drew Holcomb.

5. How to Die Beautifully. I love this perspective on Autumn and sanctification. 

Shameless Self-Promotion: Top 6 Coffee Shops in TV and Movies over at Coffee Shoppers. 


Friday Five

1. Showing Grace in the Era of Cultural Outrage. I’ve had many of these same thoughts. 

2. All About the Books. How much do I love this? Let me count the ways: Nashville, library, books, All About That Bass. [via Jenna]

3. If Coach Taylor Quotes Were Motivational Posters

4. Pretty much everyone is in this video. 

5. The Lord is with you. In prison, in valleys, in stormy waters, in fire- I can’t stop thinking about the fact that when things are bad, the Lord is with me.”




Friday Five

1. To celebrate it being on Netflix, here are 12 Things You Never Knew About Gilmore Girls. I love the show, and only knew 2-3 of these things. 

2. I want this book. Also, if you can watch this without smiling, what’s it like to be a robot? 

3. Giving Singles Land to Till. I thought this was great by Lore Ferguson, bringing up several points that many of these sorts of lists leave out.

4. I’ve posted this theory before, but for those of you who are video people, here’s the Pixar Theory:

5. This is the cutest. There’s a whole documentary happening, too. (Via Lydia)