Follow Friday

Journalism Camp this week at Ball State has been rad and very time consuming.  I never thought I would have Twitter withdrawls ... but I have so I guess that means I have an addiction.  Although I have enjoyed my time at BSU surrounded by yerds, nerds, and jerds in general, I am will be happy to return to the real world on Monday.

Here are my picks for this week's Follow Friday Saturday.  Adding them to your timeline will be the best decision you've made today!

@sammymojito: He is one of the first people I connected with on Twitter and I still enjoy his tweets and conversation!  Sweet, handsome, and encouraging.  What more do you want? Okay fine -- he will reply back!

@dynamite4life: He is @sammymojito's brother and equally awesome!  He always tells me good morning, and keeps tabs on the wheelings and dealings of his followers.  He's sweet, he's a Notre Dame fan, and he has excellent music taste.

@paulpoteet: You might know him if you're from Indiana -- he's been a meteorologist for (at least) 20 years!  Not only does he keep me informed on the weather, but he tweets and retweets pretty interesting stuff.  I also like that he interacts with his followers and always seems to be doing something rad.  He is also quick to thank his fans, which is a thumbs up in my book.

@anythinglime: She is hilarious.  She has a great sense of humor as well as sense of style.  She's also smart and recently married; did I mention she's a dog trainer and BSU alumnus?  I suggest following her if you like dogs, love to laugh, want to know what it's like to live in Florida.

@teamcreepz: Her sense of humor adds a lot of sparkle to my timeline.  She is not afraid to share her opinion/call people out, which I find endlessly entertaining.  She's a huge fan of hockey and instant netflix, and has great taste in television and movies.

@gokeysupporter: She is just goofy.  She won't clutter your timeline with garbage and is always happy to interact with her followers.  I also love that she is up front with what she's feeling: if she's excited, you'll know it!  She has a lot of enthusiasm and loves to meet new people.

@tommyismyname: I met him a few weeks back during a chat and I am really glad I did!  Not only does he pass on relevant information dealing with social media, marketing, and the like, but he also beat boxes and cracks me up.  I don't feel like he is pushing links down my throat.  He is also charming, funny, and approachable.

@grizz83: I haven't been following him for very long but in the short time we've known each other, he has kept me laughing.  Who would have thought that a grizzly bear could be spot on?  I must warn you though ... this bear has an opinion about everything! :)

@dennisay: I think he's hilarious.  He is always doing something awesome or talking about the awesome thing he is going to do later.  He is an excellent replier and a self-proclaimed nerd.  He has good taste in TV, too.

@kjoebbb: She is an animal lover!  She rescues animals, has a cat and dog, and is a college student.  She updates a lot, which some people may not like but I dig.  She is sweet, friendly, and helpful.  She is also quick to share her opinion on what's happening in TV Land.

BONUS: @djsamhouse: he's a DJ in LA who interacts with his followers.  Ask him for a song recommendation!

Find previous Follow Friday awesomeness HERE HERE HERE and HERE

Hope you have a great weekend!

Follow Friday

Here are my picks for Follow Friday this week. Get excited people.

@josephthomas:  The Glo-Stick gif posted above is his favorite (or at least I claim that it is).  He's funny, he posts lots of pics, and he will interact with you if you are rad enough.  Give him a shout out!  You won't regret it!

@grimalkinrn: Accidentally stumbled into #SMmanners chat and kept me laughing the entire night!  Funny, ridiculous, and great at random discussions.  Claims to be a Mean Girl and hate John Mayer.  Say what you need to say, say what you need say.

@lizzayn: She's a writer and huge sweetheart.  She keeps you up to date on the happenings (as well as her writing) but she won't flood your timeline.  She also has kept encouraging me to reach for the stars which I dig!  If that's not convincing enough -- she has a quote from Gene Wilder in her bio!

@zombienicole: I seek her tweets out when scrolling through my timeline.  She keeps it real, she keeps it fresh, she keeps it funny.  I love her honesty and her bravery.  I also love the pics that she posts!  Tell her hello, she will most likely respond!

@insanetruckdriv: Ever wonder what it's like to be a truck driver?  NOW YOU KNOW!  He tweets daily about life on the open road and shares his adventures from all across the country.  Pretty awesome.  He has a great sense of humor, too!

@willdobbs: He is into Social Media and always sharing information and tips.  He's friendly and great at interacting with his followers.  I hope to get him to participate in the #SMmanners chat very soon.  Following him will keep you in the Social Media loop.

@risingspivey: This woman is going to change the world!  She is encouraging, outspoken, and amazing.  Her interests are varied so you don't have to worry about her clogging up your timeline with the same old stuff all the time.  Ask her how you can become a #ChangeAgent.

@serrot: She has an incredible sense of humor and a wide variety of interests.  She is always interacting with her followers and keeps any and all conversation lively.  She is always awesome about relaying important information from all over the web!  I have come to rely on her connectedness to many different issues, etc.  I dig her taste, too.

@diggs31: He is a total sweetheart and I love talking to him (just about) every day.   He is FULL of positive energy.  He is a great conversationalist AND asks me really interesting questions.  I always get excited when I see him on my timeline.  Introduce yourself to him!  Seriously!

@paulpannone: Want to know anything/everything about the wedding industry?  I suggest you follow him, as well as @ewednews right now.  Not only is he a great blogger and fact-gather, he is also incredibly friendly!  One of the first people I connected with on Twitter and I still dig him.

BONUS: @KyleMcShane: I met him this week during the #SMmanners chat and he had a lot of great input.  He's into Social Media and he knows what he's talking about.

Need more rad people to follow?  Previous Follow Friday posts HERE HERE and HERE.

Britney Spears sells 100 million records

It's official: Britney Jean Spears has sold 100 million records.

In honor of this great accomplishment I am going to walk you through the time I've 'spent' with the Living Legend.  Do not read further you suffer from Stansophobia (Fear of Stans)!

My love for Britney Spears can be traced back to a bus ride where my sixth grade best friend passed me the single ...Baby One More Time in a very under-the-table manner.  She very discreetly encouraged me to give it a shot.  I was a wee bit skeptical about this unknown artist: my best friend's favorite song was 'David Duchovny' by Bree Sharp.  I raced home, placed ...Baby One More Time in my Discman, and pressed play.

After listening to the single approximately 10 times, I watched the video repeatedly on my PC.  From that moment on I was a Britney Spears fan.

I become the proud owner of my first Britney Spear's album after initiating a CD trade: Celine Dion's Falling into You for Baby One More Time; ...Oops I Did It Again was purchased at a Plato's Closet with my allowance and spare change that had been collected for weeks.   I distinctly remember watching her music videos on MTV, recording them to VHS, and watching them over and over (and over and over and over).

For my 17th birthday I received her Britney album as well as the DVD accompaniment; I made everyone watch the DVD during my birthday dinner and listen to the album en route to and from the mall.  (Keep in mind that I already had all of the videos from Baby and Oops on VHS, as well as the Behind-the-Videos.)  That same year I purchased her Live in Las Vegas DVD; I still watch it once every few months.

Her album In the Zone came out when I was a freshman in college.  I downloaded it weeks in advance and listened to it non-stop, burning copy after copy for every man/woman/child who knocked on my dorm door and inquired about the voice of an angel that was blaring through my desktop speakers.  Release day I skipped class, rode the shuttle bus to the parking lot, drove to Target, bought the album (which I already memorized), drove back to the parking lot and listened to the entire thing, singing every word.

That same year my roommate and I memorized the steps to the Crazy video.  I never told her I already knew it by heart from the VHS days; my sophomore year I wrote an entire paper about the media frenzy surrounding her first marriage, ironically also shot in Las Vegas.

The week Blackout was released I went on vacation; my gift to my neighbors was leaving the CD on repeat with a sign that read 'Hope you have enjoyed listening to Britney's new album xoxo Leah'.

The year of her Circus Tour I took my college bff to Chicago (actually she took me as I was vehicle-less) to SEE HER LIVE.  Here is a picture of my reaction to seeing Britney Jean Spears for the first time:

My reaction to being in the same room as Brit.

To this day, that was the single-most incredible moment of my entire life.

Go ahead and keep that white wig on.  I C U JUDGING ME.  You only make me Stronger.  I will tell you to your face that there is no argument you can make for me stop loving her.  I was Born to Make You Her Happy.

I know more about Britney Spears than you can begin to fathom.  Does this make me Crazy?  Possibly.  Is scheduling a Google Alert to delivered to my inbox everyday make me Toxic?  (I personally think it makes me Lucky.)  Will I boldly enter a discussion about her with complete strangers/haters?  Everytime.  You may think she's Outrageous; but as for me and my house, I say, Gimme More.

Britney Spears makes me feel like I am sitting in a packed movie theater opening night.  The air is electric; your heart races, your palms sweat, and you take a collective breath when they Kill the Lights.  Will you be disappointed?  Sometimes.  Does this mean I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman?  Definitely not.