Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Six Degrees of Serendipity

Let me tell you a story. I am pretty sure it has a point, so bear with me.

  1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
  2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
  3. An instance of making such a discovery.
I was talking on the phone with my friend Sloane. We were actually talking business, but as usual, we meandered onto the topic of community, something we both hold dear. We talked about the importance of being positive and not getting distracted by tools douchebags people who use social media solely to boost their own egos. She told me about the Art of Non-conformity and how there is a community of like-minded travelers she has found via Twitter that keep her inspired. We discussed the ability to find mentors, inspiration even , dare I say boyfriends. *my lips are sealed*

This got me thinking about my Twitter mentors. The people who I rely on to keep me focused. The first person who really inspired me was Gwen Bell. She has a nurturing positive attitude that makes you feel like your safely snuggled in a big fluffy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and a best girlfriend. And then there is Lisa Barone. She is a foul-mouthed feisty vixen who knocks down pedestals faster than you can say F**k you, Goliath!

In a weird twist of fate, that very morning while I was talking to my social media crossed buddy, the planets aligned and...Gwen Bell was a featured guest writer on Lisa Barone's agency blog! Creepy right? All this cosmic hippy dippy kismet action.

I was feeling all warm and fuzzy when I hung up the phone. Lighter. More positive. It occurred to me how amazing it is that we met, communicate and plan future collaborations all because of social media. And as I am musing on this, I look down at the page where I had doodled The Art of Non Conformity and make a point to look it up.

But first, I needed to comment on that post. You know the "Lisa Baronne & Gwen Bell are buds and that's just so appropriate in a weird way because I kind of stalk them both" post. The post announcing this:

Hi, I’m Gwen Bell and I’m an entrepreneur. Today is the launch date of my latest co-created venture, along with Chris Guillebeau from The Art of Nonconformity. The name of our project is The Unconventional Guide to the Social Web.

Gwen Bell announcing on Lisa Barone's site that she is working with my gal Sloane's like-minded traveling do-gooder Chris Guillebea. Dots connected.

Karma? Kismet? Nah. Social media allows people who have something in common to connect and share and listen from across the cubicle or across the world. And I can't help wondering who I will meet today.


Lisa Barone said...

I absolutely love this. It's so amazing how even on the big, vast Internet, we somehow stumble into the exact corners and people who just "fit" and lift us up to do great things.

Thanks for writing this. :)

Sloane said...

Love this post because this is all what it's about. The online, the offline, word of mouth, and the convergence between them all.

I'm so happy to have been part of your aha moment for the day. I have them often too and it's amazing.

Tiffany Starnes said...

Thanks for both of the comments.

Lisa- I had a few people imply that I should tone in down. I should have a WWLBD bracelet for such moments.

Sloane- Luckily I do have my Wonder Woman Sloane bracelet to keep me on track:)

Anonymous said...

And how much do I love Lisa's feisty vixen side? So much. *rawr*

Tiffany Starnes said...

Wow. Three comments from incredibly inspiring women. I love the interwebs.