I uninstalled @GetGlue today – BECAUSE I CAN NO LONGER GET “GLUE”
I love social media. I’m mean, let’s face it: I’m a social networking whore. Practically anything that shows up with even the slightest bit of home of being a viable social network tool gets me as a user with the name “TomCroom”.
Being a film nerd and collector of “cool stuff” – I fell in love with GetGlue pretty quickly. It was a clever social network concept: reward users for using their network to keep them active. In the case of GetGlue it was these awesome little round stickers.
Yesterday, though, I got this email:
Their “clever” replacement to the sticker program? ANIMATED GIFS!
How cool is THAT??? I can totally put those bad boys on my Geocities or Myspace page and be the envy of all my friends who check out my website from their dial-up Internet connection. WELCOME BACK TO 1998!!! </sarcasm>
The website’s name is Get Glue. GLUE. As in stickers. No stickers = no glue. (Unless they plan to start an incentive program with Elmer’s, but who knows?) Stickers are a physical manifestation of something fun and creative people come up with creative things to do with their favorite stickers. I’ve seen some amazing things in the Artist Alley section of a number of fan conventions and many of my friends have done some creative things with theirs. It’s hard to not walk in geek circles and see someone with a laptop or tablet COVERED in GetGlue stickers.
Here’s how we’ve been using our stickers in the Croom house:
Alas, no more glue… and no more interest in staying involved.
Good-bye Get Glue. Let me know if you ever get the actual glue back – and then I’ll stick around again.
The past couple of weeks have been so overwhelming and so much of a blur that my usual knack for “just do this” hasn’t completely kicked in yet. Thus, I’ve decided to fall back on old reliable habits – in this case, make a list.
Before writing this blog post, I cracked open my copy of Microsoft Word (because, you know, yellow note pads are SO 2010) and penned a list of things I need to do every day. The list includes life related stuff and business. Nothing fancy; just a “you should spend time of each of these things at least once a day.”
The list, right now, is fifteen items long.
Two of them are being accomplished with this post.
NUMBER 1: Blog
When my father passed away just under two weeks ago, I wrote about it. It helped me. A lot. For those that know me in real life (or even just through my online antics) being “Tom Croom” means always being busy with a hundred things at once. I’m not happy unless I’m working on a dozen projects simultaneously with my brain chugging away at a million miles an hour. The thing is, some of my millions of projects (it seems) served more than just being something to occupy my time… they were actually healthy for me.
Writing about my father and the events of the past two weeks has not only been a sanity saver, but it also reminded me that writing regularly helps me keep my addled brain active. (And since I’m practically a senior citizen as of yesterday, I need to find something to keep my brain cells intact.) As I was reminded when dealing with my father’s passing, you should NEVER be too busy for the important things.
And writing about my random life for no good reason is important to me.
Thus: this post.
NUMBER 5: Photos
I have a plethora of photos to go through. Some of them are old Green Mustard Entertainment photos while others are analog photos from my childhood and my time spent on Earth in the pre-digital era. In either case, scanning and cataloging them is a HUGE undertaking. As with any ginormous project, it is best handled one piece at a time. So I’ve opted to scan/edit/upload at least one photo a day.
In addition, I had planned to run my first full marathon today (with friends) to celebrate my birthday. I had actually trained and stuff, but I just wasn’t motivated to take the trip north to do it. It’s been a lot to swallow these past few weeks and I’d be lying if I said it was easy deal with. Instead of wallowing in self pity, though, I decided (today) to look at my life as a whole so far. In forty years on this planet, I’ve seen and done some pretty amazing things. I like doing amazing things.
I want to do more amazing things.
So here are a selected list of forty AMAZING things I’ve done in my years on Earth to celebrate my birthday. I’ve had a pretty cool life – and I intend to keep it going that way.