Eva Mendes, Margaret Roach, And Other Famous People in Your Twitter Feeds

I do the twitter thing. For me, it’s like texting. I text constantly (my kids are in their 20s, it’s necessary). It’s just that sometimes, I text using twitter.

I don’t twitter to promote my business because I don’t have a business.

I do twitter to promote my blog, although, I’ll admit, it’s a #twitterfail.

I do twitter to chat with my nieces and girlfriends.

I do retweet occasional articles or pics that I think are cool. Honestly, not often.

So, I find it strange when some random famous person starts following me. I don’t find it stange when some random non-famous person follows me, because I follow all sorts of non-famous people. When I see someone with 10 followers (or less), I feel so bad for them that I follow them. I assume they return the favor.

But, when a person with 80K followers shows up in my email as now following you! I’m thinking, why?

Ex: Today, an unnamed famous person started following me. He has 79.3k followers. Here’s what his twitter bio said (so you can figure out who he is, so much for the “unnamed”):

NY Times Bestseller- # 1 scifi bestsellers: Area 51 & Atlantis, Green Beret series, Feeder of Cool Gus & Sassy Becca, Former Green Beret, West Pointer, Whatever

I’ll give him the “Whatever” tagline. Way cool. It works because of the whole NY times bestseller, Former Green Beret, West Pointer, oh-by-the-way resume fillers. Imagine if it said, “Bricklayer, Beer drinker, Belly dancer, Whatever.”  Just not the same. I’ll assume he has a good marketing team.

So, why is this guy following me? Does he read the wife my blog in bed? Is he also wondering what size romper SJ will wear in April when she makes her debut at daycare?

Or, is he selling something?

Digging further into his bio, I discover that he teaches writer conferences and, coincidence, just over the hill from me in Knoxville, TN. Ah. Twitter mystery solved. He’s following me because I’m a writer who lives close enough to attend his conferences.

Well, he’s cute. He was a Green Beret, and evidently, he’s a good writer. So, it’s tempting. But, I’ll have to pass.


Because the season, the garden season that is, is just about to launch.

Customers and clients will be frenzied. Is it too late to get that peony or hydrangea in the ground? Drat, they should have planted it last fall, and not left it in the garage all winter. Such are the dilemmas I get to delight in, and, it’s not too late for either, but possibly a bit early for both.

I’m debating over summer bulbs, myself (and tubers, and corms…). I am in love with begonias and canna lilies. Since wintry precip is called for again tonight, I can take my time savoring the decision of one or both (and stay snuggled under my covers).

(By the way, for reliable and interesting garden info, use Margaret Roach at A Way to Garden. She’s got great podcasts. If you don’t know her, definitely check out her links. She is knowledgeable, and just plain fun. You can follow her twitter feed here.)

At any rate, it did not help my canna fascination to see this today.

Ikebana with burgundy cana lilies, done by Lynn Forbes, Asheville, NC

Ikebana with burgundy cana lilies, done by Lynn Forbes, Asheville, NC

I am writing an article on Ikebana, and got to watch with the ladies of the local Asheville chapter, as they prepared for an exhibit tonight. It was fascinating to hear their critiques of one another, which is part of the process. but scares me to death. I loved them all. No critiquing from me.

Anyway, I had just heard Margaret Roach talk about red cannas yesterday, and now this.

Here are a few more pics, just to make your heart happy.

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Did not get the name of this artist, but loved the container with the basket weave and draping white tulips.

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Done by Terri Ellis Todd, the teacher

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Waiting on the 3rd element, the dog hobble and Asiatic lily are pretty by themselves, but three is traditional. Also the placement of the elements in the container speaks to what season it is. This one says spring, even if these lilies are summer bloomers..

So, twitter mystery solved. Ikebana article almost done. winter jammies back on (after a small spring teaser), and one last thought on the wonder of famous persons  showing up in your twitter (or other social media) feed. Eva Mendes once liked a pin of mine on Pinterest. When that showed up in my email, I really didn’t care why. I just savored the moment.