There’s a pretty cool contest going down over at Terry Starbucker‘s site. He’s holding a contest and the winner gets a free ticket to SOBCon2010, travel and lodging expenses included. A pretty sweet deal, considering all of the amazing people that will be there. For more information on what SOBCon is, go here.
Full disclosure: I do not personally know the person I’m about to write about. Not sure if that’s breaking the rules, but she has made a difference in my life, even though she has no idea who the hell I am. Here we go!
Sometime last year, I started to really get into Twitter, you know, the point where you stop following just people you know IRL and start following people who have more interesting things to contribute than where they are and what they’re doing. I began adding a whole bunch of people in the media world and they all kind of blended together into crazy creative contributors who overwhelmed me with awesome content and link overload.
Then one day, a blog I follow featured Sydney Owen. That post made her stand out from the blend of people I was following, and I decided to start following her blog. I quickly learned she was not an industry veteran with tons of experience under her belt but, in fact, only a few years ahead of me. Fresh out of college, Sydney provided an honest perspective on so many things I had been wondering about, and in a really approachable way.
You know how sometimes you get lost in the technical references and jargon some bloggers integrate into their writing, and eventually you feel like they’re out of your league? Sydney doesn’t write like that. She breaks things down into layman’s terms and makes amazing things seem like anyone can do them.
Once I got started, I liked what I read so much that I went back to the beginning. She did everything right, exactly how I wanted to do it. Reading her tips on internships, SXSW and relocating for a job, among other things, got me really excited about the future. When I got to her post about the Meyers-Briggs personality types, I took the test and was thrilled to find I was an ENFP, meant to work with people and generate new ideas.
Terry Starbucker said I should write about how this person made my life easier, better, smarter, more productive and more meaningful. Sydney made my life easier by showing me breaking into our evolving profession is not impossible, and her blog showed me all of the possibilities. My life is better because of her because when I started reading her story, the refreshing, genuine perspective she wrote from hit home. She reinvigorated my passion for strategic communications when I was starting to wonder if it was a good fit for me. I feel smarter about PR thanks to her tips and advice, and when she made the transition from Sydney Owen on: New Media & PR to Sydney: Unfiltered, her writing became more personal and seeing that side of her made me realize you can learn and write about yourself while still educating and learning from others.
Some bloggers have mindcrushes, others have BlogCrushes. I haven’t taken part in that (yet) but if I had to have a, “first,” it would be Sydney Owen. Maybe someday I’ll get to meet her and thank her for the awesome impact she’s made on me, but otherwise this was a great way for me to express my gratitude and possibly meet some more amazing individuals like her.
Who inspires you? Have you told them in a more direct, less strange way?