When social media first arrived, most thought it was the next evolution of the bulletin board and forums. There was a topic for just about everything, and everybody could respond in writing or post images or both. However, social media has since become a lot more than just posting thoughts and phrases. It has become an extremely effective way to influence many, many others. And it’s impact is so widespread, national governments now have to worry about it as an operational risk.
Some folks are just a natural to social media, jumping in like a fish to water. While making a digital dent might seem like the challenge impossible for many, these people are able to craft and deliver in such a way that that automatically develop large audiences online wherever they post. Dubbed “influencers,” these easy posters seem to be untouchable in the social media world, always seeming to draw more and more traffic no matter what they do. That was the case for one couple who had a huge following with their Instagram account. Every post they made was responded to with thousands of positive fans. Then they made one particular post that hit everything sideways. Like their other work, this post went viral too, but the effects were definitely unintended.
Who’s on First?
The couple in question involved Wendy Joseph as well as Dan Hennessey. These two were able to pull off what hundreds of marketing experts would pay thousands of dollars to learn how to do and still not get it right. That was because for these two, their postings were simply a natural extension of themselves. Their story begins back in 2006
The beginning date is in the middle of the 2000s. The real estate boom is in full swing, and college students are poking around with this thing call the Facebook among other apps available on the Internet. However, unlike the typical gibberish of voting someone good-looking or not, or filtering through various posts on MySpace, Facebook offered something unique: instant reaction from others. That made it attractive to young people.
Dan was barely in college and his number one goal was definitely not studying on Friday night. It was meeting girls. He and thousands of others just wanted to meet, socialize and connect. So, given that everybody seemed to be posting and connecting online to meet up, Dan like others signed up too.
Checking Out Friends
One of the key ways that Facebook became very successful was that once a person was accepted as a friend, they had access to another person’s contact list and friends. This networking feature allowed people to make additional connections with people whom they already liked and probably would like their friends as well. That was how Dan connected with Daphne, in a suggested friend message from the system. While Dan reached out, however, Daphne did not, but Daphne had friends too. That’s how Dan found Wendy. So, Dan tried Wendy next.
Dan Gets in Trouble
Unfortunately, while Daphne didn’t respond, she did talk to Wendy. When Wendy got Dan’s message, she asked Daphne about it, who confirmed Dan tried to connect with her as well. Dan wasn’t scoring points here. Wendy chalked up him to being shallow, which she wasn’t interested in and ignored him. Dan kept trying though. Finally, Wendy decided to find out more about him.
Dan was never known for being a quitter and he wore Wendy down. Finally, she decided to at least engage in a conversation. She responded and that’s when the flood doors opened. Not only did she realize she liked Dan, Wendy was actually realizing she was falling in love with him from a distance. Dan insisted in meeting, but she refused. She wouldn’t connect all the way with digital face. So, Dan got creative. Dan figured she wanted people and protection, so he invited her to a common friend’s party.
He figured it was a long shot, but Dan threw the party invite Wendy’s way anyways. So, what was going to happen if she accepted? He hadn’t really thought that part through. Was it possible to make a party up? He was in college after all. Dan recruited his friend in on the gig and made up a party after all. They got everybody talking about it and, sure enough, a party buzz was happening. Now, Wendy just had to accept the invite.
The First Date
Dan was totally wired up and stressed. This was the first time he was actually going to meet Wendy. Granted, he had his friends, music and the right environment, but he still actually needed to come off right and not look like a jerk to her. Fortunately, Dan didn’t need to worry. They hit it off so well, the natural chemistry between the two took care of everything.
The First Night
With the last of the friends leaving the dorm room, Dan and Wendy were still up talking, connecting and figuring each other out like a deeper and deeper puzzle you can’t quit. Surprisingly, they both agreed they should stay friends instead of getting more serious, but they bonded that night. Wendy wasn’t ready for a serious swing and Dan still had to get some of his party mode out of his system.
Usually, when a girl tells a guy she just wants to be friends it’s code-word for she’s not interested, period. However, the two stayed connected and close friends for six months. Only then did they actually decide to try a relationship.
The Romance Takes Off
Dan, unfortunately, just couldn’t calm down with his partying. Wendy wasn’t blind; she was watching him connect and connect on Facebook, and his friends list kept growing, including a lot of other women. She never believed at that point that Dan was cheating on her, but he was definitely being very friendly, maybe too friendly.
Jealousy Kicks In
Wendy finally started succumbing to her doubts and wondering why the hell Dan had so many female friends on social media. Wasn’t she supposed to be his woman focus? That put Wendy into a negative spiral, and she stopped being social. Her studies had been suffering, and she needed to correct the ship quick to stay on track. Dan was, however, busy going elsewhere.
Dan kept with his partying despite Wendy’s concerns. He started leaving her alone and still going to his parties. Dan’s habit were starting to become a problem in their relationship, and he didn’t want to give them up. Then, Dan left his computer and Facebook page open, and Wendy came across it. Her curiosity got the best of her, and Wendy started reading his messages. Was Dan actually cheating on her?
The Message Was Innocent
Despite her suspicious, the message from a woman Dan never mentioned was innocent. But it was enough to set Wendy off, and she started tearing through all of his Facebook posts and messages, realizing he was talking to dozens of women. It sent Wendy into Sputnik orbit with her stress.
Getting to the Bottom of Things
Wendy was so full of doubt, she wasn’t sure anything Dan was telling her anymore was truthful. Her own confidence issues didn’t help. Dan wouldn’t quit partying, and her mind started play tricks on her. That led to arguments and soon their relationship was hurting. They finally broke up.
Dan felt like he was being trapped and forced to give up what he wanted. Wendy knew she couldn’t get him to compromise, so she let him go to focus on her studies instead.
7 Years Later
Interestingly, Dan and Wendy connected again seven years later. They had grown as people and as individuals, so was there anything left to bring them back together? Wendy had kept herself busy and developed a YouTube voice on fashion and fitness. Her line of natural beauty and health hit it big, and Wendy was very popular.
Dan was the first to try again. He happened to find Wendy’s YouTube channel and kept watching more and more of it. He was amazed with how she had grown, how her confidence had developed, and whom Wendy had become. He began to feel attracted to her again as well.
When they did meet up again, both felt awkward and wondered what the other one was thinking. The attraction was still there, but so was a lot of anxiety. Had anything changed? Was it worth even trying to just be disappointed again? Wendy didn’t want to be sucked down a hole again. So much had worked out for her since their breakup.
They continued to communicate and talk. Dan even guest appeared in one of her videos. Wendy began to feel closer to Dan again and the feeling was mutual. So where was this going a second time around? The didn’t know, but they kept spending more time together again. The YouTube channel was cathartic as they were able to give advice on their own mistakes to others needing help.
Two to Tango
Dan and Wendy realized they had something powerful. It wasn’t just a feeling; Wendy’s channel had exploded to 100,000 followers. It had been 10 years since they first met and got together. Dan and Wendy decided to surprise their fans with something big. The posted a photo that changed their digital world. Side by side, the couple showed themselves then and now 10 years later.
The couple’s photo and time lapse hit it big. Not only did the likes jump by the tens of thousands, the story hit the big press as well. Suddenly, their post was showing up in major newspapers and dailies. What the heck was going on? As it turned out, their dedication to fitness seemed to make time go backwards. Many thought the couple looked younger than 10 years earlier.
It’s no big secret that fitness and eating right makes people look healthier. It showed in the couple’s photo, but they were shocked by how their audience responded. Realizing they hit on something big, Dan and Wendy decided to focus their channel on fitness and make it work for them. There theme would be different world locations while making fitness videos on location. The fans loved it.
They were different people now. Wendy was full of confidence, and Dan was far more focused on them versus his party days. The change brought them closer together. And, on one trip in France, Dan took the chance to propose to Wendy right in front of a very famous Tower.
Making It Work
The two knew their bond was something unique and special, and it took some absence to find it again. Dan and Wendy continued to keep moving around and, ultimately, they relocated to Costa Rica because the location worked better for their fitness on location theme. Most importantly, their relationship came back even stronger.
Young Boy Keeps Toy He Was Measured Against As A Premature Baby
Doctors sent home a woman and her husband to prepare for a miscarriage, but the defiant parents stayed put and now have the tale of a lifetime to tell.
So does their four-year-old son Logan Ray, born less than six months of pregnancy, has a Superman action-figure as proof of how small he was at birth. He was only 12 inches in length and weighed a pound and a half. He and the action figure his parents Rob and Val placed beside him shortly after his birth, are now inseparable.
How did this fascinating and heartwarming story come about?
Nearly five years ago, when Val was pregnant with their son, doctors wiped the smiles off their faces by announcing that the baby would not make it to full term. The Physician claims the baby would not survive at all, and they should brace themselves for any eventuality.
The reason for the bad news was that Val had been diagnosed with a cervix problem. The doctors said examinations showed her Cervix was incompetent. That situation usually transpires when unstable cervical tissue induces or contributes to premature delivery or the loss of pregnancy even though the gestation is, on the other hand, healthy.
Val and Rob blocked out the bad news they received, and we’re adamant that they would remain in the hospital to see the pregnancy through. The baby was a fighter too and stayed put for all of twenty-three weeks. Val helped out by keeping her feet elevated and staying in bed for three weeks without getting up to do anything that could further jeopardize the pregnancy.
She gave birth to a child now known as the ”Superman Baby” for dual reasons. He was mighty strong and put up a fight to survive, and he was the size of a Superman toy. The toy idea came about when the nurses suggested to the mom that she should use something like a keepsake to measure the baby alongside. When she ran the idea by her husband, he was very supportive and they agreed on the Superman novelty.
The doll was sanitized and placed beside Logan. For fifteen weeks, he remained in an incubator at the Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon fighting a myriad of complications that many feared would hinder the survival of Logan, but he pulled through like a champ. It was after those four months that he was finally able to leave with his parents.
From the hospital days to now, four years later, Val has been taking a multitude of photos with Logan carrying around his action figure. The doll is an indicator of Logan’s successful development after a traumatic experience in the first few months of his life.
According to the happy and grateful parents, they communicate with the doctor who wants a regular update on Logan, who he refers to as ” tough.”
Many people consider not just Logan’s survival but the fact that he has no further complications a miracle. Just like his action figure, Logan is healthy and strong as any regular child his age. His parents say they will never get rid of the Superman tog as memorabilia is not just for them, but for Logan when he becomes an adult.
He will have a tear-jerking story to tell years from now if or when he becomes a parent as well.
Adorable Tiny Chihuahua Lands Hero Dog of the Year Award In Today’s Most Wholesome News
The American Humane Hero Dog Award ceremony may not be the most prestigious event of the year, but that is because everyone else is wrong. This year, the honorific was bestowed upon a tiny Chihuahua known for her huge heart, Little MacKenzie. As Chihuahua’s go, Little MacKenzie is just as small and adorable as you’d imagine only there is something slightly unique about her at a second glance!
When you look at the past award winners of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, you’ll see canines of every size, shape, and personality. From the adorable Dolly Pawton, a cardiac alert dog from Maine, to our own Little MacKenzie, there is something different to cherish about each of them. For her part, the Chihuahua named Little MacKenzie was born with a cleft palate, a birth condition that alters the opening of the mouth. Despite her birth defect and some of the physical handicaps that came with it, including an inability to bark, Little MacKenzie has definitely been living her best life at the shelter that rescued her.
Even though she is small of size, MacKenzie brings a lot of heart to every room that she walks into. She has been serving as a service support dog for baby rescue animals that were born with birth defects of their own. That isn’t to say that Little MacKenzie had it easy growing up herself. MacKenzie would contract aspiration pneumonia as a puppy and that respiratory condition would nearly end her life. Surviving pneumonia in order to overcome her health defect would be a long journey that the pup would have to take. Nowadays you couldn’t tell that she struggled in the past, though.
MacKenzie is as playful and comforting with the other baby rescue animals as she is with the nursing staff and children who visit the rescue. Some of MacKenzie’s tasks in the nursery include playing with the puppies, socializing with the rescue animals, and teaching the other rescue animals to be comfortable. MacKenzie was nominated among six other finalists from around the nation, ultimately coming up on top to also become the Hero Shelter Dog of the Year Award to go along with her American Hero Dog title.
The American Humane Hero Dog Awards was presided over by Robin Ganzert, the CEO and President of American Humane. Speaking on the 2020 festivities, Ganzert claimed that the Hero Dog Awards was created to honor some of the most heroic creatures in the world. Ganzert would go on to describe the various nominated canines as having gone beyond ‘the call of duty’ while honoring the ‘age-old bond’ between both people and animals. Other great winners included Olive for 2020 Therapy Dog of the Year and Aura for the 2020 Guide & Hearing Dog of the Year.
For a full list of the finalists, head to The American Humane website for more information on the 400+ nominations!
Mysterious Story Of How A Dad Is Raising Money For Charity Through Amateurish Pet Portraits
Mysterious things do occur every day. It’s happened to Phil Heckels who has amassed thousands of pounds for charity by making drawings of people’s pets.
Phil Heckels spoke to CNN about how it happened. It started six weeks ago when he tried to help his 6-year-old son create a thank you card for family.
He came up with an idea to sketch the family dog, a black Labrador with the name Narla just to motivate his son. He will later post the picture of the drawing on Facebook with the playful caption about selling it for $390.
“It was pretty crap,” said Heckels, from Worthing, south England, who was startled to see offers for his work.
As the day drew to a close, he had gotten seven requests from pals who also desired drawings of their pets. The next few days would see many orders come in as his popularity grew daily.
Heckels who has a full time job in commercial real estate decided to create a special page for his artwork services. He named the page “Hercule Van Wolfwinkle”, an alias he’s made use of on Facebook for over ten years.
“Extremely realistic pictures which will grace any household,” reads the tagline on the page but looking at it closely, this is not the case.
Big eyes, fat arms and abnormal features are characteristics of his works but Heckles claims he’s working within what he knows how to do.
“I genuinely try quite hard to try and draw them,” he said, mentioning the fact that he had little knowledge of art at school since he didn’t study the subject at GCSE, the English standard of a high school degree.
To him, he’s enjoying the whole thing.
“I’m just having a laugh with it,” Heckels told CNN. “People seem to be enjoying it and I’m certainly enjoying it.”
A particular client demanded to pay Heckles for his services, but Heckels surprisingly turned down the payment.
“I can’t take any money for it so give some money to charity,” Heckels said he told the client.
Heckels would later establish a JustGiving fundraiser for Turning Tides, a charity for the homeless and destitute. He claims his family has been an ardent supporter for years.
At the time of writing, the fundraiser has realized over £11,500 (about $15,000). Heckels says he’s keen on ending homelessness.
“It’s an absolute basic human need to have a roof over your head,” he said further saying he’ll keep producing more works as long as people are contributing to the cause.
In all, he’s produced over 220 portraits, out of over 1,000 requests.
Though Heckels doesn’t think he’ll attend to all the requests, he’s keen on raising more money as well as public attention in a bid of being a source of happiness during these difficult times.
“It is like a little bit of fun and a little bit of light when there isn’t much to be cheery about at the minute,” he said. “I would die a happy man if I could spend the rest of my life doing this.
So Touching! Actor In Street Performance Gets Heartwarming Reaction From A Stray Dog
A surprising act happened in the Turkish city of Izmit this past week.
A drama group was filming one of its scenes by the roadside when a homeless dog who was watching interrupted albeit for a good cause. It happened that one of the actors, Numan Ertugrul Uzunsoy was demonstrating to be injured and pretended to be dead on the ground.
The dog seeing this, thought the actor was truthfully dying and needed help urgently. He sprinted forward to the scene, interrupting the filming process.
Uzonsoy was startled when the dog drooled over him, mistakening the touch for one of the crew members.
“I felt warmth on my face. First, I thought my costar was approaching me,” Uzunsoy told the Dodo. “I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses… I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”
Passersby and the crew felt emotional about the dog’s interference and didn’t stop the heartwarming moment. Thereafter, the dog was led off from the scene. Uzunsoy was able to resume and the drama continued.
For Uzunsoy, he was a little bit pained he couldn’t see the dog after they ended the filming. Yet locals confirmed the dog often visited the area.
A dog lover, Uzinsoy has resolved to look for the hound as he wants to keep the dog as a friend. When he does find him, Uzunsoy would ensure his pet becomes his friend forever.
30 Essential Life Hacks That EVERY Dog Owner Must Learn
Did you know that there are more than 90 million pet dogs in the United States alone? It’s true! When they say that dog is a man’s best friend, they really mean it! Ever since man first tried to domesticate the ancient gray wolves of yesteryear, dogs have become one of the most beloved animals on the planet. Despite our affinity for these furry creatures, sometimes we could use a little help to take care of them properly. Whether you are a new doggo owner or a seasoned one, we have a few tips and tricks for you!
Today, we are going to help you help your dog through 30 essential life hacks that every pet owner must learn.
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