Social Media Challenge Met!

My  very creative friend Dorien from More in Media recently wrote a post titled 7 Random Facts You Didn’t Need To Know About Dorien.  

Through this wonderful thing called social media I not only met an amazing gal named Dorien, but havesocial mediasocial media 2 formed a really cool online friendship and  learned some new things about her.  I knew she ran marathons, but over 7,500 miles in the past five years?  Holy moly girlfriend! I don’t think I’ve even driven that far in the past five years!  She also challenged a few of her com padres to come up with a similar list of random facts.  It couldn’t come at a better time for me as I’ve had a bit of a writer’s block, so here goes!

  1. My birth name was Joy Ann Chu.  I could probably go through all 7 facts with this story, so I’ll try to keep it short.  I was born in Seoul, South Korea, adopted by an American family who changed my name, but I didn’t like my name growing up, so I changed it again when I graduated college.
  2. Because of #1, I’m an Okie from Muskogee – that’s where my adoption papers were processed.
  3. When I was in high school I had the title of Bryan County Peanut Princess. (don’t judge)
  4. My favorite (current) candy is Junior Mints
  5. I was married in a hot air balloon.
  6. My favorite activities are white water rafting and zip-lining.  I would love to travel around the world rafting the different rivers, zip-lining through beautiful canopies and vlog about it!  (Of course I would still want to be involved with social media!)
  7. I like to paint.  I’ve had solo shows in small galleries, but my goal is to someday have a solo show in a larger “big city” gallery.  I’ve also been commissioned to do paintings for private collectors.

So there’s the 411 on me, and if you read Dorien’s post, she called out a few of our friends:

Wendy Cassera

Mallie Dein

Martha Giffen

Peggy Herrman

Keri Jaehnig

Jocelyn Wilhelm

I’m going to take it a step further and expand the challenge to a few more friends.

Annemarie Cross

Deeone Higgs

Michael Q Todd

Anise Smith

I would LOVE to learn the “little known facts” of these people as well as those Dorien listed. What a great way to use social media to get to know people!  As a nod to my mom, I’m going to say “I remember when we didn’t have computers and the internet.  The only “chat groups” were the party lines on the phones or the sewing circles!  O.K., so I don’t remember party lines or sewing circles, but I do remember times before access to the internet and social media was so easily accessible.

What is a little known fact you would like to share?  I would like to get to know YOU better too! 🙂

16 Replies to “Social Media Challenge Met!”

  1. I totally love this challenge. I thought I ‘knew’ you, but of course I didn’t. How awesome of you to share. I don not think I’ve ever met a person who’s changed their own name. 🙂 You got married in a hot air balloon?! Seriously? I thought getting married at the bus stop, like I did, was crazy enough. What’s up with us crazy social media people?! And zip-lining? You are talking to the adventurous mom who is so afraid of heights that when she went zip-lining with her family in Costa Rice, she was almost left behind on the lines! Even the 5 year old did the (last) one-mile line over the valley. I had to talk myself into it and with eyes closed started the last leg. ‘If my 5-year-old could do it..’ We have so much in common, Knikkolette! 🙂

    I admire you even more.

    1. I love this challenge for so many reasons Dorien – I’m glad you started it! I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts and everyone’s replies. That’s the way blog posts should be – don’t you think? 🙂 Thanks again for starting a great project!

    1. Cool Annemarie! I can wait to read yours to get to know you even better! 🙂

  2. This is so FUN! I need to get mine done PRONTO! Love knowing more about you Knikkolette! I’m not surprised by #5, #6 and #7….but Bryan County Peanut Princess?! How adorable is that?!? 😀

    1. LOL Jocelyn! I know the title Bryan County Peanut Princess isn’t exactly glamorous is it? There are a couple of others I didn’t mention that are even more “small town” believe it or not! Oh well! I can’t wait to read yours too!

  3. Another thing we have in common! I am adopted too! Almost went there in my post but I changed my mind! Love that you changed your name because you could. I never knew you could! Loved reading more about you! And, I see you having a HUGE art show one day! xoxo

    1. So cool that we are both adopted! A girl I knew from high school changed her name, that’s where I got the idea… funny, I don’t remember her original name, nor the name she changed it to. Thanks for the confidence & support on the art show! 🙂

  4. This is awesome! I saw Anise’s post and followed the trail over here. Wow! Married in a hot air balloon and the Peanut Princess. (My mom was 4H Pig Leader – no judging here!). Too good to be made up!

    1. Hey Kim! Thanks for dropping by ~ it’s funny the things we learn and to think we owe it all to social media! 🙂

  5. Very cool facts about you Knikkolette! 🙂 None of which I would’ve guessed if I had been told to do so. I loved the pictures you shared of yourself too. The toddler shot is too adorable. And Bryan County Peanut Princess, eh? Awesomeness! Thank you also for sharing the challenge with me. I’ll be sure to take you up on it, as soon as possible. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Thanks Deeone, 🙂 I look forward to reading your post! 🙂

  6. Knikkolette,

    You had shared your adoption and painting with me, but I am happy to know the other interesting things about you!

    I have to admire your getting married in a hot air balloon. I’m very afraid of heights and have still not made it in the balloon….though I have had opportunity.

    I’ll save my tidbits for the post I’ll write. Michael Q Todd challenged me to 25, so I should make my list before blabbling too much — hah! 😀

    Thank you for letting me know you better,


    1. Thanks so much Keri, I can’t wait to read your post! Being the competitive person I am, I’m like “Dang! I could have done 25!” When the challenge circles around again in a few years… I’ll be ready. 🙂

  7. Knikkolette,

    I love your story. It is really fun to read the interesting tidbits when this challenge circulates amongst a group that you know only virtually.

    I truly enjoy our virtual friendship. Thanks for sharing a little of your history with us.


    1. Thanks so much Sue! Yes – it is amazing what we can learn about one another, and the bonds that can be formed! 🙂 I’m looking forward to learning more about you! Thanks so much for reading this post & commenting!

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