Friday, August 1, 2014

#oneaDayThanks

One of the things blogging has taught me is the value of Twitter. I started a Twitter account over five years ago and for four of those years rarely used it. But last summer at BlogHer13 a number of the sponsors asked for tweets in order to enter contests. I was definitely green, but I began to catch on. In the fall I did an assignment for Collective Bias. One part of the project was to tweet about the product for fifteen days. I wasn't especially adept, but I had a wonderful project manager who gave me a lot of assistance. After those fifteen days I was off and running.

Last week I had a concern about my flight to San Jose and turned to Twitter for an answer, something that wouldn't occurred to me a year earlier. The Jet Blue folks got right back to me with a response and we exchanged a number of messages. One of my messages commended the agent who had been very helpful to me. On my return trip I used Twitter to commend the gate agent and when I got home I wrote about the crew on the plane to New York. It was quick and easy -- never more than 140 characters -- and I was able to do something grateful right away. So often my good intentions to send an email of thanks simply don't get done. But tweeting a quick thanks was different.

The world is a sad place these days on so many fronts. Besides the big international issues, there are the myriad issues that touch friends and family. I'd love to fix all of it, but that's beyond my limited ability. But I realized I can say thank you, and say it publicly. I liked the idea so well that I'm going to tweet a thank you every day for the next year, using the hashtag #oneaDayThanks. I can say thank you for a kind act, a brave deed, friendship or good customer service and let the world know that I am appreciative. I did two tweets today and expect that I will find many reasons to say thank you in the next year. I hope to use #oneaDayThanks often. Please come and join me. Gratitude is only a tweet away.

On a Foodie Friday note, I'm grateful for wonderful local produce. I've been loving peaches from New Jersey sold at the local fruit store. I also liked these beautiful cucumbers also from New Jersey.

Yes, the price is real. That's what happens when you live on an island and everything is shipped in. 

As always, thanks so much for visiting. It would be a lonely blog without all of my Buttercup buddies. Take care and have a great weekend.  

13 comments:

Melinda said...

It's nice to be able to express
our thanks to those who deserve
it. So many times people are just two busy.

If you bought some cucumbers, you
should try my Refrigerator Pickles.

M : )

TARYTERRE said...

I do not twitter as often as I once did. I used my account to share an inspirational quote each day. I like your idea of saying thank you. I hope it catches on.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

People love to complain, but it takes just as much time to say thank you. I love what you are doing. I do not tweet, but I always make an effort to compliment good work.

Elaine Sipos said...

Love twitter, follow some favorite comedians for a daily chuckle. I asked for help understanding it at our local library and had a one on one class! #TwitterEmpowered

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Saying Thank You is always a good thing. Hope you have a super Saturday!

Nellie said...

Good Saturday morning, Buttercup! Food prices seem ridiculous, regardless of where one lives, don't they?

I know I don't use Twitter as I could. You've given me something to consider!

Have a great day!

Kerin said...

An attitude of gratitude is always a good character trait to cultivate!
I like your plan!!

Groceries in general seem to be skyrocketing in price!!
It doesn't seem like you can buy half the groceries for the same price as they would have cost last year.


Have a good weekend.

K.

Theresa said...

Great idea, but I don't tweet! We certainly notice good service and appreciate it too:) Enjoy your weekend dear friend! I wish you were close enough for me to share my FREE cukes with you:) Sending HUGS your way!

Sola Scriptura said...

I used to be on twitter but gave up on it for some reason. You're inspiring me to give it another try...

Blackberry Lane said...

I don't tweet but I sure like your idea. We love sliced cucumbers, sliced onions and tomatoes as a salad on these hot summer nights.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's such a great idea to take the time to tweet thank you. Enjoy your Sunday my friend! Hugs, Diane

Annesphamily said...

I have a twitter account and my youngest son Nick is always telling me to use it! I may get a lil advice form him before he leaves for training camp next Saturday! Then Vegas then back to school! Whewwww!
I noticed cucumbers finally went down in price here. We paid $1 for 2 today and last week they were 79 cents a piece. Yikes! Always fun to say hi and visit you! Hugs, Anne

Terra said...

Great idea to tweet one thank you a day, adding some grace to our world. My twitter account is rather neglected.