Photo credit: YYCBurgerWeek.com

Photo credit: YYCBurgerWeek.com

There are connectors, there are hyper connectors… and then there’s this guy named Terry Lo, known on Twitter as @calgarydreamer.

Top 3 Reasons To Follow Terry Lo:

  • This guy’s got heart. I have a tattoo of my heart on my arm… Terry might as well have one covering his entire body. He oozes community spirit and love for his friends and family… Don’t know Terry yet? No problem. Consider yourself a soon-to-be friend. That’s just how Terry rolls.
  • He has a never-ending desire to help. You’ve got a problem? He’s got an answer. You don’t have a problem? He’s got a really cool suggestion on a Korean restaurant to take you to where they don’t speak any English. Or a story about this time he was up on this roof in a lightning storm. Or an invitation to this incredible Chinese New Year dinner he’s planning with all of these communities he’s a part of. Or being one of a tripod organizing YYC Burger Week. Or his blogging on the many amazing things he loves about YYC on my favourite Calgary blog, CalgaryIsAwesome.com.
  • He’s hella-amusing and has some incredible stories to share. I know I mentioned it above, but it deserves its own point. Need more proof? Go read his blog. To further add to this, he’s an ex-spy. You can only imagine the tales he has…

So go do that #FollowFriday thing and see if you can keep up with @calgarydreamer.

Screenshot of Brownie Points from the App Store

Screenshot of Brownie Points from the App Store

As much as I love my local coffee shops, it’s beyond me to ever remember to bring my loyalty cards along. Or if I do, either myself or the cashier forgets to ask to get it punched or stamped.

Today, I popped into Caffe Rosso on 11th in Calgary to find a new screen sitting in front of the register. It said “Brownie Points” at the top. Turns out they’ve just launched their Brownie Points program today. You can either grab a card or download the app. Either gives you your own QR code (finally a useful use of QR codes!). You scan the QR code through the little camera on the screen, it brings up your account and records your purchase.

Easy peazy!

And… I was their first Brownie Points customer :). That should earn me some extra brownie points!

The app is free to download and available in the app store. Currently, it looks like it’s only available for iPhone and iPad. Good thing you can still grab a card with your own QR code if you’re not an Apple user!

As of today, Caffe Rosso is the only Calgary business using the app.

Brownie Points is a Canadian company located out of St John’s, NL. Check them out at getbrowniepoints.com.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Brownie Points other than having just downloaded the app and used it in my favourite coffee shop. I also have no affiliation with my favourite coffee shop other than the fact that I love their coffee (and breakfast sandwiches and gigantic chocolate oatmeal cookies) and can often be seen in the window typing away at my laptop.

This came from surratech.com

This came from surratech.com

If you aren’t familiar with Dr Frasier Crane, his infamous line is, “I’m listening.”

I haven’t been doing enough of this lately. Have you?

English: Water drop. Español: Gota de agua.

English: Water drop. Español: Gota de agua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 100 day experiment. My last one was pre-Yelp, where I went 100 days without using an exclamation point.

This time around, I’m tired of going without something. So, I’m adding something in instead!

Like many, I don’t drink enough water in a day. I do, however, consume plenty of other fluids. Namely, coffee, beer and cocktails (and I wonder why my pants aren’t fitting all that well!). While I could do a challenge where I’m cutting one or all of those out completely, the easier route I think would be to drink MORE.

More? Yes! It’s the solution to everything! For real, I think it just might be. At the end of 100 days I’ll let you know what I’ve found!

Here’s what I’m challenging myself with:

For 100 days, I will drink an equal quantity of water to my desired other beverage of choice. The glass of water must be consumed before consuming the other beverage. It must be done on a 1:1 ratio of water to other liquids. The ratio may be larger than 1:1 of water to other liquids, but may never exceed 1:1 for other liquids to water. There is no water substitute. So, drinking tea still counts as an “other” liquid. My inventive brain wants to say that gin and tonic or a vodka soda is another workaround. But no! Those also count as “other” beverages and require a glass of water prior to enjoying. Gatorade? Still an “other” drink. You get the picture!

Wish me luck! I start now, though August 14th will officially be day 1!

Last month I passed the 4,000 follower mark. Today, I was asked how I did it.

“It’s simple,” I replied. “I’m just me.”

There was never a point to my @Wendy account. It’s my personal account. I remember @mello76 asking me once what I was trying to accomplish with it. There were tweets about social media, random thoughts in my head, photos – really anything I found interesting.

“Nothing,” I replied. “It’s just me.”

People are often surprised to find that the Wendy they meet in person is the one they’ve gotten to know online. Apparently, that’s not all that common. This baffles me, because it’s the easiest possible way to get through life. There’s no need to keep track of much if you’re just being you.

Five years later, people are surprised when I tell them my personal account has more of a following than the @yelpcalgary account that I manage.

Are you really that surprised?

Sure, one account’s got a couple of years on the other… but still…

Successful social media is about being as much of yourself as you can be. Because you’re interesting and real. All by yourself.

Don’t believe me? I triple dog dare you to come up with 100 reasons you’re incredibly boring.

Ready? Go.