I drove up to Santa Cruz for a “Social Media Meet-Up.” It actually turned out to be a small event, but my conversations with KenRG and KevyNova were quite intriguing.
I’ve known Ken on and off since high school – I was a silent observer of his social media activity long before I dove in myself, and he’s one of the reasons I decided to take the plunge.
I met KevyNova at the meet-up – Ken’s been chatting, tweeting and blogging about this talented musician for a while now. In memory of his father, who passed away from cancer twelve years ago, KevyNova recently held a 24-hour marathon to raise money for cancer research – the entire event consisted solely of himself performing before his Macbook iSight webcam. Though both personal contacts, word of mouth, and social media, he raised over six thousand dollars. It’s quite an impressive feat – and a great lesson in the power of networking. He’s not a YouTube star- he doesn’t have a huge following.
What he does have is a powerful story, the passion to make it happen, and the sincerity to make it real. That almost sounds like the rules for a successful, meaningful life…