There comes a time in many a ship’s life, that a smaller boat arrives to push or pull the big ship through a canal or across the harbor. Sea vessels work together, each taking the other where it needs to go. Tweetspeak, which exists to help people become who they really are, can be a tugboat of sorts, helping ships in the harbor of our community. But Tweetspeak needs its own tugboats, too.
There are a lot of ways that happens, as we play and learn and grow together. One way is very tangible, made possible by the good folks at Patreon, allowing our community to help provide the financial means to keep us traveling.
We’re having a party today, celebrating with our supporters, and giving away some amazing prizes all day long, from signed T. S. Poetry Press titles and homemade brownies to Sineann wine and a virtual session with an online productivity pro worth $350 from Get Organised (an excellent combination, I think). We’ll be giving away gift certificates for Whole Foods and website design, a gorgeous poetry mug, Hebert’s Chocolates and a subscription to Scratch Magazine.
Still looking for a reason to support Tweetspeak? Here are our Top Ten Reasons to be a Tweetspeak Tugboat:
1. Infographics and Poetry Teaching Resources
Where else will you find gazelles writing ghazals? Who else has phantoms writing pantoums? What other website gives you the simpleton’s guide to Pride and Prejudice? Tweetspeak regularly brings you fun and amusing — but helpful and educational — infographics for use in the classroom. Or happy hour. Whichever.
2. Twitter Poetry Parties
New research recently revealed that when Emily Dickinson wrote about “wild nights” she was referring to our twitter poetry parties. Around once a quarter, our community gathers for a fast, fun hour of writing poetry together.
3. A Place to Play
We have our own playground, and we welcome everyone, no matter if you like the tall tornado slide or you prefer to sit quietly on the swing. We’ll let you spin on the merry-go-round and we’ll never, ever, get up and drop you on the see-saw.
4. Various and Sundry Ways to Help People Who Are Afraid of Poetry
You might be challenged to a Poetry Dare. And that’s because we like you.
5. We Engage Poetry and Work
Nobody else gave you poets on a stick to bring to work last summer. And you know what? We’ll do it again next July. We believe in poetry in the workplace so much that we dedicate two full days every year to fun celebrations across the cubicle and around the world: Poetry at Work Day and Take Your Poet to Work Day.
6. Poetry Classroom
Our talented poetry classroom instructors do not give pop quizzes or take attendance. (They even let you sit in the back row!) But they will give you a place to discuss poems with other poets and poetry readers.
7. Creative Writing Workshops
Where else are you going to find an online poetry workshop with Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge (author of poemcrazy)? Yes, that is your cue to stay tuned, because there really is such a workshop coming up, to add to our ongoing schedule of creativity, writing, and poetry workshops.
8. Every Day Poems
It’s never been easier to start your day happy. Every Day Poems will send you a hand selected poem along with beautiful artwork each day. We’ve also heard reading a poem a day can help make you a better writer, lower cholesterol and whiten teeth.
Where else on the Internet will you find a brand new poetry-themed playlist every single month? If we’re writing ghazals this month, we’ll give you a ghazal playlist. If we’re writing cat poems, we’ll give you a cat playlist. If we’re writing poems about Spam, well, we’ll just write poems about bottles and cans — and give you a bottled and canned playlist.
10. Excellent Content from Outstanding Writers
Whether it’s a title from award-winning T. S. Poetry Press or the excellent content on the Tweetspeak website day in and day out, it’s no secret Tweetspeak attracts some of the finest writers in our field.
I have to stop at ten, because it’s a Top Ten post. But of course I could go on. I take Tweetspeak’s commitment to helping people become who they really are—her drive to help people live a whole life—personally and seriously. Tweetspeak has been a tugboat for me, and I’m proud to be a Tweetspeak Tugboat.
If you’d like to support the excellent content Tweetspeak provides, visit the Tugboat supporters page and join in. And don’t miss out on the thank you prizes we’re giving away all day today.
Photo by jbhthescots, Creative Commons license via Flickr. Post by Will Willingham.