Recently I decided to kick off my own project in response to this post on Medium. The post discussed how the author spent two weeks commenting on Facebook statuses instead of liking them. In her post, she noted another experiment where an author spent two weeks liking statuses instead of commenting on them. I found their results to be fascinating, and I half jokingly asked myself what might happen if, rather than “like” or “comment,” I only commented using emoticons. For society’s sake, I went with it. This is a day by day rundown of what happened.
Prolific. Hilarious. Brilliant. Depressed. Inspiring.
These words and more have flashed across my screen as I read news of Robin Williams’ death. Born in 1981, I grew up watching Williams. I remember re-runs of Mork and Mindy, and some of my favorite memories of re-runs began with “Good Morning Vietnam!” blasting from some little set in some room I can’t quite remember- it’s been so long ago. I laughed through Mrs. Doubtfire, leaned on the edge of my seat through Jumanji, and even teared up during Patch Adams. At some point as a teen, I watched “Dead Poets Society” and a small flame was lit in my heart to become a writer. Robin Williams’ long career as an actor, writer, director, and comedian had more of an influence on me professionally than any other celebrity.
Katie Foley is the Editor-in-Chief at Many Kind Regards and the Creator of Highly Offensive Mom. An independent author, her work has appeared in multiple publications, both in print and online, and she has published two novels. Married to a US Marine, she is a mom to three kids, an author, a volunteer, and the 2014 & 2015 Independent and Reserve Installation Marine Corps Spouse of the Year. Additionally, she is the lead for the Bryan College Station chapter of In Gear Career. In her spare time she likes to breathe and draw up plans for the invasion of small countries. You can stalk her on Facebook and Twitter.