The Twitters!


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

The Twitters! | A Practical Wedding

As I’m sure most of you have noticed, since I finished the book in the spring (and after I took a small nap), we’ve been working like gangbusters around this joint to make APW more awesome. I might, in theory, have “Make APW More Awesome” taped to my bathroom mirror.* We’ve launched wordless weddings, we’ve done secret projects we are bringing you over the next two months, we’ve re-worked our editorial process, and while all this is phenomenally boring to read about, hopefully it makes you extra happy when you hang out around here, in a ‘I can’t put my finger on it’ kind of way. (Full disclosure: if it does not make you feel happy, we are sorry. We did our best.)

Anyway! One of the big surprises and joys for me this year has been growing the APW staff (as well as having wonderful staffers grow and leave the nest, sniff). And because the APW staff is so awesome (Fun fact: all of them are ex-Theatre people. It’s like I have some subconscious pull towards people who enjoy Kander & Ebb jokes), I wanted you to be able to get to know them all better. So! Today we’re launching Twitter streams for all the APW staffers. There is:

  • PracticalWed (That’s me, but you already knew that.) I twitter links to the day’s post, general sass about weddings & marriage, babble about self employment, and make jokes about my life. I wish I twittered sass about politics (my number two passion), but I don’t. Most of the time.
  • PracticalMaddie (That’s Maddie, our Submissions Editor.) I might have hired Maddie because she’s one of the funniest women I know. I couldn’t say. But it’s probably worth following her just for that. Also? She’s about to drive across the country in her grand move to California, so I’m pretty sure those tweets will be good.
  • PracticalAlyssa (That’s Alyssa, who writes Ask Team Practical, and is one of APW’s longest running commenters, which is how I met her.) Alyssa tweets about your weddings and anniversaries, to cheer you on, as well as general Texan saucyness.
  • PracticalEmily (That’s Emily, our advertising manger.) Emily is the one who’s sure to say something impolitic, which you clearly don’t want to miss. She’s also who you should follow if you’re a vendor, because she’ll tweet stuff you want to know.
  • PracticalKate (That’s Kate, our copy editor.) I’ve been trying to get Kate on Twitter since the dawn of APW, back in 2008. It turns out that all I had to do to make it happen was hire her, forcibly give her a Twitter handle, and then tell her I wouldn’t pay her until she used it. That’s it! I really don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, because it’s totally working out for me.
But really, you should go follow everyone because, when I told the ladies we were getting Twitter handles, Alyssa told me, “If I can’t talk about my vagina on here, I don’t want it.” So today we’re talking about our vaginas. Obviously.*Actually, I’m lying. I only tape financial goals to my bathroom mirror, like, “Make $XXXX so you can start a new site.” I’m crazy.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://budgetfairytale.blogspot.com Mindy

    Considered them followed! (By me. Because I just followed all of them.)

  • http://www.piecesofanna.com/ Anna

    This almost makes me wish I had a Twitter account…

    • Kinzie Kangaroo

      I actually only signed up for twitter to follow APW ladies and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I still have an APW only feed and it’s become a very necessary sacred space and an incredibly supportive environment. DO ITTTT. (And then keep it a secret from everyone else you know. Or don’t.)

  • Melodious

    Anna, this alone is worth the Twitter sign-up.

  • http://lizziesayssparkysays.tumblr.com Fawmo

    New twitter handles PLUS vag jokes PLUS a eggnog cocktail recipe! Is this the best day ever??!?

  • Abby C.

    The new things on APW DO make me happy, gals! Great work and keep it up. :)

  • http://onwardfulltilt.blogspot.com Caitlin

    So does this mean I need a twitter account? I think so.

    • Maddie

      True story: I only joined Twitter because of APW. Now I am addicted. APW tweets are THAT good.

      • http://unexpected-moments.blogspot.com/ Sheryl

        I’ve been holding out. I think this might make me need to change that.

      • http://onwardfulltilt.blogspot.com Caitlin

        I think I need a tutorial I’m overwhelmed! I feel like my grandmother the first time she tried “the interweb”. I’m 31 and moderately tech savvy this is not supposed to be so scary! The screen name decision alone has me stumped. I’ll get there though!

        • http://meditatingontherain.wordpress.com Aine

          I have tried no less than three times to join Twitter- I have an account, I think I posted twice or so, but I have a really hard time following the conversations on there and give up every time. Maybe this time…

        • Kinzie Kangaroo

          This is a pretty good basic tutorial if you’re interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xbjIE8cPM

      • http://discerningdilettante.blogspot.com KA

        true story: me too.

  • http://bigmariolife.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I can’t believe I wasn’t following you before. Well, I am now!

  • http://www.koruwedding.blogspot.com Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬

    The APW staff IS awesome! I’m following them & looking forward to their tweets :-)

  • http://www.carouselgirl.co.uk Simone Carousel Girl

    So exciting I’m now following you all and I’m expecting much sass & greatness. By the way for anyone who’s interested I’m @carousel_girl tweet you soon
    X

    • http://budgetfairytale.blogspot.com Mindy

      I’m following you! Your blog is really cute!

  • Kelly

    I’m curious to know if the example financial goal you mentioned is an actual goal posted on your mirror. I don’t know if a new site could get better than APW, but if it can be done, it would definitely be you (and Team Practical). :)

    • meg

      Actual goal!

  • http://www.marriedwithkittens.blogspot.com MWK

    Dear Alyssa: you are awesome. That is all.

  • http://twitter.com/whitney923 Whitney

    Consider yourselves all followed. :)