“The Stigma Action Network and my blog, ImStillJosh.com, we’ve worked together on a couple of different platforms, both sharing guest blogs with each other. So, I’ve been able to blog for the Stigma Action Network and then their staff guest blogs on my site. We’ve also done a podcast interview together.
But really, I think what’s really cool is that both the Stigma Action Network and all of their social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, their podcasts, their website, Twitter, all of that – and all of my handles with social media, we have this really cool banter that happens on Twitter sometimes and on Facebook. And it’s really just the personalities of their organisation, and my blog, which is me. We have this cool banter that happens back and forth that they will re-tweet something that I say, or I’ll comment on a post they have or share it with my audience, and vice versa. And what happens is we have this kind of ‘best friend’ friendship via social media thing going on. And today is a perfect example. This morning I was giving Stigma Action Network a hard time because I worked real hard on this really cute, amazing image that I shared on Twitter and Facebook. And so, Stigma Action Network, like they often do, they re-tweeted it for me. And, you know, were getting out to their audience and were giving me props, and they said that this was a perfect start to a Friday, which of course it’s Thursday. So then, I replied and we filled people’s Twitter feed, I’m sure, back and forth laughing about it and having a good time.
But then, some people starting replying to what we were saying and commenting on it, and it was just a perfect example of our best friend relationship almost, or pseudo best friend relationship type thing going on on social media, that other people started joining in and wanting to comment. And it was a perfect tool and time to really kind of engage, both of us, engage both of our audiences into a message against stigma related to and for those living with HIV. And it was a great small collaboration that really just happened because we have invested time and energy into each other so far. So let’s say it was a great moment for me to see that transpire this morning.”
- Josh Robbins, ImStillJosh.com