My Current Obsession + 7 Ways You Can Help.

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Feb 8, 2012
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What do Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Sesame Street’s Grover, Suze Orman, Ted Leo, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA have in common? Besides being awesome, they’re all Shorty Award winners.

Now I’m in 4th for a Shorty Award.

Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the… Shorty Awards! ~ The New York Times

On a whim, I signed up for the Shorty Awards in the “green” category. I’m an avid environmental advocate, after all. Some would even use the term “eco maniac.” Plus, I utilize social media (to distraction) in hopes of inspiring others to live mindfully and take action on environmental issues. Why not give it a shot?

I was surprised to find myself in 7th place and I happen to like the number 7. It’s my lucky number, in fact. So, I decided it was worth asking more people to nominate me, determined to make it into the top 5. Then my son said, “Why not the top 3, Mom?”

Since I’ve recently slid into 4th, I’ve taken it to a new level. Campaigning for votes has become a daily obsession. It feeds my social media addiction, which I had sworn I would beat. “After the Shorty Awards are over,” I tell myself, “I will social-media-cize (TM) in moderation. I promise.”

I tweet it. I facebook it. Do I sound desperate? “Please nominate me. Please ask your friends and neighbors to nominate me. Don’t rule out your enemies—their votes count, too.”

I wasn’t going to write about it. Yet, here I am. Writing about it. Is this shameless self-promotion? I don’t think so. But I’m blinded by my son’s confidence that I can make it into the top 3. P.S. I’m also somewhat deluded by the possibility that I could actually WIN the numero uno spot. I will forge ahead until the end, which I think is February 17th. Even if I burst into flames, I won’t be stopped.

Nominate Lynn Hasselberger for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!

What the heck are the Shorty Awards?

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.

7 Ways You Can Help.

    1. Nominate me here:
    2. Tweet this as frequently as you dare: Pls join me in nominating @LynnHasselbrgr for a Shorty Award in #green b/c she inspires sustainable living
    3. Post this link on your facebook page, asking your friends to nominate me (tell them why for better results).
    4. If you’re not on facebook or twitter, email this post to people who are.
    5. Cross your fingers! And your toes!
    6. Keep it going through February 17th.
    7. Slap me if you see me spending too much time on twitter and facebook after the Shorty Awards are over.

How will this help the world?

It may not. But it will provide added exposure for the I Count for myEARTH blog and the green writing I do here on elephant. Maybe my winning will somehow, indirectly, help the world in its own small way. I thank you from the bottom of my tweet. I mean heart.

Originally posted on my blog, Putting It Out There.

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


7 Responses to “My Current Obsession + 7 Ways You Can Help.”

  1. You go girl!!! LIsten to that boy of yours. Top three AT LEAST! Got my fingers and toes crossed….and voted….again. :-)) So what happens after you get recognized? Do they connect you with a greater audience to ingest your messages? Does it build platform? How will this recognition serve your cause? It draws attention? In any case, I wish you the best! You are very close….and yes, don't think I hadn't already noticed the obsession levels it had escalated to. 😉

  2. LOL Katarina! I'm going to back off now (a bit) that I've put it all out there. Only so much I can do and I'm tired of my obsession. Cheers!!! xoxo

  3. Jill Barth says:

    This is what we call a "healthy" obsession!

    I posted this to the Elephant Green Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!

    Jill Barth, Green Editor
    Join us! Like Elephant Green on Facebook

  4. Ben_Ralston says:

    The only thing wrong with shameless self-promotion is when you start feeling ashamed about it. If someone tries to make you feel ashamed – f*ck 'em.
    I will vote for you.
    Please don't burst into flames.
    I will slap you if you don't calm the hell down with the social media stuff after you win.

  5. LOL, Ben! I have a somewhat radical plan to let go of social media for 30 days when this is over. Or at least a week. Cheers! xo

  6. Thanks so much, Graziella!!!