I like to click

Just because I don’t intern with you guys does NOT mean that I don’t creep on your FB page, Twitter and blogs. The interns are doing an amazing job at posting awesome things, and these are some of my favorites:

“10 Essential Social Media Blogs You Should Definitely Bookmark”

I’m sure I’ve hammered the “I’m a sucker for blogs, I’m a sucker for blogs” message into your head by now. But these are some good ones that not only help me, but help the publication I’m interning with, in terms of social and online presence.

“Real Life Angry Birds”

This was a thing? This is amazing. I kind of want to play now (which means the marketing worked…).

“What Lady Gaga Can Teach You About Spreading Your Influence”

Lady G. is one crazy sister. However, she’s stuck in the heads of America forever, so she must be doing something right. She’s (dare I say it) a inspiration for bloggers everywhere. Meat dress and all.

Girlfriend's looking a little crazy here. Also: now I want breakfast.

“Why Press Releases No Longer Work and What Does”

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do after graduation, but there’s a very strong chance that it’s going to involve press releases and getting the media’s attention. This is good to know.

“A Tasty Alternative to Business Card Design”

Yum is all I have to say. And I can totally emphasize with the intern: business card duty for the win!

“How to Suck at Facebook”

I mean, seriously. How can you NOT love this?

Though I must say: I'm a sucker for the quizzes.


Learning, always learning.

You know how much I like to make lists with repetitive beginning phrases and irrelevant points. So I give you the top ten things I learned from working with you guys.

10. I learned how to answer phones. That’s apparently a skill that not a lot of people know how to do. So now I have a leg up on many job scramblers.

9. I’ve learned that nothing beats Starbucks (thank you, Jonathan).

8. I’ve learned how to influence business’ swag via Facebook and Twitter. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn more of, and I’m glad JB Chicago gave me more insight to social media.  The publication right now has no online influence, and that’s going to change, thanks to my social media experience over the summer.

7. I’ve learned how to defend myself when I’m on Facebook or Stumble Upon during work (“Yes, I SWEAR I’m working. This is for the good of the publication’s online presence!’)

6. I’ve learned how to dress cute for work, even at 8 in the morning. Thank you to Carly, Sara and Christina: my inspirations.

5. I’ve learned what a monk fruit is. Strangely enough, I’ve been hearing about it constantly now.

4. I’ve learned how to spell, and how to utilize AP style effectively. Sara, you were right: I needed for JOUR 420. Coincidentally, I also need it for my current internship, so, again, thank you.

3. I’ve learned how to write blog posts. Clearly. (I mean…hopefully you agree. Otherwise, I’m going to feel like a real tool-head.)

2. I’ve learned that I want to live in Chicago. For. Ever. Or, at least for a couple of years after Chicago.

1. I’ve learned that sometimes, you need to explore different internships and career paths. I’m still interested in working with magazine publications, but now I’m also interested in marketing, or at least, marketing concepts. This broadening of choices is scary, but good, and I’m grateful you guys taught me that.

Hello, JB!

Hi everyone! I hope that you guys are doing well up there in the chic, awesome city of Chicago. How is everyone? Was the party at Christina’s in September as awesome as I imagined it to be? Is it getting colder? Is it bipolar, just like it is down here? One second it’s warm, the next second it’s arctic. Midwestern weather, make up your mind, please.

Anyway, I didn’t make this blog just to complain about the weather. Instead, I wrote it as my big, post-internship thank you. I wanted to write you guys a personal letter, but that seemed boring (actually, that seems wonderful now that I’m thinking about it, but I’m constantly on computers lately. Next time). Then, I thought about sending you guys a Halloween basket or cookies, but I didn’t want to steal Connor’s thunder (and let’s get real. There is no WAY I can compete with that, taste or creativity-wise). So I decided to go with the one thing I knew–snarky internet dialogue–and create you guys a blog.

I hope you guys enjoy it! I know I loved making it. It was a good distraction from studying for my history test (ugh. School). But more importantly, I think it’s the best way to say thank you.

-Tolu Taiwo