by Maggie LaMaack
Woman of many talents, Sarah Brumble (@littlebrumble), joins us this week on #MSPtweeps. She wrote the craziest (and coolest) “about me” ever:
@littlebrumble: I grew up in West Virginia, spent my formative years in Portland, Ore., originally came to the Twin Cities for college, and to this day I still find the Midwest bizarre.
I have many jobs, but none of them really have “titles.”
I’ve worked for this amazing, wonderful travel site called Atlas Obscura (@AtlasObscura) pretty consistently since 2009, doing all kinds of things like researching, editing, throwing Lego parties. These days I manage pieces of their social media presence and write things for them. We deal in wonder and curiosity. It is my dream job. They are my people.
I do stuff for First Avenue. Sometimes I sell merch, sometimes I make digital content, sometimes I work festivals, sometimes I interview people, sometimes I pour beers. The tasks are weird; the stories are weirder.
I write and publish photos on a freelance basis. Writing for Playboy’s travel folks was the best until they cut the entire department (trips to the tittybar as tax write-offs can’t last forever, I guess), but I love the stuff I’ve got in the works for the American Guide, and I’ve got a couple writing and photo projects up my sleeve in the warmer months for folks who shall remain nameless.
I work at the Ink Lab tattoo shop providing counter help. I know how to operate an autoclave and I wash my hands like a doctor.
Even with all the above, I’m always game for taking on more jobby-projects. :cough: I’m broke all the time and more money = more travel.
I am the janitor for the apartment building I live in. My rent is insanely cheap, and I have lots of keys. Mopping the hallway floors is the most gratifying thing I do each week because it’s tangible and achievable.
I travel a lot, which is a great perk of having primarily digital/freelance jobs that tend to have travel as subject matter. Hustling Delta Skymiles is my favorite game.
I spend my copious free time participating in ballet, biking, reading everything and staying up way too late.
I love Instagram so very much. Find me at @littlebrumble.
When and why did you join Twitter?
I joined Twitter in June of 2010 right after I moved back to Minneapolis because Sara Kiener (@SaraKiener) convinced me it’d be entertaining, and Nicole Weiler (@nicycle) convinced me it was useful. Fast forward a few years to some random night when a ridiculous tweet on my part led to almost throwing an ATL-themed rollerskating birthday bash inside First Avenue with a couple friends.
tl;dr: Sara and Nicole nailed it.
What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
Bests: I’ve definitely gotten jobs and made friends from Twitter, but I don’t think I’ve ever lost either because of it? Also it lets me remain informed without being inundated. I know everything I need to, and just enough more to keep things interesting without pummeling my oversensitive soul with shit I didn’t sign up for. And over time I find I’ve built a lovely little map to my madness, like breadcrumbs through a digital forest.
Worsts: Letting a bunch of strangers into your head when you may not have wanted them there in the first place is … neat. Realizing someone you respected is actually the worst is truly unfortunate, as is having a tweet go viral with a typo. But what takes the cake are those seriously awkward interactions in the real world, like when a seeming-stranger comes up and touches you gently while calling you by your Twitter handle.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
I turned off all the banner/notifications on my phone sometime last spring and it might be the best thing I did in 2014. No texts, no tweets, no email, nothing pops up. Now I can look at my fancy pocket watch and all I see is the time! Highly recommended. (Similarly: If I don’t respond I’m not dead … probably.)
You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
“Just trust me.”
Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
***Basically these people don’t really live here (except Amps and even she sleeps in other cities like half the week) but they all stow part of their hearts here so I’ll have none of your guff. Geography’s super relative these days.***
1. @mdotbrown is blindingly sharp and pulls no punches when assessing the world we live in. The other 90% of the time he tweets about sports.
2. @jalbus talks exactly like he tweets except quieter, which makes his voice great all the time.
3. @ampersandria pulls off this high-wire feat of being both adorable and “vulgar” at the same damn time. The world (wide web) needs her.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. @AllisonCMeier is my go-to for interesting, esoteric blips.
2. @ASpiker is an old friend whose sardonic nuttiness is aging like fine wine.
3. @NekoCase is my spirit animal.
4. @TweetsofOld is the best reminder that as fantastically odd as life is now, it’s always been like this.