HOW TO DO A BLERDDATING CONFESSION - 2018 EDITION

 

THE CONFESSION

1-You can pick a topic, but before you start, send it to Leesa (blerddating@gmail.com)  to make sure it adheres to our style and hasn’t been done before.  Past topics include: “I Dated a Conspiracy Theorist”, “Dating Outside Your Race” and “I Dated a Celeb.” Topics should be broad-ish so other people in the chat can relate. For example, “I Dated A Guy Who Only Wore Black Pants Every Sunday” would not fly as a topic.  Leesa must have the topic at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the date you're booked for.

2-The confession should read like a story—with a beginning, middle and end. Most are about bad dates, but that’s not a requirement. They do have to be about dating or relationships.  Typically, the conflict of the story should happen by tweet number 10.  Think of it like a mini short story or a mini webisode. 

3-The confession should be between 45 and 50  tweets long.  Each tweet of the confession MUST have three things:

        a- It has to be 160 characters or less. While Twitter now allows 280 characters per tweet, we feel that will be too              cumbersome for people to read in this format. We strongly urge you to write your confessions in Microsoft Word              which has a character count tool so you can check each line. 

        b- It must start out with a number.

        c- It must end with the hashtag #BlerdDating . 

And it should be saved as a Word doc.  Here’s an example of part of a confession—> 

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4-When you’re done writing and formatting, send it to Leesa—blerddating@gmail.com—so she can double-check the formatting.   Since we typically book confession a few months in advance, the written part must be sent to Leesa at least 2 -3 weeks in advance of the date you're booked for.  If, for whatever reason, you are unable to do that, please contact Leesa immediately to let her know.  

5-Include the word FIN at the end of the last tweet of your confession so the crowd (and moderators) will know you're done.  For example: 

      45 - And I never called him again. FIN. #BlerdDating

 

THE MEMES

 

1-Each line of your confession must have a meme attached. We normally get all of our memes at http://www.giphy.com

You must do this on a laptop or desktop.  And you must use either the CHROME or FIREFOX browsers. If you don't have either, contact Leesa at blerddating@gmail.com  These instructions seem like a lot, but once you're in the groove, it actually takes a very short time to do it all. 

2-Once at giphy.com, search for appropriate memes (versus seeing what just shows up on the page).  You don't have to do a literal search. For example, if a line of your confession was: 5-He walked in the door looking like a fool. #BlerdDating   You might search for "hell no" instead of searching for "walking in door" and see what comes up.

3-The memes should be a sort of punctuation to the line of the confession.  For example, if the fifth line of your confession is: 5-I hadn’t dated for a long time and it showed. #BlerdDating, you might choose this meme to attach—>

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4-To assemble the memes, create a FOLDER on your laptop or desktop and save all the memes into it.

5-To save the memes into your desktop folder, there are now a number of steps using GIPHY. First,  CLICK directly on the meme. It should should take you to a page where you a BIGGER pic of the meme and a menu. RIGHT CLICK directly on the meme which should bring up a menu and click SAVE IMAGE AS

 

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6- SAVE INTO FOLDER: Find the folder your created and save your meme into the folder. We suggest numbering and naming it as you save it.  Click SAVE to save it, named into your meme FOLDER.  It should be saved as GIF file. Make sure it is. After you download each meme, go into the folder, click on the meme and see how big it is. It must be smaller than 3MB to work. If it isn't, you either need to find a new meme or use a compressor app to make it smaller. If you need to use a compressor app, contact Leesa for the link. Nearly all the memes on giphy are the appropriate size. The smaller the meme, the faster it takes to live-tweet them. 

 

7-BEST NAMING PRACTICES. Each meme must have a number that corresponds with the line number of your confession. For example, if the fifth line of your confession is: "5-I hadn’t dated for a long time and it showed. #BlerdDating" , and you chose the meme where she's saying "crickets",  your meme would be named: 5-crickets.gif.  Like this--->

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The number 5 in the above example represents the fifth line of your confession. So if the the first line of your confession was "1 - This is a story I've never told before. To anyone. #BlerdDating"  , you would name the meme you're using "1-mymeme.gif"  The numbering of the memes is what's important. Not the name part.  YOU CAN ALSO, SIMPLY, NAME YOUR MEME USING THE NUMBER. In the fifth line example above, instead of naming it "5-crickets.gif" , you'd just name it "5.gif".

8-Be as creative as you like and remember to have fun with it.  REMEMBER NO X-RATED WRITING OR MEMES ALLOWED. 

ALTERNATIVELY

Occasionally, when you click on the meme and it takes you to the page where you can click and download, when you RIGHT CLICK on the meme, the menu with SAVE IMAGE AS does not show up. If it doesn't, instead use these alternative steps (it adds a few more steps, but is very easy). 

 

1- To save the memes into your desktop folder, there are now a number of steps using GIPHY. First,  CLICK directly on the meme. It should should take you to a page where you see MEDIA.  Click on the word MEDIA.

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2- That should take you to the MEDIA page that has a few options. Click on the word COPY that's to the right of the final option, SMALL. 

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3-After you click COPY, it will COPY the url that's in the SMALL box into your clipboard. Next step is to click on a TAB that's near the top of your browser. When you HOVER over the TAB, it should bring up a box that says NEW TAB. Click on the TAB which will open up a new TAB in your browser. Alternatively, if you're a MAC person just type COMMAND T on your keyboard, which will open up a new TAB. If you're a WINDOWS person, press CONTROL T. 

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4-In the new BROWSER TAB that's been opened, click once in the URL BOX (where it says https: ) and if you're a MAC person, click COMMAND V, if you're a Windows person, click CONTROL V to paste the address from the SMALL box into your new tab.  PRESS RETURN on your keyboard. 

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5-Your image should now show up in in the middle of your new page. RIGHT CLICK in the middle of the image. If you're using a trackpad, press towards the right side of your trackpad to RIGHT CLICK.  A menu should show up. Scroll down to SAVE IMAGE AS and click. 

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6-SAVE INTO FOLDER: Find the folder your created and save your meme into the folder. We suggest numbering and naming it as you save it.  Click SAVE to save it, named into your meme FOLDER.  It should be saved as GIF file. Make sure it is. After you download each meme, go into the folder, click on the meme and see how big it is. It must be smaller than 3MB to work. If it isn't, you either need to find a new meme or use a compressor app to make it smaller. If you need to use a compressor app, contact Leesa for the link. Nearly all the memes on giphy are the appropriate size. The smaller the meme, the faster it takes to live-tweet them. 

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7-BEST NAMING PRACTICES. Each meme must have a number that corresponds with the line number of your confession. For example, if the fifth line of your confession is: "5-I hadn’t dated for a long time and it showed. #BlerdDating" , and you chose the meme where she's saying "crickets",  your meme would be named: 5-crickets.gif.  Like this--->

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The number 5 in the above example represents the fifth line of your confession. So if the the first line of your confession was "1 - This is a story I've never told before. To anyone. #BlerdDating"  , you would name the meme you're using "1-mymeme.gif"  The numbering of the memes is what's important. Not the name part. YOU CAN ALSO, SIMPLY, NAME YOUR MEME USING THE NUMBER. In the fifth line example above, instead of naming it "5-crickets.gif" , you'd just name it "5.gif".

8-Be as creative as you like and remember to have fun with it.  REMEMBER NO X-RATED WRITING OR MEMES ALLOWED. 

LIVE-TWEETING BEST PRACTICES

IMPORTANT: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU SCHEDULE YOUR TWEETS IN ANY APP--Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, anything.  YOUR ENTIRE CONFESSION ***MUST*** BE LIVE TWEETED ONE AT A TIME.  If you're not comfortable live-tweeting your confession one tweet at time, please contact Leesa at least a week before your date and she will live-tweet your confession for you. 

1-We suggest live-tweeting from Tweetdeck, which is a free app and part of Twitter. You must live-tweet from a desktop or laptop.  If you don't have Tweetdeck installed, go into our FAQ which tells you how to install it.  Under no circumstances should you use the schedule part of Tweetdeck. This is a live-event.

2-Leesa (@chilltownTV) will DM you to let you know when to start. Normally, confessions start around 9:06pm EST. It is crucial you are prompt and crucial you do not start UNTIL you hear from Leesa (@chilltowntv).  

3- LIVE-TWEETING INSTRUCTIONS:  IMPORTANT:  Click on the blue quill on the left side of Tweetdeck to open the NEW TWEET window 

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Once inside your New Tweet window, click on the Stay Open button on the bottom.

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Copy the first line of your confession from your Word Doc and paste it in the Tweet window (where it says What's happening?) Then attach the first meme from your confession by clicking on the Add Images or video button. (make sure you attach the matching meme). 

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Click the blue Tweet button.  You've sent the first line of your confession and its accompanying meme!  Continue with the rest of the tweets/memes from your confession in the same fashion (copy/paste/attach/tweet.) Go straight down the line until you've finished. 

4-There will be a TON of comments happening while you’re live-tweeting. DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THEM UNTIL AFTER YOU’RE DONE LIVE-TWEETING YOUR ENTIRE CONFESSION. Instead, just focus on live-tweeting and finishing your confession.

5-You should be done no later than 9:30pm EST.  This means you should be doing this QUICKLY. We suggest doing a mini-trial run to get used to it.

6-The whole process of live-tweeting is exhilarating--some people have even likened it to being on stage. Have fun!! 

 

Any questions, ask Leesa at blerddating@gmail.com