I've been so blessed to be @themanmans' first intern this summer. And although I have to go back to school and pass the torch to someone else, I thought I'd leave a parting gift.
I planned to write my top 10 favorite links—and I tried—but could only narrow it down to 12. Also, I realized that I don’t really read essays online very often. As a result of that character flaw, my list is mostly Twitter/Instagram accounts. They’re pretty, though, I promise.
PSA: These are in no particular order… my love for Goodreads cannot be compared to my love of any music produced by Benjamin Gibbard nor can those be compared to my adoration of Lin-Manuel Miranda, so… here goes.
What I love most about this site is that it’s so versatile. My mom uses it for recipes, crafts, and activity DIYs; MANMAN uses it for photography and inspiration; my friend uses it for party planning… and it’s all the same app. It blows my mind. Me, I use it for books and fandoms.
I began using Goodreads at such a young age that I don’t remember not having it. I love this site because it creates a community around reading and transforms an activity that is often seen as antisocial into a very active, engaging experience. Also, the people on Goodreads are freaking amazing.
My two favorite YouTubers, Dan Howell and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil), collab on this gaming channel, and it’s honestly one of the few things that never fails to make me laugh. It’s always a good pick-me-up, and the banter will not disappoint. Just all-around goodness here, guys. 5 of 5 stars.
Dodie Clark AKA doddleoddle. She’s a musician and a mental health advocate, but she’s also just a generally cute, aesthetic, positive person. I highly recommend her Snapchat story as well! I always use Dodie videos or the content of #11 on this list to get me in a productive, carpe-the-heck-out-of-this-diem sort of mood.
Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella is the very model of a creative, aesthetic, successful millennial woman. Her vlogs always leave me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that could be compared to the holiday spirit. Also, they’re very good for providing motivation to get out of bed and go hang out with people, which I need very often. A+ role model.
Benjamin Gibbard is behind such creations as Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. The lyrics to songs of his creation are no dime-a-dozen pop hooks; they’re beautiful and poetic and yes, probably a bit pretentious sometimes, but I am too, so that’s alright.
Grant Gustin is another kind person (kind people are my kinda people) and promotes “love above all else” which is just universally a good thing, I think. He’s also extremely talented (singer + actor) but very humble and laidback as well, which is always refreshing. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit very much in love, but hey, can you blame me?
A friend of mine led me to this account due to the fact that this girl goes to Kenyon College, which is sort of my dream school. I may have followed her for that reason, but I stayed for the beautiful pictures and clever captions. I like to surround myself with the sort of imagery + words that I aspire to have myself.
This is actually my favorite account on bookstagram as of now; I adore everything about it. It’s beautiful, and the owner is brilliant. It’s also set in Paris, so pretty exotic for a Kentuckian. Europe makes everything better and a little cooler, I think.
To no one's surprise, this account is book-related. They pick characters and/or series to quote and then find four images that work together to accurately represent the chosen subject. It’s pretty cool, and this account is really good at what they do. Also, they let you request certain things through DMs, which is amazing!
If you like quirky, clever, relatable humor, then Jonny Sun is your guy. It’s not all laughs, however, this guy posts some deep existential stuff. He manages to write beautiful things in 140 characters or less… that takes real talent.
Don’t even get me started on Lin-Manuel Miranda… really, unless you have a 3-hour gap in your schedule. Anyways, you probably know him from Hamilton. If you don’t know him… oh, I’ll try to be brief. He’s an advocate for social equality, writes musicals, makes the BEST mixtapes, promotes love (is love is love is love), cracks jokes, writes music for things like Moana and The Little Mermaid, and is starring in Mary Poppins next winter. And so much more! *infomercial smile* 10/10 would recommend him as a role model.