w: C.C. Chapman

Clarence Smith Jr. Inspires Me

This post is my contribution to Shot@Life’s Blogust Blog Relay For Good.

Thirty of us are sharing stories of the power of comments on our blogs or people that comment and who inspire us. All of this is to help raise awareness for the work Shot@Life does and to raise a lot of money.

Every comment left on this post will initiate a $20 donation to help immunize a child in a developing country, so please get vocal.

I chose Clarence Smith Jr. because he is a dear friend that not enough people know about. He is the founder of BOLD Edition, a photographer with a great eye and a writer of considerable skill. He has written a novel that he shared a chapter at a time online and did a limited run web comic about his family life. To put it simply, he is mad talented.

He doesn’t comment often, but when he does I know I’ve created something worthy of his attention and that means a lot. Clarence doesn’t mince words and always cuts to the point.

Over breakfast earlier this year, I dubbed him a “mixtape journalist” because of the way he loves to tell stories across multiple forms of media. He seemed to enjoy it, even if he didn’t fully embrace it.

Clarence is a busy man and father, so he doesn’t create as often as I’d like. I’m constantly pushing him to do more. The world needs to consume his words and enjoy the world through his eyes. If you need an example look to this post about the tornados that hit Monson, MA last year.

Recently he bought a beautiful new motorcycle and has been putting miles under it this summer. He’ll share the occasional Instagram photo from his journeys, but I’m hoping for more because I have a feeling on those open roads his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.

I’m inspired by him for multiple reasons. His inability to bite his tongue when he has something to say. His dedication to the importance of barbershops and the knowledge he gains when he sits in the chair. A never ending love of Kool-aid, comic books and video games. All of these make him the unique friend that he is.

I’ll never forget the first time we met.

A mutual friend had said we should meet each other and so we got together for dinner. I’ll always remember him grinning like a naughy five year old as he told me, “watch me mess with our waiter.” He proceeded to order a veggie burger with bacon I knew I liked this guy. We’ve been tight ever since.

We don’t live that far apart, but with us both having busy family lives and other commitments we don’t see each other as often as I wished.

One of the few photos of us together that I know about is this one that Steve Garfield captured. It always makes me smile.

DYKC and CC

I firmly believe that Clarence has a bright future ahead of him.

He has the chops to be a storyteller on a whole new level and I hope someone gives him the chance to do that. When he hits the street with his Leica and Field Notes I know he is going to come back with something unique and completely him. He writes in a way that I can’t and while that irks me somedays, it more often pushes me to write better.

He is going to read this, shake his head and give me a hard time about it. But, it is from the heart and I mean every word of it.

My world is a better place because Clarence Smith Jr. is in it. I’m inspired and pushed and always love our conversations. I can only imagine what sort of comment he is going to leave here.

Keep pushing buddy and don’t ever give up!

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Because this is a relay, I now have the pleasure of handing it over to Liz Gumbinner from Mom-101. She is an absolute peach and always has something great to say so definitely check her out tomorrow (and beyond).

Please don’t forget to comment, so that children around the world can benefit from the great work Shot@Life does.

Say hello, tell me someone that inspires you or make up a funny poem. Whatever you comment, it helps!

Thank you.

Learning about Shot@Life

About Shot@Life: Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. Find out more on their site, Facebook or Twitter.

 

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  • August 2, 2012

    Oh, man, I love learning about the amazing work of new people — thanks, friend!

    And love leaving comments that save lives. Woohoo!!

    K.


  • by MeganS
    August 2, 2012

    It’s about time! I’ve been looking at your blog since 5:30 this morning waiting to comment! Thanks for contributing to Shot@Life blogust!

    • August 2, 2012

      Sorry to make you wait. Does it drive you crazy that I wrote the post earlier this week and it was just waiting for the world to wake up to go live? 🙂

  • August 2, 2012

    Very inspirational. I’m a teacher in South Phoenix where sometimes vaccinations are a privilege. Thanks for helping out the children of the world!

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you and THANK you for being a teacher. Our kids need great teachers and I don’t think they get thanked often enough.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for Sharing! Too often we don’t let the people in our lives know how much they mean to us, today I will let those folks know how they inspire me. Thanks too for being a champion do that children can have a Shot@Life and a chAnce to grow up and have a friend who will mess with the waiters!

    • August 2, 2012

      I agree that we don’t do it often enough. I think I’m going to start writing more posts like this highlighting the people who inspire me. It is a LONG list.

      • August 2, 2012

        I know! But this is what I always say (even if it is a bit morbid) we need to give the flowers out now to those we love and not send them to the funeral home. We all have enough time in our day to tell one person that they are valuable to us. Embarrassing them with a blog post, heh heh that’s just a bonus!

      • August 2, 2012

        AMEN to that!!!


  • by Jonathan Zero
    August 2, 2012

    Am checking out his website this morning. Really dig the veggie burger with bacon story!

    • August 2, 2012

      Funny story right? I’ve personally never tried it, but almost did that night just to really freak out the waiter.

  • August 2, 2012

    Great post.

    As I was reading the story, I thought abut that time we did a photo walk in Boston. Then as I scrolled down, there was that awesome photo that I took of you guys. It’s so cool that no cars are o n the street.

    Glad to help out with a comment.

    • August 2, 2012

      Yes, that was a FUN day and something we should do again SOON!

      I’ve always loved that photo. Love that it is just us. The angle. The coloring.

      Thanks again for taking it!

  • August 2, 2012

    Nice. Now give another $20 of shots!


  • by AmandaJ
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing about Shot@Life


  • by Robert Rosenthal
    August 2, 2012

    Dig it, CC. Glad to see the tribute to the mad talented CS, Jr. Glad to add 20 smackers to the cause – great idea. And glad to say that you too are an inspiration to many.
    Rock on!
    Rob
    @shortorderdad

  • August 2, 2012

    Brilliantly written piece of rare sincerity. Guys don’t typically share their appreciation often enough. This was a refreshing read. Thanks CC.

    • August 2, 2012

      Sad, but true.

      We get caught up in “being guys” and don’t let our heart show. I’ve never had that problem 🙂

  • August 2, 2012

    Love this, C.C. May we all celebrate our Clarences. (Also – love that pic!)


  • by Irene
    August 2, 2012

    thank you for introducing me to such an amazing person!


  • by heather r morgan
    August 2, 2012

    Always great to learn about a new artist, and your description of your friend touched me!

    • August 2, 2012

      Well that is good to hear. Clarence is a really amazing person even if he hasn’t fully accepted that yet.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for introducing me to Clarence. I’ll be on the look out for him for sure. And, every child does deserve a shot, so good luck with this CC!

    • August 2, 2012

      Keep on eye on him because while he doesn’t push out new things that often, when he does I love it.


  • by Naomi
    August 2, 2012

    Great article… always love learning something new!

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for a great read!

  • August 2, 2012

    Pretty cool people who make a unique impression. I’ve met a couple of lecturers that inspires me to continue on a path of working with developing countries. Also Mads Gilbert who ignited the first spark. The most inspirational meeting I had would probably be a multitude of greeting and loving people from Nepal during my two months there. A friendship like yours seems to me as something it’s important to cherish, and this piece is a great reminder of the importance of this. Thanks, and awesome with the ‘blogust’-stuff!

    • August 2, 2012

      Tell me more about the people of Nepal and your time there. It is one location that I really hope my travels bring me some day. The colors, the smiles. All of it excites me.

      • August 3, 2012

        There is just something about the environment, the surroundings that is overwhelming. The people there have a totally different perspective on life than I’m used to encountering in the western countries. It may be because of the culture, or it may be because what they have the most of in fact is love. They are welcoming and open to strangers, especially when the interest is mutual. The food and culture is simply incredible.

        We went there as students of Occupational Therapy and visited different daycare centers with disabled children. I was mostly in Kathmandu, the outside and a place called Dhulikhel. Where I fell in love with the country (and met my girlfriend 😉 was Pokhara. this is a tourist city, and a starting point for people who wants to try trekking the easiest parts of Himalayas.

        Kathmandu itself is not a place you go visit for the nature the Himalayas are known for, but there are places to go around it where it’s beautiful. Do contact me if you are fortunate enough to make Nepal a destination of travel, and I will give you some tips on where to go to truly get in touch with the Nepali culture.

      • August 3, 2012

        Thank you for coming back and telling me more.

        I had a chance to go a year ago, but timing and finances were not right and so I had to pass.

        In my mind I’ll see ever culture there is in the world, but I know there are not enough days to do so, but I do dream of it often.

        Thanks again for a little peek inside a world I hope to see.

  • August 2, 2012

    Great story, CC. I could not more strongly agree about Clarence. He inspires me as well!

    • August 2, 2012

      Thanks. And yet the three of us have not hung out ever. We need to fix that.
      Better than that I think the three of us need to figure out a journalistic journey to go on together at some point. THINK of the fun that would be.

      • August 2, 2012

        Dude, South Station!

        Also, yes: when Clarence talks, I listen. He’s pretty good at sniffing BS and being honest.

      • August 2, 2012

        *dope slapping self*

        Ok, then we have to spend time together under better circumstances and actually creating things!!!

  • August 2, 2012

    Great post, great cause, and a great person to praise. DYKC is the man. : )

    • August 2, 2012

      Rock on! Thank you for commenting and sharing this with your community. I appreciate the support and I know the kids who will benefit from it do as well.

  • August 2, 2012

    Awesome post and awesome cause! Fantastic!


  • by Maria
    August 2, 2012

    pretty great! Let me know if you’d like to work together =) http://www.medianfundraising.com

    • August 2, 2012

      Not sure if this is spam or not, but I’ll gladly take the comment. Looks like you are doing some good stuff.


  • by Emily McKhann
    August 2, 2012

    C.C., I LOVE meeting Clarence and reading about your friendship! I will be following along on his adventures – and yours!

    And, love love love commenting here in support of Blogust!!!!

    • August 2, 2012

      THANK YOU for swinging by.

      I hope that you have been well. Feels like FOREVER since we last met and yet it wasn’t that long ago. All well with you?


  • by Katie
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, and for being a part of th,e wonderful Shot @Life campaign!!

    • August 2, 2012

      You are welcome. It was a blast to share and plus any time I can help out a great cause, I love doing it!

  • August 2, 2012

    Great read, thanks for sharing!


  • by J.C. Hutchins
    August 2, 2012

    I’ve got a ton of admiration for DYKC, and I’m thrilled to see C.C. giving him mad props. Both guys are ultracreatives!


  • by ak
    August 2, 2012

    What a lovely gift to give your friend! All too rarely do we actually take the time to share with our friends the “why’s” of our friendship, i think you would both be interesting to know. Thanks for the post for a great cause.

    • August 2, 2012

      So many people have raised that point today and I think it is an important one. We need to let people know how much we appreciate them more often for sure!


  • by UGEplex
    August 2, 2012

    Children should certainly get a shot @ life.


  • by trekkie_disq
    August 2, 2012

    Id rather make a person cry in discomfort than lose a family member for a preventable disease.

  • August 2, 2012

    Brilliant initiative – comments for life 😉 Will spread the word

    • August 2, 2012

      Glad you appreciate it. Simple and powerful all at the same time? How could I not participate in it.


  • by Editdebs
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for such a wonderful introduction to a talented person.

    And books are my inspiration. I love books. I make books. I read books. I crave books.

    • August 2, 2012

      I love books as well. Even while editing my latest I’m reading others. Currently On the Road and Shopcraft As Soulcraft. Both feeding different parts of me.

      What are some of your inspirational books? I call them “dangerous books” so I’m always looking for new ones.


  • by Loreen Liberty
    August 2, 2012

    Excellent article on Clarence… looking forwad to learning more about him through his art.


  • by jeffespo
    August 2, 2012

    Nice read & story… now hope this comment helps on the fundraising 🙂

    • August 2, 2012

      EVERY comment does help.

      I’m hoping they get so many comments that they have to up their maximum because it is so successful.


  • by MissElizaSea
    August 2, 2012

    Comment for vaccination!

  • August 2, 2012

    thanks for telling us about Clarence. and for working towards getting kids vaccinated. What part of “preventable diseases” do the anti-vaxers not get?

    • August 2, 2012

      I don’t want to get into that fight and I think every parent has the right to choose if they want their kids vaccinated or not. But, in many parts of the world they don’t even have the choice and that is what organizations like ONE and Shot@Life are trying to change and that is why I work hard to support them.

      Thank you for swinging by and leaving a comment. They each help greatly.


    • by Sr. K
      August 2, 2012

      Amen! It’s all about children, people, us – we!


  • by Denise
    August 2, 2012

    Great post for a great cause!


  • by Robzie81
    August 2, 2012

    A beautifully written and heartfelt post! Couldn’t be happier to comment some praise and help a good cause at the same time.

  • August 2, 2012

    Great iniative by Shot@Life & sooooooo cool to ‘meet’ Clarence!

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for your support. Clarence is a unique individual on all levels. I’m lucky to have him as a friend.


  • by Erin
    August 2, 2012

    Great post, CC!


  • by Lisa
    August 2, 2012

    Hi C.C.,

    We’re inspired by your desire to do good and share the stories of good people like Clarence.

    Thank you for uniting everyone for a good cause! We look forward to seein the comments grow 🙂

    Best,
    Lisa Larranaga
    Social Media Manager
    Cision US, Inc


  • by Theresa
    August 2, 2012

    What a touching tribute to your friend.

    • August 2, 2012

      Yeah, I’m sure he is going to give me a big old hard time when he reads it, but I still had to do it.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I’d never heard of Clarence before and just watched his TED video. Amazing. I’ll definitely be taking the time to seek out more of his work!

    • August 2, 2012

      Yes, he rarely takes the stage and I hope that after more people see that talk they’ll invite him up.

      He is a natural born story teller in every way.


  • by Cath Yarham
    August 2, 2012

    Great story & awesome cause!


  • by Amber Naslund
    August 2, 2012

    Lord knows I have enough words in my head to spare several in the name of $20 and healthier kids. Plus, I really enjoyed the story about Clarence. You’ve told me about him before, and more and more, I can’t wait to spend some time with him. Thanks for doing great work, C.C.

    • August 2, 2012

      *laugh* That first line made me giggle.

      Can you believe I had a dream about you and an old childhood friend last night? Some big event going on and you were cooking eggplant. It was strange, but I woke up thinking about you so it isn’t all bad right?

      Thank you for commenting. You know I appreciate it and I can’t wait for you and Clarence to meet some day. I need to have a big old gathering at my house with all the people I love. Hmmmm….


  • by Leslie
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for highlighting a storyteller! I’m so curious to learn more about Clarence and his work!

  • August 2, 2012

    Great post about what seems to be a great guy all in the name of a great cause. Thanks for sharing all of the above. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh and spent two years in Haiti before that so I’ve seen the need is so great. As parent in the U.S. now I shake my head in disbelief when I hear parents say they will depend on herd immunity and skip vaccines for their kids.
    Keep up the good work!

    • August 2, 2012

      Yeah, that mentality scares me as well. But, even still I want parents everywhere in the world to have that choice and right now you and I both know that isn’t reality.

      Thank you for the volunteer work you did. Not enough people get thanked for putting in the hours and time for good in the world.


  • by Michael Falkner
    August 2, 2012

    Great cause and great post. Thank you!

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank YOU for taking a few minutes out of your day to read and comment. Each one is greatly appreciated.

  • August 2, 2012

    Oh wow…veggie burger with bacon? That’s brilliant! Listening to Clarence’s TED Talk now, thanks for the recommendation!

    • August 2, 2012

      Warning that after watching the talk you are going to want Kool-aid to go with that bacon you are now craving. Wait and see….


  • by Viv Halliwell
    August 2, 2012

    Great post what an interesting man we need more loke him


  • by me
    August 2, 2012

    Good read 🙂

  • August 2, 2012

    Encouragement born of subtle jabs thrown in the sparring ring of friendship are the kind I will wholeheartedly accept, brother. I appreciate you thinking of me as you participate in this new campaign by Shot@Life—anything that I can be involved in to save the lives of our children is something I am proud to be paired with.

    • August 2, 2012

      *big grin* Glad you didn’t mind me shining a spotlight in a direction I firmly believes it needs to be.

      Hope this open some doors for you while saving thousands and thousands of lives. Who knows what some of those kids that are saved will grow up to do in our world. I love thinking about that.


  • by Coreen Tossona
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for introducing us to Clarence. And also for reminding us that when we feel this way about someone in our life, we should tell them.

    • August 2, 2012

      This seems to be a trend in the comments and I’m so glad that people are being motivated to thank those around them just from my simple words.


  • by Kathie
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for participating to help Shot@Life! Loved your post! 🙂

    • August 2, 2012

      I’m always up for supporting great causes. It is why I do work with both ONE and Shot@Life as well as many other worthy causes.

      Thank you for your comment.

  • August 2, 2012

    This post is great for so many reason!
    “mixtape journalist”, Barbershop TedxSomerville Video, the polarity of the Steve Garfield photo (his shirt matches your shorts vice versa – was it planned by the universe? ) , the first meeting and ordering Veggie Burger w/Bacon, and of course Shot@Life.

    @cc_chapman:disqus and Clarence Smith Jr. the ultimate dynamic due. I am glad to not only personally know you both but also be inspired by you both.

    • August 2, 2012

      Funny, I’ve never noticed that about our outfits in that shot. Definitely not planned, we were just all out walking around taking photos. Leave it to you Mr. Boston Style to notice it 🙂

      I appreciate you swinging by and leaving a comment.


  • by Cecilyk
    August 2, 2012

    So, cool, CC! I’m off to learn more about Clarence.

    • August 2, 2012

      I wondered when you might swing by and say hello. Great post yesterday that really hit because I don’t know the story about your loss I realized.

      Psyched to be taking part in this great cause with you and so many other great people!


  • by Karen E.
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for giving me the chance to save a life and to learn about an inspiring person! I love when art and altruism mix.

  • August 2, 2012

    Clarence sounds like the sort of people I love to have in my life as friends and “sharers of fun” We need more folks like you and him in the world today.


  • by Mike A
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for such an inspiring post!

  • August 2, 2012

    I absolutely love the anecdote of the veggie burger with bacon. From the surface it is funny, but from a deeper perspective, it represents so much more – be different, make a statement and have a laugh in the process. Knowing that CC holds very high standards, it’s a big statement that CC shares this relationship with Clarence Smith JR. I commend the Shot@Life program for this innovative effort!

    • August 2, 2012

      I think you over analyzed the veggie burger metaphor. The man just loves bacon! 🙂

      But, thank you for the comment and for appreciating what Shot@Life is trying to do and I’m trying to help them achieve.


  • by Cindy Changyit Levin
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for writing! And you chose such an inspiring message for your shot@life photo sign 🙂


  • by Serena
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for introducing me to Clarence, and for participating in such a great cause. Here is a haiku for you:

    Shots are good for you

    No pain no gain so get them!

    Cheers to a long life

    • August 2, 2012

      YES! Finally someone took the bait and wrote a poem. Thank you!

      I was a bit bummed no one was getting creative,but I had faith someone would not let me down.

      Make it a great day! You’ve made mine!

  • August 2, 2012

    How wonderful is this?!?!?!? Thank you so much for all your concern and caring for our kids!!! you are a true gem!!!

    • August 2, 2012

      And how wonderful is it that by typing those words and sharing them you just saved a life. I love the power of good.


  • by peykoff
    August 2, 2012

    love that my post is giving a kid somewhere a shot at being a great friend like you!

  • August 2, 2012

    I love creativity, so Clarence is cool. And I think providing vaccines is an essential way to help people around the world live until age 5 and beyond! I can’t even imagine what the US would look like if vaccines were never given. If you want to guest-blog write about the org, shot4Life on http://www.AverageAdvocate.com I would be oh so happy!

  • August 2, 2012

    Everyone can make a difference… 🙂 I’m happy to do my part.


  • by Jill Greenlaw
    August 2, 2012

    We need more people like Clarence in the world. Thanks for sharing his story. I look forward to reading more about what he stands for and the things he is doing to make a difference in the world. Great post.

    • August 2, 2012

      I agree that we do and I’m glad that me shining a spotlight in his direction this morning is exposing him to new people like you.

      Thank you for leaving a comment to help a good cause today.

  • August 2, 2012

    Loved “meeting” Clarence through this post, C.C. The video was amazing!

    Also… love your Shot@Life pic about giving children the chance to “make their dreams a reality.” What this campaign is all about, right?

    • August 2, 2012

      Glad you enjoyed them.

      I loved that Shot@Life was doing that. Handing people at the Dad 2.0 Summit the white board and asking them to fill in the blank so that they could take a photo of them holding it. The variety was awesome to see.


  • by Cari
    August 2, 2012

    I like this Clarence guy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing CC. Now I think I need to try some molasses in my kool-aid.

    • August 2, 2012

      You should like him 🙂

      Yeah I’m dying to try making kool-aid that way. It sounds SOOOOOOOOOOO good.

  • August 2, 2012

    Not only do I “know” Clarence, but I love that guy! Commenting and spreading the word. Great post C.C. Amazing cause too.


  • by Jen from Mom It Forward
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about Clarence. What an amazing friend to have in your life.

    • August 2, 2012

      I am truly blessed to have him in my life for sure.

      Thank you for sharing your voice and helping a great cause.


  • by donna
    August 2, 2012

    So what did the waitress say about the veggie burger with bacon? Sounds a lot like ham and cheese on matzo that my Jewish friends joke about!

    • August 2, 2012

      From my memory (it was a few years ago) they were a bit shocked, giggled and then placed the order.

      • August 2, 2012

        There was more than one double take and the followup, “..so thats a veggie burger, with bacon…wait, what? Are you sure?”


  • by Eggz
    August 2, 2012

    Even while groups in the States are toting vaccines are causing damage to children, millions the world over are waiting for theirs in hopes at a better chance at life. Let’s give it to them.


  • by Kaitlyn
    August 2, 2012

    Wow, my friend’s house was destroyed in the Monson tornado – what a beautiful post Clarence wrote. I’ll be sure to share it.

    • August 2, 2012

      That will make him VERY happy to hear. Not about the house, but about your reaction to what he wrote and shot. I’ll be sure he sees this comment.


  • by Corina
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing and introducing us to Clarence, and especially for helping children get those much-needed vaccines.

    • August 2, 2012

      You are welcome. It should be everyone’s duty to help the world out in whatever way they can and I’m doing my little part this morning.

      Thank you for also doing your part!


  • by Jen
    August 2, 2012

    perhaps one of the kids who gets vaccinated will be a future artist like clarence. thanks for taking part in blogust and using the opportunity to steer interest in clarence’s direction!

    • August 2, 2012

      I love thinking about things like that. What WILL these kids grow up to do in the world? It is amazing to think of all the possibilities.

  • August 2, 2012

    Now I want to order a veggie burger with bacon.

    • August 2, 2012

      You should. Maybe it’ll turn into a thing. The “Not Quite a Vegetarian Yet Sandwich” or something like that.

  • August 2, 2012

    This was a nice read that I needed today. Thanks for posting about your friend.


  • by Rachel M Riley
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing!


  • by heyyhotmess
    August 2, 2012

    Loved reading about Clarence. Thank so much shot@life for this amazing project!


  • by Bill D
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this story about your friendship, and thank you for supporting Shot@Life!


  • by uvaaaaaaa
    August 2, 2012

    Sounds like a great guy who’s doing incredible things to inspire other people. Thanks for sharing his story!

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for content with action!


  • by AmyJC
    August 2, 2012

    Great blog, and this project is such a great idea! Good work!

  • August 2, 2012

    You forgot the legendary “Friday Night Fights!”

    • August 2, 2012

      Damn, I did forget those!!!

      While I was never a big reader of those, I know a lot of people were.

      I have a feeling Clarence is going to get a BIG old smile at that one getting brought up!

      • August 2, 2012

        “Friday Night Fights” was one of the most fun comics based (community) efforts I have ever done. Absolutely something we all needed back then—good on you, John, for remembering (and leaving your own mark in the ring!)


  • by Sarah Guenther
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing!


  • by Stephanie Nash
    August 2, 2012

    LOVE the great photo of you two! I’ll be checking you out, Clarence!


  • by Libby
    August 2, 2012

    You had me at “They were discussing an episode of Star Trek.”

  • August 2, 2012

    Thats a very inspiring post and great idea!! very good work!!

  • August 2, 2012

    Leaving my comment to help another child! I love that the internet has brought so many people together…

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for doing your little part to help so many.

      Isn’t it amazing all the good that can come of technology when we allow it to?

  • August 2, 2012

    Beth, Twenty years ago I would have agreed with you and fully supported this campaign to protect poor children in the Third World from disease. Since that time, my baby was given the hep-B vaccine at the hospital the day she was born without asking permission, and even though I had told her doctor I didn’t want her to get it. She reacted with four days and nights of inconsolable screaming, vaccine-induced encephalitis, and was later diagnosed with autism. At the very least, parents in the Third World should be apprised of the dangers and allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to accept the vaccines for their children. They should at least be given the information in the following articles: “47,000 paralysis cases after polio vaccine-Deccan,” (an Indian newspaper), “Post-vaccination deaths spark debate on side-effects,- Times of India,” “UNICEF kills malnourished African children with vaccines and calls it a coincidence-The Zimbabwean,” “Police force vaccinations on Pakistani children,” The Giannelloni family is working to bring food and clean water to families in Uganda, and wrote an article, July 23, 2012, with photos about their efforts to save poor children: “Food & Water, Nope. Vaccines, Yep. I Giannelloni Family.” When families have no access to sufficient or nutritious food, and no access to clean water, running water, or adequate sewage systems, disease will be rife among them, and without the healthy immune systems created by good nutrition, are more likely to die either from disease or from the vaccines themselves. But since it is a lot harder to provide food and water than to fly in squadrons of workers armed with hypodermic needles, this has not effectively been done in most places. Since my family has seen numerous instances of vaccine damage, I would not want to promote them for unsuspecting people in the Third World.

    • August 2, 2012

      I had a feeling someone would swoop in with stories like this, but I still appreciate you commenting since by doing so you’ve donated to help provide vaccines to kids in need.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that I think it is every parents right to decide if vaccines are right for their children or not. But, I want to make sure that EVERY parent is given that choice which right now isn’t the case in the world.

    • August 2, 2012

      While I appreciate the sincerity of the concern, there is an irrefutable mountain of NON-PHARMA funded scientific evidence that vaccines do NOT cause autism. On the other hand, it is true that vaccines are not 100% safe, and some do have side effects. However, comparing the risk to zero is completely inappropriate when the known risk of the diseases for which they are used is MUCH higher than the risk of side effects…

  • August 2, 2012

    Hello C.C.! I am reading your book Content Rules as we speak — oddly it didn’t occur to me to look for your blog. Sheesh. And thank you for introducing me to Clarence Smith jr — I enjoyed his Tedx talk, and will look forward to getting better acquainted.

    I am proud to be part of the “advocates for vaccines” community. Thanks for your help.

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for buying the book. I hope it is proving to be helpful and if you have questions you now know where to find me!

  • August 2, 2012

    “He proceeded to order a veggie burger with bacon I knew I liked this guy.” This made me smile. Thanks for sharing Clarence with your followers, CC.

    • August 2, 2012

      It is always fun when you have a great “getting to know you” story and mine with Clarence is one of my favorites so I had to share!

  • August 2, 2012

    You’ve introduced me to Clarence but we didn’t get to spend any real time together. Hopefully that will change at some point since anyone you care this much about would certainly add to my life.

    Great post, great cause, great person.

    Cheers,

    -Matt

    • August 2, 2012

      See now I’m going to have to fix this.

      All these people I love who still don’t know each other.

      I really need to start a CC Palooza and have everyone over.

  • August 2, 2012

    Ordering bacon on a veggie burger, I like his style. Nice post, CC.

  • August 2, 2012

    Clarence sound like an amazing man.

    (and how awesome to be able to write something which helps a child who needs it…)

    • August 2, 2012

      He is a good and solid man for damn sure.

      Doesn’t it feel good to help simply by writing? I love it.


  • by SJones
    August 2, 2012

    Yeah for shot@life. On the day after the Health & Human Services rules went into effect that employers must pay for the death of babies thru their insurance plan, it is refreshing to know there are advocates for children.


  • by Rebecca Rider
    August 2, 2012

    Ok, here’s your poem: This is a great cause/ AND you link to a TED talk?/ I have to comment!!


  • by Beth Gold
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks it is always fun to find new writers. I am impressed by your responses to the commenters. Every child deserves the shot at life and to friendships.

    • August 2, 2012

      I’ve been online long enough to know how to deal with people.

      Everyone gets their own opinion even if I don’t agree with it. Glad to see that the conversation so far has remained civil. I’d hate to see it turn into another pointless flame war.


  • by salah
    August 2, 2012

    Great cause, appreciate all your work, wish people can help out a lot more

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you. Appreciate you taking the time to write a comment and help out with the cause. Every single comment helps out.


  • by Sunday
    August 2, 2012

    Anyone who orders a veggie burger with bacon is one kool kat.

    • August 2, 2012

      See, I KNEW people would appreciate that story.

      I’m still waiting for someone to yell about it (because isn’t there always one) but so far everyone has been appreciating it. Guess I have to try it sometime.


  • by P.W. Fenton
    August 2, 2012

    Are you sure you want me commenting? My comments haven’t been working lately 🙂 Happy that this one will do some good though. Keep up the good work.


  • by Veronica Giguere
    August 2, 2012

    Another amazing person to add to my “must read” list. Sincerity, activism, and comic books? Sounds like Clarence is the sort of person I’ve got to follow.

  • August 2, 2012

    what a great tribute to a talented friend. I love how Blogust brings out kind thoughts about friends (and strangers) in bloggers 🙂 Catherina

    • August 2, 2012

      I love it too and it is only day 2 of the event so I can’t wait to read all the others posts that I know are coming in the following days and weeks.


  • by Sr. K
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for all you’re doing for the world.


  • by Traceyclark
    August 2, 2012

    Can’t wait to check out his work. And I’m also glad to have found yours. Here’s to the power of comments and the awesome people (like you) that inspire them.

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for coming by and based on your URL I can’t wait to check out what you are up to. Love it!


  • by Amy Graff
    August 2, 2012

    So inspirational! Thanks for sharing!

    • August 2, 2012

      You are welcome and I can’t wait to read yours. Hope our paths cross again soon. It has been far to long since we spent time in Ghana and I miss your smile!


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  • by Carrie
    August 2, 2012

    I enjoyed the video of Clarence and his barbershop stories. It is great to have people in our lives who inspire us.

    • August 2, 2012

      He will love hearing that. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he gave that. I was VERY proud of him.

  • August 2, 2012

    That was great — so wonderful to work with you again, CC


  • by socialsavvymom
    August 2, 2012

    Clarence sounds like an amazing man and a great friend! Blessed to learn how he inspired you, thank you for sharing!!


  • by textdrivebys
    August 2, 2012

    Hoorah for people that don’t bite their tongues!

    • August 2, 2012

      Took me a minute to get what you were saying and then light dawned!

      We need more brutally honest people in the world.


  • by BBS
    August 2, 2012

    People like you and the rest of the Blogust crew inspire me!

  • August 2, 2012

    Sometimes a veggie burger with bacon is the perfect thing to order. There have been times where the ground beef in a non-veggie burger tastes like road kill. Can’t ever get that taste in a veggie burger. But over all I prefer beef.

    I have a great admiration for any writer who actually completes a novel. I’ve begun about 5 I think, but something is keeping me from completing any of them. Perhaps because I just know that nobody would ever be interested in reading anything I write. But here at least what I’m writing can help a child or children have a chance at a healthier life. Thanks for being a part of this Shot@Life campaign!

    • August 2, 2012

      I hate to say this but you are 100% wrong.

      You have NO idea if people are or are not interested in what you write until AFTER you complete it and put it out in the world. By lying to yourself you are only holding yourself back. Stop it! Finish up one of those and put it out there and see how people react!


  • by Erin
    August 2, 2012

    He sounds like a great person and good friend. Great post, C.C.


  • by BusyDad
    August 2, 2012

    Some of my best friends started as commenters. Thanks for introducing us to one cool ass dude! Also, CHA CHING for more lifesaving shots!

    • August 2, 2012

      Right? Crazy how things can start with a simple comment.

      Thanks for swinging by and adding your voice.


  • by Sarahd
    August 2, 2012

    I’m new here but I missed out on commenting over at Cecily’s yesterday (the ONE day in, like, YEARS I didn’t get a chance to read her blog post! ANYWAY…). Hooray for $20 per comment!

    • August 2, 2012

      Well don’t forget it is ALL comments and not just a 24 hour thing (I hope I have that right) so definitely comment there too.

      Thanks for swinging by. Always love new people here.


  • by sjones
    August 2, 2012

    Yes for shot@life!


  • by MLB
  • August 2, 2012

    Anyone who shares the my love of barbershops is tops in my book!

    • August 2, 2012

      Saw you raving about getting a shave recently. If you ever get good photos of unique barbershops, Clarence loves those.

      • August 3, 2012

        I’ve been to at least a half dozen barbers in Calgary, from young guys keeping up old traditions, to a pair of elder Italian guys who shave while yammering on in the old language as they do. I really should document them.

      • August 3, 2012

        You should.

        I know when I was in Ghana I took photos of the barbershops, just so I could show Clarence. Now I see them wherever I go and think “I should shoot this for him.”

        If you start documenting them (and you should because you’ve always had a great eye) be sure to let us know.

  • August 2, 2012

    I’ve enjoyed reading the comments as much as the article!

    Doing good in the world is a big job, but I love the saying, “Many hands make light work!” This is us; working together! 😀

  • August 2, 2012

    The world has and always will need storytellers who help us see who we now are from where we’ve been. Thanks for sharing the story of your friendship and the talents you both bring to the world.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thank you for participating in the Shot@LIfe relay! I’m glad to be a part of this effort 🙂


  • by Jen
    August 2, 2012

    Such an inspirational story! Thanks for sharing. AND, thanks for helping to give kids a shot at trying a veggie burger with bacon, too!

    • August 2, 2012

      hahahahhaha!

      I love what you did there. LOVE IT!

      If one more kid can taste it, then you’ve done the world a great service.


  • by Kayla
    August 2, 2012

    Such an amazing post!!! Keep up the great work!


  • by Allison
    August 2, 2012

    I enjoyed your post and the opportunity to help out some kiddos.


  • by Jason Smith
    August 2, 2012

    Haven’t shared thoughts with Clarence in many moons now, but I know that the brother keeps it 100. He shared a story a few years back at SXSW regarding his health that was really touching.

    Back when he did a podcast, I remember him sharing a story about doing the business card swap with Scoble at a Podcamp or something. During the exchange, Clarence gave Scoble his own card back because he knew that the interaction from Scoble wasn’t true. That’s right up there with the veggie burger with bacon story for me.

    • August 2, 2012

      I have heard that story as well and most people would never have the balls to do that to anyone and that is yet another reason why Clarence is a unique individual.

      I miss his podcasts too and every time he takes the stage, whatever story he tells is a great one.

      Thanks for swinging by. Glad to have more people who know the man, sharing their thoughts.


  • by novalox
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your story. Clarence sounds like a good friend to have, and I hope he has more stories to tell.


  • by raejean
    August 2, 2012

    The world needs more people who makes us smile!


  • by Kim Orlandini
    August 2, 2012

    LOVE your post. Thank you for doing this. Clarence sounds like an amazing guy. Looking forward to following him on Instagram.

  • August 2, 2012

    Veggie burger with bacon. Brilliant.

    • August 2, 2012

      I think we need to go back to the restaurant and see if they will add it to the menu. Call it the DYKC Burger.

  • August 2, 2012

    I LOVE THIS!


  • by Gloria
    August 2, 2012

    Peace. Love. Laughter <3

  • August 2, 2012

    Fabulous post!

  • August 2, 2012

    This gives “call to action” a whole new meaning. Kudos! 🙂

  • August 2, 2012

    A fantastic cause and tremendously social response – great stuff!


  • by bhudd
    August 2, 2012

    A great story. You have a great friend who inspires you and others. Wish I could develop that photographic eye.

  • August 2, 2012

    One of the best thing’s that C.C. has ever done for me is introduce me to Clarence and his work. His creativity and heart inspires anyone that comes into contact with anything he makes. Just like C.C. 🙂


  • by Mary
    August 2, 2012

    YAY for shot@life!

  • August 2, 2012

    I love the story AND the whole idea. Nice story-telling.


  • by Alexis
    August 2, 2012

    I enjoyed reading about Clarence, because I too enjoy using multiple medias to share an idea.

  • August 2, 2012

    I first met @DYKC at SXSW in 2007. I loved his shy smile and wit and vowed to follow him closely on Twitter, which I did. We became friends. The following year he was on a panel “How to Rawk SXSW all year long” it was the best panel of that year for me and was very inspiring.

    I just tried to find a video of him from The Fray Cafe where he told this awesome story but it has been removed from Vimeo (http://topsy.com/vimeo.com/3794444), bummer. I miss Clarence. We don’t chat any more and life has seem to gotten in the way. Thank you for the post CC, and Clarence, let’s reconnect! xox Amy

    • August 2, 2012

      Fun to have a familiar face pop on in and leave a comment. We haven’t talked in a LONG time either!

      Yes, Clarence has shared some great stories at The Fray. I start giggling just thinking about him going up the stairs and the pregnant woman 🙂

      Hope you are well and hope our paths cross again soon.

    • August 2, 2012

      Long time no see Ms. Lady 😉 I believe that video was taken down because it wouldn’t play on mobile Vimeo. I should find and upload it again. I am glad to hear people remember that story 😉


  • by Eric Taubert
    August 2, 2012

    Love this initiative…


  • by deanna
    August 2, 2012

    Looking forward to reading Clarence’s work. Thanks for posting – for the story, and for coining ‘mixtape journalist. Love it!

    • August 2, 2012

      You are most welcome. I’m really hoping this post and all the kind words encourages him to write more often.

  • August 2, 2012

    This made my quote book as a phrase well-spun:
    “his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.”

  • August 2, 2012

    “I’m hoping for more because I have a feeling on those open roads his mind wanders with words bouncing around along with the gravel under the tires.” You’re a poet, CC Chapman. And I’d like very much to meet your friend. Those who inspire you, I’ve come to learn, aren’t just illusions, but the real deal. Much can be learned from the man who uses his words sparingly, but powerfully. Thanks for telling us about him.

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you dear. Back to back nice comments about my words has me slightly blushing.

      Yes, I’m realizing I have so many quality friends that don’t know each other that I must bring them all together somehow and somewhere. I must find a way.


  • by Likethewrap
    August 2, 2012

    I too can’t bite my tongue when I have something to say. In fact I tend to fixate on it until I can shout it out from the roof tops. Give a child a shot @ speaking their mind


  • by Justine
    August 2, 2012

    I have often considered ordering a veggie burger with bacon myself!


  • by Adrian
    August 2, 2012

    Day 2 of Blogust. Very heartening to see how much response this is getting!

  • August 2, 2012

    I need stop biting my tongue as often as I do. Thanks for inspiring me to speak out more often.

  • August 2, 2012

    What a great story of friendship!


  • by Dannyk
    August 2, 2012

    Brilliant idea! Brilliant story! Thanks for sharing and making me a follower!


  • by Kim-Marie Evans
    August 2, 2012

    We love healthy babies, what your doing is great!

  • August 2, 2012

    When I met Carence at Podcamp I knew right away that he was a pretty special being. I’ve since followed his projects faithfully as they always make me think deeper. (I’m holding on to my Planet Wifey feed still because I refuse to believe its finished.)


  • by Macie Evans
    August 2, 2012

    This is awesome, I’m so glad that this quick post can help.

  • August 2, 2012

    What a wonderful testament of your friendship and for such a great cause. <3. (Comment broken up because Disqus is a pain.)

  • August 2, 2012

    Clarence is the man. You’re not so bad too, CC.


  • by Kailee Adams
    August 2, 2012

    Great cause! <3


  • by Peter Knox
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for bringing attention to this cause and this activist I didn’t know about.

    • August 2, 2012

      You are most welcome. It is a great new charity as far as I know. I’m hoping to do more work with them in the coming months.


  • by Amanda Mouttaki
    August 2, 2012

    What a great cause and inspiring man! It’s wonderful to know that people like him are a part of our world that is often full of negativity!


  • by Christina Gleason
    August 2, 2012

    Shot @ Life is such a good cause!


  • by Anon
    August 2, 2012

    This is so great.

  • August 2, 2012

    Sounds like an amazing person! Thanks for letting me know about him CC.

  • August 2, 2012

    Great story, great cause and great writing as usual C.C. Love it.

  • August 2, 2012

    I hope this comment goes to helping give a kid a shot at life. But I also hope that the kid isn’t afraid of shots… Oh no, what have I done?!

    In all seriousness, thanks for sharing this.

    • August 2, 2012

      hahahahha

      Are there any kids not afraid of shots? I HATE shots. But, we need them so we get them. Thanks buddy.


  • by Jenny G
    August 2, 2012

    My mother is my inspiration – through all the crap life hander her (and us) she kept going and has taught me how to be a better mom.

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you Jenny. You are the first person to really talk about someone who inspires them. I was hoping more would, but I appreciate you sharing.

  • August 2, 2012

    Hmmm a veggie burger with Bacon… Reminds me of a few people locally that use the term vegetarian but they want to eat meat. LOL.

    I will have to take a look at the Ted Talk and read a bit more about Clarence.


  • by sue
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for the good work!


  • by Rachee
    August 2, 2012

    What a great story! Inspirational and heartwarming


  • by Susan B
    August 2, 2012

    I love how you are inspired by your friend’s talent, rather than discouraged by it! A good lesson.

    • August 2, 2012

      Do some people get discouraged by the people around them and their talents? What a sad way to live. I LOVE surrounding myself with highly creative people. Always inspiring!


  • by Monica
    August 2, 2012

    Bacon on a veggie burger? Sacrilegious! But, funny…as much sacrilege is!

  • August 2, 2012

    Every child deserves a shot!


  • by Amy R
    August 2, 2012

    Great story!


  • by Felisa Hilbert
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for what you are doing to support shot@life. I was born in developing countries and I saw first hand what happen when with don’t have vaccines available our children.

    • August 2, 2012

      I saw it earlier this year too when I was in Ghana for two country wide vaccine roll outs. We need all kids to have the access to vaccines.


  • by Caryn@TheMidLIfeGuru
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for introducing your readers to a “mixtape journalist.” Someone who can communicate across many genres is a real inspiration.


  • by Mercedes
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for contributing to this cause!

    My inspirations have been the writers I love (both fiction and science writers), and my educated but profoundly anti-science mother (“I’m sorry, but antacids don’t work on *my* heartburn.” “Mom! It’s an acid-base reaction! It always works!” “Not on *me*, it doesn’t.”) How very much I miss her now!!

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for sharing a bit about your inspirations. Funny parent stories are always a treat so I appreciate you taking the time to share them with me.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post CC. I started reading this earlier when I was in the middle of doing something crazy for Misfit, I got a few paragraphs in and realised it was a post that needed my full attention so I filed it away in the “I must read that later” part of my brain. So glad I came back to it with more concentration. I think if I was Clarence I would have shed a tear reading that. Really, really beautiful.

    P.S I think bacon veggie burgers would be amazing! Especially with a slice of haloumi on top…

    • August 2, 2012

      I have no idea what haloumi is, but now I’ve got to find out.

      Thanks for taking the time to come back and read it when you had the full brain ready to go. I appreciate that!


  • by carmel mac
    August 2, 2012

    Enjoy that bike C.S. – hoping you enjoy safe traveling with an ever present helmet!

    • August 2, 2012

      I know that Clarence is safe about motorcycle riding. Not like there is a choice here in the state, but we’ve talked about it and I know he takes it serious.


  • by Monica
    August 2, 2012

    Bacon on a veggie burger???? Sacrilegious!!! And…funny! As most sacrilege is!

  • August 2, 2012

    Totally hilarious “Veggie burger with BACON!”

  • August 2, 2012

    No kidding — I love meeting friends of friends (I’m talking in person, not via social media). That’s what it felt like when reading this post! Thanks for sharing, and for being a part of an amazing month of posts.

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for the introduction to Clarence Smith and his work! It was great.
    But better than that, let’s give a kid a shot@life, shall we?

  • August 2, 2012

    I’m going to have to “borrow” that veggie burger with bacon idea. That’s hilarious!

    This is such a great cause and a fantastic post highlighting someone that inspires you.

    • August 2, 2012

      Everyone seems to be stuck on the veggie burger. We’ve got to get AJ Bombers to make a Clarence Special or something from it!

  • August 2, 2012

    Thanks for helping kids!

  • August 2, 2012

    Here’s to another shot…

  • August 2, 2012

    I always like learning about talented artists who are also awesome people. Kudos to him, and to you for writing this!


  • by Alice C
    August 2, 2012

    I’m going to steal that “veggie burger with bacon” line! Hysterical!

  • August 2, 2012

    Amazing post and cause. I hadn’t heard of the relay before, but am so impressed. Kickass post, C.C. 🙂

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you Pam. It is a killer idea and a great cause. I’m still SO happy to have been asked to be involved.


  • by Colleen
    August 2, 2012

    What a great tribute to someone you obviously love to be around!

    Go, shot@life!

  • August 2, 2012

    Haha! I’m so ordering a veggie burger with bacon next time we go out!

  • August 2, 2012

    The world needs more people like you and Clarence–full of humor and compassion! His post, Heavy Weather, was just beautiful. I look forward to following his work and soaking in that creativity. Thanks for sharing………and I absolutley love the double reward of this–inspiration and another $20 to provide kids all around the world a shot@being world changers!!!

    • August 2, 2012

      Isn’t he amazing and yes this month long event is an amazing, smart and awesome way to raise money for a great cause!

      Hope you and the family are doing well.

  • August 2, 2012

    “Veggie burger with bacon.” haha That is awesome!


  • by Erica Templeman
    August 2, 2012

    Great story!


  • by Christine Vara
    August 2, 2012

    What I love the most about your post is that you have found inspiration in an everyday friend. It reminds us that we don’t have to look too far for our heros and our inspiration. They are often people we connect with each and every day. I know that my inspiration comes from my husband (and I don’t tell him nearly enough). He is a devoted father, a dedicated Marine, and an amazing husband. He is unbelievably patient in dealing with me and our 5 daughters every day and to top it all off, he brings out the best in me and tolerates my worst. I can only hope that my children are as fortunate as we have been in finding their soul mate. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for caring about the health of children all over the world.

    • August 2, 2012

      Thank you for sharing this story and please thank your husband for being a Marine. I have nothing but the upmost respect for anyone who puts a uniform on and they don’t get thanked enough.

  • August 2, 2012

    Great post. Lifting each other up is what life’s all about! Thanks for helping give kids a shot @ life!

  • August 2, 2012

    Are you sure he’s not an Aussie? He sounds like some of my larakin mates.


  • by Chris
    August 2, 2012

    Hey, I saw some more awesome on your blog:

    I was brought to Ghana with a small team from ONE to see the work they and their partners have been doing. The GAVI Alliance was rolling out two new vaccines for pneumonia and rotovirus across the country and there was a large celebration planned at the end of the week that we’d be attending.

    • August 2, 2012

      Yes, I was in Ghana this past April and it forever changed my life. Seeing the work that organizations like ONE, GAVI and Shot@Life do in the world made me want to help them with every fiber of my soul.


  • by RockyMountainHigh
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Clarence! Your mutual friend is likely very satisfied to have introduced you both.

    You struck a chord when you mentioned your admiration for his storytelling abilities–despite feeling the pinch of envy. Don’t forget: his being great doesn’t diminish you. You’re both important — with unique gifts. And I thank you (again) for the gift of getting to know a little bit about Clarence.

  • August 2, 2012

    Came to support the Shot@Life effort and so glad I did. I look forward to reading more of Clarence’s writing. Amazing. And I can’t wait for the next opportunity to order a veggie burger with bacon. That’s just brilliant.


  • by Emily Chapman
    August 2, 2012

    Hope I can help the world some day like my daddy but this comment can be a first step.


  • by Laura Chapman
    August 2, 2012

    Great post. It’s nice to have great friends that can push us forward in life. Mine is my wonderful husband! 🙂

    • August 2, 2012

      Ah, you are too sweet honey.

      I’m pretty damn lucky to have you as well. Thank you for commenting, showing your support and most of all for letting me go out there and try to change the world every day. I couldn’t do any of this without you!

  • August 2, 2012

    You had me at bacon 🙂 Thank you CC for introducing us to Clarence.


  • by Ancalime
    August 2, 2012

    I love everything this post chooses to be.


  • by manapan
    August 2, 2012

    A veggie burger with bacon? Lol! Clarence sounds like an awesome guy. 🙂


  • by Autistic Lurker
    August 2, 2012

    I’m having a beer for you tonight 🙂


  • by Chris
    August 2, 2012

    I am glad to see support for helping kids stay healthy around the world!


  • by Margaret
    August 2, 2012

    This is an amazing cause I am happy to support. Down with the anti-vaccination folks: their position is grounded in lack of math skills.


  • by Jodi Fendrick
    August 2, 2012

    thanks for sharing. I love to read about great people!

    • August 3, 2012

      I’m really glad that so many people enjoyed reading about someone new in their world. Gives me hope.


  • by Justin Maddox
    August 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your source of inspiration, and for making us aware of a uniquely special person. I am happy to have read your blog, and that responding to this story can help save a life. May God bless you for your efforts.


  • by Hollie Keith
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks for sharing Clarence with us and spreading the word about Shot@Life, and Content Rules rules!


  • by Dennis Keith
    August 2, 2012

    Thanks and I hope a lot of money is raised!

    • August 3, 2012

      Well after only two days a lot has been raised and we’ve still got the rest of the month to go! Every comment helps and I’m psyched the response has been so huge already.

  • August 2, 2012

    A wonderful program Shot@Life. Happy to give so little and get so much. Remember bacon is iron so Clarence is taking care of business.

    Thanks to you and your daughter.

    • August 3, 2012

      It is wonderful and I’m psyched to be helping them out.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Every single one is appreciated.


  • by Amanda
    August 2, 2012

    Friend Jennifer inspires me. She is a mom of 3 little girls, a freelance writer, blogger, and event coordinator. She makes time each day to ensure her girls are having a special memorable childhood. She inspires me to try harder with my 3 sons and not get caught up in the day to day grind.

    • August 3, 2012

      Thank you for telling me about Jennifer.

      The daily grind IS tough and I’m glad you have someone that inspires you to push through it. How old are the kids?


  • by Krithika
    August 2, 2012

    I am constantly amazed at how we inspire one another. And together, we can be the change we want to see. Truly, this initiative is an inspiration to do whatever I can to make a difference.

    • August 3, 2012

      I’ll be watching to see how it inspires YOU to do amazing things.

      Thanks for swinging by and doing your part to help.

  • August 3, 2012

    Clarence sounds like a very cool cat. Thank you for sharing him with us.


  • by Cambria VandeMerwe
    August 3, 2012

    I love hearing about everyday people who make an impact on someone. I hope that I can be that person for at least one other. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • August 3, 2012

    What person wouldn’t love to be know that they’ve made the world a better place for someone else. I love Clarence, but I especially love your support of him. Beautiful, CC. -Liz


  • by ThatKristen
    August 3, 2012

    I have nothing but boring praise for you and all of you who are doing this. Rock on, CC.


  • by Lena B
    August 3, 2012

    Great people are such inspiration and Ia m just happy to be inspired by so many. Clarence seems like a great person


  • by Lisa
    August 3, 2012

    What a great thing to read first thing in the morning. Well done.


  • by sass
    August 3, 2012

    I have very mixed feelings about Vaccines, and generally avoid them as much as possible, for myself and my kids. That said, it is great that you are sparking the conversation, sharing great content (and people like Clarence) and reminding us of the power of commenting and community – something that often gets lost with the fragmentation of all the short attention span platforms…

    • August 3, 2012

      Thanks for swinging by and for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like we have a perfect topic for a future Cast of Dads episode now that I know your stance on this issue!

  • August 3, 2012

    Now if only there were a vaccine that tasted like Bacon, you’d have the entire developing world hooked.


  • by Shawn
    August 3, 2012

    I love the unintentional concept of the Jamaican one stop and now I can see how the same applies to barber shops. Very important to have these places in our lives and world to connect, talk, share, learn and pass on.


  • by Squillo
    August 3, 2012

    The world could use a few more like Mr. Smith. Thanks for sharing his story.


  • by h2o_girl
    August 3, 2012

    You both are inspirational. Thanks for doing this for shot @ life!


  • by Amber
    August 3, 2012

    Bacon on a veggie burger! Genius. And also, tasty. Everything is better with bacon.

    • August 3, 2012

      I still haven’t tried it, but I have to agree with you. Almost everything tastes better with bacon (I’ve seen some stuff that is scary with bacon though)

  • August 3, 2012

    What great motivation for your post!

  • August 3, 2012

    Watched the video. Great stuff. Veggie burgers with bacon, Kool aid with molasses, the allure of barbershop knowledge. Thanks for introducing me to Clarence.


  • by Mackenzie
    August 3, 2012

    very cool!!!! thank you for sharing, and it’s so awesome that you were willing to be a part of this shot@life fundraiser


  • by Benin B
    August 4, 2012

    Love the barbershop/Star Trek story. What it reminds me, is that there’s certainly an art to telling a story.

    Clarence’s story also reminds me that I’m long overdo for my trip to the barbershop 🙂

    • August 4, 2012

      Yes, people think that a good story is magic, but lots of times it takes a lot of planning.

      I need a barbershop trip soon as well!


      • by Benin B
        August 4, 2012

        Very true C.C. Reminds me of how people used to think Jordan was magic too; but in reality he spent hour upon hour perfecting his shot.

        You too? After Clarence’s video, I’ll bet many a barber seat have filled up!

  • August 4, 2012

    If Tila Tequila was there they would have a shot at life and a shot at love.


  • by Rachel
    August 4, 2012

    A veggie burger with bacon? My dream has always to try “the hypocrite.” Love it! 🙂


    • by train_star
      August 12, 2012

      Good quality tofu fried in bacon fat is good too.


  • by jeff

  • by TK
    August 4, 2012

    I’m a bit confused as to who is donating the $20 per comment, but I definitely support the cause, so… yay commenting?


  • by Casey
    August 4, 2012

    Thank you for giving kids a Shot@Life!


  • by chris
    August 4, 2012

    This is great!


  • by Kelly
    August 4, 2012

    I hope it isn’t too late to comment! I think it is really great that 1 comment can save a life. I don’t have time to follow all your links, but I will be back.


  • by monique
    August 4, 2012

    Im inspired by every human being who is disadvantaged in any way, physically/mentally /geographically /sickness /whatever it may be, but is happy and knows they can do whatever their passion is and does it anyway despite their disadvantage. Quite often i meet people who have to deal with things that would make me hide away and feel sorry for myself , but they dont. They r happier and have achieved more personal satisfaction than those of us who dont have those disadvantages/disabilities /illnesses etc. These people inspire me. We could all learn from them and the world would be so much better.


  • by elke
    August 5, 2012

    I like how you introduced your friend and gave him a real shout out

  • August 6, 2012

    Clarence and I connected just this morning and, boy, am I glad that we did.

  • August 6, 2012

    I know these words are from your heart. I have only met Clarence once, but I know what you say to be true. Looking forward to learn more about Clarence and be inspired by his work!

  • August 6, 2012

    What an amazing story and an amazing campaign.

  • August 6, 2012

    So great when we find someone who truly inspires us to be better versions of ourselves! This campaign is pretty amazing too–I hope they find more money to donate!


  • by Jessica Cohen
    August 8, 2012

    What a beautiful post and tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • August 10, 2012

    Kudos to you C.C. Chapman for giving street cred where street cred is due. One of the most important things in this life (to me anyway) is finding those people that inspire me and shouting their names as loudly as proudly for as many people to hear as is humanly possible! I spent four months in Botswana in the summer of 2011 and will be doing a creative writing thesis on my time and experiences there for exactly that reason. #streetcred4life


  • by Felisa Hilbert
    August 10, 2012

    I love your post and the tribute that you pay to your friend. So often people forget to say things like that for friends and family until their funeral. Appreciate your honesty and help with the Shot@Life campaign. As one of Shot@Life Champion and a former nurse of a developing country, I can tell you, that the need for vaccines are big and how children die from very easily preventable diseases.

    • August 10, 2012

      I’m very happy to be part of this campaign. After spending a week in Ghana earlier this year and seeing first hand what vaccines can do for a country I don’t know how I couldn’t support it.

      Thank you for commenting and helping us raise money.


  • by Jaime

  • by Stephanie
    August 12, 2012

    Thank you for sharing about Clarence. Sounds like a cool man!


  • by Vanalee Carruth
    August 14, 2012

    Thanks for your post and what you are doing to help children. I need to look to my friends for inspiration.


  • by reneeakacutiebootycakes
    August 14, 2012

    This is a great tribute to your friend. I’m glad to be joining you in this quest for 10,000 comments!


  • by FadraN
    August 15, 2012

    I love the topic of inspiration and I love the chance to let people know how much they impact our lives, even if they don’t feel comfortable hearing it.

  • August 15, 2012

    “… I dubbed him a “mixtape journalist” because of the way he loves to tell stories across multiple forms of media.” Love that. Love the post. Love so much of what you stand for, CC. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

    • August 15, 2012

      Thank you Joe. It just sort of came out and I still think it fits him more than anything else I can come up with.

      I also appreciate you saying that about my work. Coming from someone like you it means the world to me.


  • by Gina L. Carroll
    August 15, 2012

    CC- Clarence sounds like someone I’d like to know. Thanks for sharing him with us!


  • by Steven Breems
    August 15, 2012

    Keep up the great work C.C. and Clarence. Good Ted Talk.


  • by Julia
    August 17, 2012

    This is such a great story. Let’s give kids a shot at hearing funny things like this!


  • by Justin Gronfur
    August 20, 2012

    Thank you for being an advocate of such a great cause as Shot@Life and thank you for your blog.


  • by Carmen
    August 20, 2012

    Glad to make a difference with Shot at Life!

  • August 21, 2012

    This is my second comment because I just love this idea so much!
    I just came back from a weekend in Ottawa Canada with an organisation that is near and dear to my heart – World University Service of Canada (WUSC) that works to bring students from refugee camps in Africa and Asia to study in Canadian universities and colleges. I told everyone about Blogust in a brainstorming session and what a great fundraising initiative it is. What I wouldn’t give to find a generous donor to contribute to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) in the same way! I am currently fundraising in my own small way for the SRP by challenging myself to run a half marathon in December and blogging about it here: http://21kforchange.blogspot.ca/
    Communities, be it online or otherwise, coming together for a cause is just so incredibly inspiring to me!
    Thank you, CC, for taking part!

  • August 21, 2012

    Many people drift in and out of our lives and few leave a mark where its needed the most. In its purest form, this relationship that supports, encourages, inspires and touches one another in simple yet magical ways, is one that each one of us must recognises in our lives. It only serves to make us better human beings. All the very best to you….xx


  • by WaterRat
    August 21, 2012

    I love the simplicity of the story and the message. We all need to appreciate each other like this.


  • by Debbie Shoultz
    August 22, 2012

    Sounds like a very creative man!

  • August 23, 2012

    I’ve always enjoy reading things from CC Chapman. I find that he is very intelligent and very humorous. When I read this article and laughed at the bacon comment. (yeah I’d totally do something like that except it would be bologna) I think this is very awesome to have friends and have such a big creative heart. So here is my comment.. Thank you!


  • by Elise
    August 23, 2012

    How badly we need those special friendships, even when the day-to-day keeps us from getting together as much as we would like. Thanks for taking the time to celebrate and share with us.


  • by Diana
    August 23, 2012

    This is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness, raising funds and making it easy for us mouse-potatoes to get involved and help out.
    It should also encourage us to think – and discuss – the necessary education campaigns that should accompany such immunisation drives. There is still a lot of ignorance to be overcome, even in developed countries such as the USA, and unfortunately, we are now also dealing with the backlash of the covert operations in Pakistan that took place under the guise of vaccination campaigns.
    Lots of work to do, but, as the famous proverb says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
    Thank you for participating!


  • by Snoobob
    August 24, 2012

    He sounds like a very cool guy.

  • August 25, 2012

    Great post. I loved it.


  • by Eva Fannon
    August 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing Clarence’s BlogTalk – LOVE it! In my line of work, I know many examples of barbershops as an avenue to share health information with community members.


  • by homemaidsimple
    August 27, 2012

    Great post! I love that shot@life is working to make kids healthier!

  • August 27, 2012

    Thanks for participating in Blogust! Kudos to you for recognizing the value of incredible friends.

  • August 27, 2012

    Thanks for pointing me to a voice I hadn’t heard. I hope Mr. Smith won’t mind if I borrow his bacon-veggie burger move.


  • by Justin
    August 27, 2012

    The video about barbershop knowledge is great!


  • by Carolyn Ward
    August 27, 2012

    Commenting to save a little life. And thinking now about those in my life that inspire me…


  • by adrian
    August 27, 2012

    I’m hoping that additional comments count towards the total. I’m making a second pass through the calendar to catch a few days I missed the first time around.


  • by Erin Mecklenburg
    August 28, 2012

    This is such a great project!


  • by Jillian Hess
    August 30, 2012

    Shot@Life is a great initiative, so thank you for contributing to the Blogust activity and thanks for sharing the veggie burger with bacon story too!

    • August 30, 2012

      I’m always happy to help a good cause do amazing things!

      Thank you for doing your part and leaving a comment!!!

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C.C. Chapman

Bio

Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write, because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and head shots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Writer

I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.

Photographer

If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Samsung NX1 and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on InstagramFlickr and 500px.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.

Teacher

I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.

 

On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.


Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of  audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com

 

Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s even more to know about C.C. Chapman, if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.

 

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DISCLOSURES

I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

9 C Medway Road #117
Milford, MA
01757

Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing
  • Member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz Influencer Team which means I receive electronics to review and experiences to take part in.

 

Affiliate links are used whenever they are available when linking to products of any sort.

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