Social media can be a wonderful thing. It allows us to share ideas, promote our passions, and keep informed on all the happenings of the world. For me, the greatest gift of websites such as #Facebook and #Twitter are how they’ve allowed me to connect with people I otherwise never would have met.
I, along with many other authors, use Twitter to help spread the word about our books. We also retweet other Indie artists – and that is how I met Al Handa.
Al (@alhanda) is one of the biggest supporters of #Indie artists. The man is a retweet machine who always has a kind word and encouraging spirit you can’t help but gravitate to. He was well-known for his Delta Snake Blues News magazine that later resulted in one of his earliest #blues websites. He’s been around the music scene for many years. As a musician, he’s played in bands that centered around San Francisco’s punk scene of #MabuhayGardens, including The Avengers, Negative Trend, and UXA.
Now, Al is part of the Handa-McGraw International music group with music available on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other sites. But he needs a little help …
Al and his adorable dog, Ivy, are homeless and living out of Al’s car. He has recently started a GoFundMe page to help raise a few dollars for expenses such as car upkeep, food, and gas. He has also converted his blog to document the trials and tribulations of homeless life. I suggest everyone read it. Al has a way of explaining the challenges he and Ivy face while still keeping the shining, positive attitude he’s known for.
For those who don’t know, this is my final blog post. I’ve decided to use my newsletter and Facebook page to share information, and use the extra time to focus more on writing. I wanted to make this last post something special, something meaningful, and I didn’t want it to revolve around writing.
We all need a little help every once in a while. It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference in someone’s life – someone like Al Handa and little Ivy.
If you have a few dollars to spare, please visit my friend’s #GoFundMe page and give Al a helping hand. You can find the link HERE. Also, if you’d subscribe to Al and Ivy’s blog, I know he’d be thrilled to have new friends. Check it out HERE.
Please, share this post. Retweet it, plaster it on your Facebook and social media pages. Let’s help a man who makes time to help so many others.