Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Happy Birthday to Humans of the Keys!

Hi! We posted our first story on HOK 2 years ago today!! We thought it would be a good idea to share our story with all of you!
Karen Johnson first approached me (Rhonda) and introduced me to Humans of New York. My husband and I enjoyed that page. She was so excited “We have so many different people here in the Keys, unique and interesting people, what do you think about starting a page like this here in the Keys?” We loved the idea, so the adventure began.
We met a couple of times, decided on the name, made a logo, you know, all the stuff you have to do. We were so excited!! On July 16, 2014 our first story was posted! Not long after that Karen met Jack, the cat man. That turned into, and still is, our most popular story I think. That story brought an outpouring of positive comments, donations (both money and items) and open hearts, from all over the world!! ALL OVER THE WORLD! Who knew?? Unrealized by Jack, he brought out the best in people.
Karen and I were meeting and talking to so many people! Our stories covered the gamete. Everyone really does have a story; even what a person thinks is a boring story, it turns out to be interesting in some way to someone.
A year into HOK, Karen had to move out of the Keys. There was no way I could do this on my own. I called Suzi Youngberg and spoke with her. She was excited and ready to join me with HOK! For the second year Suzi and I have been talking to people and putting their stories out.
We try to tell a person’s story like they do. We don’t re-write them or change anything about their story, we just write it down for them, I mean, after all it is THEIR story!! Ok, sometimes we do have to organize them a little so they make sense, but that is what we are here for. We love it.
We have met so many people, helped so many people, reached so many people. In 2 years we have over 18,000 likes! Some of our posts have reached over 100,000 people, and these people are from all over the world. Who could, would, have guessed when we started how big we would grow, I mean, we are just 2 women who live in the Keys and love our community, love our “Keys” people!!
We find our stories many different ways. We meet people, we take their story over the phone, and sometimes a person will write their own and send it to us, with a picture of course! We approach and talk to people on the street, at the store, where ever there are people; sometimes it’s people we know, and sometimes people recommend others. Everyone has a story and we are always looking for them, so please let us know if you would like your story told or if you know someone who would be interested. You are also welcome to write an HOK story, and if it is posted we are happy to give author credit! You can PM us or email us.
A story can be anything you want it to be. How you got to the Keys and why or you can tell us about a unique experience or adventure you’ve had. You can just answer a question, like:
What are you most proud of and why?
Who influenced you the most and why?
What motivates you?
We have a bunch of them and we are ready to talk with you!!
Suzi and I will continue to tell HOK stories and hope you continue to enjoy them!! Thank you so much for all your support over the last 2 years. Cheers!!

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