As we close out the 2022 year and bring in 2023

I want to give a big thank you to all who made the Group, the Page, and this website possible.  In 2012, when I first made the facebook group because I was being silly, I had no idea how it would grow and become the amazing and beautiful place that it has become.  Little did I know the lives we would touch and the hearts we would endear.

This journey has been over 10 years in the making, and has come with all the fun of life and learning how to be a better admin.  It has been a time of growth, and I have learned so much, not only about how to admin a group, but how to lead a team of amazing admins who love it as much as I do.  We have shared giggles galore and our own fun behind the scenes as well as done a lot of work to build the group up to what it has become.  So many conversations about whether something fits the rules or not.  So many conversations of whether the post was pink, or was it beige or purple or orange?  The color lines blur when you see the amount of pink photos we go through every day.

Then in 2018, I played an April Fool’s Day joke on the group, but ultimately, the joke was on me.  I changed the cover of the facebook group to pretend for the day that we had decided to switch the group to be 50 Shades of Blue.  We pulled a few members in on the joke and had them post a bunch of blue photos with us.  Then, as members figured it out, and posted that they had figured it out, we removed their comments so it didn’t give away the joke, and had them join in on the fun.  When we finally admitted to the joke, people told us they loved it so much that they wanted a blue group…and a purple group, and an orange group…and suddenly we had all the colors.  Little did I know how much adminning was going to become my career.

In June of 2022 I decided to take a certification program through Facebook to become a Meta Certified Community Manager.  That opened up the doors for so much more.  I took a contract job with Convosight to work on the Meta Community Summit, a five-week job putting together training programs for other Facebook admins who were also attending the Summit. 

While all of this was happening, I also had applied for the facebook Accelerator program which would be announced at the Summit, and somehow,  all of the pink stars aligned perfectly for our group and we were accepted to the program.  https://www.facebook.com/community/accelerator/I had applied a few different times over the past few years, and hadn’t been accepted, so this was an amazing end to the Summit for me.

The Facebook Accelerator program, built around Coaching, Development, and Connection, also provides funding from Facebook to help grow the Facebook Groups we each run and help us build the connections in our groups.  Twice a week we meet with our cohorts.  On one day we learn about facebook tools and tips and how to use them, and on the other day we deep dive into the educational portion of the program.  We meet with business coaches to see where we are and what we need to work on next, and then we meet with our admin team one to two days as well to determine where we are and what we need to do next.  We have projects to do and paperwork to fill out.  We have study sessions and trainings and it keeps us busy for sure, but we are learning so much and enriching our wealth of knowledge as we go.

One of our focal points for the program is to build out 50ShadesofPink.com, and work on getting quality products in our store.  Our long-term plan is to be the place to find everything you can think of in pink.  We want to not only be the place for fun pink t-shirts, hats, and coffee mugs, but we want to be the pink store where you can shop for pink pots and pans, pink blankets, pink power tools, pink stuffed animals, and anything pink you can imagine.  I know this is going to make you chuckle, or shake your head, or roll your eyeballs a little in playful fun, but when we get to the point where we need a warehouse for the products we ultimately hope to stock, my pallet jacks will be hot pink like this one from Uline.  I mean, I totally need this for the warehouse we will have one day.  https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-3045/Pallet-Trucks/Uline-Industrial-Pallet-Truck-48-x-27-Pink?pricode=WA9448&gadtype=pla&id=H-3045&gclid=CjwKCAiA2L-dBhACEiwAu8Q9YIgWDyMpKkCCCsEAPMpJF97n90ikbNKlj-lst7LxpPstGs7jPklaJhoCkAQQAvD_BwE

In the process of all of this, we are also building up the Facebook group which is where this fun little pink idea started.  We have a survey that we currently have up and running to let us know what kind of content and interaction people want to have in the group.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/50shadespink/posts/6108858082491815

We will be having virtual and in-person get togethers filled with games, prizes, and so much more.  We will have positivity challenges where you can win prizes as you join in on the fun and games, some pink cooking challenges, scavenger hunts, and so much more.  The fun and games are about to be kicked up a notch as we branch out to have fun, connect, and enjoy our beautiful pink world in all of its stunning pink glory.

I started out this blog post saying I want to thank the people who made the Facebook group, the Facebook Page, and this website possible. 

As for the group, a big thank you to all of our members who make it such an amazing place to be, to play, to enjoy, to soak up the pink sunshine in all of the posts they post, etc.  We would be nothing without all of you. 

I also want to thank Mark Zuckerburg for making Facebook and giving us a place to truly live in a virtual world of such beautiful and amazing photos, people, friends, and family.  I know social media can be an interesting place to be, but it has given me so many new friends and so much joy working on the group and connecting with all of you. 

I want to thank my friends Hal Bleiweiss and Chelli Carter Flores who have stood behind me and walked beside me through many years of facebook friendship.  I am a better person for knowing them both.  They have always been there for me when I needed admin help on anything and we have THE BEST chats ever.  I absolutely adore both of them.

As for the website, I want to thank Donna Martinek from Eight arms Marketing https://eightarmsmarketing.com/ for making such a gloriously pink website for us.  She survived our site-tweaking sessions and me asking for minor changes a non-minor amount of times.  I cannot express how appreciative I am of all of the work she has done.

Lastly, I want to thank my amazing admin team:  Ethel Fiamingo, Molly Barton, Tracy Lynne, Becky Lish-O’Neill, Heather Jackson, and my husband and best friend, Bob Rinker.  All of you have helped in so many ways to bring this dream to fruition.  You have put up with my weird ideas, my fun ideas, my pie-in-the-sky ideas, and all the other ideas I have had for the group, and you have taught me to be a better person as we have learned together and figured out together how we wanted to admin the group.  I am proud to call you my friends.  Thank you for standing beside me and being so positive through all of it.

To all of you.  Thank you for being here with us on this positively positive pink positivity journey. 

MeLynda Rinker

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