You know, I am proud to say that I am officially billiam'sbilliam
very first fan and LJ "friend". I was the first outsider/stranger to be on the legendary Billiam's LJ friends list. But I am even more proud to say that I'm friends with Billiam's soul and creator, Joe , aka thewalkingman
. Yes, that's right, Billiam is not real. No, really, it's true.........
Anyways, Billiam first approached me a long ass time ago, making a random comment in my journal, about how I look so much like Tupac Shakur (my LJ icon.) Right away I knew this guy either had to be a complete idiot, or a creative genius. After reading his journal for a bit, I knew that whoever was behind this Billiam character was a very creative, imaginative, and intelligent dood. So, "billiam" caught me once on AIM, and we started talking. After I gained his trust and confidence, I met the man behind the mask, Joe. Joe is a great guy. I have yet to meet him in person, but we talk on the phone to each other (he lives in friggin' Canada) quite often and catch up on whats going on in each others' lives. Our friendship evolved from just talking about Billiam and LJ to actual real-life stuff that "friends" talk about. Joe is a great guy, with a big heart, and tons of writing talent. I hope that he gets a break. He has a wonderful wife, and they seem to make each other very happy. I know if Joe and I lived closer, we'd hang out and be good friends, just like the same I feel about my Boston buddy offy
Anyways, Joe has always kept his journal and Billiam's totally seperate. He never cared if people found out who he was, he doesn't keep it a secret anymore. Billiam is here on LJ to entertain, and that he does, to 600+ LJ users. I have helped Joe a few times with ideas and storylines for his billiam character, and even created a character of my own, gave my character an LJ, and Joe and I created the legendary "feud", where, in the end, my character "killed" Billiam. Joe even got Billiam black & white press, a full 5 page article in Yahoo magazine, and my character was even in there too, with a picture of both of us! (Another little accomplishment that I'm proud of, thanks to Joe.)
Today, Joe made history, and posted himself in Billiams' journal. He walked on billiam's stage of 600+ fans as himself, and announced this:http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?journal=billiam&itemid=549449
I want to help Joe. He is a great guy. I wouldn't do this if I didn't care. I called him up tonight and pitched him a few ideas, and hopefully I helped him out. There are a lot of people who look at Billiam and think the whole thing is just stupid, but Joe has really molded billiam into an LJ legend. He is an "imaginary icon", if you will. Billiam has a history, a whole life of his own, his own website and store,.........Joe took it from nothing and turned it into this. Everybody has heard of Billiam.
If Joe decides to run with my idea, then I'm all in to help him out. I'm not asking you guys to, I'm just writing my thoughts in my journal. Take it how you want to.
In other news, I won't be around again until Wednesday, so, cheer on Barry with me! Get that ring, Barry Bonds!