(Yes, this blog is intended for my Blockhead friends but please read even if you’re not a fan.)
Joe or Joey McIntyre? I’ve heard it both ways, to quote my favorite show “Psych.” 😉 Personally I call him Joe because he was always known by Joe back in the day. To me, Joey is his stage name but if you call him that, it’s all good. Whether you were a goner from the first note of “Please Don’t Go Girl” or became a Joe girl when New Kids on the Block burst back onto the scene in 2008 (like me), it really doesn’t matter. I actually did become a New Kids fan when I first heard “Please Don’t Go Girl” in the late summer of 1988 and truly have always been a Joe girl at heart. I just didn’t realize it until the reunion. But still, that doesn’t make me any better than the fan who wasn’t even born in 1988 or didn’t discover them until recent years. We all have a sisterhood and a bond that not many other people understand. I can’t even put into words what it is. My theory is that we are all soul mates: the Blockheads and our New Kids. The bond is just too strong for it to be anything else.
But just like birth sisters, my Blockhead sisters can get on my nerves. There’s jealousy, attention whoring, all scrambling to be the favorite of whoever their guy is or maybe just get a tweet. I’ve been guilty of desperately begging for a tweet or follow. I’m not proud of it but we all sometimes get caught up in the crazyness. It’s like high school sometimes: “if he just notices me my life will be made!” I see it every day, girls begging to be tweeted, twugged, humped on Wednesdays, or just to get a hi from one of the guys. I understand but let’s face it. We place too much importance on Twitter. I recently saw a complaint that it sucks to be a Joe girl because he doesn’t tweet much. This really bothered me. Yes, I wish he tweeted more of course. Twitter provides us with a connection to the guys (and each other) we would not otherwise have. It’s a beautiful thing. But our lives don’t need to revolve around it. And just because Joe doesn’t tweet every day, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about his fans. It doesn’t mean he’s not thinking about us, maybe even thinking of something he can do to thank us. As if he hasn’t done enough! The guy is AMAZING. Just because he doesn’t tweet you or follow you doesn’t mean you mean any less than the first girl he followed. We should be thanking our lucky stars he tweets at all. A lot of celebs have someone tweet for them. We are lucky all 5 New Kids tweet for themselves and give us twitpics and bubble tweets and a tiny glimpse into their lives. And it’s also incredibly awesome that they follow fans. True, Joe doesn’t follow nearly as many as Jordan or Donnie. I’m lucky enough to be one that he follows (THANK YOU again Abby!! And Joe, of course xoxo) and I used to beg him for a follow, then feel dirty. I don’t like begging for anything. If he wants to follow, he will. If he doesn’t, it doesn’t mean there’s necessarily anything wrong with you or he doesn’t like you. He has over 130,000 followers. I imagine it’s very hard to see all his tweets. I have 645 followers and I miss tweets from my friends all the time!
Truthfully, I’ve been tweeted by Joe McIntyre several times and yes, each time was thrilling, especially that first one in 2009 because it was a shoutout to the great friends I made volunteering for Joe’s Let’s Get This Foundation in Virginia Beach. And that brings me to what I really want to talk about: how freaking amazing it is to be a Joe girl. A fine example: The Let’s Get This Foundation and book drives Joe did on the Full Service tour in the summer of 2009…who does that? I was lucky enough to be picked as a volunteer, along with my twin sister (@abs1399) and a great group of girls I didn’t know beforehand. But thanks to Joe, I still (and always will) count them among my best friends. I don’t know that we would have met if he hadn’t picked us all as volunteers. Of course we weren’t the only group. He picked 10 volunteers in each city. You got to meet him but it wasn’t like a meet and greet. We were there for this greater cause, collecting books for children who might not otherwise ever see a book. It’s hugely important and I still give to First Book whenever I can. I was so impressed with him for putting the charity together, for giving his fans the opportunity to volunteer and be a part of it. Not many “celebrities” do things like that.
And last night, he performed at the Boston Tree Lighting in Boston Common, then did a private intimate and FREE show for his fans. I wasn’t lucky enough to be chosen for that. He’s actually doing two – the one in Boston last night and one in New York City December 14. I tried for the NYC show because if you know me, I LOVE NYC and seeing Joe there again would have been phenomenal. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be for me this time because I wasn’t picked. I was upset about it at first but I now realize it simply wasn’t meant to be. And it’s not like I haven’t been picked for something he did before. It would have been a dream come true but I have faith he will do something even more amazing down the road that I can take part in. Because he’s just an incredible human being. But anyway, I’ve seen video and pics from the show last night. Joe apparently went out into the crowd, singing and taking pictures with every single person there. And it was FREE! Considering we paid hundreds of dollars for two minutes with all five New Kids, that is a pretty sweet deal!
One of my friends Carrie was there and I can’t wait to see her pics!! I actually made friends with her because of Joe, too. She was going to Vegas to see him in March and so was I. We met on the nkotb.com message board, then through Twitter and finally in person in Vegas to see Joe. We ended up sitting next to each other for his show, which was as always, AWESOME! The Vegas experience is another example of how wonderful he is to his fans. Yes, it was a bit of a stretch to fly across the country but he made it so worth it. The shows were intimate, like last night’s show only I think last night’s was probably even better. Taking into account how huge New Kids on the Block were in 1990, it is mind-blowingly awesome to now be able to get so close. They could easily still hide behind bodyguards, not do the 5* meet & greets, not cruise. Hell, they never had to come back at all. They were set for life so they really don’t have to do any of this. It’s not like any of them have starving kids to feed. Ya feel me? So I consider everything they do for us a blessing. It’s all more icing on the cake and dude, the cake is really, really rich by now!
For anyone who hasn’t met Joe yet, your time is coming. And he will make it amazing for you. I’ve met him several times now and each time he has been incredibly sweet and attentive. He makes you feel like you’re the only girl in the room when he’s talking to you. Those intense insanely beautiful baby blues lock onto you and you know he’s really listening. He makes you believe he cares about what you’re saying. Actually, I sincerely think he does care. And despite popular opinion, Mr. McIntyre gives the best hugs! Maybe it’s a Joe girl thing. Maybe he intuits who are the Joe girls and hugs them tighter. No I don’t just say he gives the best hugs because he’s my favorite. Honestly, no one has ever hugged me quite like that. When you’re in his arms, you don’t want him to ever let go. Sigh. Okay, so I’m obviously smitten but it’s true. Trust me: when you meet Joe, it will be awesome!
I know this is a long-winded blog but this has been building in me for a long time. I was hesitant to say anything because I hate to complain, especially on Twitter. I’m grateful for everything, especially my wonderful friends, most of whom are Blockheads. It does not suck to be a Joe girl. It couldn’t NOT suck any more. In fact, we may be the luckiest NKOTB fans of all.
I invite comments and want to know what you really think. If any Joe girls (or any Jordan/Donnie/Jon/Danny girls or even non-Blockheads!) want to share a story, by all means do! Thank you for reading. 🙂