“I grew up on a corn and potato farm in Michigan until I was 14. I was 4th generation there. Deciding to sell the farm was pretty heated. It was 1990 and a lot farms were going out of business so we sold and moved to the city. It was me, my cousins and my grandparents, all on the same property, in different houses. There were ten of us and we had houses that other people rented.
It was isolating on the farm, you couldn’t go see anyone, they were miles away. We only had 3 TV channels on a good day and our radio had pretty limited reception. Our farm shared a phone line with the other farms until the mid 90’s. You could pick up the phone and hear other people’s conversations.
I lived in a made up world and made my own fun a lot. I also had a lot of imagination. I made my own dolls. I read a lot of books.
A lot of family memories were created on the farm. I would spend a lot of time at my Grandma’s. The farm hands would come and eat and drink lots of ‘7 and 7’s’. It’s a drink, a highball. Seagram’s Crown Whiskey with 7Up, which is like lemonade. Occasionally my Grandma would ask me to mix her a drink – I was definitely underage. It was very funny.
The reason I started my business was an accident. I was homeless and jobless for a while. I travelled around the world and saw family and friends. I was house-sitting. Every day I posted a photo of the bed I was sleeping in called ‘The Bed Blog’. People started following it and offering me a bed, food and things. This was nearly 4 years ago. I started seeing how social media worked. It’s the ongoing conversations and stories that people love. I saw job ads for social media managers and I was like, right, this is a job now. I was being interviewed but not getting the jobs.
I thought I didn’t know how to run a business. I contacted an old boss an asked if there was anything I could do for him. I proposed to do social as a consultant and that grew to what I’m doing now. I can construct imaginary worlds quite easily which is a natural fit for social. I volunteered with the pop up of The School of Life, building their following on Instagram from 3 to 1000 in 3 months. Now they have 8000 followers.
After that I just went out and said ‘I manage social media’ and they said ‘OK’. In the beginning I didn’t even have a website.
My business name is Spendlove and Lamb.
People ask me ‘what does it mean?’ and my response is ‘what does it mean to you?’.
I believe you’re nothing if you don’t have good people around you. Everything in our lives comes from someone else – love, community, or things. We are really only as good as the company we keep.”
Megan Davis is Lead Storyteller at Spendlove and Lamb, a social media and storytelling consultancy: