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If you are anything like us, you probably spent a good deal of 2021 "doom-scrolling" on social media.
Whether you spent the year on Tiktok, Instagram, or Twitter, we have a list of the best, most intriguing, and most hilarious people from Northeast Ohio that you should be following going into the new year.
Known around town as the "unofficial Cleveland photographer," what started as a pledge to himself to post one picture a day turned into a light in our feeds that celebrates our fair city, and highlights the beauty in everyday scenes.
Follow if you like: Cleveland-based photography
Philosophy of Crime (James Renner’s podcast)
You love true crime, which makes you sick like us. James Renner’s Instagram account for this true-crime podcast lets us in on the joke about how strange our obsession really is with murderous humans.
Follow if you like: dark humor and true crime
She stole our hearts on "America’s Got Talent," but when her cancer treatments forced her away from the competition, she turned to social media to keep letting us all in. In spite of an unrelenting illness, the singer is pushing through and living every day with hope and song.
Follow if you like: music, inspirational stories, "America's Got Talent"
It’s not every day you see a Bachelorette fan-favorite use their notoriety for good. Michael’s latest Instagram endeavor? Sharing with his 253,000 followers one GoFundMe page per week for someone who has sent him a message sharing their personal story of loss.
Follow if you like: "The Bachelor" franchise, inspirational accounts, charity
Possibly one of the loudest and most outrageous voices of Cleveland, Joey Kinsley, a.k.a Sir Yacht, will keep you laughing, smiling, and cheering on Northeast Ohio sports teams throughout 2022.
Follow if you like: Cleveland sports, Ohio-based comedy, hilarious bets
Teaching in her Twenties
Whoever said that teachers can't have fun was seriously mistaken. Maria Jo, a.k.a Teaching in her Twenties, has become one of the most beloved educators on Tiktok, showing off her fun and colorful outfits, her creative crafts and ways that she keeps her students involved, and her relatable content about being a young, working professional. In October, Maria also used her more than 130,000 followers on Tiktok to help one of her students who had been injured in a fire in Cleveland, raising more than $15,000 for the family's GoFundMe.
Follow if you like: fashion content, health, teaching tips
Morgan P Talks
If you have ever had a Tiktok or Instagram Reels pop up on your For You Page and it's a woman talking about breaking entertainment news, chances are you've been acquainted with Morgan P Talks. Known for her ability to share the most up to date entertainment news on social media, Morgan, who also works for WQAL Q-104, will make sure that you are one of the first people to know when pop culture news breaks!
Follow if you like: entertainment news, celebrity gossip
Rarely do you find someone who so perfectly blends their love of the C-L-E with comedy and heart; Ricky Smith, who goes by Rickonia on social media, is the exception. Whether you are looking for a laugh, a message of solidarity, or a relatable comment about what it's really like to be a Northeast Ohioan, Ricky and his socials are the place to be.
Follow if you like: comedy, inspiration, heartwarming content
Wanderlust in Ohio
Northeast Ohioans don't need to be told that they live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, but it sure doesn't hurt to be reminded every now and again. If you are looking for someone to share incredible shots of the Cleveland Metroparks, as well as great walking and hiking trails, Mady Stoner's account is the one for you.
Follow if you like: nature photos, the Cleveland Metroparks, hiking
When it comes to supporting the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Guardians, and Cleveland Cavaliers, you would be hard-pressed to find a more vocal and dedicated fan. When it comes to not taking any crap from people on the internet, you would also be hard-pressed to find a more opinionated, strong-willed content creator than Gabb Goudy.
Follow if you like: Cleveland sports, comedy
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