All This To Say Vol. 1
Webster’s dictionary defines “fame” as...
*googles ‘define fame’*
Oh ok, as: “the condition of being known or talked about by many people, especially on account of notable achievements.” I define it as myself after recently having a Tweet go viral.
I am vehemently certain that when Ms. Merriam Webster wrote the dictionary for the first time (didn’t fact-check this article, sounds right tho) that she was solely thinking of viral tweets when writing the term “notable achievements.” I mean, what isn’t notable about 52.3K people retweeting my work? What isn’t admirable about 134K people liking my joke? What isn’t absolutely groundbreaking about the 6.8 MILLION times people saw my Tweet on Twitter? I’m honestly about to jot this one down under my “Skills and Expertise” section on my resume.
Now I have been an active Twitter user since about ‘09. My timeline is half funny stuff, half Alabama football. Sometimes I hit the people with a political retweet when I’m feeling frisky. Basically, I use it as a platform to share my thoughts on, well, anything. Which is what it should be for, amirite?
But I have never had a tweet go “viral” before this one. It was honestly a cool feeling. Who would know that almost 7 million people would read my dumb joke? It honestly wasn’t even my best tweet tbh. I am fully aware I have been funnier. But hey, that’s showbiz baby.
ALL THIS TO SAY: People hearing what you have to say is EPIC. There are few feelings better than the one of knowing people heard your thoughts. You spoke and people heard (or read) it. Twitter is a super simplified example of this. I am fully aware I have had far more and will have far more achievements besides a dumb tweet being reposted by a lot of people. But it reminds me how much I love people hearing what I have to say. The feeling of saying what I want to say and having people recognize it is a phenomenal high.
Whether it be answering a question correctly in class, placing in a speaking competition, or giving the funniest answer at the bar during trivia night, I love the feeling associated with it. So I’m going to continue to speak up and I encourage everyone else to do the same. Whether it’s from behind your phone on Twitter, or from center stage at your future TED Talk, I hope you can enjoy this feeling as well.
And, at this point, if you haven’t followed me on Twitter, it’s honestly rude. (@dddrop_the_lace)