So yesterday I posted a Tweet and it unexpectedly went viral. (This one).
It all started when I saw someone tweet a photo of a store with empty shelves after some folk had gone on a panic buying frenzy, due to the unfamiliar snow storms they were experiencing.
I found this to be amusing. Being a fellow British/English person, I know what we can be like when reacting to extremities. So I posting the above GIF, because it is what I was reminded of.
Never in a million years did I expect it to reach over half a million pair of eyes! But apparently it did and the Likes, Retweets and comments came rolling in. It was even one of many that made it onto a UK news site.
Most of it was all in good fun. The majority of people understood that it was a bit of a joke and they could relate. Others though, well, some got offended simply because I used the word “Brits” and there were a few that just got down right offended for what exact reason I just do not know.
It saddens me that it is possible to make something so harmless into negativity. That is not what I am about.
If anything, I appreciate the people who follow me a lot more, because they know me for who I really am and I am fortunate for that.
It also reminds me how lucky I am for the amount of followers I have on WordPress, how I seem to have the best of the bunch and for that I am truly grateful.
It is probably damned near impossible to rid yourself of all forms of negativity, especially as the ones in question are comfortably hiding away behind a screen with the power of words at their fingertips, but at least I can rest easy knowing the community I belong to is and always will be a safe place.
What do I think about going viral? Well, personally it is not for me. I don’t know how it happened this time around, but I hope it doesn’t happen again any time soon. My anxiety was not loving it, that is for sure! I don’t know how anyone would cope with this amount of communication with the outside world. It was truly overwhelming. I am happy that for the most part it was taken in good fun and the majority are a positive bunch, but I will leave the viral Tweets to the big shots in future and I will stick to poetry!
I have my birthday coming up this weekend, so hopefully I get to do something fun that I can share with you in a later post.
Until next time, stay amazing!