Nice to Tweet you.

Hello Friends!

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!


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  1. It’s interesting that most bloggers dream of going viral, but I’ve read reports from a couple who have viralised (is that a word? It should be!) who didn’t exactly enjoy the experience… Balance in all things, I guess!

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  2. Bless you … there will always be someone who wants to pull you down, on the web, in your office, on the bus, in your family…. they are the people who have not taken the time to truly understand you or your intention, because they choose not to give that time to you, because they are not empathetic to humanity in general… hope that makes sense..
    Your chosen GIF was a moment in time; a moment in your mind the vibe of which you chose to lovingly share. This is your โ€˜voiceโ€™ the one which all of your followers follow you to hear.
    Stay being you ๐ŸŒธ

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  3. I don’t do Twitter, so I did not see this until you shared it here. Had I been on Twitter, I would have been laughing my head off. ๐Ÿ˜€ All I seen on Facebook last couple of days on Facebook came across as panic, or over the top. I don’t know if you seen it, but I wrote a sarky post on my blog for laughs. This is the link to the post, which I hope you don’t mind me sharing here:

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  4. For me the word โ€˜viralโ€™ is an entirely medical reference. And believe me, at my age, some of that shit can be really nasty.
    I was contacted recently by a lady offering to assist me in sexing up my blog and creating a wider audience. She seemed a little shocked to hear that, no, I really wasnโ€™t interested in popularity (that is not to say that I donโ€™t appreciate the kind words of others) and that no, I had no illusions about making it a money making exercise (though, to be sure, I could do with fiscal benefactors).
    I started it as a sort of diary – a way to keep a record of my thoughts. The fact that it is public just encourages a certain honesty in those thoughts.
    My intention is to keep it going until such time as something viral requires a hospitalisation from which I shall not return.

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  5. I am sorry to hear it caused your anxiety to go into overdrive, it was interesting to see that tweet go so viral and peoples reactions to it. Just don’t feel bad about the negativity, we live in a world where sadly, people just want to feel offended. I’m sure it is like a drug to them and I hope it hasn’t affected you too much. Have a great birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. We all joke about everyone panicking for snowstorms, etc. The local media walk a very fine line between informing the public, and inducing panic. We laugh because, if everyone stocks up on bread, milk, and eggs, what happens when the power goes out? It’s just funny to me, having lived through multiple hurricanes and a few snowstorms/blizzards. Enjoy your birthday!!

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    1. Hey Laura Beth. I understand what you mean about the media hype. Apparently it was the main news all day on the TV. I have lived in different extreme weather and in comparison the UK weather was mild, but we aren’t used to it over there and the government aren’t well prepared.


  7. Good to hear a different perspective on wild popularity and ‘going viral’. I am always shocked and amazed at how quickly things can turn negative on the internet, especially humour. Hope you have a lovely birthday!

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  8. I think it was cute dear, unforchanatly the world is full of negative people that don’t want anyone to be happy about anything just like them, so exnore them and their negative crap so seat back and lafe at it all and let that anxity go away.
    Take care Sara.


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  9. Iโ€™m also a fellow Brit (nobody I know would be offended by that word) and have found the panic in the snow quite hilarious! Although, some people will find negativity everywhere, which is a shame. But you are right, WordPress has the best of the bunch!
    Also, have a happy birthday this weekend.

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  10. I worry about this happening, too! And of course it’s never the tweets we hope will get attention that go viral. I had a blog post go sort-of viral once (4,000 views when my normal “successful” posts get about 50); in my case, it was because I deliberately was trying to address a hornet’s nest, which of course means the hornets will come after you. So I was sort of asking for it…but it has led me to worry that I might inadvertently put myself in their line of stingers again sometime. I want to be a writer, so I have to be okay with that on some level….and actually, looking at how you responded to the negative comments here (saying things along the lines of, “I didn’t expect this to reach anyone other than my followers”) seemed like an excellent response that I’ll remember in case I’m ever in the position of “context collapse” (which is a term I learned recently for what I think happened to you here). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thatโ€™s very interesting. I am not comfortable with confrontation, so I tend to stay away from big subjects for that very reason. I am complete okay with criticism and the likes, but plain old verbal abuse is uncalled for, so Iโ€™ll avoid it where possible.

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  11. Some people have a way with negativity… They even call “positivity” as “opposite of negativity”…Ha!

    So don’t let it bother you. This one’s already over. Take this experience as net practice… now you know how to handle the cynics๐Ÿ˜„

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