I make no fuss about being a year (technically 6 months, and 20 days) from 40. There are certain things that I just don’t do. I mean, I am on social media and have met an awesome set of people between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I mean, I met my best friend through Twitter!
Yet, 6 plus month into this pandemic, my best asked me the question at least nine other people have asked me:
“Are you on TikTok?”
My answer was always a snarky, “I am almost 40! Why would I be on TikTok?! What do yo do on this?!” My business mentor had told our entrepreneur group that we needed to explore this medium, master it and get to using it! I ignored her and thought no more about it. That is, until my best friend told me my daughter was on the app. Not a problem! My bestie is an aunt to her, so she wasn’t just out on the ferocious internet with no one knowing–and she’s 13. The social media talk–like the sex talk–is normal part of raising kids in this millennium! But, game changed when my best friend of almost 5 years said, “Dude, are you on TikTok?”
Through text messages, I told her that I wasn’t. I told her why should I be? Her answer, just as snarky as mine: “Dude, what else are you going to do? It’s a pandemic!” Who am I to argue with that logic? And in mid-October, I filmed my first TikTok video. Now, almost two months later, I have over 6000 followers!
6000! Little ole me!
I have found community, virtual sisters, causes and a portion of Beyonce’s internet that is unapologetically Black! And, I have found a thriving writing community of people who look like me. All because I listened to my best friend…in a global pandemic.
Note: If you want to follow my awesome and be a Jayebird, find me as @whatjayesaid. I am now at the amount of followers where I can start going live! So if you can’t get enough of me, you can follow me here. Thanks!