This entry isn’t about anything that I’ve done recently. 😐
It’s more about what I do when I’ve got nothing to do, or what I do when I don’t want to be doing anything. 😏 I’m referring to TikTok. And I’ll admit, when I first downloaded the app a few months ago I didn’t see how I could ever get interested in it enough to really use it… 🤔 but after doing some searches for stuff that I actually wanted to see on there, it quickly started learning how to feed me the right type of videos that would keep me hanging around in the app. 🙂 So much so that I even started making my own.
And I know that I’m not using it like most people do, mainly because I’m 48 years old and TikTok feels like an app made for teenagers with ADHD. 😅 But even over the past three months, maybe because of all of the media coverage the app has gotten, I’ve noticed the age range of users getting a whole lot wider. And the app is getting better at showing stuff posted by older farts to other older farts… 😏 so even compared to just a few months ago, it feels more welcoming and usable to me.
But as you can see from some of my thumbnails above, my content is currently pretty cat heavy. That’s because I didn’t plan to make hardly any of them. 🤷🏻♂️ I just keep the phone handy, since these two critters are always doing something amusing in one way or another, and I’ll just end up posting the stuff that I originally recorded just for me and Gen, Dad, or Cassi. I’ve gotten better at adding a little extra editing… using stickers or voice captions or whatever to make them a little more appealing… but that’s actually what makes it such an effective time-killer during down times.
Since my “content” isn’t recorded with internet strangers in mind, it really hasn’t gotten much traction though. 😞 Each video gets around 150 – 200 views before it just kinda stops. But I did notice – like in the recent video of Maven wandering around being weird – even though that video has less than 200 views, it has over 40 “likes” on it. 😃
That’s a pretty remarkable ratio, so I feel like if the app would ever start feeding my videos to others in any meaningful way, I know that at least a few of them could catch people’s attention. 😳 Heh… but, like on Twitter when one of my tweets gets a thousand likes and retweeted hundreds of times, I’m not really sure I want more attention than what I’m already getting. 😅 I just like makin’ them. Maybe one of these days I’ll try to do some duets or harmonies with someone… 🤔