I Surprised Myself on TikTok

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Although I am pretty active on social media, I didn’t see TikTok as a place for people in my age group. That’s because statistics show less than five percent of people over the age of 60 use TikTok compared to more than 60 percent between the ages of 10 and 29-years-old.

As a part-time college writing consultant at a local University, I decided to join the social media site Mother’s Day weekend because of my 14-year-old grandson. Because of the pandemic and virtual learning, I thought there might be a need for my vocabulary coaching but I wasn’t sure so I asked my grandson what he thought and he said go for it. In my introductory video, I posted a couple of photos of myself with the caption: Guess who just joined TikTok? Don’t tell me daughter and grandson. My grandson thought it was pretty cool and was probably even more surprised that I did it myself.

After introducing myself in the social media space, I began posting :60 videos of vocabulary words and their definitions they immediately became a hit–another surprise. The first word “cognizant” has been viewed nearly 180k times. I’ve had a couple of videos reach the one million mark but the video that was heard and seen around the world was the one I did on ax versus ask. It’s been viewed nearly 3 million times!!!

I believe there is a real thirst for knowledge out there in spite of all of the craziness you see on TikTok. My grandson did warn me about the mean-spirited people who might leave nasty comments because of her age and that’s why I decided to call myself Auntie Bev, as everyone’s FAVORITE Auntie. So far, the comments have been overwhelmingly positive with followers saying things like:

“I love that you use the word in a sentence. It makes it easier for me to add as a part of my vocabulary…”

“I love your content Auntie!”

“Thanks Auntie Bev. Learned something new today.”

So far it’s been fun, surreal and very, very surprising!

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