December 4, 2022

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So you want to bamba? Top 5 things I learned making Tiktoks for a month

“So you want to bamba? You want to chill with the big boys?” If you’re wondering “what on earth is he on about?”, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s a dance trend that’s taken TikTok by storm. Last spring, I embarked on a challenge: To produce 1 TikTok video every day for 1 month (October). I completed it successfully and learned a ton about myself, making videos, and social media in general.

When I first started, I dreaded it. I feared it. I had never until then given a recording of myself – certainly not over social media. Even my days as a lecturer – two full years of teaching classes up to 60 in size – teaching computer science to college students hadn’t prepared me for my first dance for Tiktok. It is just so much easier to talk about HTML and Javascript, or Java, and bash programming, than it is to dance. At least, in my head it was. In my head, the molehill was a mountain. I had definitely made a mountain out of a molehill.

So without further adieu, here are the top 5 things I learned in this process.

  1. The spotlight effect
  2. Directed vulnerability
  3. Just start
  4. Good content takes time. Great content takes much longer.
  5. Dancing is fun and a great form of exercise

The spotlight effect

This is the phenomenon where people tend to overestimate how much others notice aspects of one’s appearance or behavior. It is the innate tendency to forget that although one is the center of their own world, one is not the center of everyone else’s. It comes into play when scrolling social media, where one assumes that dislikes when applied to posts on social media, garner significant attention from the user. In fact the opposite is true. Dislikes and other forms of negative emotion including disgust, disapproval, dismay etc don’t get much attention at all. Most users simply scroll past it and within minutes have forgotten about it. A positive sentiment will more often than not garner significantly more attention from the user, who may then download the post and possibly even share it with peers.

Think about the last time you saw a post that you disliked. Did you stop to comment “oh, what an awful post. You should change your job.” or something awful? Probably not. In fact, the ratio of people who firstly comment positively or negatively, and then secondly, comment negatively is so tiny when compared to the total views. People don’t have time to think negative thoughts.

Key takeaway: In the current technological age, the social media spotlight has been engineered to show users only their hearts desires. Until you make it into that niche, you’re barely scraping the edge of that spotlight.

Directed vulnerability

Social media is an excellent medium for people to express themselves. But not everyone has the opportunity to have their voices heard. The spotlight is on those who are already well known, but what about the average person? Brene Brown defines directed vulnerability as asking the question of “what do I need?” instead of “what can I do for you?”. We need to be proactive with being vulnerable, but most importantly we have to be open to hearing others’ stories and needs, just like they are open to hearing ours.

It’s important to be aware that when we put ourselves out there on social media we are vulnerable to criticism by others that may not agree with us or even want us around at all. Directed vulnerability is a practice that cultivates awareness and receptivity to our inner experience. It is an intentional process that engages the elements of willingness, curiosity, and compassion to understand what we are feeling and why we feel it.

Managing vulnerability is a necessary evil for those who dare to create. But it’s not as simple as just admitting your fears and worries. It’s about opening up and doing the work to heal and move forward. To embrace vulnerability, we need to cultivate courage. There is certain bravery required in order to share these vulnerabilities with those you care about most, so they may understand you on a deeper level.

Just start

It is important not to overthink things and just start. If you wait too long, you will never start anything. Starting is often the hardest part, but it can also be the most rewarding. There are many things that you will not know until you start. Reading this, it might seem like it’s just a cliché or piece of advice from somebody who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. But the reality is that those words are some of the most important ones you’ll ever read.

The reason why? Starting something isn’t always as easy as it looks. In fact, sometimes it can be downright terrifying because there’s no way of knowing what might happen next or how things will turn out. There are so many unknowns and uncertainties that you have to face every time you take on a new project, which makes starting feel like a big deal because once you start something there’s no going back – and that’s not an easy

Good content takes time. Great content takes much longer.

A lot of people think that they can create a few quick posts and they’re done. But the truth is that good content takes time. Great content takes much longer. And that’s okay because it’s worth it.

In the past, not many people recognized the value in good quality content on social media channels, but this is changing. Brands are realizing how important it is to have a constant stream of engaging stories and images on their various social channels to keep their audience interested and drive engagement.

A recent study by Adobe Systems found that posting higher-quality images on social media channels can increase engagement by up to 80%.

Content is the lifeblood of social media marketing. Great content helps attract new followers and reduces the likelihood of losing existing ones. If you are not an expert in this field, it may be better to hire someone who can write quality content for you.

Videos are becoming more popular on social media; they provide a lot of information in short period of time and make your posts more personal than just text or images alone.

Dancing is fun and a great form of exercise

Dancing has proven to be a great form of exercise for all age groups. Dancing can help improve balance, coordination, and endurance. It can also be a great way to keep fit because it doesn’t require equipment or even special clothes. Dancing on social media is becoming more popular than ever before too because it allows people to share their experiences with others who might not otherwise get to see what they are up to. It also has many benefits for your mind and body.

At present, I am terrible at dancing. But dancing takes practice. And there are many different forms that dancing can take. As such, unless you’re an expert at all forms of dancing, it’s impossible to really judge how terrible one is. And therefore I submit to you that I am very, very skilled at a particular form of dancing – one that you’re not familiar with. In fact, I have invented it, which makes me brilliant and skilled. So judge me not. Nonetheless, any like counts.

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