8 notifications! And a message! Oh happy day!
Maybe Lochte responded to my tweet? Maybe my sister finally commented on my Facebook status? Maybe I was Freshly Pressed and the blogging world wants to be my best friend? Maybe Ali invited me to her 10th birthday party?!?
Okay, maybe that last anxious hope has nothing to do with social media, but that’s how I feel when I see notifications of kind on my social media sites.
There’s just something about the knowing someone in the world wide web has paid attention to you out of millions. It’s like getting invited to the popular girl’s birthday party when you’re at an age where peer-approval is ravenously craved for. It’s like having Hilary Phelps like your blog post about the Olympics. It’s like having a published satirist compliment you on your witty comment. There’s just that element of surprise hiding behind that red bubble with a number in the middle that gets to me!
I probably have some sort of repressed childhood memory from not being in the popular group in middle school and that’s why I love the excitement of my phone going *bee beeeep!* when someone posts on my wall or tweets me. Whatever the reason, I can’t help but love it.
Especially as a new blogger, I’m always looking to learn from the experts. I hope that someone is reading My Happy Life and that I’ve actually made them happy, too. In blogging, unlike editorial writing, your success is heavily dependent upon your following and fan base, and seeing that gold star lit up when I log into WordPress is unreal! It’s symbolic of approval. Maybe because I shamelessly promote my blog through Facebook and Twitter is why I love seeing those notifications, too.
Whatever the silly reason may be, I doubt I’m the only one in the world who gets a little excited when I receive a notification. You don’t update your status so everyone will ignore, do you? NO! How ridiculous would that be?! You update it so people will comment on it and go “oh em gee no way that iz amazing gurl! I wish I culd luuuv this status instead of like it lolololol” (Okay, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated. I would probably delete a comment like that but you get what I’m saying.)
So go ahead! Write a new blog post about something as mundane as notifications. Tweet about how you stubbed your toe. #ouch Upload 20 pictures to Facebook of your new pet iguana named Fluffy. Because deep down, everyone likes that swift moment of attention, and we’re all guilty of the joy of the receiving notifications.