The Joy Of Vine!

Monday, January 12th, 2015

I know we’ve been talking a lot about Vine lately, which is a bit silly considering as of the time I’m writing this I only have something like 30 followers. So, who am I to talk about Vine?

Well, I love it. That’s why I’m talking about it. And today, we’re gonna talk about my love for it.

One of the things I love about Vine is that I do it purely because I love it. I do want to be good at it. I want people to enjoy my Vines. So, I know you have to take it somewhat seriously.

But, for instance, on instagram and twitter, I’m very aware of my follower/follwee ratio. I’m aware of my klout score and all that jazz. It’s a game of hashtags and trying to get something to be popular.

It can be about genuine sharing, instead of trying to guess what’s popular. (I have genuinely had conversations on twitter, and learned a lot for the sake of expanding my mind, not my klout score.) I’m obviously a huge fan of twitter as well. So, I’m certainly not trying to knock it.

But with Vine, I follow all the people I even think I want to follow. I don’t worry that I’m following a great number of people than the number of those who follow me.

Vine isn’t necessarily there to build my brand or my blog. I know it’s still an extension of that stuff, since basically everything is (since I am me, and I have practically not drawn a line between me and the blog anywhere online).

Nonetheless, Vine is for me – me, Aurora, the girl who likes to be silly and play. Not me, Aurora the watcher of the klout score. Vine is a really fun hobby and I find it precious.

Another one of the things I love is being pushed creatively. For instance, a friend of mine gave me a challenge. “I want you to make a Vine that has to do with Tyler Perry.” That was the only constraint.

I was so excited! At first, I didn’t know what to do, but when I watched a Tyler Perry interview, this idea I went with hit me. (It’s not out yet, but it will be.) I love being creative. And there are websites out there that issue new Vine challenges every week.

I’ve even thought about 52 Vines in 52 weeks being a possible project. I know that tons of people are doing way more than that. So, I don’t know that it feels big enough (or as big as my other projects of 52 half marathons and 52 volunteer activities). But since my first project was athletic and my second was socially conscious, I think it would be fabulous if the next one could be a creative one. (I’m completely open to suggestions, by the way.

So, there you have it. I adore Vine (as you’ve already heard from me over and over recently). If you have Vine, and you think I’m maybe fun/funny enough to follow, I’d love to see you over there!

[Edited to add (before this post was even posted, but after it was drafted): Let’s get real. This whole “I don’t care about my followers thing lasted for a hot second. If I’m gonna love something, I’m going to want to be good at it. So, I still enjoy Vine oh so much, but not in that silly, “Loops and stuff don’t matter” way. In what universe would that stuff not matter? Don’t worry, I’m still Aurora.]

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