When I was a kid, we didn't have a TV in the house so I would read instead. My favorite thing to read was fact books. I found that a one-sentence fact was capable of blowing your mind, amusing you, teaching you something, and even changing you a little bit. I've loved them ever since. In 2015, I decided that I wanted to share facts too and I created my @FactBuffet Twitter account.
While my account had done OK, I definitely hit a wall for a year or so in terms of attracting new followers. I started to wonder whether my content was even good enough.
At the end of 2020, I was browsing Bored Panda and a random idea occurred to me: Why not put a bunch of my tweets together and submit them? So I did and you can find it here.
I was not only surprised that Bored Panda accepted it but very surprised, thrilled, and humbled by the response it has gotten.
Over 95,000 views, hundreds of Facebook shares, and my Twitter followers jumped up by almost a thousand in a couple of days. It tore down the wall that was blocking me: My Twitter numbers have been steadily climbing ever since and I now have the confidence to keep going. I also have renewed faith that I'm able to make content that lots of people can enjoy and one day (hopefully) I can do it as a job.
A huge thank you to Bored Panda and everyone who works there. (Especially Titas Burinskas and Violeta Draseikaitė for helping me personally).
My advice to other members of the Bored Panda community: put the work in. If you're an artist, ensure that you send in your best work. If you're a fact person, make sure they're all accurate. If funny posts are your thing, make sure there are no duds, etc. But most of all, submit! Don't spend your life avoiding opportunities, grab them. Who knows what you'll achieve.
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