For the past 45 days, I ventured into the world of TikTok as part of my 100 Day Challenge. I also just reached the 200 followers milestone (not much, but still something)!
I wanted to break outside of my content creation comfort zone. I was used to writing blog posts, but rarely went in front of the camera. I created a few vlogs while I studied abroad in Singapore in 2019, but haven’t done much since. However, I’ve been a big fan of TikTok because of its bite sized content that was easy to consume. Hence, I decided to try creating TikToks! This was also a good opportunity for me to practice talking without a script (since I received constructive feedback that I need to deliver my talks more naturally).
What Have I Learned So Far?
It’s actually not as bad as I thought…
As a beginner, TikTok made it super easy for me to create videos. It took a few tries to figure out the captions and text, but overall it has my stamp of approval for being boomer friendly. Once I got over the fear of hearing myself being recorded, I found that it was actually FUN to create TikToks!
In the first few days, I had a mini script. However, as I got more comfortable talking to my phone screen, I decided to just speak from my mind. It took a few tries, but the goal was progress not perfection. 45 or so TikToks later, I am really keen to continue creating more! I have a lot of ideas swirling through my mind… and I’m going to start with reproducing my blog posts into TikToks.
|Takes more time, thought, and detail to put together||Quicker to create because I can (literally) speak my mind|
|I need my laptop to think and write (usually at home)||I just need my phone and can create anywhere (even on vacay)|
|The volume of views really depends on the topics that I write about||I average about 150 views for each TikTok that I create|
|More pressure and attention to detail on what I say||Less pressure and more focus on how I say things|
|Enjoyable – I love reading and writing||Fun – I love being myself and being creative|
I am aware that my TikToks aren’t the best quality at the moment. My AirPod Pros aren’t the best for sound, and my lighting could be better… I might look into getting a mic, better lighting, and setting up a proper back drop so that my TikToks look more consistent.
There’s still a lot to explore, so I am excited to continue creating more TikToks to help others! Let’s try to get to 1K+ followers by the end of 2021 😁