The 12 Days Of Cystmas

Here's a little festive gift from the Cysterhood to you. It's a collection of my favourite cyst-bursting videos. Hopefully there are some you've not seen before and the inclusion of a few old favourites.

We all know the tune so sing loud and proud.
*clears throat*


On the twelfth day of Cystmas this sicko sent to me


The oldest blackhead ever
No need for anaesthetic
Operation 'Kill George'
9 miles of packing
A spider bite extraction
7 beach bums clenching
6 meters of squirting
A PUS-FILLED VOLCANO
Back yard party games 
3 miles of earwax
2 crackheads squeezing
and a cyst turned fully inside out


    

    

    

    

    

    


You're welcome. Happy Cystmas!




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The 'Ho Ho Ho' Gives You More 'GO GO GO'

For this weekend's trot out I had registered to join the Blackburn 5k Santa Dash at Corporation Park. Round the corner from home, a free Santa suit and an under-12's 400m dash so my granddaughters could come and join in too. A perfect start to our family Christmas celebrations. 

The girls loved their 400 meter dash with the eldest winning the whole race and the other just happy doing her own thing and run in her own time and style! Afterwards, we were going to collect their medals and Amie said, "Nana, I won that even though I'm a girl..." so we had a little chat about positive language and the 'This Girl Can' ethos and she's now saying she won because she's a girl. One proud Nana right here.

It's the first time the 'dash' has been held but it was really well organised and marshalled. The course was a killer - three x 1 mile laps which had a great downhill section (with a dodgy, slippy corner) but then a slow and steady uphill section leading onto a flat run along the park Broadway. At one point I got lapped by the front runner but someone took a picture so it'll look like I'm right behind the lead runner and that might be the one that ends up as my Facebook profile picture... *ahem

I ran the first lap with all the other Santas then the girls wanted to join in so they both joined in with me on the second lap. By the third lap, Megan had had enough so it was just me and Amie for the third lap. She gives great advice to her 'slow running Nana'
"Nana, run on your tiptoes. It makes you go faster"
and wanted to know that if she did the same running as me, would she one day get a GroupRun t-shirt like me (lump-in-throat moment).

It would be great for this Santa Dash to become an annual event. A few tweaks are needed to the organisation but for a first time event, it was well attended and great fun. 

The 'Ho Ho Ho' Gives You More 'GO GO GO' - Blackburn Santa Dash

I Never Thought This Would Happen With My Tweet!

My daddy is a WHAT?,  I Stole A Photo And Went Viral On Twitter

I'll start this by admitting guilt. I saw a photo on a friend's Facebook timeline and asked if I could share it. She admitted that it wasn't her photo and, after a little digging, the source was still unknown. I saved it and re-shared it later in the day, first on a parent-humour Facebook page that I help administrate as part of a growing project and secondly on my own Twitter timeline.

It's really interesting to see how people react to shared media.  The Facebook post got hardly any attention at all (3 reactions and a low reach) but the tweet... well, that's a different story in itself.  On the same day I bemoaned all the images used in tweets now made the 'plain' tweets stand out more, this tweet of mine with a picture attached started growing in popularity. 



A friend of mine had a tweet go viral during Eurovision once and I'd always wondered how/when it would happen to me, if ever. The new 'everyone will be famous for 15 minutes' is definitely 'when will my social media update be picked up by Buzzfeed and shared by thousands?'  Every share brings it to a new audience and the likes/favourites ring in too.

Now, I love analysing everything; I want to dig deeper into the widening ripples of how media is experienced and what captures people's attention so what did I gain from having a tweet go viral? Let's start with the following: 

  • A timeline full of notifications alerting me to people liking and sharing the tweet (thank the Twitter Gods for Tweetdeck and the ability to separate notifications into different columns);
  • The occasional reply with just one word : GIANT - y'know... just in case I didn't actually realise;
  • The knowledge that a tweet that is not time-sensitive will probably 'ripple' further and for longer than something that is of the moment;
  • No additional followers and no adding to Twitter lists. All this wit and wisdom is wasted;
  • An understanding why people of note do not, and cannot, reply to all their @mentions. It's completely unsustainable especially if this happens every single day. They must use Twitter lists to see their friend's replies or just dive in and hope for the best!
I did have a dig around and look at the some of the people who were liking and retweeting and, oh boy, it's a small world. There's a huge crossover of followers and a very small amount of people who have no 'six degrees of Twitter' connection to me whatsoever. That in itself is fascinating and makes me want to follow more and more people on Twitter so I get to experience everything. The downside of following too many people is that you'll have too many updates to interact with and miss that one funny tweet that might be noteworthy one day. I'm constantly trying to find that happy medium between interesting content and personal interaction. Anyway...

I've no idea what there is to gain from this experience other than the basking in personal guilt glory and still wait for that message from Buzzfeed to ask if they can use the tweet in their "Best Tweets Of 2016" round-up.... *ahem*

EDITED TO ADD

12.12.16 : Picked up by The Poke : Facebook link | Web link 


Sidenote: If anyone does know the original source of the image please let me know then I can credit it properly.