It’s always nice to do nice things (erm, obviously) but there are some nice things I’ve done which are nicer than others.
Today was a particularly proud day though as I went to MTV’s HQ to talk about my favourite subject – me.
MTV run a series called Talking Heads, where they get people from outside MTV to come in and chat to the staff on their lunch break about what they do, how they do it and how they got to where they are. I was asked to come and participate as “my journey” was cited as inspiring. Like, wow. I’m not humblebragging here, this is a straight up brag. MTV called ME inspiring.
So as I stood on the spot where Nev Schulman had stood to speak two weeks before (srsly, check out Catfish: The TV Show if you haven’t yet, it’s addictive) I felt very very flattered indeed.
Let’s be clear for a minute, I LOVE MTV.
It was my third parent growing up, it really was. And whilst shows like Singled Out, I Want A Famous Face, Making The Video, FANatic and Next were literally dripping with amazingness, it was shows like The Real World that made me realise that people are fascinated by the lives of other people. Other real people.
MTV pioneered reality TV as far as I’m concerned and the blogosphere that we all enjoy now exists because people ARE fascinated by the lives of others. Whether you click on to a blog for car crash comedy (you’re saying what about what whilst wearing WHAT?) or because you genuinely trust and believe the product reviews you read or simply just care about whatever it happens to be that the blogger did that day – it’s all a new fangled form of reality entertainment.
And of course just like with reality TV, some blogs are highly polished and edited to give a certain impression of a life that simply can’t exist – a la The Hills, Laguna Beach etc – whilst others are more rough and real – a la Teen Mom, The Real World, MADE and Newlyweds. (Don’t even THINK about suggesting that a second of Newlyweds was staged or edited, Jessica Simpson simply *is* that amazing.)
MADE is an important show to reference though, I watched it a lot growing up and I was obsessed with how these (often unhappy) kids turned their lives around so quickly and became good at something they’d never tried with some intense help from coaches and mentors. I don’t want to sound all gushy and sentimental but MADE really did make me see that most things simply are possible, albeit with a tonne of effort and, almost always, a run around a field at 5am.
As those of you who know ‘the story’ of WIWT will remember, it started as a jokey New Year’s Resolution from a hotel room in LA. As 2010 was being rung in, I was with my sister watching a Jersey Shore marathon (it had literally just started being broadcast in the US at the end of 2009) and we stayed in all night just fascinated by J-Woww and Snooki who were in Times Square for the ball drop. If you could go back to 31/12/09 and tell the girl setting up a blog, eating Cheesecake Factory takeout and enjoying an “American MTV night in” (“American MTV” is a big deal in my family) that she’d be at MTV HQ three years later to talk about what a success it had all been, she definitely wouldn’t believe you.
So today it really was an honour to go and speak to the staff about how WIWT grew from a joke blog to the social network it is today.
I would share my presentation, but then you might not ask me to appear at your EXCITING THING to present it. And it’s not the same if I don’t deliver it. But maybe I’ll Vine it someday in, like, 781 episodes.
My basic messages were WORK VERY HARD though, if you’d like any tips.
I’m a proud girl today.
MTV is without doubt my global superbrand of choice, so it genuinely was an honour. Coca Cola and Apple and Nike can all shove off, I want my MTV.
Have a trip down memory lane..