23rd February 2016.
I make this entry today super stoked at the fact that I have trended top on twitter Kenya trends for hours. In fact as I write this #GetMwalimuVerified is still trending. Now am I one of those people who need to trend everyday for validation diary? Not at all. And if I was one of those I wouldn’t shy away from it. Lol. Today I was on a mission. To get twitter to verify my account and get that legit blue tick. Why? I will explain a bit. Allow me to first explain why the hashtag.
1. I wanted to tell a story. I am a BIG believer of going for what you want. You may start out alone in that dream but others may believe in it as well and help out. Regardless of whether I was going to trend or not (with 90% hope that I would, lol!) I knew someone would take notice and appreciate my story of faith and perseverance. The audacity of hope- in the words of Obama. I wanted to leave a mark on these twitter streets with a statement that even in our daily lives, be a GO GETTER. Don’t always sit back and wait. Even when it seems crazy, silly, unachievable and difficult at first, push and follow through. Feel the fear and do it anyway! Did I fear? YES! That people would laugh and ridicule me, others would troll me, and mock me as we know these streets to be sometimes. But I did it anyway.
2. I wanted to get the support of #KOT. If you want to gain support from anyone, you must have an agenda. A goal, a reason. I wanted KOT to help me get my agenda out there because I knew it would be a team effort. I am never too proud to ask for help, which I did, and #KOT came though for me in a BIG WAY!
3. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Like I said, I don’t do this everyday unless I am pushing a certain product that has been paid for on my social media pages or a talking point on radio. I wanted to see if I could be “selfish” and flex my influence on twitter. From the results, I see where I stand.
4. I want my account verified. Simple.
So why is that blue tick important to ME?
-So my followers, clients overall corporates know my legit account. It is inevitable, and almost flattering that with time, Mwalimu Rachel parody accounts will pop up. There is already one that I know of and so I want my account verified so no one gets lost in their quest to reach me. I value the interaction and questions posed to me by my audience and want to protect that.
-To be taken seriously. There is a level of respect one earns on these social media streets once your account gets verified. And I want that for my side hustles.
Now you know what my plan was diary. I certainly did not expect the support from other BIG WIGS on twitter take a look below!
Here now is a message from Jabari and I to say thank you! Click the centre and play!
Another message to twitter bosses…lol.
A message to twitter #GetMwalimuVerified 😊😊😊😊 A video posted by Mwalimu Rachel (@theemwalimurachel) on
Just goes to show us whatever we put our minds to as Kenyans, we can achieve. I hope someone get’s inspired by my efforts today! Bless.
Love. Live. Learn.