There are worse fates, I suppose. It could have been an original polka song, a rant about something inappropriate. It could have been a video of me dancing.
That would have been, uh, disconcerting.
Based on the success of a couple recent videos on my @ryanisthatdude channel, TikTok apparently is telling me that I should make my channel be about baseball. Two videos have, out of the blue, gotten me almost 8,000 views and netted me 30 new followers in just a few days.
Yes, I’m aware that’s small potatoes.
FWIW, I just gained three new followers in the past minute after I posted a TikTok about Sunday’s lost no-hitter, a 1-0 win for Pittsburgh, after the Reds’ Hunter Greene and Art Warren combined for a no-no.
Never did I think that anybody would care about what I have to say about a sport I love.
They still might not.
However, I’ve tapped into a demand for baseball content that I didn’t realize was there. This brings up a bigger point though that I’ve told folks I work with, and that’s when TikTok decides to give you reach — that’s ultimately the type of content you do from there on. It’s like you’ve unlocked a key, and the only way to progress is to obey your social platform masters.
It’s as if TikTok has assigned me my beat.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. I’ve been a Major League Baseball diehard since I was 7 years old. I’ve visited about half the MLB stadiums, and I own about 40-50 MLB caps. I watch a ton of live baseball and regularly watch replays of old games.
As a content guy and a baseball lover, I feel as if the TikTok gods have shined on me.
If you’d like to follow along, it’s @ryanisthatdude.