Today I want to talk about exaggerating.
To start off this post, I want to make sure that you know this. I ALWAYS EXAGGERATE. Like, every single second in my life. There's not one time - literally not ONE - in my life when I'm not exaggerating. (Hahahahaha. I'm so funny.)
Seriously though, I do exaggerate a lot. In real life, when I talk, I often make things sound worse or jubilant than they really are, without really noticing. Online, I have to admit, I exaggerate too. And it's about the online exaggerating I want to talk about.
So yes - I do it. This post isn't a critizing rant, because I DO IT. Too much.
So, you might have noticed, many comments on the Internet go like this:
On a funny post:
THIS IS SO FUNNY OMG I JUST LITERALLY DIED
In the comment section of a sad Youtube video:
I'M CRYING LITERALLY MY WHOLE FACE IS SOAKING WITH TEARS
On the news of the marriage of a celebrity:
AHHH MY LIFE IS ENDED!!!
On a blog post:
THIS IS AMAZING. LITERALLY THE BEST THING I HAVE READ IN MY WHOLE LIFE WOW WOW WOW
On a pin of a cute couple:
OH HOW CUTE IS THAT I JUST LITERALLY MELTED
On a funny-cat-picture:
I'M OFFICIALLY DEAD. I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING. THIS MADE, LIKE MY WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR
Okay, I have to admit, I like some punch and fangirling in comments (and, as I said, I do this myself continually. According to my comment history, I've died about twenty times officially), but seriously - sometimes it really gets over the top that it doesn't seem geniune anymore.
It's recently really started to annoy me, and I'm trying to make my comments sound more real and truthful from now on. I have to admit, I laugh inwardly at some of those over-exaggerated comments. Because OF COURSE they didn't just die. Of course they aren't really continually laughing. Of course people don't melt.
Basically, this is how it all goes:
This is what people write:
I'M LAUGHING MY HEAD OFF HOW FUNNY IS THIS OH MAH LANTA THIS IS HILARIOUS
This is what they (probably) looked like when they saw/read the funny thing first:
|That's all. No broken heads.|
And as they write the comment, they probably aren't laughing at all. Let alone smiling.
I always feel like replying to those comments. When people say they died I want to sarcastically offer my condolences. When people say they melted I want to say, 'How clever. I thought only candles possessed the talent!' I have thought these sarcastic snipy things against the un-genuine comments for ages. And one day I read some of my comments and realised I was exactly the same.
So from now on I'm not going to literally die again. I'm going to try to make my comments sound more real and genuine. I'm going to write what I think and I'm going to try to not exaggerate. I'm never going to say that I just 'literally' died. That's, sorry to say, plain ridiculous, in my opinion. (But if you comment with it on my blog, I'm not annoyed. I'm just amused and I love you because you're that kind of awesome personality. It's fine, m'dear. :-P)
It's actually really hard.
Do you know why it's hard not to exaggerate? Because other people do - and you might sound boring and so un-enthusiastic next to all the other fellow commenters. Thing is, on the Internet, one uses words. One doesn't see ones face. One can lie EASILY and without thinking or realising it.
So three people might all three snicker at a funny post and write three different things.
The exaggerated person might write: THIS IS LITERALLY THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER EVER EVER READ. HOW ARE YOU SO CLEVER? I am STREAMING WITH TEARS of laughter! HAHAHAHA. LOLLLL. BASICALLY PERFECT.
The truthful person who exaggerates because s/he doesn't want to sound boring next to the others (this is basically me) might write: Wow! This is hilarious! You really had me laughing along! YOU'RE SO TALENTED, Man!
The truthful person might write: This is very funny! I snickered when you wrote that about (e.g) the Mr Collins wave. Good job!
On 'famous' blogs, I have noticed, there is a lot of exaggeration. Commenters want the popular bloggers to be flattered and notice them and they do so by over-exaggerating on every single post they write.
|Random picture of Lizzy. She's a good example of geniune enthusiasm, don't you think?|
I have to say, I like a bit of exaggeration. You know, the fan-girling kind of exaggeration. So yeah, I might die after all, the next time I see a funny exam paper. And I might melt when I see another beautiful picture of Cinderella's ball gown. And I will not quit caps.
But I'm still going to try to make my comments sound from the heart and genuine.
And one last note: Please DO NOT stop commenting with caps and slightly tumbling-with-examples-I-mentioned words. You know, I will take it with a snicker (or no, I will DIE LAUGHING ABOUT IT) and I don't hate comments less because of it. In fact, I rather enjoy those exaggerated comments. But I really appreciate geniune-ness. I don't like people that lie, but I don't mind (at all!) people who have that delightful little habit of expressing their love/hate about things by saying they are melting or dying. It's quite amusing.
And I'm always very flattered when you guys write stuff like, 'I laughed aloud!' or 'This absolutely made my day!' I believe you when you write it, and I'm so often touched to the heart by your comments. I know you don't lie (and if you have, don't worry, I have too, once or twice. Eck. Naomi.) and I appreciate your lovely comments a lot. REALLY.
All I ask is: Be truthful and don't lie.
What do you think of the whole exaggeration-business?
Have you written that you 'literally died?' :-P