I’ve got another funny mom in the Beyond the Bio HoT seat today, @WorkingMom86. If you’re not following her, you should be. Her tweets are hilarious! Check her out!
"Will I ever live in a clean house again?"
*shakes magic 8 ball
*magic 8 ball explodes and makes a mess
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) January 21, 2015
Things to know about @WorkingMom86
Living in: New England
Graduated high school: 2005
Number of followers: 4,400
Joined Twitter: I opened my account in November 2012, but didn’t start to actually use it until November 2014.
My husband called me at work because his boss wanted to know where he saw himself in 5 years and needed me to tell him
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) December 23, 2014
On to the Interview!
Tell us about your family.
Although I tweet a lot about my “husband,” we aren’t actually married yet (we’re getting married next year). We live with our three-year-old son. More kids to come!
What do you do when you’re not on Twitter?
I work. A lot. For an insurance company. When I’m not at work I’m chasing my son around. When I’m actually able to do something for myself, I like to make things (I knit and crochet like a grandma). I also love going out when I’m able to, I have friends that I make sure I’m able to meet up with at least once a month for the sake of my sanity.
Why did you join Twitter?
I first joined Twitter when I was a new mom and was using the nursing lounge at work. I don’t even remember whom I followed; it was just something to read to make the time go by. I didn’t start to really use Twitter until last year.
Why do you tweet? What do you get out of it?
Twitter for me is an outlet. My weekdays are spent at a very demanding job and once I’m home I’m taking care of my son and trying to keep my house from becoming a TOTAL disaster. Seeing the humor in my day-to-day life helps.
I still can't find things from that time my husband unloaded the dishwasher 4 months ago.
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) January 18, 2015
How did you share your humor before Twitter? Have people always thought you were funny?
I honestly did not really share my humor before Twitter. Growing up I was a band geek so I was always sort of quiet. It wasn’t until after college that I realized I could make people laugh.
You’ve recently started making your tweets into memes over on Facebook (Tired Working Mom). How’s it going over there?
It’s going well! I gained over 1k followers in a short period of time, which shocked me. So I’m curious to see where that goes. Facebook is a very different audience than Twitter, some posts seem to do better in meme form.
I’ve found that to be true too. Some things that go crazy on Twitter are duds as memes on Facebook and vice versa. Why’d you start making your tweets into memes?
I figured I would give it a try. I see the dumbest stuff go viral on Facebook. I figured if people liked that stuff, they would probably like my tweets in meme form.
Have you interacted with any celebrities on Twitter?
Justin Guarini retweeted me about three months ago, does that count? I’m too shy to try to interact with him.
Haha! I was the same way! I went to @Jake_Vig and said, Oh, please Jake, ask Justin if he’ll let me interview him for my blog. Haha! I was a total chicken. Justin’s a great guy though.
You have to eat all of your broccoli.
You have to take 2 bites.
Fine, 1 bite.
OMG JUST LOOK AT THE BROCCOLI
-toddler food negotiations
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) October 26, 2015
Have you met anyone in person that you knew only from Twitter?
No, though some pretty great Tweeters live in my area so it could happen.
Oooh, I see a tweetup in the future. If you could meet anyone in person from Twitter who would it be and why?
I would love to meet everyone that was in The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets! They are a great group of people and always make me laugh.
Aww, that’s cool! They are some fun people.
Do you ever panic that you’ll never come up with another funny thing to say again? (I do constantly.)
Yes! All the time! But my son and spouse are always giving me material. So as long as they are around, I should be good!
Do you feel like you have a good handle on which tweets will be successful and which ones won’t?
No, I am not sure if anyone will figure that out, since it seems so random. It’s also your timing and who stars/retweets you. Unless you’re Justin Bieber, I mean seriously, look at this:
Oh, please. I should try tweeting a smiley face and see how many retweets I get. Um…none. Holy crap, someone even trophied that stupid tweet.
Okay, as your audience has grown on Twitter have your tweets changed?
Absolutely! When I first started tweeting I thought you had to use hashtags. I am so glad I don’t use those anymore. I still do joke formats once in a while, but that’s for when I’m going through a dry spell.
Haha! I used hashtags too. I thought I was funny. I thought I was being cute. No.
Have you ever had a tweet stolen? If so, how’d you feel about that?
Yes, I have had many stolen. I’ve had large accounts steal my tweets and it was frustrating because I was trying to build my account (I still am). I don’t actively search my tweets to see if they have been stolen. I figure most people don’t realize what they are doing and the large accounts that steal frustrate me because they got their followers with stolen material. I have reported some to @PlagiarismBad.
Who are some comedians (or comedy shows/sitcoms) who have influenced you?
The two comedians I have watched consistently over the years are Ellen Degeneres and Conan O’Brien, but I think my real influence is the people on funny Twitter. You also wrote some posts about writing jokes that I found helpful when I was new to Twitter.
Oh wow, that’s so cool to hear! Let me give a shameless plug: 14 Tips to Write Funnier.
What advice do you have for someone who’s trying to get better at joke writing on Twitter?
Write whatever comes to your mind that makes you laugh. Chances are others can relate and get a laugh out of it.
My son fell asleep early, so I'm going to live like I did before having kids!
*cooks on front burner of the stove*
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) November 5, 2015
Tell us something about yourself people on Twitter may not know.
I majored in music, so I can play a lot of instruments, too many to mention in this interview. Also, I was a competitive equestrian and was the champion of my class years ago. I also speak Greek.
You speak Greek. Is your family Greek?
Some people in my family are Greek. I am a mix of Irish and Greek, how random is that?
You were a competitive equestrian. I’ve ridden horses before. And when I say I’ve ridden horses, I’m saying the fastest they went was a fast walk – I don’t even know what that’s called. Is that a trot? All I know is that I felt a little bounce and freaked. I was hugging that horse for dear life. All that to say, did you ever fall off your horse? That was my biggest fear when I was up on that giant thing.
Haha! It sounds like your horse went into a trot. It can be scary if you are afraid of falling off! Yes, I have fallen off, many times. I even ended up on the ambulance once, but no serious injuries. One time the horse fell while I was on him! That could have been much worse but luckily we both only got a couple scratches.
Whoa. Yeah, that’s terrifying to me.
Okay, name five tweeters whose tweets consistently make you laugh.
Oh, this is hard. I will give you 5, but I also have a list called “The Mom Cave” which has the people who always make me laugh.
If you haven't used a juice box as a chaser, then you probably haven't reached your lowest point in parenting yet.
— Tired Working Mom (@WorkingMom86) September 19, 2015
Feel free to tell Lauren how awesome she in the comments.
In case you missed it, last time on Beyond the Bio: @bourgeoisalien.
Find some of Lauren’s hilarious tweets, along with a bunch of other funny parents in The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, available on Amazon. Or try the original, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets. They make great gifts!