A Cinderella Story For the Social Media Age

Whenever I tell someone about my blog, the first thing they always ask me is how I came up with the name and the idea.  So I figured I’d share my story.  During the summer of 2009 after graduating from Syracuse University.  I spent the summer sleeping on friends’ couches and going on dead end interviews all over NYC.  One afternoon, I found myself wandering the streets of the city aimlessly for hours when I found myself locked out of my friend’s apartment.  I walked passed a bank that had a ticker with all the stocks of the day out front.  Having nothing better to do, I stood there and watched the entire thing go by only to find that every single number was red.

I stood there motionless for I don’t know how long thinking about my nearly broken dreams and inner desires.  I could do one of two things: I could give up and go home or face this world like the socialite I’ve always wanted to be.  Some people may have been born into high society, but social media had given me the opportunity to tweet my way in and this was exactly the spark I needed to inspire my first Internet venture.  Months later, I mentioned my blog idea over lunch to my friend Nicole who told me not just to think about it, but to dive in.  She helped me set up my WordPress that weekend.  With all the amazing feedback I was getting on my writing from strangers, I really began to feel like a socialite and the site grew from there.

Since I like to think of everything in terms of the Disney Princesses, I consider the story of how Aspiring Socialite came to be a modern-day Cinderella story.  At the risk of sounding like the next episode of ABC’s hit series Once Upon A Time, I’ll always be thankful to Nicole for giving me the Fairy Godmother push I needed to tangle myself in the World Wide Web.  Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite Disney Princess, but this is absolutely a Cinderella story for the social media age.  If I’m the Social Media Cinderella who tweeted herself into instant fame, does that make Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter who I totally have a secret crush on, Prince Charming?  I really hope so!

The Disney Princesses with the social media icons they remind me of.