When Your Very Personal Facebook Post Goes Viral

47113557_2012268128836964_6155356011172462592_nOn Friday, October 11, at 8:03 a.m., Mattea Goff, stay-at-home wife and mom of two in Cisco, Texas, posted a simple set of stick-figure cartoons on Facebook. She had sketched the humorous stick family to convey to husband Kris the exhaustion many new moms feel, and why. She thought it might resonate with some of her friends, too.

It did. By evening her post had been shared 500 times. The following morning it had gone viral, with 100,000 shares, 67,000 likes and 41,000 comments. Media clamored for interviews, and the humorous explanation meant for her husband was popping up on websites in multiple countries and languages.

As writers who work hard to build a fan base, we might wonder, “What was that even like? Exhilarating? Gratifying? Stressful?”

Here’s Mattea’s post on Day 2: “Someone wants to interview me. I’m not prepared for this kind of attention. Panic in 3…2…1…”

She rocked the interview, of course, and others since. She decided to give her cartoon family a new Facebook presence: STICK With Me – Home of #uselessnipples. (The cartoons explain all.)

Those viral stats have more than doubled. The new page, STICK With Me, has 5,000+ followers chuckling over Mattea’s growing library of stick-people cartoons.

Where does Mattea go from here?

Come find out. Visit with Mattea Thursday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wrangler Room of the Myrtle Wilks Community Center. The Center is at 1498 IH 20 West in Cisco.