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My Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

The last couple of months have brought on a lot of changes to my daily life and with this my blog and social media accounts were some what neglected. As a blogger there’s a huge pressure to keep social media platforms up to date and as much as I enjoy creating content for these accounts, it can be difficult to maintain a daily schedule when you feel you have nothing to say.

There’s pros and cons to the upkeep of social media especially as a blogger but it’s something I’m hoping to jump back on board with over the next couple of weeks, especially when it comes to Instagram.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

The Pros

Community vibe: It’s true that there’s an element of community when you connect with others on social media. When you comment and like content of others, you tend to receive that love back. This comes with a feeling of support and belonging from people who are likely to be in the same boat as you and share the same interests.

Inspiration: Of course looking at the content of other bloggers and Instagramers can make you feel inspired. There always something new and creative to explore and it may push you in some way to think differently about what you share or how you edit. I’m in no way saying copy someone but it’s fine to appreciate someone’s idea.

It’s An Escape: If only for 10 minutes of your day, you put your full concentration into something that’s all online and away from the pressures of your everyday life. Having the break can be really helpful when you are feeling run down. It’s a great distraction.

The Cons

Realistic Image?: It’s no secret that photos you see on social media don’t represent the most realistic image. More times than not photos are posed and highly edited which is perfectly acceptable but it’s important to keep in mind. Too many people fall into the trap of comparing themself to others which can be harmful to your mental health. It’s much better to just appreciate an image for what it is, a small snippet that reflects the best of someone’s day. It’s not always perfection behind the scenes.

Maintainable: As I mentioned before, keeping up with daily posting can be tricky. Sometimes you hit a wall and run out of ideas to share and sometimes you just don’t feel like sharing at all. It’s great to keep going when you feel motivated but don’t feel pressured to continue if you need a break from social media.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Social Media

I definitely needed to take a step back from social media before I went away and I felt the benefits from it. I put my concentration solely into new life events and it was needed at the time. I’ve resisted the guilt of not posting regularly knowing that I needed to reset for awhile. Now, after having a break I feel totally refreshed and ready to hit my social media with new ideas that most importantly, I’m happy with.

 

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