I’ve been sitting on this post for some time and have resisted blogging about it because if I’m going to be very honest, I’ve tried to step away from talking about the landscape of blogging / social media as I find such posts, somewhat self-righteous and tedious to read ( mean, everyone and their mama has written about the death o’ blogging). I have no authority or grand vision of it all. But I do like to use social media – both for business and personal use and as such, I’m witness to conversations that peak my interest, and spark ideas and yet I feel like voicing opposition to people’s visions of social media, improper so I thought I’d take to my own personal blog to share my thoughts on the landscape of social media, and why I think we’re all in our own bubbles.
If you’re an avid blog reader, perhaps a blogger yourself, you will likely have come across the topics that the blogging landscape has changed, feeds (twitter, instagram and so on) are all sponsored content, Instagram feeds are full of people posting nothing but styled photos / poses / curated lifestyles. While I’ve read these posts, I’ve thought to myself that these people are missing the point of social media – thinking that the way that they use social media is the exact way that everyone else should be using it. We feel ownership over certain social streams it as we contribute to the content but you and I are small specks on the social media landscape, and if you don’t like what I post, or if I don’t like what you post – it doesn’t mean either of us are wrong and it doesn’t mean the entire landscape of a certain social stream is going down the tube.
If people want to post pictures of pink donuts 10 times a day – that’s awesome! Let them! And if people follow that – even better! And if they get a trillion likes and followers – good for them. But it doesn’t mean you have to post pink donuts ten times a a day, or that you need to complain that all you see are pink donuts all over your Instagram. Just move on. Follow someone else. If you want to post pictures of styled flowers, gorgeous macaroons, a million photos of your sweet baby, or perhaps tweet random thoughts throughout the day, or not tweet at all and just lurk and read other people’s, or have full on conversations that involved 10 people on twitter and it’s own hashtag – go for it! Just don’t complain when people do a social media tool differently than you. Again, it’s not that they are using it wrong – they are using it differently.
This whole essay of thoughts came to be because last week I was looking at my twitter feed on my phone late at night and nothing was interesting to me. I couldn’t tell you 80% of the people I was following and the conversations I was lurking in on, weren’t peaking my interest. I didn’t think to myself that there was a big issue with twitter. “Why all the RT’s!?” and I didn’t think “Twitter Parties are the death of twitter!!!” I saw it as a direct link to the content I was choosing to bring in. So I cleaned up who I was following on twitter feed drastically and my feed is now content I want. It felt refreshing to just see things I wanted to see. I was controlling the content instead of complaining that the content wasn’t the same.
Sorry for the long ramble. I’ve tried to separate myself from the conversations on blogging and social media because I don’t really care all that much about the landscape, how things are changing and so on – because I try not worry myself about things that aren’t in my control. The social media landscape isn’t in my control – but how I use it, is. And that is the end of this post. The End. xoxo Linds