Happy hump day!
Today is moving day number one! I am a little stressed but mostly relieved that it is all just happening. I was super crazy productive yesterday, getting things into piles of what we are taking with, what’s going in our expedited shipment, and what the movers are taking. With a toddler getting into everything, it sure has been fun to have a very not baby-proofed house right now!
Anyway, today I wanted to hit on the topic of social media. How I’ve used social media has changed so much since I had my first social media account on MySpace (lol). As a blogger and now a business owner, my social media is making even more changes as platforms have grown and made changes themselves and my needs for it have expanded.
Just a few months back, I was touting off on how I disliked and would never have a “picture perfect” looking Instagram account. I even drafted a post up about it. This post is more for me to acknowledge how and why I’m using social media the way I am, but also to cue you guys into my recent changes and why I won’t be publishing that post. 😉
I recently shared some tips on how I’ve grown my blog’s Facebook page which gives a lot more insight into how I use Facebook for my blog. Right now, I’m mainly using it to publish new posts but I also hope to use it for more personal/random stuff like pictures and what I’m doing too. I just haven’t had much time for it lately.
I don’t advertise my personal Facebook account anywhere on here. I view my personal Facebook as “personal social media” if that makes any sense. I don’t like to let it and my blog mix much for privacy reasons.
However, I have become friends with a lot of bloggers on Facebook recently and am getting more friend requests all the time. If I don’t really know someone all that well though, chances are I won’t accept a request since I still want that privacy (however contradictory that sounds).
I update my personal Facebook with a lot of pictures and usually praises of good things going on. I can’t stand the “Facebook complainers” so I try to keep it upbeat. I also don’t update that often.
Insta is my favorite right now and ever since it came out, it has always been the most fun for me. This is also the platform that I feel I’ve made the most mental shift in, especially recently.
When the platform first came out, it was truly for artists to showcase photography. I started using it to try to post artistic and more meaningful shots. But as time went on, everything and anything was posted to it, so I also got caught up in posting whatever, even if it didn’t look good.
I’m really wanting to grow my blog right now and also just started using Instagram for my business. So right now, I’m trying to view Instagram for what it is, and not just how I normally use it for random snaps that don’t look that great. Add to it that I just got a new phone but it’s camera is a HUGE downgrade from my old Galaxy. So I just don’t want to post photos that look like total garbage, seriously.
I really think there is something to be said of beautifully curated accounts, which is so far from what I have right now, but I hope to get there.
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For me, because there are so many other social media platforms, I don’t see anything wrong with having a “perfect” Instagram account because Instagram does photos and images so well. Why not use it to its best advantage? You can see the rest of my life via here and all the other accounts listed. Basically, I hope to offer a different view of my life on different accounts and utilize each platform to their advantages.
Part of me feels like people won’t like the changes I’ve made lately (which is posting only photos I’ve taken with my DSLR and usually edited on my computer). But I track my likes/follows/unfollows and I haven’t gotten any unfollows recently and am getting more likes than usual, so I think I’m doing something right. People like seeing nice looking stuff, so I think it’s a win win.
I still want to hold to my motto that life does not have to be perfect to be enjoyed and I don’t want my Instagram to send the message that life should be perfect. I just think it should look good. And since I’m using it for my business now, I want a more professional presence there since potential clients could be viewing my personal account. My other accounts will showcase the more “real life” version of my life, so I don’t really feel bad about Instagram looking polished. I really don’t view any social media as “real life” anymore anyway, so I just don’t feel it matters that much.
I don’t know if any of that even explained what I really wanted to say, but basically – I’m going to do me, and right now, me is nice photography since I just decided to get into business with photography. And if people don’t like it, I’m just too old to care!
Oh, Snap Chat. Everyone is obsessed with this right now! I feel like it’s just exploded lately. I’ve had Snapchat for quite a while but have gone on big breaks with using it because I just don’t find it all that interesting/kind of time consuming to snap all the things. I do really love using Snapchat for keeping in touch with some of my best friends back in Colorado and Boston as well as connecting with some of my blog design clients lately.
This was also a “personal social media account” for me until recently. I feel like as a blogger, nothing on social media can really be private so I’m also opening this up to anyone. You can find me at melsher31.
The first month that I discovered this I was OBSESSED. But it’s honestly just soooo time consuming and I know very few people who use it, so it just wasn’t fun to be “connecting” with strangers or no one at all.
I do hope to get back into it, but I never see myself doing daily scopes or anything like that. Maybe once a week if I really decided I had time.
Poor Twitter, how I ignore thee. When I first started blogging, Twitter was the bomb dot com and really helped me grow FAST. Right now, I find Twitter crazy oversaturated and moving too quickly for me to keep up.
I do not read through my feed to catch up on anything really. I use it to publish my new posts and while I am there to send something out, sometimes look through it for a quick minute. I like to tweet other people’s content for exposure but just don’t find it the best use of my time or of interest to me right now. Maybe someday I will get back into the Twitter game a little better.
I didn’t include Pinterest in this because I haven’t been actively using it for months. I use pins I already have and pin new things once in a while, but very rarely. Love Pinterest, just don’t use it like I should.
I hope you found this interesting! It should be interesting to see how this changes six months or a year from now since social media is always evolving.
Questions for You:
- Has how you’ve used certain platforms changed as they or you have changed over time?
- What’s your least favorite platform?