Sometimes I think to myself, I’d love to just share this little thought that just popped into my head, or this interesting fact I’ve just discovered, or this hilarious thing that just happened to me. There should be a thing for that. And then I remember. Twitter. Duh.
The thing is, none of my friends or family use it, so I always just assume that no one is using it. Which is absurd because my friends aren’t a microcosm for the whole of society. That, and well obviously, people use it. And yet, it makes me wonder, is it worth it for me?
You see, I’m what you might call a social media hermit. Except that I’m everywhere. How does that make sense? Well, privacy settings, mainly. I’m a private person. And yet, I’ve still managed to accumulate a mass of social platforms. Damn.
Instagram: When I got on Instagram, I was the last of my friends to get it. I remember posting a picture and waiting for something to happen. When I explained to my friends days later that I didn’t get it, and they realized that I was set on private, was following no one and had no one following me, they practically laughed me out of the house. Now, I’m still private and only accept those who I know or have met with face to face. Later, I opened another account just for fashion posts (@quirkyandlush). I also have a separate account for my advice and motivation site for young women (@iwannabealady). That’s 3 IGs. Yikes.
Facebook: I only opened a Facebook account less than a year ago. It’s not because I got sick of being the weirdo who never had a FB account at parties. Apparently, people don’t ask for phone numbers anymore. I realized that my friends were up to a lot and it’s a bit quicker for me to check their status then call them on the phone and ask about it. That sounds horrible. I was sick of missing the inside jokes and such about things they’d posted. I have a small close circle of friends; I only follow 11 people; and yet, I find it quite difficult to even keep up with their posts. Did you see that thing I posted, they ask me. Uh, really, when? is my response. I have no idea how most people manage to keep up with dozens or hundreds of people and still find room to have a life. I can see my huge family lurking by the doors, sending me friend requests. I know they bring more with them. Every single individual is like a mule carrying with them dozens more requests from aunts and cousins and 3rd cousins, and people I don’t even know in the least by any association. I shudder to think.
Snapchat: I follow and am followed by 6 people on Snapchat. I love being able to be as outrageous as I want to be and not worry. I don’t get embarrassed with my close friends and they accept my loads of wackiness. Following 6 people is as much as I can handle. How many times a day can I watch videos of their dogs anyway. Ohh, I’m being mean. Thankfully, most of them don’t read my blog because I’m guessing they’re trying to stay up-to-date on their social media. Yup.
My Blogs: iwannabealady.wordpress.com If I could, I would work at writing for my blogs as a full-time thing. I love writing, always have. I edit my work endlessly. I love the process. Finding the right word. The movement of a sentence to a more appropriate location. It’s delicious. I love the interactions with other bloggers; the witticisms; the comradery; the learning; the sharing of experiences. The more time I spend on my blog, the more time I want to spend. I’m often frustrated that I can’t make more time for reading the blogs I follow and discovering new ones. If we could make blogging and traveling my job, that would be great. So, what do you say? Let’s make it happen!
wanderingandroaming.wordpress.com I started this blog recently as a way to showcase more of my travel writing and experiences without taking up too much space here on my main blog, which is more varied. To be honest, it often takes a back seat, and I don’t like that. I’ve thought about cancelling it, but it seems to be getting a continuous growth in followers and my goal is to perfect my travel writing (and do a lot more traveling) so maybe I just shouldn’t put pressure on myself and keep it casual.
iwannabealady.com This is a vlog that I started specifically for girls- young ladies to twenty-somethings. It’s dedicated to giving them advice on how to build confidence, stay true to themselves, get to know who they are, having standards, there’s conservation topics and fashion for good measure, and you get the picture. I’m very passionate about helping girls to grow and become the unique and empowered women they have the potential to be. This one-size-fits-all idea of society just isn’t working out and our youth are suffering because of it. I see it everyday as a teacher. I’ve noticed that I tend to get more views on YouTube than the site. Go figure, my audience is young. So I’m considering dropping the website and keeping the Tube videos alone. Ugh.
Much to think about. So you see why I may be reluctant to open myself up to another social media platform. I’m up to my eyeballs in it, and I’m not even a big social media person. Does it sound crazy for me to say I have no idea how this happened?
Well, okay, I’m multi-passionate. I want to do so many things, and I’m interested in so many things. It’s a blessing and a curse. But when I feel the urge to experience something, or try something new, I have to do it. Like starting my fashion account on IG. Will I do it forever? Probably not. Half the time I take photos and then don’t feel like uploading and editing. But I liked the experience. Maybe I can gradually insert all of those fashion posts into my blog? My fashion category needs a boost anyhow.
I’m wondering about how to consolidate my social media life without major sacrifices of the things I love. So should I even be considering Twitter? How many of you are on Twitter? Would you follow me? Am I crazy? Am I crazy??! I think I want to do it. It doesn’t seem to involve much effort or time, but of course, I haven’t looked into it at all and only have vague ideas.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and where you are on the social media scale. How are you managing? Are you enjoying it or are you ready to throw it all away, or something in between?