More thoughts on social media
Good morning! I’m wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea this chilly November morning. I’ve a few free days, and am toying with the idea of having an intense freshen-up of my social media. I’m not sure what has spurred me on, but after closing accounts on the sites I haven’t used for ages, I’d quite like to unify the ones that I do actually use.
I got rid of Pinterest, Tumblr, Medium…. maintaining so many accounts was tiring, and I found myself scattered between them all. I wanted to focus just on the blog, with a few social accounts to share a little more. I found auto-posting meant I never checked in on some of them, but when Medium deleted its autopost widget it became a chore to upload my blog posts there, too. And Pinterest? The sheer amount of adverts put me off months ago, and I just wasn’t enjoying it. I deleted my blog account and my personal account there, too.
So that leaves me with FB, Twitter and Instagram. I’ve not posted on any for a while. My posts share automatically, but I’ve avoided these platforms in person as I’ve felt, well, lost. I’ve lost my direction with social media and haven’t had any motivation to post at all. Instead I’ve been enjoying writing actual blog posts a lot more!
I’ve been on a journey with the blog this year. I walked away from it for a while, which was enough to get my motivation back! I decided to be more open about what I wrote about and I moved on from writing about minimalism. However, in leaving that subject behind, I am a little lost in where to focus my attention. I want the blog to be a reflection of my life, a space where I can bring my thoughts. Maybe it is an accurate reflection at the moment, in that I’m not too sure where I’m going next! So much of the last year or so has been about recovery. Now it’s time to make decisions and start to move forward.
I’ve realised that even though I want my blog to become more than it is, I’ve not put any work into that at all – afflicted by that old friend imposter syndrome, afraid of taking the next step and actually acting like a blogger, actually putting more work in than the odd sporadic post. My social media doesn’t reflect my blog at all – my Instagram is full of lovely places where I walk, but nothing to do with One Empty Shelf. I pop into Facebook now and again, but there’s not much there apart from my auto-shared posts. Which I only share once. Same goes for Twitter – I’ve become slightly scared of the platform. My blocked word list is longer than my arm and I still find negativity everywhere. It’s made me withdraw, where I used to love Twitter. So, it’s the silence of the single auto-post there, too. I imagine a tumbleweed blowing past, rolling through all my social media accounts!
So yes, maybe it would be a good use of my time to have a look into where I’m going with this whole blogging thing. I want to find my message, again. Now it’s no longer just minimalism, who am I now? What do I want to talk about?
I’ve finished my tea and to be honest, I’m going to have another brew. All this thinking calls for more caffeine! Hope you’re having a lovely morning, and if you have any input on what you’d like to see on OES social media, I’d love to hear!