I’m happy: this thing is finally working!
Here’s where I’ve landed with the whole social media thing and how I’m making it work for me…
Firstly, I realised that Instagram said pretty much all I wanted to say about my life.*
As much as I enjoyed facebook groups, I enjoy real life friendships way more and so prioritising these was an obvious first step.
I’ve found that if I’m not socialising online, I’m way more likely to seek out those connections in real life.
Another important decision for me, was opting for a basic ‘brick’ of a phone that I could make calls and send texts on, but no more.
So once I’ve posted my days photos – and I stopped over-thinking how many I should post: just shove ’em all on and enjoy it! – I put the family i-pad away and get on with my day.
I loosely follow 20 accounts on Instagram… anyone else, I have to purposefully look up.
Deciding to keep those ‘look up’ sessions as treats during my breaks has worked really well. The distraction issue has ceased to be a problem, which has helped my productivity no end.
I used to worry that I’d stopped sharing the things I’d created and instead, started creating to share.
I’ll admit that I’ve stopped worrying about which came first. I figure that so long as I’m getting creative (and I’m not getting addicted to the praise!), it’s really not much of an issue.
Another question mark for me in the past, has been not wanting to write anything meaningful for fear of giving too much away.
But I’m realising that there are ways to write things down, there are ways to hide journalling and there are ways to photograph things – so privacy no longer needs to be a concern.
I think the long and short of it for me is, I’m grateful for this life and want to enjoy and record it.
I want to be present for my loved ones and not stuck behind a screen, but I do want to revel in the creative process of documenting the everyday beauty that is all around me.
It’s about finding balance I think, and I’m really proud of myself for working through all this and coming out the other end.
To a place where I can still participate, create, have fun and share, but not have the medium calling the shots – as I think it may have done in the past.
* My blog filled a gap nicely while I was on a break from Instagram: it may be that, in time, things here do actually wind up – just a little notice.