Weekend Musings #2

I’m having one of those moments where blogging all seems a little bit, meh. Maybe because I’ve spent the last two weekends curled up in bed with flu, or maybe it’s because of the cold weather, but I’m feeling a little CBA about the whole thing.

So let me start of by saying that I love blogging. I’ll always stand by the fact that setting up my blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve met some amazing people and had the chance to be involved in a couple of pretty awesome things, but sometimes it can all get a little bit much. After being on a computer all day at the office, the last thing you want to do when you come home is jump straight back on it. Motivating yourself to hit ‘create new post’ can be a tough one.

Also, despite how strong the blogging community is, you can’t help but feel a little lonely behind your camera lens and keyboard. I’ve dedicated so many evenings to typing up content, Saturdays taking photos, Saturday afternoons tidying up the mess and Sundays engaging with others. This is all instead of heading out for a coffee or a cocktail with my friends. The weird thing is I never really questioned it or complained; I’ve kept going because I was so determined to make something of this little patch of Internet. So what happened?

Well I was at a blogging event recently and someone said this…

If social media were deleted tomorrow, who would you be?

The question struck me more than I like to admit and it has really got me thinking. Who would I be? What would I do? Between my work and my blog, I’m so consumed by the social media world, I honestly think I’d be a little lost and that has begun to worry me.

Now I’m not going to go full digital detox or anything… I’m way to addicted for that! We’re labeled the social media generation after all! But I do have a plan…

Firstly I am going to make sure I spend a fair chunk of my time offline, whether that’s reading a book, heading to the gym or going for that coffee I mentioned. I will always dedicate time to my blog and creating content, it’s something I love to do, but I’ve got to also accept that working full time and having a social life does impact on just how much I can do. I think a blogging chill pill is in order.

Secondly I am going to try and stop obsessing over numbers. You guessed it, I’m talking followers here people. I can’t tell you how many hours I must have wasted obsessing over my social media following. Over the past two years my following has slowly increased, but I still feel like I’m so far away from where I’d like to be. The problem is, so many people and brands seem to be buying 10K or 20K followers these days, that those of us trying to build up an organic following are finding it extremely difficult. The only solution I can think of is to forget the numbers.

Social media should always be about sharing content that you love and connecting with like-minded people who’ll love it too. So that is my aim going forward and if my following increases then fabulous, but if not, then over my head, it shall go. Not sure why I went all Yoda on you then, but you catch my drift. Sorry for the rather moany post, the positive, half glass full mentality shall commence shortly.