I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I either feel incredibly inspired to post and connect with everyone or I avoid it like the plague. And I’ve really been hating social media recently. Until I made a few changes I didn’t find it particularly inspiring anymore.
I’ve been trying to get back into it all like I used to and use instagram and twitter more for me rather than for the follows. Don’t get me wrong it’s incredible that people follow/like/retweet something I post and some people deserve so much success from how they have built up their social media platforms, but for me I felt like I wasn’t really being myself online anymore. I actually think it’s quite hard to portray who you really are in just 140 characters or in a single photo on instagram so I ended up not posting at all.
All my accounts didn’t line up with different usernames and different types of content, so I changed it. I also didn’t seem to follow many people who inspired me either and so I changed that too.
If you’re feeling a little bogged down with social media (story of my life) then here’s a few tips to mix it up and begin to love it and feel more positive about it.
Now I know this is seen as a pretty bitchy thing to do, especially now that there are apps that tell you exactly who unfollowed, but I put that thought aside. Bare in mind that it’s your twitter account so don’t feel bad about removing negative people from your timeline. I recently went through my entire list and unfollowed those who:
- Add negativity to my feed.
- I wasn’t necessarily interested in their content anymore (not in a malicious way but more in a way that it wasn’t fair to have someone not appreciate their words and photos. This includes celebrities that I’m no longer inspired by – sorry 2013’s X-Factor contestants).
- Hadn’t posted in a while.
After removing those people, my feed already felt a bit fresher and more relevant to the things that inspire me daily. I also “muted” a few people who I didn’t feel like I could unfollow.
Once you’ve removed a good handful of people, you can then find new people. I follow celebrities that have gained phenominal success and post about it, people who are passionate about whatever it is they do, and also accounts that post quotes or photography. Or healthy meals and fitness clips. And on Instagram especially, BOOKS. Obviously there are other people amongst them that I just like to follow, but I mainly try to keep it to people who would inspire or motivate me in some way.
Change/adapt your own content.
After following people whom you feel more connected to, it’s down to you. Is your content something that you’d follow? Or does it not even inspire you anymore?
With instagram and twitter you can change this at any time. You have the freedom to post whatever the hell you want to use it in your own way and be yourself. Don’t compete with others and especially don’t compare yourself to other people online either.
Inspire other people and yourself through your content, and make sure what your posting is what you are happy with.
Love social media again and be creative. Make it inspiring and ensure it adds positivity into your life, because is it ever procrastination when you’re gaining sassy quotes and healthy meal recipes along the way?