Using social media more positively

Posted in Life, Other
on August 26, 2016

P1060614 (2)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.

Unfollow Spree

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.

Follow Spree

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?

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  • Rosy Flynn

    I went on a major book following spree on Insta myself 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • bookstagram has become my favourite thing to look at! <3

  • My relationship with social media is also love/hate. I took a break from it from the beginning of April to the end of May, and now I feel like I can “handle” social media better. Now I’m back to using social media, but I don’t feel any sort of pressure and I don’t need social media or likes or comments or whatever for validation 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Yeah I think taking a break is definitely necessary to clear your head a little! xxx

  • There are so many people I follow on Twitter and Instagram whose content I’m no longer really interested in! I started Twitter when I was 13 and I’ve changed since then and so are the people I chose to follow back then, so I definitely need to go through the accounts I follow too! 🙂

    • Yeah, I just did exactly that. There were so many accounts I followed that hadn’t posted in 3 years so I think it’s important to just have a bit of a clear out. xxx

  • These are amazing tips! I have a love/hate relationship going on with instagram! I can’t stand how people are using it! I think I will go on a little clean!!
    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    Blog Lovin’ // Instagram
    xx

    • Yes! I know exactly what you mean. I feel so much pressure to have the “perfect feed” that I just stop using it. I have so many photos I want to share but just don’t. I think a clear out is necessary to fill your feed back up with positivity and accounts that inspire you. xxx

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