Recently, I’ve found myself wondering whether all this social media stuff is really for me. don’t really know what my goal was when I started my Instagram (my blog was – and still is – more of an outlet, but my Instagram was just something I started alongside my blog for the sake of it, I guess), but I do know I’m not sure where to go from here.
Ok, I’ll admit it.. becoming an influencer was always the main goal. In this day and age, what twenty something doesn’t dream of having products sent to them and brands paying them to do sponsored posts? It’s the ‘new’ thing, and I don’t think it’ll be going away any time soon. However, now I’ve been taking social media more seriously for a while, I’m not sure if having a more business orientated mindset has taken away my enjoyment of social media.
Don’t get me wrong, most days I LOVE waking up and writing a blog post, replying to Instagram comments, and generally engaging with other bloggers. However, some days it can all get a bit too much. The pressure to comment on other people’s posts in hopes they’ll comment back on mine, the pressure to post on Instagram every day, the pressure to constantly share every single blog post in a Twitter comment thread, the pressure of having to quickly return replies to people so they don’t think I’m rude. I’m not sure if this just comes across as one huge moan, but it really isn’t meant to. Everything in life has it’s pros and cons, so WHY are people seemingly so worried about discussing the cons of having a career in social media. Oh, and by the way, I don’t have a career in social media (at all) but I’ve decided to start approaching social media as if it is my business because, well, that’s probably going to give me the best results, right?
ANYWAY, I feel like I’m going off on a tangent here… Back to what the blog post is actually concerning: Whether social media ‘influencing’ is really the road I want to go down. The honest answer I feel is yes, it is. However, I think what needs to change is the way I’m approaching it. Everything seems so fake with the comment threads and Instagram pods, but maybe I’m just viewing it in a negative way. Is it really ‘fake’ for bloggers to support bloggers? I actually think it’s a pretty wonderful thing, and it’s probably a large factor towards this industry continuing to thrive the way it is.
In an ideal world, I’d love for everyone to post organically on Instagram and write authentic blog posts. I’d love for people to make genuine friendships and relationships, rather than ‘networking’. I’d love to not worry about whether my blog posts gets enough comments or views. I’d love to not constantly be trying to build up my Instagram followers. However, that’s just the way it is. It’s like this in any industry/business – it’s simply the way the world works.
Does anyone even slightly understand what I’m talking about? Because, honestly, the more I write, the less I even understand what I’m trying to say myself. It makes way more sense in my head than it does when I write it down.. I’m also feeling slightly anxious about posting this, as I’m worried I’ve come across the wrong way. I definitely don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way.
I started this blog post wondering if I’m too soft for the social media world, but maybe I’m just too soft for the world in general.