Tuesday, April 14, 2020

"Good content isn't about good storytelling. It's about telling a true story well." - Ann Handley

Safe to say it's been a strange few weeks, huh? There are experiences we've all shared during quarantine- eating copious amounts of banana bread, playing, or at least watching other people play, Animal Crossing New Horizons. And who knew whipping coffee granules together was going to be the new sweeping trend of 2020? There are also personal experiences, though. Whether you're social distancing with friends, family or on your billy, there's bound to be some realisations you'll come to within this time. I've certainly been looking inside a lot more in an attempt to make the most of this time when it comes to my self-care.

In a previous post, I talked about how I'd been trying to monitor my social media usage. During the lockdown, something had to change. As more of us turned to it for entertainment or simply as a means to keep our thumbs busy, I realised that the negative effects I was experiencing from social media were less about how long I spent looking at it (although, admittedly this does play a part) and in fact more about what I was looking at. Armed with this epiphany I took to the main culprit of lowering my self-esteem. That's right- Instagram.

The thing is I do really enjoy Instagram for the most part. I just need to remember to stay away from the explore page at all costs. Anyone else feel the algorithm is sometimes more 'what do you lack?' than 'what would you like to see?'. Another rule I need to remember is to only follow accounts that make me feel good, artists who's work I enjoy; with a few piggy accounts thrown in for good measure (have you checked out Insta.pig yet?)

Once I started sifting through all the accounts I was following and taking out the ones that didn't meet this criterion I was opened up to the experience of creating something that works for me, not only to keep my thumbs busy in these uncertain times but also inspire me to create, love and care for myself a little more. 

Is it enough, I asked myself, to have these concerns and ideologies for which other people post and not apply the same to the content I'm putting out into the world and potentially influencing people with. After all social media is a two way street in that sense, right? I realised although I can't change how my pictures are received, I can change my intention behind posting said content. This mind set lead me to reevaluate what I was putting out there and ask myself some questions. Was I happy with what I was putting out there? Was it an accurate reflection of me, my life and my values? After pondering on this for a while I realised that all I really needed to do was post. If there's something I want to put out there, whether I'm wearing makeup or not, whether it's the best angle or not and whether it was a good quality photo or not, I was going to post it. IF IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

And that's how we ended up here... I'm saying goodbye to Instagram themes and 10's of posts sat in my drafts at one time because they didn't quite make the cut. I'm also rid of the fear of falling into the comparison trap that we're all to familiar with and what's more, I'm happy with what I give and receive from my time online.

I thought I'd end this post with mentioning some of the accounts that have been making my social media a happier place so you can check them out too:

What accounts are you following at the moment that make you feel good?

Share your opinion:

  1. I love this post! I will need to check your instagram out, it can be so hard not to get sucked in I just need to remember Instagram only ever shows the good, if you are having a bad day chances are most people aren't going to take a photo of it and post it on instagram! I love that you are only going to be posting photos that make you happy!

    1. Hey Sarah, I'm glad you liked it! It's definitely important to remember it's a highlight reel, sounds like you've already nailed how to make it work for you :)

  2. Great post, it's so important to only follow who makes us feel good. We don't NEED to be following millions of accounts anyway! xxx

    1. Absolutely! We all need reminding of this from time to time :)

  3. Wow! Such an amazing and helpful post this is. I really really love it. It's so good and so awesome. I am just amazed. I hope that you continue to do your work like this in the future also Youtube Panel


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