I’m now spending more and more of my time every day on social media. I’ve been expanding my social media platforms recently and have just added Pinterest to my list of social media networks that I’ve been focusing on recently.
Spending more time online, I’ve noticed so many things about social media… some things I love, and other things that I’m not so keen on! So hopefully this post should act as a conversation starter, I’d love to know what things you’ve all been noticing as well!
Before I get on with the post, you may have noticed that I’ve changed my post photo graphic! I’m just trying out something new, hopefully, this fits in better with my current blog theme and my own personal style! But some feedback would be awesome, it’s always a work in progress and I’m constantly making changes and updating things!
The Follow-Unfollow Culture
This is definitely something bloggers are now picking up on more and more! And it literally drives me insane. Especially when it’s from an account I genuinely love! The number of bloggers than join communities, share their links and then follow everyone… to just unfollow them a day later… drives me up the wall. To me, blogging is about the community. It’s about sharing. I want to read blogs and watch people’s videos as much as I want to share.
When people play the unfollow game, I usually give it a while – sometimes it can be a glitch and they might not have intentionally unfollowed after all! I never message people, because I don’t think it’s worth upsetting yourself for something so petty… but will sometimes unfollow them later on if it looks like their follow numbers are going up and down too much!
This has, and I think always will be, an issue within the blogging/influencer community. I personally don’t really follow accounts that overly photoshop or post staged photos. Obviously, we all want to look our best… and so all photos will be somewhat staged (I’m not posting a selfie where I look like I’ve just rolled out of bed!) but at least they resemble real life.
I am now following a theme on Instagram. And as much as I love the look of it, it is less realistic. I try to compensate this through my Twitter and my Instagram story (I don’t filter my story content). I do worry that my Instagram is not realistic… however the photos are still my own, it’s all my own stuff in the photos… I’m just scheduling content. And so I might be posting a photo of a sunny day whilst it’s raining just because I scheduled it a week ago!
Blogging is Making a Comeback
I’ve been noticing this more and more recently. In the last few years, YouTube has really taken off. More and more people were turning to YouTube as their way of sharing their content online. Maybe I’m just finding the right circles again, but it definitely feels like blogging is making a comeback. I feel like bloggers took a bit of a back seat whilst the YouTubers had their time in the spotlight, but with all of the many recent controversies… bloggers are having a comeback!
Sure, the blogging game is so much more complicated now – I genuinely started on Blogger with a Sanrio blog theme… thousands of ugly widgets… ridiculously slow loading times. I didn’t know that I couldn’t just use whatever image I found, SEO wasn’t really a thing… and there was no such thing as blog marketing.
But the complication brings skills. Blogging has taught me so much, I’ve learned HTML, marketing, graphic design… how to use so many pieces of software I wouldn’t have thought I could work out!
I definitely recommend DIYing your own blog, don’t worry about looking pro from the start. I created my blog header, I used a base blog theme and DIYed the rest of it. And I have learned so much from doing so!
The social media world will keep changing, and as bloggers, we just need to keep up with the changes! There will always be things we love and other things we’re just hoping will change soon. I’m always trying to find new ways to approach blogging and trying to keep things fresh, and I feel like we all need to keep experimenting to help the platforms grow!
What’s your favourite thing about blogging? What things do you wish people didn’t do on social media/on their blogs?
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