As I scroll through Twitter day after day, I sometimes find myself wondering how people are so active on social media. How do they find the time to post constantly? Not only that, how do they come up with their witty tweets that have me favoriting and retweeting? Will I ever be as witty or charismatic as them? So then I’ll switch over to Instagram and I’ll see the gorgeous pictures people take of their books and I wonder to myself, how long did it take them to stage that picture? Should I be doing more of that? I don’t really have the time. Or the desire. Or the skill.
And it feels like every time I start to get better about using one social media platform, another one sprouts up that I’m supposed to be using. Like Snapchat. Snapchat used to be a platform where I just sent ugly selfies to my sister and vice versa. Now I’m supposed to post on it multiple times a day. Funny pictures with witty captions. Short videos that will make people laugh.
And then there’s Pinterest. I can’t just pin random things. I have to pin beautiful graphics. And if I want to pin stuff from my own blog I have to create beautiful, Pinterest worthy graphics. Do you ever just sit back and feel exhausted over keeping up with it all?
Sometimes I feel like it’s a never-ending battle to stay relevant in the book blogging world. If I don’t tweet enough, if I don’t post pretty pictures on Instagram, if I’m not constantly updating my Snapchat, then I’m no longer relevant. People won’t follow me because why would they? I’m not interesting. I’m not funny like so and so. I don’t take stunning pictures like that other person. And my Snapchats aren’t all that entertaining. Just me trying on weird cat ear earmuffs at Nordstrom. Or playing with the new Snapchat effects and making rainbows come out of my mouth.
These questions roll around in my head multiple times a week. I do really well on one platform for a week or so, but then I neglect others. And I think I can’t possibly be alone, but when I look around it seems I am. Because everyone else seems to be posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram multiple times a day and I’m sitting over here trying to write a tweet, but I have nothing to say.
And if I have nothing to say on social media, then do I really have anything to say on my blog? Anything people will really truly care about? I try to write witty posts that will make people laugh. And I try to write serious posts like this one, but they never seem to come out as well as the blogs surrounding me. And maybe that’s my biggest problem. Maybe I need to stop comparing myself to other people.
No, not maybe. I do. Because I’m me and I have to do this blogging thing the way it works for me, even if it’s not the standard or the norm. I have to stop thinking that everyone else is doing a better job than me because I’m not following the standards everyone else appears to be setting. I have to focus on me and what’s best for me. I don’t have time to post on every social media platform daily. That’s okay. I have to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses and start keeping up with myself. There is no bar to reach for around here. There’s only you and your blog and what you want to get out of it. Your posts don’t have to be eloquent masterpieces. As long as they embody you and capture who you are and your personality, I think you’re being successful.
Easier said than done though, am I right? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt all these insecurities and sat here thinking that my own blog is terrible in comparison to the greats that surround me. It’s human nature to feel insecure. It’s human nature to compare yourself to others. To see a bar and decide that you have to reach it. So how do I put my words into practice? How do I let go of my insecurities and be myself?
I’m still figuring it out. I’m trying to set goals for myself when it comes to social media. Tweet at least once a day (not promoting my blog post of the day related). Post two Instagram pictures a week. Use Snapchat once a day. It may not seem like much, but it’s a start and hopefully I can reach the goals and maintain them and it will help me become more active in the community.
Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed by social media? How do you keep up with everything in this social media day and age?