I am usually in a constant battle with myself. I’d like to say in my head, but I need to get “stuff” out if I want any resolution on a matter, and alas I end up talking to myself or throwing my random thoughts at my Mr. My current conflict; social media.
At one point, I decided to use it all; Facebook, Instagram, Google+, etc. It was terribly exhausting trying to post content to EVERY social media outlet I laid claim to. So I stopped writing and therefore, stopped posting all together. Then I decided to maybe try just focusing on my blog and Facebook. No, maybe just Instagram. No, no. I need to use both. Oh screw it, this is too exhausting. I quit.
Then there is the matter of the content. I try to be authentic. I write from my heart. I take photos of my family. Doing our normal everyday stuff. Looking at the camera, (with the candid exception, of course.) Not wrapped in a bohemian blanket or taking pictures of my food and feet at every restaurant we dine at. (I mean no offense if you do this sort of thing. It’s just not me.) Sometimes even that seems overwhelming too. Some days, my morale can’t compete with the perfect Socality Barbie types with 5K followers and I hate it. I hate social media. So why bother?
I bother because those little hearts on the bottom of my Instagram photos matter to me. Not because I want people to see my pretty photos or covet my things, my clothes, my cute kid, or even my life, but because I genuinely want people to feel a part of us. Like they just sat down and had a cup of coffee with us. They know what we are up to. What’s going on. And to me those little hearts simply mean someone cares. They are following and liking us. Not just some glitzy and glammed up photos. I am certainly not saying I like every photo of every person I follow on Facebook or Instagram. I follow a lot of places and people. And that would be hitting borderline stalker status. But if I really like a photo, I take the two seconds to hit the heart button and not analyze it. If a comment pops into my head as soon as I see a new photo in my feed, I post it. And that’s the side of social media I love. It creates community, brings together friends and family. In our busy world, it inadvertently helps you to check in, to just keep in touch.
I challenge you to like a photo and post a comment or two today! (I doesn’t have to me on my page, of course.) Just let someone know you really do care. ❤
* After weighing our social media options, then reweighing, then creating flow charts (just kidding) you can follow The Taylor Tribe here on our blog or on Instagram @thetaylortribe3.