Reluctantly…but with more and more frequency – that’s how I currently engage with social media.
Just saying those words – Social Media – creates a lump in my throat, a knot in my neck…And when I’m open to actually observing how my body reacts when faced with the idea about being a consistently ACTIVE SOCIAL MEDIA USER – I have to own up to the fact that it makes me cringe. And that being very active on social media is actually one of my biggest fears.
For a lot of reasons.
It seems like a giant wormhole. Where does it end? When does it stop? Do I have to constantly police all of my social media channels, to make sure there aren’t haters and trolls?
I have fear – deep in my gut for how connected we all seem to be to screens – in all their guts and glory and many, many various forms.
I know that Social Media is a powerful tool for good and positivity and to help enlighten and uplift… It’s amazing that every second of every day, new messages are transmitted to help inform others about oppressions, about beauty, about hate, and about everything in between every extreme.
And so we live in this world…what are we to do? DO WE ENGAGE?
Here’s how I engage with Social Media:
I am interested in creating more art and seeing more of the world – so I’m interested in creating a social media presence for people who can relate to the things I like, the things I feel passionate about, and any where we find common ground and interest.
This blog is new to me – It’s been created as part of my current Graphic Design school assignments. But, it’s a fun experiment in writing.
I also use Facebook and Instagram. Instagram is fun for me – and I can engage with people by using hashtags or simply exploring interesting images that I’ve seem in my networks.
I’m a visual person, so I draw a lot of inspiration from Instagram and I hope I can inspire others too – to know that there’s beauty and fun and possibility and entertainment out there.
Facebook is more of a struggle for me – every time I try to tag a person or business it doesn’t seem to work properly, but that’s ok, because I’m not really trying to engage people actively on Facebook.
And one of the reasons why – is that SOCIAL MEDIA is time consuming. And as little as I post, I spend more time browsing social media or creating a post than I would like. Perhaps using a good post scheduling app/platform would help with efficiency/saving me time. But I struggle with feeling like that’s an inauthentic way to engage. I guess for now my heart isn’t all in on social media.