I’ve stayed off of social media for quite a bit. I may have poked my head in and out sometimes to see what some of my friends are up to but I have to say it was really nice to step out for the time that I did.
Since I took my break, I’ve really been able to appreciate my surroundings. Instagram can really suck the life out of you and when they changed the algorithm, it was just the perfect indicator for me to reevaluate.
The time we spend scrutinizing our lives, planning pictures, planning insincere content, playing the influencer game just became so fake. Because, that is what it is…it’s fake. We don’t live our lives in these perfectly planned scenarios with perfect lighting everywhere we go in these perfect squares. I probably won’t gain much popularity for saying any of these things, but maybe that’s a good thing. When you start chasing the number of followers and likes on your pictures that it just sucks up your life, maybe you need to reevaluate why your are doing what you are doing. At least, I knew I did.
I started blogging because I enjoyed writing. Not that I am the best at it, but I enjoyed it. Then you see that everyone else is jumping in and you have to up your game a bit and take on sponsored content, some of which is product you know you would never use. Nonetheless, you take it on so that you can stay in the game of an overly saturated niche – that’s when you realize that you just lied to your audience.
In order not to let that company down, when you’re content is sinking, you join a comment pod in order to get your engagement up.
The more you play the game, the further you sink and it just sucks up your life. You have to constantly like, post, comment. I took a break and noticed a significant amount of followers unfollow me and my pictures get less than half the likes I used to. But damn does it feel good.
It’s a liberating feeling to have given up the facade and the game of keeping up with so and so blogger. So I will gladly take plummeting post likes, and I will cheer at the amount of followers to unfollow me – because that means they weren’t really here for the content but instead where just following for a follow back. I want to live an honest and authentic life, and the numbers will no longer rule me. In order to be a creative member of society, you cannot be a slave to these things. Hitler had hundreds of followers, but Jesus only had 12. And no, I’m not comparing myself to Jesus. But as a follower of Christ, it should be my goal to live a more Christ like lifestyle and that is something that I’m definitely going to work harder at doing.