I usually don’t do posts like these, but for a very long time something has bothered me and I know there are people out there who can relate to this. So lets have a little chat shall we? Why does social media value our worth? Why do we let apps like instagram, pinterest, twitter and sometimes even wordpress define if our work is good enough? For so long instagram has been my happy place in social media, I love taking pictures and editing them. I love to make sure my feed looks good, and oh how much I love following people. Twitter has always been the place where I share my thoughts and wordpress, yes the beloved place of mine where I get to embrace the things that fascinate me.
But slowly everything has changed, and I think most of all these apps, it’s instagram that has lost it’s game. Sadly the other apps seem to follow the downfall. I used to be very carefree with my instagram, I posted what I wanted and when I wanted. I got really nice feedback from my friends and followers. Now the main thing that people seem to care about is the numbers – as known as followers, likes and comments. I don’t even try to deny the fact that they don’t matter to me, because they do. So much that it actually defines my mood. I find myself questioning the value of my pictures all the time. When I don’t get as much likes as I normally do all that I can think about is ‘wasn’t my picture good enough’. And it makes me question the pictures that I post, even though I love them? But ‘so what, my followers don’t seem to love them’ I think. AND THAT IS HORRIBLE.
Why does it matter so much if we get 200 likes or 1000 likes? Just why? Sadly we can see this same circle going around in wordpress, not to even mention how much likes and retweets matter in twitter. When I post a blog post that I worked so hard for, but the stats aren’t ‘blooming’ I immediately think that ‘wasn’t my content good enough?’ ‘Didn’t people like my pictures’ and then this pops to my head: I haven’t been active enough to my fellow bloggers so no one is returning the favor. And yes that is harsh thing to say, but honestly isn’t that what we tend to do? To get activity we are active ourselves, give likes and comments. Of course that is not how it should be, we shouldn’t care about likes, comments and stats in overall. We should be happy with our content no matter what the feedback is. But we just aren’t?
So again, why do we let apps like these define if we and our content is good enough? We should be the ones deciding about our pictures, content and thoughts. Maybe I am the only one who feels this way, but I truly hate the sad feeling that kicks in when my stats in any of these social medias aren’t what I hoped them to be. I don’t know, what do you think?