I’ve been on social media since the end of high school, about six years ago. I created my Twitter and Instagram accounts in 2012, and my 200ish followers on both accounts would probably make you think otherwise. Or what about the 239 friends I have on Facebook since I made my account my sophomore year of college.
I’m not friends with people on Facebook with people I don’t know. Maybe I lucked out of collecting hundreds of friends by jumping on the bandwagon late. As for Twitter and Instagram, I follow friends and people I know, plus athletes and sports teams. All of my followers are people I know in real life or people I know from the Internet—either from Tumblr back in the day or my blogging friends.
Safe to say I don’t have a big social media following, but I think I’d rather have quality instead of quantity. My life isn’t all that interesting. I mostly yell about sports on Twitter, and I post three to four pictures on Instagram a month, and that’s only if I’m doing something interesting.
I sometimes think about posting pictures on Instagram that aren’t of me doing random things—more quotes or pretty pictures—but I’ve fallen victim to posting pictures that I know will get likes. Yes, yes, it’s sad for me to admit, and I might check myself into some social media rehab somewhere. (Hopefully there are snacks.) I sometimes spend too much time in the explore tab looking at other people’s pictures, and I know that those are the best of the best pictures, because they do what I do—posting only the good pictures. I feel like I’m judgmental of my Instagram and hope to work on being less judgy with myself. (Any words of advice?)
My thoughts on my own personal social media accounts have been coming up because of my new job. Half of my position is website maintenance, updates, and a little design, and the other half is social media. Both are a joint effort between my boss and I, however I’ve been working on the social media accounts a little more. Which I’m excited about, because I get to run the university’s accounts.
We use a social media calendar and I’m always updating it with ideas for each platform and events that are coming up on campus. I’m working on reviving the Twitter account and making the voice of the content more friendly. I’d much rather spend time working on the social accounts than my own, because there’s so much more happening on campus than in my own life.
For the new year, I’d like to be better with posting on social media. I don’t want to think so hard about it and spend time thinking of a caption. It shouldn’t be such a process. For my job, well, yeah, I have to spend a little more time on it as the posts reflect the university, but I want to be better with my own, especially my Instagram.
The blog is on the ‘gram, and I recently made a Twitter account—which I got locked out of for some reason and then had to verify I was a person. I update the Instagram account a few times a week, and I’m not sure yet how I’ll use the Twitter account. I figured it couldn’t hurt to have a separate Twitter for the blog than just my personal one. Feel free to follow the blog on either platform if you’re not already.
So thoughts on how you use social media? Do you do it for fun, or have you fallen victim to only “doing it for the ‘gram”?