The Social Media Trap

Wow! Let me first start out by saying, THANK YOU! I have some awesome friends and have met some awesome people through the internet. I’m glad I renewed my blog hosting, because I was a click away from deactivating my account earlier this week. Then after a chat with Mr. Zucchini Runner I decided to give it — and myself — another 12 months. I have more to share, and apparently some people still want to listen! #winning

So, for starters, I think I’m going to share a bit about social media. Specifically why I no longer felt compelled to blog (until now), why I closed my Twitter account, why I stopped stopped using my ZR Facebook page, started using Snapchat and just some overall thoughts about social media that have been on my mind.

Why I felt compelled to quit half my social media accounts

It. Was. Too. Much. 

Simply put; trying to manage too many social media accounts became a CHORE; not something that was a fun pastime or a way to connect.

  • I don’t particularly like Twitter. I just don’t. Its not for me. I’m more of a picture person, less of a reading person. (Yes, I’m 7 years old.)
  • Facebook ALWAYS annoyed the crap out of me with its algorithms and how it would hide my posts unless it was done a particular way — and then always changing what “that way” was.
  • And I stopped blogging because, well, see my comment about Twitter. I don’t REALLY like to read that much. There; I said it. I’m weird. I have a short attention span — which existed LONG before the internet. So WHY would anyone else want to read MY stuff?! That was my logic anyway.

I even got to the point where Instagram, my true love of social media, began to make me cringe. Even though I’ve met SO many amazing individuals (both in real life and just on my iPhone screen), and learned about so many cool products/companies, there was just something about it that no longer seemed relevant to me.

Enter SNAPCHAT.

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The allure of Snapchat came about because my nieces “forced” me to get an account in December of 2015. I tried to resist the urge of yet ANOTHER social media platform, but they wore me down… and I’m so glad they did! Social media was suddenly real again. Why? Because photos on Snapchat cannot be staged. Every photo is posted in REAL TIME. You can’t upload an over-edited photo taken a week ago. You have to take the photo right then and post it immediately, or the magical moment is lost in the depths of your brain. In short, low tech, low maintenance and not a time sucker… at least for me anyway.

But really, the #1 bonus? For SOME UNKNOWN REASON, my nieces all communicate with me more than ever, since we’ve connected on Snapchat. (Apparently text messaging is too old school.) So now I have a beautiful, tiny window into what each of them does on a daily basis. LOVE. Not to mention, *I* was able to post whatever I felt like, because I was posting to family.

And let’s not forget about the amazing face filters Snapchat allows, for endless laughter and fun.

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So, I guess you could say I swapped my ZR Facebook Page and Twitter account, for Snapchat. 😉

 

Some thoughts on social media, that keep swirling in my head… 

Thought #1

I was kind of getting sick of being inundated with personal ads and self-marketing.

Let me explain… it seems like every other post is someone trying to sell something; a service, a product, etc. But what do I expect? What does anyone who complains about that expect? We live in a day and age where each and every one of us has the ability — on some level — to have our voice heard, to market ourselves to people around the globe. That really is a remarkable thing and I really just need to unfollow some people and clean up my list. haha

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Thought #2

Nobody knows what other people are going through.

You cannot judge a person’s life by what you see in person, let alone by the snippets you see through social media. It’s an OLD saying, but it’s so true, unless you walk a day in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what their life is. Social media CAN BE like a coffee table photo album. If someone chooses to, they could just be highlighting all the positive aspects of their life. But the bottom line is, don’t assume that just because everything they post is sunshine and rainbows means their life is all sunshine and rainbows. It is their choice to post the way they want; don’t become resentful if all you see is the happy stuff. You have no idea what struggles they have. Never assume.

Hey look! I cleaned my office! Next week I’ll be posting a recipe for quick and easy date energy balls!

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I love knowing WHO is out there! It’s wonderful to ENGAGE, read and “listen” to what readers are doing. Comments on a blog post are GOLD. So please continue to share your thoughts below.

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you have a favorite platform?

 

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15 Responses to The Social Media Trap

  1. Rebecca Noble says:

    Hearts!

  2. Sarah Boggan says:

    Social media can overrun your life, and I agree, you can’t judge what’s going on in people’s lives by it. It’s sort of sad how it replaces good old fashioned interaction. I waste so much time on it!

    I’m also sensitive because I don’t want my son to always think of me with a phone in front of my face, so I’ve been trying to cut back.

    Your office looks so spiffy!

  3. Teresa Wehr says:

    Date energy balls? Yes, please share! I found a recipe for peanut butter energy bites that are delicious! It’s in the Fry’s MyMagazine.
    I understand what you’re saying about social media. It’s too easy to waste time in useless blogs and media bits. However, blogs like yours I do not consider useless, but rather very beneficial!
    I also find that it’s simply too overwhelming to get wrapped up in everyone else’s life. As much as I’d like to be, I (all of us) cannot be the do-all for everyone. I must accept this! Instead, we must prioritize, pick & choose, and maintain who we are to ourselves.
    Back to your site… It’s beneficial to engage in a blog like yours. It helps people like me to move forward in a positive way and hopefully pass some of that onto others who are open to the positive benefits you provide.
    I look forward to reading more and pray you continue to find the inspiration and fulfillment needed to move forward with this blog. 💜Teresa

    • I LOVE this Teresa. Prioritize, pick and choose AND maintain who we are to ourselves. Perfect description. I’m so happy you find my blog beneficial. That has always been my goal. To just share what I find interesting about food and life in hopes it finds someone out there who WANTS to learn/read/cook/bake/whatever. ❤️

    • Oh, and I’m all about anything with peanut butter in it!

  4. amy says:

    Maybe I’ll be scoping out snapchat…I know Riley has asked for me to get an account.

  5. Eva says:

    Wow I am taking full credit for the snapchat thing #thankyou #thankyou

  6. Marisa says:

    I’m finding I need to unplug more. While I enjoy the contacts I have made and the information I gain. I need silence. From TV. From radio and Internet. And that’s ok.

    • Absolutely. When we go on a trip, particularly camping trips. I try to stay off my phone as much as possible. It feels good, I agree; unplugging and silence is necessary for sanity these days. Haha

  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about social media and trying to keep up with it all. When I was blogging I got caught up in how many people were reading and commenting and feeling disappointed if people didn’t show up. I also felt compelled to read (and genuinely wanted to be up-to-date on) all of the blogs that all of my internet friends were writing. I didn’t make the time to do it and started to feel “guilty” about it. The thing is… I do miss writing. I haven’t given up my blog yet (though I haven’t written in MONTHS) so I hear what you’re saying about that, too!
    I haven’t tried snapchat… Andrew loves it!

    • Yes! I think it’s a common feeling for most bloggers. At least that’s what I’m starting to realize. I hear ya on the guilt for SURE. You should give Snapchat a try, but be sure to have him give you a mini tutorial first. It’s not very intuitive since it’s such a new way of experiencing social media. I kept seeing special overlay imagery (geo filters) and was like, “HOW DO THEY GET THOSE?!” haha I finally had to text my niece. 😀

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