For a while there social media changed me for the worst. I became addicted to checking facebook every five minutes and it was just really unproductive to be constantly looking for that one status update that might happen. Instagram was the same way the first few months I had a smartphone. I became obsessed with checking in on Foursquare, literally everywhere I went (thank goodness I don't have any stalkers!). Twitter has never really been an issue for me, I think I have about 20 tweets and they're mainly for blog contests... I was so determined not to miss out on something on social media that I wouldn't be truly paying attention to the person in front of me. It shocked me when I finally realized this, it got to the point where one day, I deleted over half of my Facebook "friends", mainly people that I never really was friends with in high school but I just kept just to be able to Facebook stalk their lives now. I realized it's not healthy to be constantly checking up on other people just to compare their successes or failures to my own. I deleted Foursquare and now don't check Facebook and Instagram nearly as much. While I think it would be great to just delete them all, at least Facebook I have to keep because most of the events and people from my professional group all keep contact through it. I think that Instagram would be easier to give up, but I think that unless I become obsessed with checking again, in the end it is fun to use and look at. I think the problem with social media is that everyone is too connected to it and forgets to actually live their life.
On the other hand, I think blogging has had the opposite effect, it's definitely a positive in my life. While I have great friends, I have a small group of friends, none of which cares about books or fashion or vintage or any of the interests that I share here. This is a great outlet for me to share my interests with others who also have similar interests, and where we can all gather great ideas or support. I'm a very introverted person so it's hard for me to put myself out there in real life and this is a place where I feel comfortable sharing my feelings and knowing that similar-minded people are doing the same. It's kind of like an open diary, the perfect place to look back on your life and smile at all of your fun memories that are documented here in a way that no other type of social media can do. I know that I've read on some larger blogs that they feel pressure to stick to a schedule, or put out more and more and better and better content because of their huge audiences, and that it sometimes feels like an obligation more than a creative outlet. I never want my blog to become that. I am such a small blogger now that this really isn't an issue or even will be in the near future most likely, but if that ever happens, then I will probably stop blogging. I don't think that anyone starts a blog thinking that it is going to be some huge, pressure filled project, I think that it's really to just have a place to share your thoughts in your own way. I love blogging so much that I would never want it to be a burden. I have been reading blogs for five years now, and I have found so much happiness in reading and relating to others and I hope that someone who reads my blog can feel the same way.
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