Twitter, Facebook, Dailymile, Tumblr, Flickr, Blogspot, Wordpress, .com, message boards…social media people.
I grew up in the age of computers. We 3rd graders were the ones who they “tested” on to see if those gigantic humming boxes would really help us in our education. I don’t know what computer really helped me with from grades 3-5, other than my kick ass Oregon Trail scores! But it certainly helped me as I got older. I had an AOL account in 7th grade and soon enough I would be chatting away in chat rooms (remember those?) and have a fancy AIM account. I was DA BOMB! I had “friends” all over the country. Can you say NERD!?!?
So fast forward many years to 2011….social media is at its highest peak ever today. Everybody who is somebody has a Facebook account (except for me!)…even major corporations use these tools to help promote their business and guess what…IT WORKS!
Blogs have taken over the world. There is a blog community for EVERYTHING….just like the “healthy living” community,
I guess you could say that I am part of that. I mean, the point of my blog is to try and inspire people to lead a healthy lifestyle, but I sometimes wonder…
Is social media always a good thing??
There are some amazing sites out there that help to inspire people on a daily basis, like Operation Beautiful or the great site based towards kick ass females LivLuna (I recently became a member!). These sites really focus on the positive.
Now I’m not saying that blogs and such don’t, because most of them do, but let me ask you this question….
Have you had a really bad couple of days, or even weeks and you log onto Twitter or onto your favorite blog site and see them posting about “omg what an amazing workout!” or “omg what a healthy lunch I just had” and thought to yourself “fuck you!”?? No….that’s just me?? Oh well.
Of course, these people are NOT trying to make you feel guilty…they deserve every right to brag on about how well they are succeeding, but sometimes on a bad day you just don’t want to see that stuff (maybe these are good “unplugged” days people, that’s what I have learned).
I see more and more bloggers comparing themselves to other bloggers. If you take a step back and really examine some people you can see it. They count each and every follower they have…who follows or unfollows them on Twitter…who replies back to them and who doesn’t….its kind of crazy. You can sense their negativity and they almost try to guilt trip you for not being on the same path they are on at that time. Its sad to see.
Do you ever find yourself not giving yourself the proper high five you deserve because you see @someone ran further than you or lost more than you?? Everybody who is on a journey to better themselves earn the same amount of HELL YEAH’s in my book!
I think its extremely important for people to really ask themselves why these use all of these social media outlets. Are you looking to get and GIVE inspiration and motivation to other?? Or are you looking to win a popularity contest?? Some of my favorite bloggers are those with only 20-40 followers but yet they post the most amazing pieces and I just love them to death. Then of course there the big ones I love like *BitchCakes*, Jack Sh*t Gettin' Fit, and Skinny Runner. Every blogger has something to give and something to receive and the ones that keep an open mind and know that “online life” is not “real life” are the ones who truly inspire me.
Is Social Media always a good thing?? No, unfortunately its not. It can make us feel pretty shitty sometimes. But it can also make us feel pretty fucking awesome A LOT of the time!! Joining Twitter (I had a lot of hesitation) and starting a blog are two of the key parts in helping me succeed on my journey. The love and support I get (and hopefully give) to everyone is just simply amazing and I have made some real, true friends a long the way.
If you find social media to put a negative impact on your life most of the time, stop using it! Make your account private or take a break. Stop caring about who follows you or how many people don’t follow your blog. USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR OWN DESIRES, NOT THE DESIRE OF OTHERS!
OK, that’s my rant for today people. Sorry its not health-related but I just had to get it out there. I am curious on your opinions and your thoughts….