Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

I’m trying!  I really am!

My niece introduced me to Snapchat at a family get-together and I got to go on a Snapchat visit when she snapped this pic of me and my sister.  I love it!!  I even cropped the picture to use as my profile pic on Facebook.  And I know it was the first and last visit to Snapchat that I’ll ever make.  🙂

I’m really trying to understand social media.

It might be just a ‘January Slump’.  I’m finding myself annoyed that I’ve lost hours just scrolling through Facebook.  It seems the aftermath of Election 2016 has  slowed down the enthusiasm for Facebook.  Is it just me?  Or is there anyone else out there who’s finding less postings and interaction?  Are we getting burned out?

 I love Facebook for the connection to my sons and families.  I like it for the news feed that gives me my favorite FB Pages every day.  The fact that I can take an art journaling workshop online and connect with other artists from all over the world is amazing!  I belong to the Artists’ Journal Workshop Facebook Page and connect with 22,689 other artists.  This is all good.  

The only other social media I’m using is Blogging on WordPress.  This month I’ve got writer’s block and I’m determined to stay with my commitment of a post each week.  It’s getting tough!  I’ve been blogging for a year now and have loved this experience!  I’ve met some amazing people on WordPress and learned a lot of positive things from their posts.  What do you do when you’ve reached a slump?  Is it just because I’m moving in another direction right now?  Anyone have any suggestions for Blog Challenge Hops to fill in until I get back my groove?

I’m trying!  I really am!

This Love/Hate thing I’ve got going on with social media has got me wondering.  Am I balancing my life and using social media to serve my goals or is social media hooking me with the same addiction that watching too much TV can do?  …. Or having your nose buried in a book or newspaper can do?  Doesn’t anything become a numbing addiction if we don’t know enough to stop, look up and get out there and experience real life?

“You have a finite existence and a set number of days………………………”

Look Up

17 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Love/Hate for Social Media

  1. I missed this post at the beginning of the year, but it’s exactly where I found myself at the end. I too grew sick of social media and found myself in a real slump. Yes, the election and the aftermath had a lot to do with my feelings of apathy. But, I’m getting my energy back and plan on putting it to good use. I’m limiting who and what I read online and only source news from reputable sites (and only in small doses!) There’s too much good stuff out there to waste time on craziness! I hope 2018 is inspiring for those of us who enjoy creativity!

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    • Yes, we can control just so much of all this craziness and that’s in our own response to it. Like you, I’m limiting Social Media as much as possible and looking for ways to contribute in more creative, constructive ways. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Lulu. 🙂

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  3. Happy New Year, Mary Lou. 🙂 You nailed it with your last sentence! I’m not familiar with Snapchat and have more than enough trying to keep up with blogging, Facebook, Twitter (for blogging purposes), etc. That’s a cute image, though. Sometimes, it seems like a vicious circle and there’s no possible way to keep up without sacrificing other aspects of life. Is there a magic formula?

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  4. I have reached a bit of ‘writer’s block’ on my blog and I think it is because I have moved onto other things.
    I am still writing, but the theme has changed from the original theme of the blog.
    Thinking about what direction to go now.
    All the best to you for 2017.

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    • I think I’m in that place too, Elizabeth. I don’t want to blog just to blog. I love putting thought and creativity into my posts. We keep moving forward into the New Year. 🙂

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  5. …Twitter because I want to know what’s going on right now. It can get pretty heavy with people expressing their viewpoints on whatever issue is brewing. I try to keep things positive or keep my posts writing-related. On my blog, I rarely talk about politics or religion. Unless it’s something that’s nagging at me. Most of the time, I keep those opinions to myself.


  6. I hear ‘ya! I adore how social media has allowed me to connect with people elsewhere who I would never have had the chance to know, BUT it can be overwhelming to keep up with everyone… who I don’t really know, but care about now. I left FB years ago and have never regretted it. I’ve found that the people who care about me find me, and those other ppl on FB– well, toodle-oo!

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    • I try to keep FB thoughtful and creative. It’s gone downhill with the election. I’ve unfollowed the offenders. Blogging is more for those of us who want more thought and creativity behind our posts. Like you do, Ally! 🙂

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