Social media anxiety

Why I’ve Returned To Blogging After All This Time

Hello,

I haven’t written a blog post in over a decade, and I swore I would never start another one. But then I realized something: I was tired of social media. It had become less about connecting with people and more about keeping up with the Jones’s, and I just couldn’t do it anymore. So, here we are: my first blog post in forever.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with social media: I love the friends I’ve made and the inspiration I’ve found there—but I hate how fake it can be. And it’s not just the people who post things that are fake—it’s also the metrics that make you feel like if you don’t post something every day, or if your engagement isn’t high enough, or if your number of followers isn’t growing fast enough, then you’re not good enough. It makes me feel like my art is worthless because it doesn’t have as many likes or retweets or comments as other artists’ work does.

But what’s even worse is when someone posts something hateful or hurtful, and everyone starts attacking each other over it. It feels like there are very few spaces left where we can actually just be ourselves and connect with each other in real life rather than through some screen somewhere. I know now that social media doesn’t have to define my worth or yours. We can choose to be kinder to each other, because kindness always wins out in the end.

So anyway, this blog will be a diary of sorts. I will be sharing my art, my creative process, poetry, my thoughts, feelings, struggles and wins. I’m not sure where this blog will take me or what it will become—if anything at all—but I know that it’s going to be an important part of my journey as a creative person. I hope you enjoy the journey with me and that you find something here to inspire you on your own journey.

So here we go!

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  1. Rebekah

    I like it! Thanks for sharing your new way of doing things – hopefully it keeps the positive connection elements without the silly metrics ones! I’m also seeking ways to harbour connection with people through slower social media – interesting to see how that’s playing out for you at the moment! ☺️. Hope it goes well!

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