I'm not very active on social mediaPartly it's because I'm too busy with work. And partly because I need to prioritise my activities, mainly because I'm busy with work... Well, we all have only 24 hours a day, and something's got to give, right? And between work, blog, husband and friends... sleep, food and the gym should be high on the list, and sometimes all I want to do is vegetate on the sofa watching telly. So, I'm not very active on social media; I don't have the time or the energy for it.
And, to be honest, I don't really know that much about social media, either... But, for what it's worth, here's my two cents on various social media platforms:
BlogsI read blogs mostly on my iPhone, usually on the train. This makes commenting quite a challenge, though: after I've corrected all my spelling mistakes I'm 'timed out', and then I just think: sod it, I'll write my comments later, when I'm on my laptop. And then I forget the whole thing. Or get busy with work.
I like style blogs because they democratise fashion. There are lots of very smart and stylish bloggers of all ages, shapes and sizes who make fashion their own, mixing and matching clothes that fit their budgets and their lifestyles. I find that fascinating. And I don't just look for bloggers who are the same body type as me, or whose style resembles mine. No, I like variety: I find the explosion of colour and print that seems so natural to some bloggers just as interesting as the minimalism of others. What I want to see is how the blogger's personality is reflected in their style. You don't get that in fashion magazines, with their identikit skinny models and impractical outfits.
But what about staying in touch with friends? And finding old schoolmates?
Well, I prefer a face-to-face chat with a friend, or emails. As for long-lost acquaintances... They can stay lost for all I care. There's a reason we lose touch with old schoolmates / former boyfriends etc, and rekindling a 'friendship' of this type is more trouble than it's worth.
But maybe Elegance Revisited needs to be on Facebook? I could mention interesting blog posts I come across, or discuss films and TV shows and current events with my readers... That does sound interesting. But do I really have time for it? No, I don't. At least not at the moment.
Besides, I spend my days trying to make people communicate. I need some me-time when I can be a bit less social...
YouTubeis for cat videos. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning, very relaxing. If you love cats, that is, and I do (I love small dogs, too). Why not get a cat of my own, then? Well, I would, if it wasn't for allergies... So, I'm grateful for cat videos.
The cutest cat video ever? How about THIS? Seriously, how can something so small be so assertive, with so much will power?
So, Twitter... this is the place where people vent their feelings on this and that, and indulge in some sort of perverse DIY therapy by shouting at perfect strangers... Yep, I can live without it. At least for now...
I got on Instagram maybe 6 months ago. I thought I might post a few pictures every now and then, maybe post photos that didn't make the cut, for the blog, but were quite nice. My feed has about 400 pictures now... I really try to limit myself to 1-2 pictures / day, but it's obvious that it isn't working.
And what do I post? Well, silly little details of this and that, there is no master plan. I do post something every time a blog post goes live, but I think the blog-related pictures are just a drop in the ocean; most of my feed is about sunsets and scenery, interesting design and architectural details... I have been photographing these things for years, but it's only now that I have a place to display them.
Does it bother me that my Instagram feed is somewhat different from my blogs? Not a bit. I think that it just shows another side of me and allows me to explore interests that fall outside the scope of Elegance Revisited (style, travel) and Dilettante Artist (my so-called art). Instagram also allows me to express myself using pictures instead of words. This prevents me from overanalysing everything, and makes me explore a more emotional, rather than the more natural (to me, that is) intellectual approach to my subject matter.
I have several other boards, too, but I seem to neglect them a bit. I might pin lots of pictures one day, and then ignore Pinterest for weeks at a time... Not very consistent, I know. Of course I pin my blog posts, some outfit photos etc. Isn't that what bloggers are supposed to do?
Google+I have no idea how Google+ works. It confuses me, so I've been ignoring it for the most part. I'll figure it out. Eventually. After I've sorted out my LinkedIn account... Maybe...
Anyway, I have joined a few groups and get alerts when members post something (very nice!). And sometimes people comment on a blog post on Google+, and I try to remember to answer these comments. And of course I share my blog posts, mainly because Blogger asks if I want to share a post when it goes live... But I'll get there, one day.
So, there we have it: my take on social media. I know, I know, there are all sorts of forums and apps and whatnots... Who has the time? I've always hated spreading myself too thin; I prefer to focus on one thing at a time. So, I decided that it's OK to choose my social media platforms to focus on and ignore the rest, at least for now...
What's your favourite social media platform?