Thoughts on Blogging, Social Media, and Finding the Right Balance

I’ve been giving my social media habits a great deal of thought lately.

I won’t go into the messy details, but over the past few months my habits have changed a great deal.  In January, I made the decision to scale back my consumption and deleted Facebook from my phone.  This may not be a huge change, but it’s deeply impacted the way I experience the social media world.

For one thing, I have more time on my hands.  Instead of wiling away the hours scrolling through status updates and baby photos and engagement announcements, I spend my time doing things that I love.  I go for long walks.  I read more.  I hang out with family.

Another consequence is that I’ve shifted more time to Instagram.  With only photos and stories, Instagram is more curated and eats up far less time.  The more time I spend on Instagram, the more I fall in love with it.  I love putting together photos that I find beautiful and coming up with captions and quotes.  This summer, I started using the story feature and am able to share quirky, more casual bits of my life.

And then there’s my blog.  At the beginning of this year, I set out to be more of an official blogger… and quickly fizzled out.  I attempted to do a series of posts of literary places I’ve visited.  That lasted for two weeks.  Here and there, I’ve done several one-off posts that I’ve been pleased with.

I’ve been blogging for nearly ten years now on a variety of sites and, over the years, I’ve tried a number of different techniques.  (And, before you ask, no I will not share a link to my blog from high school.)

I think that part of my inconsistency is that I lack a central focus and vision.  While I adore my title, Keep Your Feet, and all that it implies, I definitely don’t have a theme.  Sometimes, I’m a book blogger.  Other times I write about travel and adventures.  Other times, I write about more personal things.  And, sometimes, I hardly post at all.

Here’s the thing, though: I enjoy blogging the most when I don’t put limits on myself.  At times, I’ve pushed myself to do one book review a week… and lacked the stamina.  When I go on a big trip, I keep notes, intending to do a big write-up… but when I go to do the thing, I just couldn’t care less.  Sometimes, I even write posts and simply don’t get around to publishing them.

Lately, I’ve settled into an easy rhythm of form-related posts.  Looking back over the past months, the content I’ve put out is a stream of Weekend Coffee Shares and summaries of what I’m reading.  Right now, it seems to work for me and I’m having fun.

I’ve thought about expanding Keep Your Feet beyond just my website… but am unsure if that’s a path I want to go down.  I don’t think that Twitter is the place for me.  While it’s a fantastic place to get your name out there and connect with others, I know it’ll be another social media black hole that I will be sucked into.  I’ve come to value my space and time away from the virtual world.

Then, there’s Instagram… would a Keep Your Feet account be worth pursuing?  There, I could link to my posts, share travel photos, reading updates.  I could even dip my feet into the Bookstagram community.  Just thinking about the possibilities gets me excited.

With all these musings on social media, I have to pause and ask myself: Am I even going to have time for all of this?  I work full time, spend ten hours a week in the car as part of my commute, and am starting graduate school classes in a month.  If I took on a new venture, will I be able to see it through or will I be too overwhelmed by real life?

At the moment, I don’t have any answers to my questions.  So I’m going to keep thinking.

Have you ever taken time to consider your social media habits?  What conclusions have you come to?  When balancing blogging and all the different ways to connect, what has worked best for you?

10 thoughts on “Thoughts on Blogging, Social Media, and Finding the Right Balance

  1. TizzyMatic August 1, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Twitter and Facebook became too time consuming and I wasn’t even posting anything, just browsing. I deleted them both off my phone months ago. Twitter is only used as a partner to my book blog. Don’t think I’d use it any other way, so it’s pretty balanced for me.

    • Amelia August 1, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad that you’ve found a balance that works for you. Has Twitter been helpful for your blog? I think that’s the only thing that would entice me into using the platform… but I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

      • TizzyMatic August 1, 2017 / 4:04 pm

        It has the potential to, but I’m not up there in followers enough to make a difference. It definitely helps when it comes to communicating with other bloggers and authors. It’s worth it.

      • Amelia August 1, 2017 / 4:18 pm

        That’s really good to keep in mind! I’ve never been a Twitter person and the only thing that would entice me is blogging… so I’ll definitely be thinking about it. Thanks! 🙂

      • TizzyMatic August 1, 2017 / 4:47 pm

        I always thought social media was something I wouldn’t get into either, but it has it’s benefits if you can get around what you don’t like about it. Have fun if you decide to do it. 🙂

  2. Britta August 1, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Instagram is my main platform these days, too. I love photography and consider photography to be a fun, very not-serious hobby of mine. I also love appreciating the work of other photographers–both professional and non-professional. I like that Instagram populated by bright images rather than lengthy lines of texts (so it’s good on-the-go social media) and it’s so easy to use. I also like that all the BS, unconstructive political nonsense that seems to populate Facebook isn’t as hugely present on Instagram. I never go on Facebook anymore. I don’t even remember when I last checked it. A few weeks ago, I think?

    Right now, I’m really struggling with where my blog is going. I have all these visions for a future version of my blog more devoted to travel and adventure, but I also don’t particularly want to brand myself as a travel blog. I still want my blog to be about me. I don’t want to start a completely new blog because I’ve spent so much time and energy building up this one–but I also feel that so much of the content on this blog represents a past verson of myself–and so I’m not sure to approach that while continuing on into the future.

    I’m not ready to get back into blogging quite yet. It’s not the right time and I’m still not in a writing mood. I’ve resigned myself for the time being to letting these ideas slowly take shape. I’ll get there.

    I get your social media contemplations, though. I’ve been doing that, too. Especially in wondering what the heck is going on with my own blog!

    • Amelia August 1, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      I adore Instagram for all the same reasons. It’s such a creative platform and it’s MUCH more positive than Facebook or Twitter. I love that you can share small, thoughtful moments in a meaningful way.

      I think it’s great that you’ve stepped away from your blog for a while (although I do miss your posts.) It’s definitely important to step away from things, reevaluate, and move forward when you’re ready to do so. There’s no point pressuring yourself to write if it makes you miserable to do so. Best of luck casting vision for your blog and finding a fit that works for you. And, as always, I hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  3. bookishluna August 1, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    For social media I limit myself. I check updates and such for a half hour in the morning and I allow myself around a half hour in the afternoon. I used to be on social media a lot, I deleted my facebook over 8 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I came back to social media with a different mindset years later. With writing on my blog I write a lot of my posts before hand because I am a very impulsive writer. I will write for hours or not want to write at all. Now I will break my limit if I am doing a readathon and there are sprints or there is a book club discussion.

    With writing on my blog I write a lot of my posts before hand because I am a very impulsive writer. I will write for hours or not want to write at all. So my posts will post in the middle of the day usually Tuesday and Saturday, then when I have my social media time I can catch up on comments and read other blogs. It helps me limit my time staring at a screen but I still get to do something I really enjoy.

    All of this social media comes down to what you are comfortable with. You need to do what is right for you. 🙂

    • Amelia August 4, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      It’s been so helpful to hear about other people’s social media habits and thank you for sharing yours! I find it really interesting that you can write for hours at a time–I usually start writing and can only make it twenty minutes or so before my creative juices run dry. I need to be in the right mood or mindset to get serious writing done. I’ve found that if I write in small increments each day–recording small bits of things I’d like to blog about–I can usually piece it together later. 🙂

      • bookishluna August 4, 2017 / 8:08 pm

        You are very welcome! It is interesting how something like writing can be so different for each person. 🙂

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