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?