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. Continue reading

Verbal Hashtags

I’m currently in the throes of writing a first draft for my final Grammar & Language essay.  The assignment is to write a long paper on a particular use of the English language, making a claim and defending it using the grammar rules we have learned throughout the semester.

My essay is on the way hashtags have made the jump from Twitter to everyday conversations.  For example, a friend came up to me and said, “I’m like hashtag blessed all the time”.  Why is this a thing?  How do statements like these work grammatically?  I’m determined to find out.

I’m enjoying the assignment immensely, but that’s mostly because I get to watch things like this for school

For the paper, though, I’d love some public opinions about the usage of verbal hashtags.  Are they appropriate?  If so, when?  If not, why?  Let me know in the comments!  Opinions are deeply appreciated!