Social media is a funny thing. On my blog I’ve been surprised by how popular some posts are, while flummoxed as to why others aren’t. I am also surprised at how some blogs just elicit so much food for thought…
Yesterday I wrote a post that I thought was a one off- just letting off some steam about something that irks me (for no good reason I might add) And yet, it generated all sorts of thoughts, ideas and possible posts. (So be prepared- just saying…)
Blogger friend D asked me what my last three Facebook posts were. My first thought was- when did I last post on Facebook? (I told you- not big on social media at waking headquarters) So I pulled up my page and took note: I posted Merry Christmas, on the day, Happy Birthday to my daughter on her birthday in November, and in early November I shared a link for my daughter’s article in her school newspaper….
That’s what the Facebook world knows about my life.
If he were to ask about Instagram, the last three posts were pictures for the 366 photo challenge that I’m doing.
If he asked my last three tweets, I would have given him a birdcall, because I don’t do twitter (yet- I know it’s coming)
I don’t use pinterest with any regularity.
I don’t know snap chat or whatever else people use…
This blog and goodreads are my outlets to the rest of the world…
So what that does say about me? Because like it or not, what we post, and what we don’t post tells everyone who we are.
So, for today’s assignment, I want you to look at your last three social media posts on any outlet that you choose to use. What do those posts say about you? Are they authentically you? Are you showing the “you” that you actually are, or are you showing the “you” that you pretend to be?
Are you using social media to highlight your life?
Are you using social media to mask your life?
G Sandwich mentioned in a comment that most people just post without even thinking. Should you ever post without thinking about what you are posting? I know of people who have lost jobs because of things they said on social media…think about that… What goes on the internet stays on the internet…forever… Is it worth it?
For a second, let’s think a little bit on the psychological side- do we really not know what we are posting? Subliminally, is there a need to expose certain parts of ourselves online for the world to follow? Is posting certain things an attempt to prove to yourself that your life is better than it is? Are you trying to bring attention to yourself because you feel you are deficient in some way?
I know- there are more questions than answers. There’s always a different level to everything….but here’s the one question I want you to ask yourself before you hit ENTER..