Feeling overwhelmed? Do you have a billion social media posts to schedule, graphics to design and blog posts to write. Constantly feel as though you’re not good enough, in comparison to your blogging peers?
Take a break. Trust me.
I go through phrases where I get that feeling, and theres a sudden build up inside of me thats like – nope cannot do this write. A massive creative block comes over me and I have to check out of the online blogging/marketing bubble for just a few days.
But thats okay.
Despite what some people might think, theres nothing wrong with completely dispearring for a few days. There’s also nothing wrong with not giving a reason for it either. Even though I love social media and love everything positive it is capable of, if I’m not feeling it, then I’m taking a break for a bit and enjoying every moment.
My latest two week mini social break was triggered when I saw this comment from a blogger.
omg whats the point of Instagram right now!! Im only getting like 43 likes
NOTE: I know very well that you shouldn’t compare yourself with other bloggers and creatives. Everyone is a different stage and different chapter of their creative journey.
HOWEVER, seeing this comment and many like it over the last few months, just left me deflated. 40-50 likes is my average reach for instagram. I’m really not one for monitoring hoe each post does, I care more that image on the grid has a purpose and isn’t a space filler. When I get likes around 50, I usually feel pretty chuffed, that those 50 or so people have taken the time to like my image. In my eyes, their sending a little message back, they like the content I’m putting out. So usually I’m a happy little larry.
BUT, this comment suddenly made me inferior, like I’d been really stupid to think that what I was doing was okay. Like, I shouldn’t be so chuffed with such a low number and that your post is nothing if its not 500 plus. So I sat back and just switched of for a little bit. It’s amazing how much a small comment like that can be such a confidence knock. The comment wasn’t aimed at me yet somehow I felt personally attacked.
And this is all over a social media platform? No thank-you I’m out.
So I took a digital detox (something I highly recommend, especially if you work in digital marketing) I took time to think why I care so much about this free platform and how I could make it fun again for myself. I snapped photos over the last couple of weeks had fun editing them and planning how they would be presented, and I think I found some depth and fun to my own channel again.
I think the message from my experience is not to get to wrapped out if someone is performing on a higher scale or even taking a completely different attitude to you. Allow them to do what they feel works while you do you. But also, enough negativity, I doubt that comment benefited anyone, all it did was just spread negative vibes onto a public setting with no resolution.
We’re better than that.
Don’t you think?