It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Share
I firmly believe that it doesn’t have to be perfect to share something on your social media accounts. I am someone who never had a Facebook page or profile until I started this blog. I didn’t understand it and to be honest, I didn’t want to get caught up in it. I didn’t have one friend or one family member who wasn’t talking about it or using it daily. I still didn’t see the appeal.
Then, I remember my sister coming over and talking about this new platform called Instagram. What? Now you need two social media accounts? Why? Isn’t that a lot to keep up with? I still didn’t understand the appeal. Facebook and Instagram are just two of the platforms people were talking about, but there were also many family and friends using Twitter, YouTube, etc.
Pinterest was the one platform I was actually on because it meant I didn’t have to continue creating and storing all the three-ring binders full of decor, projects, crafts and recipes that I cut from magazines and wanted to try. Pinterest made it so everything was inside the computer. I didn’t have to store anything and spend so much curated those three-ring binders. (Although, I do have to brag for a minute and say that my binders were amazing. They were organized by theme, project, holiday, etc. and were full of the best ideas.) I never felt like Pinterest was a social media platform though. It was more of a search engine for me and today, that is how most people use it.
Fast forward to a few months after starting this blog and I got to the point where my mom could actually type the web address into the search bar and find my blog. WAHOOOO! We were in business! My mom and I. She was my one and only reader for so long and my guinea pig for all the things I was learning. Thanks Mom.
Once I knew I was successfully publishing posts and my mom was sharing it with people, I wanted to take it more seriously (Hello…… two other people were reading it besides mom. I needed to put my best foot forward). I started reading whatever I could. I took courses, webinars and soaked up any and all the knowledge I could about anything related to the blog world.
One big area that kept coming up over and over again was the fact that you needed a social media presence with your blog. What? Did I read that right? I needed a Facebook account, an Instagram account, Twitter, YouTube, etc.? I did not understand why until I started listening to other bloggers talking about how they grew their business (still floored that it could be a “business”) and what social media had done for them. I was SOLD.
I have to be honest and tell you that I had so much to learn about social media (I still do), but one thing I knew from the beginning was that it wasn’t going to consume me and it wasn’t going to change the way I did or thought about things. If I was going to have a social media presence and put myself out there, I was going to do it authentically and fully ME.
I posted this last week on Instagram:
It doesn’t have to be editorial to matter.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to share.
It doesn’t have to be mind-blowing to show up.
It doesn’t have to be all the right words to post it.
It doesn’t have to be amazing every single time.
The picture doesn’t have to be magazine worthy.
It DOES have to be REAL.
It DOES have to be YOU.
It DOES have to AUTHENTIC.
If it isn’t YOU, why post it?
If it isn’t real, how does someone get to know who you are and what you stand for?
If it isn’t authentic, why are you wasting your time?
You are awesome.
You are enough – exactly as you are.
You have so much YOUniqueness to share.
Rock the YOU that you were created to be. The world is waiting for it and I am here to cheer you on.
I think a lot of us get lost in the social media world because most of the time, we are comparing our lives to someone else’s highlight reel. Most of the time, people are only sharing the beautiful photos, the expensive vacations, the clean house, the low-calorie meal, the extreme workouts and the kids participating in everything under the sun and never complaining about it.
THAT ISN’T REAL! THAT IS REEL – THE HIGHLIGHT REEL!
No one’s life is that highlight reel. There is so much going on behind the picture-perfect photo that you never get to see. You aren’t seeing the kids throwing a fit, the pile of laundry on the couch, the vacation from hell or the nights when couples are arguing again. Those aren’t the way people want to portray their lives – even though it is their REALITY.
The highlight reel isn’t sustainable. Wouldn’t life be so boring if it was? If everything was perfect all the time, how would we learn? When would we grow? Who would we be? BORING!
When posting on social media, be REAL. Be RAW. Be YOU. When those things are posted, people can relate. They can understand the vacation from hell, the argument with a spouse or teaching your kids about winning AND losing. They can say “I get it!”
Social media is a HUGE part of my job. I can’t imagine it without it and the community we have created. When I post, I want it to be REAL and AUTHENTICALLY me. I share a lot of imperfections and “behind the scenes” because that is really what is happening. I try to keep that at the forefront of every post and hope it comes across in the end.
It doesn’t have to be magazine-worthy to post. It doesn’t have to be amazing or editorial to matter. The post should be REAL. It should be YOU. It doesn’t have to be the highlight reel to get people to see what you are sharing. They are looking for the “I get it” reactions they have when they see the posts they can relate to at the end of the day.
I am just a girl who didn’t understand the appeal to all of this social media stuff. I wasn’t going to subscribe to it and didn’t until I had to. Social media is a major player in our game of life today and I feel that it can be a good thing …. if we choose to show up as YOUniquely us. Post the unedited version. Post the loss your child’s team endured. Post the vacation that wasn’t on a luxury island. Share the meal you burnt the other night and the mess that has been piling up on the living room floor all week.
I get those things! Me too! Thanks for sharing it and letting me know I am not alone. I will be back tomorrow to see what else you post that I can relate to.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to share. I promise. People will resonate and relate to the imperfections.
I would love to know some of your favorite social media accounts to follow. Leave them in the comments below.
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