So last night I joined Instagram!
If you aren’t totally sure what Instagram is here’s how they describe it on their site:
“It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.
Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.”
You can then “follow” people and they can follow you so you can keep track of each others pictures. The only catch is you have to have an iPhone. But! If you do have an iPhone, or an iPad…
My username is TheLittleTiny if you’d like to follow me. I’ll try to keep things interesting!
In other news we are back home, settling in, doing laundry, and pretending to THINK about cleaning up the aftermath of Craft Lake City. But only pretending.
Now for the part of the post where I wax prophetic (poorly I’m sure) on social media:
I’m sure it’s no surprise, but I’m kind of an insomniac. Sleeping is such a chore for me. But when we were on vacation I fell asleep every night with ease, it was fantastic. However, for the last two nights (that we’ve been home) I’ve been tossing and turning non-stop. Last night it was almost 4 hours before I finally fell asleep.
I just can’t turn my brain off. It’s infuriating having so little control over something I’m supposedly in charge of. I’d make a horrible Buddhist. But as I tossed and turned last night, then started searching through Instagram, I concluded things like Instagram are probably a large part of the problem. To borrow my husband’s sentiment, social media is a slippery slope.
Here’s how my rabbit hole was created:
I’ve blogged for years. I love blogging because I love writing and I love affirmation. But I also love crafting. For a long time I didn’t mix the two, it seemed odd to do so. As a solution I started a second blog. This was too much to keep up with at the time, so I quickly abandoned it and went back to one.
Then I started incorporating my crafts/baking/cooking into this blog. Then I had a baby. Then I decided that I needed to start a craft empire.
So then I created The Little Tiny.
I’m on etsy, always checking orders, renewing listings, returning emails. And in order to promote etsy I started blogging more. Creating tutorials, thinking about the blog, checking analytics, networking with other bloggers. It’s a full time job if you really take it seriously. I take it about 50% seriously. And it’s still a lot of work.
I had avoided facebook for years, but to promote The Little Tiny and connect with people, I buckled and created a Facebook Page. So, I try to keep tabs on that. And then there is Pinterest. I think Pinterest is really phenomenal, but again, it’s a marketing tool in a way. When items from my blog or etsy shop get “pinned” it sends people to my blog or etsy shop.
Oh, and we’ve forgotten Flickr! I had to join Flickr because it’s the best way for me to upload pictures to my blog.
And that brings us full circle to Instagram. Because when I take pictures with Instagram they can automatically upload to Flickr. Are you exhausted? I am.
Most of the time I’m about 30 seconds away from disconnecting from it all. I tried to force conversation with Eric last night while he was sleeping peacefully and I was writhing in bed…and he concluded I could probably abandon it all, but not the blog. And that might be true. The blog is important to me. But it’s hard to participate in one social media outlet, and not spill into others. Because if you really want to make it happen (whatever “it” is), you almost HAVE to. Maybe we don’t?
What are your thoughts? Does my weariness date me? I’ve never been concerned about being “dated” but as I searched through Instagram and saw a 16-year-old girl with 3500 followers, I wondered if maybe I’ll never be able to do what she does. Her pictures are boring and mundane. Her number of followers has NOTHING to do with content, and everything to do with knowing how to grease the social media machine. Which is true for a majority of the things that go viral.
I guess at the end of the day you have to just do what you love, and if others love it too, great. If not, just keep on keeping on. And if that’s the case, maybe unplugging is the best option? Because then you’re not selling your soul? I guess that’s the artist’s eternal struggle.
Please, feel free to pipe in.
Either way. I love you all.