People give this platform a lot of unnecessary meaning. True, a picture is worth a 1000 words but in this day and age a picture isn’t always what it seems or even a collection of pictures doesn’t explain the whole story even if it explains any part of it all.
It’s been said that I spend a lot of time on social media and the truth to that is it’s both true and false at the same time. On the popular platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat I have an account on each but my Facebook rarely sees any use. My last Facebook post before Hurricane Harvey was June 26th and it was about an implantable kidney which I’m somewhat of an advocate for. SnapChat I haven’t posted in months but I do use my Instagram the most. It’s been a great way for keeping in touch with family and friends. In addition, I use it to promote my blog. I also monitor my sons account and post content to two others for a family members business and have one for my consulting which I never use because LinkedIn and Shapr have been better for me. It’s hard to promote a small freelance, one Wo-manned, IT consulting firm on Instagram. It’s definitely doable but I don’t know much about Social Media or S.E.O marketing but I am trying to find the time to learn about it.
Out of curiosity, I decided to check into exactly how much time I spend on Instagram and here is what I came up with:
In the last 24 hours 4% of my total battery was used on Instagram.
In the last 6 (odd) days only 7% was utilized on Instagram.
So as you can see, things aren’t always as they appear. I am a very efficient person and because I am a mother I multi-task like hell. So it takes nothing to post a picture on the fly and like a couple of pictures at a time. I follow, un-follow, post, delete, archive, un-archive and there is usually no significant reason for this. I might follow you today and if I don’t like what you post and don’t want to see it in my feed I un-follow. I post a picture today because I like it and take it down tomorrow because I think I look fat, don’t like my hair, notice a blemish I didn’t see when I initially posted, or whatever. It’s my prerogative. Instagram is a billion dollar platform! They strategically update their app with new features based on user feedback. These features such as the ability to follow/un-follow, archive, multi-page management, etc. are there because millions of users use these features and not just Christiana alone!
Now I do spend a lot of time online because that’s part of what I do for a living. I generally don’t mention most of what I dabble in because somethings are just test and I would like to see how it goes or how I feel about continuing with certain ideas before officially broadcasting anything. I believe in positive and negative energy and when you share things with people who don’t have your best interest at heart to prematurely their negativity can be detrimental to your success. And in some cases there are those who do have your best interest at heart but they are just negative and discouraging. No one wants that!
As you can see, the app that has the biggest consumption is my email. My entire day job requires a lot of communication as a Software Development Project Manger. The work doesn’t stop just because I go home. I also setup websites for small businesses which I obtain via Upwork, Freelancer, and friends-of-friends, I sell things online (another reason why I go to the Post Office daily), and thanks to Hurricane Harvey I had time to finish my last two online real-estate classes, finished another website, built some Excel forms for a local business in Louisiana, and did I forget to mention that my son is now home schooled, so we have been working on a few of his 4th grade lessons! There will be a whole other post about that later.
My point in this post is that don’t try to create a caricature of a person over a collection of photos and post when in reality that isn’t even an accurate depiction of even 10% of a persons life. I am not saying that everyone is living a lie. Yes, there are some people who post things that are wildly inaccurate and there are some like myself who don’t post everything. I’ve had my personal Instagram for 2+ years and have less than 450 photos in total compared to some who have 4000+ personal (non-business related) post. But I don’t judge them or how they spend their time. It’s their page and they can do what they want. I try to only post positive things. It’s my personal page so of course I am going to have pictures of myself and things that pertain to me.
One would actually get to know me better from my blog than any other Social Media account that I have and you still wouldn’t know me at all.
Finally, I know females who spend more time tracking and gossiping about what I am doing than the time I actual spend doing the things I do. The real question you should ask yourself is “How exactly does she do all she does?”. Keep watching… you’ll learn something 😉