Social Media: Lisa's Brave New World
My feelings about social media are very interesting. I was exposed to it very early on, because of my company and the people with whom we were affiliated. Carol's Daughter was on Facebook back in 2008 and on Twitter shortly thereafter. Accounts were also set up for me, Lisa Price. But, I did not understand it all. Why would a total stranger be interested in what I was doing or eating or reading? Why are people sharing all of this information? What I could not admit to myself at the time was that I was afraid. I did not understand it, I was afraid of being rejected and judged and I truly believed that someone would say, "Who cares? God, you are so boring!"
The Carol's Daughter page flourished and mine stayed quiet for a long time. Then I tried Twitter and that was even harder to understand with the hash tags and the bit.ly
's and Twitpics. I wasn't sure I would ever figure this all out. Then, Whitney Houston passed away and I took to Twitter during the funeral. I finally got it. I was mourning with so many other people and we were all watching the funeral on television and some were actually there and commenting and it became such an experience for me. In that instance, this public thing made grief easier to handle. I did not feel alone in my bedroom mourning the loss of a woman I never knew. It was beautiful.
From that point I promised myself I would figure out social media, but I still struggled. It was hard to find the time. I needed to schedule it and for some reason that made it not feel authentic and real, if I "planned" it out. I felt the world was literally streaming past me and I had to catch up and along came Instagram. At first I felt like, “Oh great, another one.” At the suggestion of a friend, I went on it. She said, "it's easier to do than Facebook and it isn't quite as fleeting and fast-paced as Twitter. I think you will like it." So, I set up an account and posted a picture and then felt as if. I had not figured out the mediums that had now been around for years and I was moving to this new thing, and I gave up.
Then, while having dinner with another friend, she, in ten minutes, broke down the basics and told me, "Just post one picture every day and go on once a day and read. You will get it." Boy, did I. Now my extended family thinks I have suddenly come alive socially because suddenly there are all of these posts. I don't feel like an expertin any way, but the creative expression is beautiful and the sharing is amazing. Instagram is certainly my favorite medium. It is calming to me and I look forward to logging on and seeing what's up with those I follow. I watch babies grow day by day. I watch people lose weight, get stronger at their yoga asanas, cook exotic meals for the first time in their lives and the spirit that lives on Instagram is amazing. I can wake up in a strange city, in a hotel all alone, tired, sad, confused, no one to talk to and someone on Instagram will have posted something that I needed to hear at that very moment and I am reminded that I am blessed, no matter how bleak the moment feels.
The power of that instant gratification is amazing, but it can be a double-edged sword. When people don't like something you said or did, they do not mince words. It is the part of social media that I don't like. I think that because a person cannot be seen, they become much more bold and hateful in their comments. I believe that if they had to say these things to someone's face or if they had to write it and actually sign their name to it, they may not say it. I am not a huge Kim Kardashian fan but some of the things I have read about her on her Instagram feed are just awful and over the top and not necessary. If you don't like someone, don't follow them, but don't write hateful words. Words have power and they should be used for good and positive change.
Currently, I am enjoying what I can find on Pinterest. For me, it is a purely selfish endeavor. I have not yet learned about following other pinners, etc. It is strictly a vision board thing for me now and a wonderful resource of images. I can get lost in Pinterest. I am toying with the idea of a daily vlog/journal type thing, but have not figured out the hows or the where. Then, my eldest son showed me some things on Vine. It looked cool and interesting and I set up an account the day before Instagram launched video. I suppose I will be deleting Vine and I have already posted 2 videos on Instagram. Time to get my Scorcese on. :-)
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