If you know me, you know that I’m full of opinions. For the past few years, I’ve been sharing thoughts through social media. One thing I realized about social media is that it is essentially your opinions being shoved down the throats of your followers. A question that troubled me was: do your followers really want to follow you? Or are they just following you because you “kinda know them” and it would offend you if they unfollowed you?
Think about it, people that you “kinda know” have you added on snapchat. They can’t delete you or block you because it would offend you. At the end of the day, they keep you around, whether they want to or not. They ultimately put up with your snap stories and tweets because they have to. You’re just another person on their newsfeed. You are either being ignored or “tapped through” by people who don’t really care. They can ignore you or tap through you all they want, but the one thing they cannot do is delete you because that would just create unnecessary drama and grudges.
I’ve grown quite a following on snapchat. The reason for this is definitely the Selena Gomez selfie that I copped about a year ago. That instagram post got me over 1,200 likes and a number of passive followers on snapchat and instagram that I don’t even know (mostly teenage girls). I don’t care about those followers and they don’t care about me. My other followers consist of people I’ve met over the past few years. I have no way of knowing whether people care about what I have to say. If they don’t care, then I don’t think that these are the kind of people that I want to share my opinions with. I rather share my opinions with people who care about them rather than someone who would tap through them or scroll down without giving my writing any further thought. This the beauty of the blog. It takes an extra step. I know that if you are on this page and made it this far down the post, you care enough to click on this link and read through this unnecessarily long compilation of words. You are the person I want to share my thoughts with.
Whether anyone is reading is this or not, it will be here. I will always have opinions and venting makes me feel better about them. I’ve always liked writing and putting things out in the open. I need a new outlet that’s not snapchat or twitter. The point of this blog is not to get famous or attract any attention, but to get thoughts and opinions that weigh heavy on my brain.
Maybe I’m overthinking the role of social media and blowing it all out of proportion. Maybe it’s not that I want to share my opinions with a different audience (people who care). Maybe it’s just that my opinions don’t fit within the confines of 140 characters or 10 seconds. Whatever the reason may be, writing just feels good.