I’m pretty generous with my “likes” and “follows” across all social media. I like to support others, especially because I know how great it feels to know others are just as interested in what I have to say.
I came across a #bookagram that I really liked. She had a shout out for follow back. (For those of you not instagram savvy, let me break it down, those of you who are, skip the next paragraph):
#bookagram is an instagram account that posts pictures of books. Yep, that’s it. A shout out and follow back is when you repost one of their pictures and tag them in it, and then they will follow you back. This typically increases followers for both people involved.
So, I did the shout out with a cool picture I really liked, a creative stack of book spines that looked like a rainbow. The owner of the account messaged me and told me she wanted to thank me for doing the shout out, but she couldn’t follow me because I wasn’t JUST a #bookagram.
If she would have scrolled past the 8 pictures of my newborn, and then the next 3 of the dinner and view I had on vacation, she would have seen that I read plenty of books, and post plenty of book pictures and reviews.
It wasn’t that I was that upset about not getting 1 new follower, it just made me think..am I over sharing? Should I have 1 account for writing, 1 account for reading, 1 account for personal?
I’ve thought about it for the past couple of days and my conclusion is NO!
First let me just delve into the “feely” portion of this. I am not JUST a mother. I’m not JUST a wife. I’m not JUST a reader. I’m not JUST a writer. I’m not JUST a marketing employee. My dimensions are thick, a multi-layered cake with all the toppings.
The marketing layer of me recognizes that it is important to “know your brand” and sometimes niches are key. But when YOU are the brand, well, showing only one side of yourself gets to be quite boring. When I am interested in an actor, or author, I like to read about their personal lives as well. See who is behind their amazing work, and wonder if I like their “normal” side. Sometimes, I don’t like who I see when I pull back the curtain, and I wish I hadn’t at all. But that’s ok. Other times, I hear a great quote from them, or hear an amazing story about that person visiting an orphanage or something super sticky sweet and I love them more for it. I buy everything they are selling.
I think in the end, you do more harm than good by refraining from sharing, sharing of ideas, expressions, personality, opinions. So I have decided I’m just going to keep doing what I am doing. Somedays I might post or write about writing, sometimes reading, sometimes my sweet little baby, or family vacation. I might even post a picture or two of the fluffy puppy I want to get someday. I hope you like it, if not, keep scrolling please. It won’t kill you, I promise.
Thoughts? Do you have separate social media accounts for yourself?