I’ve been waiting for the day someone would ask me this question!
Yes, I do talk a lot about the downsides of social media and spending all day, everyday scrolling on our devices. I share my own experience growing up online and I talk about how chaotic this digital era is because there’s just so much noise now! There’s so much content, ads, and notifications we don’t even know what to do with ourselves!
But, at the same time, I’m a blogger and content creator. Five to six days a week my job revolves around creating blog posts, creating social media content, and attracting a following for my personal brand and for work. For that reason, I can clearly see the pros and cons of our technology and social media. I can see how it’s negatively affected people BUT I can also see how it’s a tool. It’s a bit of a love/hate relationship for me. One one hand, I’m completely amazed by our ability to create information that can be seen all over the world. On the other hand, I can’t stand it. How I’m feeling usually depends on the kind of day I’m having.
That’s why, as a content creator, I try to make sure that I’m not adding to the noise. I try to make sure that the images and information I’m putting out into your online world will add value to your life. I make sure that I’m sharing content that is honest, authentic, informational, and inspiring. I don’t want to be someone who does nothing but clutter up your inbox with meaningless email blasts or fills your feed with more selfies. I want to use technology to connect with people and bring awareness to the issues that I think are important. That’s how I relate my message to the work that I do on Lost Online.
To answer your last question, I do believe that’s it’s possible to find balance as a content creator, although some days it is hard! I’m not going to deny that. There are days when I find myself being sucked into my website, my feed, or my engagement and I feel overwhelmed. It happens to us all and it’s just a challenge that is unique to our time. When I find myself feeling like I need a break from my computer or social media, I’ll walk away from it. I take off the Apple Watch, put my phone on silent, and leave my computer in another room. Then, I find my sense of balance again through exercising, meditation, or going outside. I noticed those are the quickest and most effective ways to ground myself after I’ve become caught up in my devices and “Lost Online.”
The biggest challenge of mine is that I have a growing website and I see myself doing this type of work for years to come, so I feel guilty when I step away. I’m working on creating a personal brand so I feel like I have to be working 100% of the time! Otherwise, I get down about myself and feel lazy or unproductive, or convince myself that taking a day off will kill my chances of becoming successful. After I saw that pattern of mine, I realized that I have to put away my devices and actually say out loud, “I’m giving myself permission to not work on anything right now.” (Ask Matt, I actually do that.) Since I’ve started that habit I’m able to step away so I can feel refreshed and guilt-free.
In the beginning, I worried that people would think my message was hypocritical as a blogger, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I think I’ve learned how to find a balance myself and how to use this platform to bring awareness to this issue and how we can stay sane without swearing off the social media and smartphones.
I hope this helps!
Wishing you the best,