I used to spend a lot of time online, 8-9 hours a day at the office and at least 1-2 hours a day at home prepping radio shows or working towards a new goal or project. For the past 10 months I have cut that time in half, thanks in large part to my dog Lou. I used to spend all my time pushing for followers, likes, retweets, shares, pins and all that other crap that we “social media marketers/gurus” covet and treat as currency.
For the first time in a long time tonight social media has brought a big smile to my face. Thats not 100% true, for the first time in a long time tonight a human has brought a smile to my face. It has been a hateful, intense couple of months on the internet and unfortunately it has been pretty hard to escape thanks to social media. To be honest with you, I miss the days of logging in to Yahoo losing a couple hands of Gin Rummy and playing Neopets for 4 solid hours.
For me, my key posts lately on social media are two videos of our four-legged friends.
The last few days have really made me miss the nerdy little bubble I used to live in before Facebook and Twitter. With all the sadness and hate flowing through the feeds these days it makes me wish I could go back to the days of a contact via a flashing orange window at the bottom of my computer screen. MSN messenger was so much easier to ignore than an ignorant friend or outrageous acquaintance declaring their opinions and beliefs to the world via a post that has been pushed to the top of a social media feed. Half of the time MSN messages were a simple, “Sup?” or “Hey” .
I miss those socially awkward days… okay if we are being truly honest those socially awkward years. Maybe some people were hiding their true opinions, maybe people were a little more polite because there was not a soapbox for everyone to stand on.
To be quite clear, I do not hate social media. In fact, I love being social; that is why I have devoted so much time learning about it and using it. Since 2010 I have zig-zagged across Canada, meeting new people and spending time away from may family. Social media keeps me connected to them, contact with 90% of the most important people in my life are just a few finger taps away. But, lately the good does not seem outweigh the bad. I know the source of this comes from the open wounds being left around the world as cowards attempt to undermine the rights and freedoms of others, as the proud and confident are attacked for being different and strong in the face of adversity, as the successful bask in the spoils of their efforts and the celebrity that comes with sacrificing privacy. Jealousy and hate seem to be the route of all evils, the bug that infects the internet and spreads with the click of a button.
I am refusing to encourage this behaviour with my social presence online. I am not allowing the black cloud of mean spirited posts, behaviour and gossip to infect my feed. Tonight a little social media networking made my night, I was added to a Twitter list of “Kung Fu Social Media Princesses”. I love that title so much that I wish I could add it to my resume. Seriously, I am thinking about changing it to my LinkedIn handle. I have no idea what it means, but I plan to embody it to the best of my ability by kicking some serious social media butt with class and I hope you can join me on my quest to help make the internet a friendly, happier place.
1:36am end of late-night rant
1:36am end of late-night rant
Feel free to post up chunks of happiness in the comments.
If your looking for a social media tip or lesson from this blog here it is:
Get a dog. All my feeds blow up whenever I feature my four-legged best-friend.
Yoga is hot right now too. A dog who loves yoga is gold, I owe everything to this guy...