Hello, my name is Cassie, and I’m addicted to social media.
In all seriousness, though, I am. But I guess that’s what happens when you start blogging and your personal life is not-so-personal anymore.
First, let’s get one thing straightened out before I continue: I am by no means an expert in blogging or social media. I started this blog a few months ago – it’s still a baby, for all intents and purposes, and while social media is my jam, there are only a few sites/apps that I use. The vast world of social media is still begging to be explored by me.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s begin.
Imagine waking up and immediately feeling like there’s something you need to do, first thing. I don’t even think about it anymore, it just sort of happens. Before my eyes are even fully open, I reach for my phone to see what I’ve missed while I’ve been sleeping; blog comments and new followers, direct tweets and retweets, Instagram and Facebook comments, texts.. you name it, I’m checking it.
I do eventually get out of bed and make a giant pot of coffee, but then I move to my laptop where I keep connecting with the world via the internet; I check my various blogging outlets, post a few things to get my social media fix, and I’ll even start planning out, or writing, a new post. Until I absolutely have to get ready for the day and go to work or run other errands, this is what I’m doing.
It’s habit now – all of this social media – but it’s also keeping me on top of my game.
Running a blog is hard work.
It’s something I don’t think many people realize.
Every single day, my brain is swarming with ideas for posts, graphic design and photo ideas that I can incorporate throughout my blog. I stay connected with other bloggers via Twitter, Bloglovin’, and various Facebook groups. A few months ago, my twitter account was just to follow random, funny celebrities and retweet silly tweets; now, it’s a method of promoting my own silly (yet sometimes enlightening and relevant) blog posts.
Throughout the day, I’ll do my own thing – like I mentioned before, working, running errands, going to school. Of course, wanting to check my phone and keep myself updated on what’s going on in my social circle (mostly to check on my blog and other blogger’s posts) is constantly in the back of my mind, and I do it whenever I can.
Having a handheld device that keeps me in constant contact with the entire world really is a pain in the ass.
But, it’s also kind of amazing.
My social media outlets let me keep in contact with people who don’t live in the same city as me anymore. Family and friends that I left back in Sudbury are able to stay up to date with my ever-so-busy life through my blog + Facebook. I’ve made new friends through these various mediums, some of which I consider really good friends now.
Being addicted to social media doesn’t mean that I’m incapable of putting it down. I can easily go to a movie and turn my phone completely off. I’ll often curl up with a book and a cup of tea and barely glance at my phone. I’m still able to go through my daily tasks without my phone attached to my hand.
Is there a constant nag in the back of my mind telling me to check my phone? There might be.
Do I often feel phantom vibrations? Of course I do.
Am I upset by the fact that I’m addicted to social media? Nope.
Could I go a day without checking any social media whatsoever? Probably.
Do I want to? Probably not.
Life lesson here kids, is that it’s okay to be addicted. Just don’t let it control your life. Ease into the wonderful world of social media, and use it to your advantage whenever you can.
BRB, I’m gonna go Instagram that photo I just took of me drinking my coffee. #CoffeeAddict