Hi friends, how is it going? I have a question for you to start off this post, do you ever follow people on social media based on admiration/inspiration or is it out of pure obligation?
I found myself asking this question when I decided to declutter my social media. I wanted to only follow people who I genuinely enjoyed looking at their pictures and what they had to say. Because ultimately that is my goal for my social media, to have a place to share my creativity and to also have a place I can draw my inspiration from. It is nice to know that people enjoy what you post however it is even better to stick to your true self and also do the same for other pages you decide to follow. So I compiled a checklist of things to think about when I come across a page on Instagram to see if it is beneficial to my happiness and growth:
1. What do they post about? I like pages that post a lot of positive content, wether it be pictures or quotations. However, it would be very overwhelming to follow each and every one of those pages so I tend to narrow it down to a specific niche for example; self-improvement and minimalist pages (and even that can be narrowed down to a specific niche as well!).
2. How frequently do they post? Well as I was going through my follow list and deciding which pages I didn’t want to follow anymore I looked at how frequently they post content. I guess I never really thought about this in the beginning. I kind of just thought, “hey, this looks like a great page to follow, I’m going for it!” During the decluttering process I noticed a lot of them barely posted or even completely stopped for a few months! From now on I think I will stick to pages that post as frequently as 1 to 3 days between each post.
3. Does what they post line up with my values and beliefs? Sometimes all can be going well until one of your favorite pages reposts something really negative or disheartening. It’s not all the time maybe just a snippet every few weeks, but that is enough for me to reconsider my choice. I love pages that delight in spreading positive news and stories.
4. Do I feel inspired. This one question helped me to purge a lot of the pages I have followed in the past. I would like to feel inspired by the pages I follow because it helps me to be more creative which is the whole point of having my social media in the first place.
For now that is the end of my list. Do you practice any of the points I mentioned when considering to follow a page on social media? How do they make you feel? Can you add any more intentional actions a person can take to make their social media more of an inspirational haven? Please feel free to share, your thoughts are always welcome here. Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post!