Why I Started Posting More on Social Media and Maybe You Should Too
I have a love hate relationship with the internet.
I love everything digital, it’s my passion – I love the internet. I love digital marketing and have been a digital media marketing expert for over 10 years now. I have worked with some mega international brands. I understand the algorithms well, and see the beautiful things (and unfortunately the ugly) of what social and digital media marketing can do. Knowing the depths of the internet, means you know the real-life risks.
I hate the internet for all the shade it gives to hate, and it’s use to hurt people. How it sometimes drives society to value less meaningfully things and value the wrong things. How easily it chips away and takes away from our “IRL” (in real life) moments. Most of all, I hate how distorting of reality the internet really is. Very scary things can and do happen because of the internet, and it’s important to be aware of it all.
Before my neck injury, I was a lot more private about my life and my kid’s life. I rarely posted on social media, despite it being a platform that I use for work and enjoy daily. I didn’t feel comfortable sharing or over sharing. I feared and felt vulnerable being exposed on the internet, especially my kids.
Even my own family couldn’t understand why I was so strict with my “please don’t post my kid’s faces on social media” rule. They couldn’t understand what it was like to be a parent in today’s age where our generation is a different type of parent. One who has to deal with the repercussions of over exposing our lives on the internet. Facing the extremes of human/ child sex trafficking to be a real risk at its ugliest, and soft passive judgements at its best.
Our generation is playing by a different online code of ethics. I am not sure what’s the best way to navigate that, I am not sure any of us do. The parenting rules are completely different and constantly changing and evolving. Just as quickly as the internet does. We are the guinea pig generation on what over exposure to media will be like. It’s a big responsibility as a parent.
I always say my neck injury changed my life, because it did. My perspective on a lot of things, changed and evolved since that incident. I am not sure if it’s a symptom of maturing or if it was being faced by my own mortality (maybe both), but my point of view on many things has completely changed. Social Media being one of them (to a safe and certain extent of course).
I now look at social media as a Memory Publisher, a Legacy Gallery, a Memory Digital Trapper Keeper, where I can share the highlights of my favorite memories. Our ancestors didn’t have this luxury to share to future generations. I want to create a generational bridge where my grandchildren one day might see my adventures. I wish I could have seen my grandparents IG and all of their highlights in the moment.
I want to leave a memory gallery of all my favorite photos, weaved together to tell our family story.
I feel lucky to be able to capture our favorite moments and easily share them with those close to us. One day I will be in a nursing home, looking back on all our amazing adventures, hopefully on a platform that my grandkids can look back on too.
This isn’t easy for me, it doesn’t feel like it comes natural to me, but I am working on sharing and leaving my thoughts behind. One of my new life goals is to make more memories, so I am having fun sharing my favorite ones.
You now will see a lot more of my family on social media, and you will be hearing a lot more from me as well. I don’t really know what I am doing with this blog, but for now, I am going to keep sharing and keep making memories.