Social media gets kind of a bad rap for being full of shallow likes, a whole lot of comparison, and unrealistic expectations. While I've got to catch myself spending one (or 20) too many minutes doing the same, I've started to find a way that might be able to turn that around!
When I first moved to Boston, I didn't know an awful lot of people, and was looking to make some new friends while getting to know the lay of the land. When you're not in college, and don't know a bunch of people who can introduce you to others, it's baffling how hard it can be! That's when I discovered city hashtags on social media.
Just by using #BostonBlogger, or #DCBlogger when I'm visiting Will, I can instantly find bloggers who are in my local area. The great thing about blogging is you usually get to know a bit about someone's interests, and what they like to get up to! I've either sent a quick email or a message in Instagram, and connected with people in my city and around the country who might seem to have similar content to myself. Now that I've used the tag on my own posts, I've even had others reach out to me as well. Whether actually meeting for coffee, or connecting via messages, it's safe to say I've made a few friends or connections.
While this was a great way to get to get to know my new city back when I moved, I got to do it again today to chat with another blogger! Faith, who runs the blog Design Fixation (check it out for some great DIY!), as well as freelances for other companies like Houzz, was kind enough to meet and chat! We talked about how to find your voice and theme online, how to stay authentic with your content, interior design, and the best late night snacks at weddings. I'm glad to have made a new friend, gained some great advice, and hope we can go to a few blogging events around Boston sometime soon!
So the next time you're on social media, instead of posting something just because you think other people will like it, share things that are authentic to you and who you are. Give likes because you truly like something. Tag your content so other people can find you too. And use social media to connect with others. (While making sure you are safe,) try and reach out to grab coffee, and turn your scrolling of IG into something more meaningful.