In a world where anyone is able to share their voice, you have most likely experienced a little (or maybe a lot) of the negatives that come with this freedom. As a blogger who cares deeply about the impact of my words, and as a human who cares deeply about other humans, it is difficult at times to navigate social media without losing a little faith in humanity.
At times I am reminded that not everyone gives a hoot about how they make other people feel, and this can make your heart heavy if you ponder on it for too long. I have learned a lot about myself through social media, and I have learned a lot of ways to make the most of this phenomenon. It really is a phenomenon if you think about it, there has never been another type of technology that has had quite the impact on the way that we connect and communicate globally.
The greatest lesson for me is that social media is what we make it, much the same as life really. I have shared this lesson here in the past, and it is an important one if you are struggling with social media. I see people hopping on and off Facebook a lot, closing down their accounts, disillusioned and simply fed up. I get it, to an extent, I also wish that I could remind them that they are in control of how social media impacts their life.
My aim with every word and picture shared is to use social media for good. I believe that I am doing that, and I believe that you can do that too, here are my tips:
♡ Cull your list of friends, the pages that you follow and the content that you allow into your feed. I know that I harp on about this one, that is because it will change your life. It was a few months ago that I removed Mamamia from all of my feeds, at the time I did not quite realise the horrid energy that their writing and constant sensationalised updates were having. Life is a lot lovelier without it and you will be less likely to view your social media negatively if you only allow in positive energy.
♡ If you are a blogger, I would highly recommend a zero tolerance policy on any form of bullying or trolling. This type of activity has now reached epic levels, people are actually taking their own lives due to the influence of online bullying, it is not something that we can allow anymore. In the early days of blogging it was considered uncool to remove comments or to block people from our online spaces, apparently free speech was more important than morals. I am zero tolerance, I will not hesitate to remove anything that resembles bullying or trolling, and I will instantly block anyone who considers it OK to behave like this.
♡ If you are a volunteer, if you make donations to charity or support a cause of any kind, please share it on social media, the world needs more of this. I once read a post by a very angry, bitter blogger who honestly believed that sharing anything of this kind was attention seeking. So sad. We need to know that you are making a difference, the inter webs need more stories of giving and more ideas for making the world a better place. Lead by example.
♡ Always think very carefully before you share anything. I know this may seem like common sense, I think a lot of people miss this one completely though. Run through the list of people who will potentially see your post before you publish it. What will your kids think, their friends, their parents, your parents, your school friends, your colleagues. It may be that you have your privacy settings nice and tight however once something is out there online it is out there for good. Do not share anything that is not going to make a positive difference in the lives of anyone who will potentially see it, I find this is a good rule of thumb when sharing.
♡ Be more kind, more generous, more helpful. All of these things will change the world for the better, and they will come back to you multiplied. The more you give, the more you get. The more kindness you put out into the world, the more kindness that will come back to you. The more generous and more helpful you are through your social media, blogging, online sharing, the greater sense of good that you will experience too.
Do you have any tips to share on how you are using social media for good?