My bone of contention is about apparent falseness in the blogging world. I can totally agree with some of this. It is a tragic consequence of the social media, online world we live in. Nothing is real anymore. I’ve been saying this for years now.
Here’s a silly clip of me, trying out filters for the first time and making a twat of myself! It even loosely references RuPaul’s drag race! Werk it like a queen!!
The way I post on Insta has always been organic from the start. I do not force it. I post when I have something meaningful to show and use unique hashtags on every single post! (‘What?’ I hear you cry. No hashtag lists? Yup. I have to rack my brains each time to come up with 30 related hashtags!!). I would not want to do it any other way. This way, there is no pressure to post so frequently and try to think of content. This way, I maintain my enjoyment of it. And I’d hope that comes across in my feed. I seem to get a good slow growth in numbers. I started my Insta in June 2014 with 0 followers. Currently, I have 212! That is slow progress but I’ve seen it grow steadily over the last 4 years. And I’m totally happy with how it’s going.
Find YOUR style. Get comfortable with it. Be consistent in it. Revel in it. Celebrate what makes you, you. Share it with the world.
I’m in an Insta pod. I quickly found it was too much pressure to keep up with the daily liking and commenting. So I still stayed but I just don’t post any of my stuff in the pod. However, because I’ve chosen to still like and comment with the people in my pod, to get chatty every now and then too, it still works, it’s on my terms and I’ve really enjoyed building relationships.
As creatives, we see the world differently. And for that fact, it is of utmost importance to be with people who also get that side of you. To be part of a tribe, to me, is simply a sense of belonging. Of being in relationship with people who want to cheer you on. And where that feeling is mutual. That these people inspire you and you want to see more of them.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to be a rebel! I hate following the crowd and will never do something just because everyone else is. But we mustn’t get caught up in that to the point of missing out. For example, I love buying printed leggings from the many stores out there. #leggingsaspants is probably now something that you would be called a #basicbitch for! (Basic meaning one who follows the current trends without any of their own opinion).
And as for tribes, pods, cliques. I think this boils down to being secure in who we are. If that means you are happy to go it alone with occasional, random support then go for it. If you need a stronger, consistent support group, then go find your people! Only you know what is right for you. So let’s continue to celebrate each other and allow those organic relationships to form wherever the chips may fall.
Please do comment your thoughts, I say again, I love to hear all sides of the argument and we are totally free to disagree with each other!
Useful links and credits:
The bloggers featured in the collage were all the connections I made on the photo walk and West Elm party at Blogtacular in 2016. To find out more about the conference go to: www.blogtacular.com. And please do read my thoughts on community from Blogtacular 2017 here: https://www.justcreativejulia.co.uk/blog/blogtacular-2017-find-your-community
To read their blogs, from the top of the collage photo going clockwise:
Adele of www.nestanddressed.co.uk
Natasha of www.graphiquefantastique.com
Jane of www.instagram.com/workmanjane
Steph of www.beyondthesofa.com
Jennifer of www.jennifergracecreates.com
Emma of www.makeandfable.com
Rachel of www.holchester.com
Jodie of www.maidenheadmum.co.uk
Jenni of www.thebearandthefox.com