U Is For Unplug
Being a blogger, it always has been difficult for me for being able to unplug from the social media. I have constantly faced this pressure of being relevant and consistent on social media. There have been times, wherein I haven’t been able to post content on social media because I felt I didn’t have the right image to be posted along with the content.
I have also been tempted to buy followers for my Instagram initially when micro blogging started to take over the blogging space. But, I am glad, I was able to overcome that urge soon before I was pulled into it. That’s when I decided to unplug. It has been two years now since the time I decided not to push myself to do something I do not enjoy. I didn’t want to be under any stress and feel the pressure to constantly keep checking if my picture is getting enough likes and follows. While I love to blog and that’s why I have been doing it since 7 years now, I cannot become a social media influencer.
When I started my blog, sharing the blog posts on social media was just a means to gain audience for your blog. But when micro blogging became big, I kind off was left behind because I wasn’t comfortable posing in front of camera. Big kudos to all those bloggers who embraced it and took efforts to move out of their comfort zone. However, it was not something I was able to do. I consider that my failure, but I also consider that as a stepping stone to actually finding my purpose.
The decision thus to unplug got me into a space wherein I felt free. I actually started creating better content. It resonated more with my audience. And though 6K followers is like way low as per industry standards, this number stopped bothering me.
Now, I could be gone from social media and not worry about it. Though it may have been suicidal for my career as a blogger, but the brands who value my work, who are following the content I post on my blog still approach me. Also, I didn’t start blogging with a desire to make it my profession. So, my decision to unplug actually made me conscious of my strengths. I now knew that in the effort to conquer my weakness, I was not concentrating on my strengths.
I know what I want in my life. I know how to balance my profession as a blogger and my career counselling venture. I definitely want to keep blogging and writing for brands in the education and wellness space. And I am better prepared to manage it well as I have a clear understanding of my life goals.
Sometimes one should know when to quit. And I did that at the right time. I quit the pressure and the burden. I unplugged and found my true calling. Also, that’s why I decided to have an agency manage the social media for my counselling venture so that I could focus on actually what I enjoy and that is having a role to play as a guide to students for their careers.
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