This week, I worked on trying to get the word out about my new blog. I’ve shared it to my friends and family on the social medias I have, which is just Facebook. I deleted my Instagram about seven months ago and I haven’t really thought about it since, until now, trying to promote my blog. Although the feedback and traffic I’ve been receiving since I posted my blog on Facebook has been good (in my opinion), I was thinking about what the traffic would be like on my blog if I had Instagram to promote it as well. While reflecting on this, I started thinking about the web influencers I have come across in my years of browsing and I realized that all of them have every kind of major social media that is popular right now. After every Youtube video, blog post, or article, it is more likely than not that you’ll see, “don’t forget to follow me on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!” A lot of times, the draw to follow them on all of these platforms is, “if you want to see more of me.” I find this very interesting because if someone had the desire to put their whole life out on the internet, they could easily have “all of themselves” on one platform. Yes, each platform is slightly different in a way, but they all have the same premise. Each platform includes the features of sharing pictures, videos, and texts, so why does everyone feel the need to have an account on every single one?
The thing is with me, and the possible deficit to creating my online self, is that I don’t care about the amount of people who view my blog and other socials. I have never cared about how many friends or followers I’ve had online. With my blog, I kind of just put it out there with the mentality of whoever wants to read it can read it and if they don’t want to than they don’t have to; I’ve never had the desire of convincing people to listen to what I have to say. I let go of getting “likes” and followers a long time ago when I realized that they don’t matter in the slightest in the grand scheme of life. I loved reading the blog post assigned this week, The Web We Have to Save, by Hossein Derakhshan because he describes everything I feel about the internet. He talks about how back in the early 2000’s, writing a blog is what made you cool and trendy. Now if you have a blog, you’re most likely going to be made fun of than be seen as cool, at least where I’m from. The underlying tones you receive when you tell people you have a blog is along the lines of “you really think people care about what you have to say?” Like Derakhshan discusses in his blog post, the internet has turned more instant and visual than ever before; no one really cares what you have to say, they just want to see what you’re doing. Derakhshan says in his post:
“I miss when people took time to be exposed to different opinions and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. I miss the days when I could write something on my own blog, publish on my own domain, without taking an equal time to promote it on numerous social networks; when nobody cared about likes and reshares.”
I couldn’t agree more, Hossein.