There is no doubt that blogging comes under the term ‘social media’ and with social media comes negativity. Last January, I wrote about why I deleted Instagram (which you can read about here), I also deleted my Twitter and Snapchat accounts. One of the reasons for this was that I realised that these accounts weren’t making me happy. Actually, they were making me quite miserable. I spent so much time scrolling through people’s seemingly ‘happy’ and ‘carefree’ lives that I felt miserable about my own. I felt as though I constantly had to compete with other people, so I deleted my accounts. But, now sometimes I feel as though I’m a part of this problem.
Ever since I started my blog, I’ve had spurts of writing and spurts of not writing. When I’m not writing, I’m either out of the habit of writing, feeling downbeat about my writing or worried about the effect my writing may have on others. I’ve done many posts of makeup tutorials, why certain products are good (and not good) and lifestyle posts. But I don’t want my posts to make anyone feel insecure. In any way. I’m not trying to create a facade that I’m living some perfect life with beauty products that I love or feeling completely stress-free and seemingly keeping on top of everything.
Blogs never show the full picture, they are a protrayal of the positive parts of someone’s life. Social media portraits are not someone’s whole life.
This quote sums it up for me:
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Social media is just a highlight reel. So when someone seems to be presenting a perfect life, remember that it’s not the whole picture.