There is nothing like taking time out and offline to help you think about what you are doing with your online stuff. My recent trip to Wales meant that for the first time in three and a half years I couldn't post my morning image on Instagram. We didn't have any wifi connection and I didn't want to drive to Cardigan each morning to upload my image. (Yes, we have done things like that in the past!) This was a big deal. I actually had to build myself up to it! Crazy I know but I even posted the morning I was in labour with Rudi, so this daily ritual has been a big part of my every day for a long time now.
It's also been something that has sometimes made me feel a bit trapped. "I don't want to post on Instagram today. I just want some time off!" I have often ranted that to myself or Stef. It's also messed with the start of my day some days. The posting on Instagram part has all been fine. I've always planned these images ahead of time and really enjoyed it. But there is often a little person pulling at my pyjamas, wanting and deserving my attention. Two minutes can feel like a million years when you are just three and really, urgently need whatever is important to you in that moment. "Please wait a moment while Mummy does this little bit of work," just seems really unfair when everyone has just woken up to excitedly start the new day.
On other days though, it's been such a wonderfully, positive way to start the day. A really lovely way to connect with people all over the world. To say something uplifting that helps others as well as me. And to share my love of photography and of all things botanical every day is a complete joy.
Making A Change
I regularly review what I'm doing with my social media accounts and what social media platforms are doing too. Things don't stay the same, so it's important not to blindly go forth doing what you've always done simply because you've always done it that way.
Instagram has changed this year. The new algorithm has now been pushed out and our streams are no long chronological. This means that sometimes I am seeing images wishing me a happy start to my day at the top of my feed in the evening. The first time this happened to me I realised that at some point this year I would need and want to rethink my start of the day posts. Rewording them to make them sound more relevant to my audience at the time they were looking at them. Of course, the time differences around the world have always had an impact on this but the changes on Instagram give me a great reason to change what I am doing.
I am not doing anything too radical but I have decided to start my day in a different way. To leave my phone and switch getting stuck on Instagram (swiftly followed by other social media and then emails...) for spending time with my children, looking after our home or going out for my favourite early morning runs and swims. I know that I will be connected from about 9am until I go to bed on most days, so these early morning hours are precious and if I can get into the habit of post 8.30/9am online connection over the Summer holidays I think our back to school days in September might just be that little bit easier and happier. (My fingers are tightly crossed.)
Let's see if I can make this happen! xo