Yes, 2016 was a painful one on Instagram. Our world kind of crashed a little, new algorithms started to change our everyday routines and it felt like that time back in about 2008 when my daily life on Flickr changed forever.
Change is hard and uncomfortable, especially when it’s out of your control but for me Instagram is still an awesome, inspiring and a very friendly place to be. Yes, I have to pay extra attention and seek out my friends a little more but they are still there and very often the extra effort leads to new connections and new ideas.
For me though, what continues to be the very best part about Instagram and all the social media we are lucky enough to have in our lives is the real life friendships and adventures that happen. Partnerships, fun events, new places to explore that just wouldn’t be a part of my life if it wasn’t for the beautiful connections that take place online. Social media for me is definitely a place for accelerated serendipity.
I have talked before about my book deal, my book tour, growing my company and the online support I’ve had as a mother, all of which have happened because I have created time each day for networking and sharing on social media.
I still get asked why I spend time on social media and I still come across a lot of people who are running online businesses who find the whole social media part too much effort or a distraction. Social media isn't going away and despite all the algorithms that we have no control over it really is an amazing thing to have in our world.
And it's not just about promoting what we do, it's about connecting on other levels too. 2016 was a tough year for the world. I cried more than ever about the news. I felt angry, confused and so very sad about what is happening to our world. But there was some good stuff too. There was a real sense of community, of standing together, of knowing that we can fight all of this even if our small steps sometimes feel worthless.
For me personally, I was so encouraged and inspired by the people that I got to connect with in real life in 2016. People doing great things, creative things, wise things, happy things and all of them adding to the positivity there still is in the world.
I would love you to make 2017 a year of positive connections online. Seek out new friendships, collaborations, communities, inspiration. Spend time on social media promoting what you do but also look for ways to support and inspire other people too. Find ways to do something creative with other people in the world. Reach out, join in and stand together.
Also remember not to let follower numbers and likes fill your time with any worry. Remember that a smaller, more engaged audience can be just as wonderful, inspiring and helpful as a large one. Hold onto the good things that occur in your social media world and build on that in an honest way that comes from your heart. I am pretty sure you will love it all the more then.
Thank you to these lovely people (and so many more!) for the connections we made in 2016.
Joining in with the lovely @emilytalling @catherine_caton #makealistmonday It has been so nice to spend a little time planning for the next three months. I have set myself targets for health, relationships and continuing to slowly grow posy + petal. I will keep you posted with my progress and would love to know what you are plotting and planning for the first few months of the year.
How was your day? Mine was wiggled off course a bit with a last minute piece of work (exciting!) and #vlogmas filming (first day this year is up on my YouTube channel... now! 🎅🏼) but a fab day full of laughs and list ticking off, roll on December! My day was made even brighter by a beautiful delivery from the amazing @beardsanddaisies. How beautiful are these blooms?! Hope you've had a good start to the month 🌸 (photo thanks to my lovely friend @theschoolrunstylesocial who has just joined IG!)
Today I spent the morning teaching the basics of Lightroom to a lovely group of creatives & indie business's - you are brilliant students ! It's pretty intense talking (& listening to tech) for a solid 2 1/2 hours but I think we got it covered (mostly!) And so good to see some familiar faces and to meet new! Thank you all so much for coming . Give us a wave if you were here today 👋🏼 And don't forget to get straight on it and keep on practising - you'll be a dab hand before you know it!
And so many more! Thank you for making my 2016 an inspired one. I'm so excited to see what will happen next.
This week we have hit 440 Makelight Members! We are very excited about this growing global community. Stef and I are so happy to be able to help and inspire our members to build their businesses and their creativity in 2017.
If you would like to be a part of this exciting group then please join our waiting list for the Membership.