Hello everyone! 👋 I hope this blog post finds you well.
With the world finding it’s feet again, I believe there’s a lot of room out there for anxieties and fear. So I just wanted to start of with a check-in and big virtual hugs for anyone who needs it. These are still crazy times, so it’s still okay to take everything at your own pace. ❤️
I myself am returning to my day job today and amongst my mix of emotions, I’ve given some time to reflect on the experience of lockdown and what I’ve been able to gain from it.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, during lockdown my content across my social media channels increased dramatically! This was for a number of reasons: more free time, shift in focus and responsibilities, personal goals and in all honesty it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for a looooong time. Today I want to share with you what I learned from it and some of the things I want to take with me in to my future author journey. So here goes…
Interaction hit an all time high!
Now I know this may seem like an obvious point, but I didn’t expect the true impact it would have. It’s simple really, talk more and people are more likely to respond. I finally sailed past the 500 followers mark in instagram! (A goal I’ve had for quite some time.) Somethign which I’m incredibly greaful for, and I look forward to the new dynamic these followers will bring. But I also now I need to put in the hard work if I want to keep it up and get myself and my books out there. Social media isn’t easy. But it sure feels good when your hard work pays off.
I made new friends!
With pretty everyone using the internet as their main form of communication over the last few months, I’ve found myself being able to talk to people from all over with a lot more ease. (Although I will admit I am still the worst at texting back! 😅) However what this means is during this time I’ve deepened connections with preexisting friendships and also managed to form completely new ones! I really hope that as things all shift again I’ll be able to maintain these friendships as you’re all absolutely fabulous! (And I really will work on trying to reply quicker! 😂)
Different platforms pull in different crowds.
Again potentially a no-brainer, but I really did enjoy the varied conversations I’ve had across my different platforms. It also means I’ve been able to tailor my content so there’s something for everyone! What’s popular on Facebook might not generate the same interest on Insta. And twitter, I’ve found twitter is a completely different ball game…
I feel more connected with the world, like I actually know what’s going on…kinda. 😂
Okay, so realistically during the pandemic the majority of the news was well, the pandemic. However, my input around the dinner table and even during the current affairs round at the (virtual) pub quiz has increased! And it’s all thanks to my socials. Issues that have arose during this time have been discussed at length by the people I follow, I’ve learnt a lot. Not saying that I’m usually an ostrich, but the news on the TV just isn’t my thing. However I’ve found this way of consuming news and media to be a lot better suited to me. However, I still have to say Russell Howard is still my favourite way to consume the news. 😂
It gave me motivation.
This one was such a boost! Once you announce something on my socials, it gives you the motivation to see that thing through. New hobbies, new projects, reading goals, writing goals. Once it’s out there, it’s got to be done! On more than one occasion I’ve had people comment on how they’ve seen me “thriving” during lockdown. With my posts online being a great inspiration for them to give things a go. Creating a positive outlet during these times was my ultimate goal. Hearing that it’s working and I was bringing people some light in the dark was enough motivation in itself to keep it up.
It gave me a routine.
Routine is the main thing I lost at the beginning of lockdown. With my daily life completely turned on it’s head, I was comepletey free of all sense of a routine. At first I found this a blessing, but as with all things, too much of what you fancy will make you sick. By mid-lockdown I’d developed a new little routine (which I know I’m going to miss immensely now I’m out of it) and posting to social media was a big part of that. It was a break out, five minutes to myself. Sharing with the big wide world, having a sense of reaching outside of my four walls.
And I really enjoyed it!
I genuinely got excited about deciding what to post everyday. I was happily filling up drafts section, discovering news hashtags and watching the varying reach. I’ve taken a lot of photos across these last four months (despite not really going anywhere?!) just in case I’d need them for my feeds. What I’ve end up with is a ton of memories. ❤️
And there we have it. What a journey it’s been! There’s been highs, there’s been lows but overall, I’m glad I got to spend this time with the people I did, doing exactly what we did.❤️
– B xo