Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Social Media Transparency
I used to have a great following on Southern Somedays but when my life was in such a painful place during and after my divorce I lost the desire to write. I wish I had continued, as I am sure I lost a great deal of important words, but there for a while the muse was silent. Now, though...the words are back. They are probably back more honest and raw than they have been in a long time. I can't explain why.
One thing that has changed in the last few weeks is that I have made all my Social Media accounts fully public. I have one public Facebook page for work (required!) and then I had my personal page and it was locked down completely so no one, other than friends could see anything. I had my Instagram and Twitter private as well. Why the change? Well, I was listening a speaker that was discussing the multiple Social Media accounts we often have to juggle in the business world today plus any personal ones we may have. This savvy lady hit me right in the eyes when she said you should be the same person EVERY WHERE so she saw no need for a Professional and a Private page. Wow...I had to take some time to digest that one. Ultimately, though, I saw that is what I wanted... transparency. I am not perfect by any means, but now, anyone can see if I am posting Bible quotes right below a dirty joke or inappropriate commentary.
Anyone can pop over to my Twitter account and see if I am being as snarky as possible in 140 characters or less (which I did under the "safety" of anonymousness last year when I had an Anonymous Twitter account.) After realizing what I was doing to my testimony, I left Social Media for a long while. I pulled down all my accounts and took a much needed break to refocus. I have worked hard to make myself a better person and I hope it shows through all my Social Media accounts. I only want them to put positive (although sometimes painful shows up, or irritated, or silly and shallow) in this world. So, I guess in a way Social Media is helping to keep me accountable and transparent because I do want to be 1 person...not 1 perfect person...but a person that is the same throughout my life. I have changed a lot over the years and I continually strive for the better. I no longer think it is ok to use an anonymous Twitter account to skewer others, regardless of what they may have done. There is just too much negative in the world I don't' want to add to it! I want to be real, which isn't always pretty or what you may want to read but I do want to be what real life is on my tiny spot on this planet. So here's to less than perfect homes, DIY projects, marriages, children, meals, gardens, children, pets, wardrobes and even the ever important shoes! Be real, honest and use the greatest integrity. It might not gain you followers as fast but I would must rather grow slowly and steadily than fast and furious because I decided to spew some hate out there....no, you can leave me out of that game.