I have been gone for almost a month on social media, specifically on Instagram. I needed to rediscover my creativity because I have lost myself. Social media can be a place for inspiration, but for me, it sadly became a creativity killer.
I lost my initial purpose
First of all, I must say, I love social media. I think it is an amazing tool to inspire, to share thoughts, tips, stories, and other beautiful things. But like with everything, if you consume something too much, it can turn to the opposite. And that is what happened to me. I use social media as a tool to share my thoughts, my stories, my tips, and everything else I love about blogging. I think it is beautiful that the work of bloggers is finally accepted and respected. But there is also a downside to that. Because we get more and more opportunities to work with companies, the focus of effortlessly sharing inspiration shifted more and more to a counting of likes, followers, increasing the reach and pushing products. I always avoided to do that but as a blogger who spends a lot of time on social media, I got a little lost. I found myself doing what everybody else was doing and my feed seemed to get more and more similar to everybody elses feed.
I never wanted to be an “influencer”. I started social media and blogging because I believe that we can inspire each other to achieve goals, find ourselves, get stronger and connect with each other. But the truth is that it became a business. This isn’t bad at all, it gives a lot of us the opportunity to spend more time to create and this is a wonderful thing. But as soon blogging becomes too much of a money-making and fame-craving machine, it gets toxic. At least this is my personal opinion.
I needed a break
Because all of that, social media wasn’t that inspiring to me anymore so I needed a break. I didn’t know how long it would take but I knew that I will come back – stronger and with my initial purpose. During my break, I felt relieved, free and somehow like a young soul again. I enjoyed time with friends without the pressure to post something about it, I ate lots of delicious foods without setting up the table first for that perfect picture. And I’ve got so much time because I wasn’t keeping up with my engagement constantly on all platforms. Short – it was amazing and it honestly felt like true vacation!
I started my break just before I had my 30th birthday. Somehow I also needed to start my new decade on my own. I needed to think about my future, who I am today and who I want to become in the future. This are thoughts which you can’t really share in the moment. It is something you have to deal with yourself. For me, it was the best decision to do that without social media.
Somehow this break was also a break for myself. A break to reflect my life and set up the future and what I want to do with it.
Back to my true love of sharing and inspiring
Because I wasn’t on social media, my creativity and my initial purpose for social media came back. Because I wasn’t distracted from a thousand other accounts, I found back to my aesthetics, to my vibe and to all the thoughts I wanted to share with you. Sometimes we need to step back for a moment, take a deep breath and listen to our inner voice for a second. I needed a whole month for that but it was definitely worth it.
Social media was a place for me where I found lots of amazing ways to live your life, to grow and to find yourself. I have learned a lot and I wanted to do the same and share what I know and believe in. Beautiful pictures and daily stories are fun. But what social media or blogging really should be about is inspiration, motivation – short: value.
This is the reason why I never posted all my blogger-packages on my Insta-Stories or why I don’t do collaborations which only have the purpose to sale. Sure, I do collabs. But I always try to make something valuable with it. It is not only more fun for me to do it that way, but it also makes me so happy to inspire you. Honestly.
It is not about me, it’s about you
It may sound very corny but it is the truth: I blog mostly for you. Even though I may not know you personally, I treat you as friends for which I want to create beautiful things and share everything I love because you could love it too. This was my initial purpose back then when I started this journey. I wanted to share because I love doing this on a daily basis!
So I took this break to find the motivation for this purpose again. I needed to let all that business-like stuff behind for a while and come back to you and myself.
I wasn’t chilling around this past month. I was creating. I wrote down so many ideas, wrote so many posts and planned so much content for you. And I am more than excited to share all those things with you the coming days.
Let’s begin this journey.