The Most Important Thing I learned About Social Media

I remember when Instagram first released Instagram stories. I remember being terrified to take a 15 second video clip and share it with you guys. Why? I guess because I had lived behind little squares for the past year. Suddenly, there was this open door for me to share more then just still images with you guys. At first I wasn't quite sure what to post, do or say. I remember walking downstairs one morning, and feeling like I wanted to share some of my daily to do's and just chat with my followers for a minute while making my coffee, quickly it became a daily thing. Constant comments and messages were rolling in with you guys sharing similar stories with me. Suddenly, it was as if I had 100,000 FRIENDS. I was connecting with my followers in a way I wasn't able to before. 

Since I'm a naturally open person, It didn't even cross my mind that people had strictly followed my account for just home decor. Shortly after starting to share more than just my home with you- I got quite a few "hate" messages, so to speak. 

It's like people were angry because I was an actual person. 

A person with REAL feelings, and REAL emotions. 

As an outsider looking in, I understand that it's easy to forget that real people sit behind Instagram accounts and blogs. REAL PEOPLE. It's so easy for people to say something mean, or nasty behind a computer screen they get to hide behind. 

For awhile I didn't know how to deal with the hate, this was new territory for me. Am I sharing too much? Should I just stick to home decor? Should I not share photos of my kids, and my life? Did my followers REALLY only want to see beautifully (FAKE!!!) staged photos of my house? 

It was hard for me to believe that they did. 

I certainly lost my share of followers, at first it would upset me. I would step back and stop posting. But then one day, one day I woke up like, "WHY AM I WORRIED ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE?" Honestly, now looking back I realize I focused way too much on the handful of bad comments I got, I wasn't able to fully appreciate the amount of love and support I was receiving from my followers on constant basis. I was so focused on the negative. 

I like to think that these days, those people who didn't love me for ME, have filtered themselves away from my Instagram. Over the last year alone I have connected with SO many people and I am so thankful for that! 

Social Media can be kind of scary sometimes. It's easy to lose yourself and get caught up in numbers, likes, followers & comparison. We are constantly comparing our lives (myself included) to others, which in turn often makes us feel less than. Less than because we don't have as many followers, less than because we don't get as many likes, less than because our house isn't as big or fancy as someone else's. 

I'm here to tell you to be yourself always. It wasn't until I was fully myself that my account was able to grow and I was able to connect with you guys in ways I never thought I could. It wasn't until I put my insecurities aside and became fully content with myself that I was finally able to BE MYSELF. One of my biggest requests for so long was- SHARE MORE STYLE! SHARE MORE OF SAVANNA! SHARE MORE OF YOUR LIFE! and I was always scared because I didn't know how it would be received. I didn't know if it was the right path for me to take to continue being open, genuine and real with you guys. BUT YOU SPOKE TO ME! YOU!!! And I listened. And I'm so glad that I listened. For the first time in a long time, I'm able to be ME. I'm able to share my flaws and insecurities, I'm able to share boring things like slippers and black leggings because you guys GET ME. 

I see a few other bloggers scared to share personal pictures because heaven forbid they are real people behind their gorgeous homes, and I love that now I don't stress about it. You guys are cool with seeing my dirty dishes & laundry piles and you know the work that goes into blogging is very REAL. But it's just an image, a game of pretend that it's sometimes fun to play. 

There are SO many posts out there telling you how to grow your instagram, blog, social media following. And I don't claim to have it down at all, and I really don't know what I'm doing because I'm a hot dang mess. But I think people forget that people gravitate towards that. I see beautiful accounts all over the place and for a split second I think, "man, I'd love to have a feed like that." 

But it's not me. I'm messy, own way too many black leggings, have more staying in clothes then I do actual clothes, have been through hell and back and the last thing I need to worry about is taking 20 perfect pictures of myself or my house because lord knows its a miracle if I mange to brush my hair most days. So nope. That's not ME. 

And it's probably not YOU either. 

I see lots of people asking myself & others, "How can I grow my account??" and I think the answer is pretty simple at the end of the day..

Just be yourself. 

I can't thank you guys enough for stopping by and always showing me so much lovin' it means way more to me than you know! 
XOXO

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6 comments

  1. Laurie!!!
    I just adore you. You are one of my favorite people to follow. You are a genuine person and that shows in all you do. Thanks for allowing us to see you.. that so brave! Keep being real with us,

    Love ya girl!

    Ally

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  2. Thank you!!! Needed this on so many different levels today. I am a fairly new follower and just love your coffee chats! (Also wish we had all those delicious creamers in Canada. LOL)
    Thanks for always being so honest!
    H.

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